From Palm Sunday to Easter Monday the Sorrento Peninsula lives its most devout, passionate and involved period of time, which reveals this territory’s most spiritual aspect.
Easter is a magical time to enjoy the Sorrento area, to discover its traditions and enjoy the mild spring weather.
The branches of olive trees are coloured and decorated with hundreds of ribbons and delicious miniatures of local products, such as animal-shaped cheeses and tiny salami are proudly held by the boys. The girls, however, carry elegant baskets or small flower branches or traditional palms made of sugared almonds whose historical origin is mixed with legend and goes back to the Arab presence on the coasts of Campania. This explosion of colours and happiness is brought to church for the blessing of the palms, and so the Holy Week begins.
After the blessing, the cheering people gather in the street on the night between Thursday and Friday for a sorrowful yet suggestive celebration: the White Procession in Sorrento or the “Grieved” Procession in the neighbouring municipalities, which retraces the path of the Mother in search of the imprisoned and convicted Son. The brotherhoods of the entire Sorrento Peninsula prepare months in advance for this event, and the choirs of men, women, and children fill the streets and announce themselves in the distance to the devotees in the street or overlooking from the balconies.
The churches prepare the Sepulchres, charming flower beds and white wheat filaments. The children plant the seeds in small pots and keep them away from sunlight to prevent them from becoming green so that the tomb of Christ is as pure as their hearts. The rites, songs, prayers, fill the wait for the most important day, the day of Easter, the day of rebirth, and it seems that only on this day spring has finally begunPastiera. So the following day, Easter Monday, is dedicated to walks, visits to museums, day trips to the beach or mountains. And to taste the typical dishes of this holiday, the first of which the fragrant and delicious , a golden pastry pie filled with wheat, cream, ricotta cheese, citron and the wisdom of women which has been handed down for generations.
Contact our front desk to know all the activities that animate the Holy Week in Sorrento and its surroundings.
Full immersion in the truest soul of the Land of the Mermaids
The Sorrento Coast has several souls, which stem from its millennial history and contamination with different peoples and cultures.
There is the soul of reception, of warm and friendly hospitality, the soul of manual labour, of the craft traditions. The soul of the dining table, the pleasure of preparing good things with the land’s most exceptional products. And then there’s the soul of seafarers, the ancient crafts, of the fishermen who guard the secrets of a fascinating and adventurous memory, because those who dwell on the salt water know that an unforeseen dose of adventure should always be expected.
A single identity made up of many aspects, which offers itself to visitors through fishing tourism, a stimulating and engaging experience, a different and enticing way to learn about nature, the sea, fishing techniques, the typical tools of this territory, and then taste local fish cooked according to traditional recipes. A new and engaging way to see first-hand the real life of those who have always lived at sea so they know and respect it, a cherished memory of a wilder coastline that will be forever kept among the most suggestive ones and will always be tied to that moment, to nothing other than that stretch of sea.
At the Hotel our front desk is ready to provide you with information and comprehensive programs to support you in organising a special day, where the tourist’s clothes will be removed and you can experience a new relationship with the sea in the company of people who have been living their life at sea for generations
The true story of “Torna a Surriento”: a love song… for the land.
The classic Neapolitan song expresses the spirit of a mythical time, which gave birth to the legend of Naples, telling the way to love, to play, to work, and to travel. Vivid pictures of real life moments, in which even today a spark of that lively, mischievous and witty way of being that has always been a feature of an entire community can be seen. A trip to the discovery of the Neapolitan most authentic and vital lifeblood made of sun, sky, passion, and music.
One of the most famous and cherished songs of the vast repertoire of Neapolitan music is definitely “Torna a Surriento”. It is universally considered a beautiful love song that begs a loved one not to leave the city of the heart, of the sea, of the scent of citrus, the land of bewitching and seductive Mermaids because the distance is an unbearable torment. Yet the song, work of the two brothers Giambattista and Ernesto De Curtis, is not dedicated to a woman. In fact, the origin of the text, which was written in just in a few hours, is a captatio benevolentiae, a request for support and protection to the then Prime Minister Giuseppe Zanardelli visiting Sorrento in September 1902. As a result of the operation, the city finally gets the much-needed post office. Without diminishing the romantic halo of the song, it will be fun to listen “Torna a Surriento” from an alternative point of view!