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!
The winter appointment is back once again with the Nativity scene art masters, in the exposition of Villa Fiorentino now in its seventh edition. Until January 8th 2016.
That of the crèche craftsmen is a true art form, who make spectacular sceneries and characters with extraordinary plasticity and expressiveness. If the marvel of the Presepe, in the classical tradition of the eighteenth century, has always amazed audiences, it is also true that the most passionate fans seek in the scenes the most significant and essential elements that make the true greatness of the Neapolitan Presepe: more secular than religious, representations of life, of society, of the tastes and fashions of the southern capital in its period of major development.
So the holy family is placed in front of the ruins of a pagan temple, a symbol of an archaeological passion which was then at its highest level after the discoveries of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The taste for oriental fashion is embodied by the Magi with their parade of musicians, with rich clothing styles and perfectly represented musical instruments.
And then the arts and crafts, the lives of everyday people, split between work and tavern, who are not ashamed to drink and have fun, unaware of the great miracle that is about to happen.
Only the purity and innocence of a young shepherd boy can open our hearts with ease the truth of the mystery that is being fulfilled: this is the role of one of the most famous characters of the Presepe, Benino, which on his way to the cave sleeps and dreams of Baby Jesus.
Music festivals, Christmas markets, exhibitions, street performers, international events. And a not-to-be-missed special offer for a magical New Year’s Eve at the Bellevue Syrene.
Each year, the autumn brings with it a rich catalogue of events to enrich Sorrento’s seasonal calendar. The lighting ceremony of the illuminations on November 19th marks the beginning of the Christmas season, and bestows a magical atmosphere to the coastal, and renders the winter holidays simply charming. M’illumino d’Inverno is the name of the festival that includes some of the most interesting events of the year. First of all, the international film days, a convention for the industry workers, in which the highest-grossing films are rewarded with golden tickets. The event has great prominence and sees parading on the red carpet many stars of the big screen.
Maestri in mostra is a show of great interest, dedicated to the Nativity scene art, one of the many distinguishing features of the Neapolitan culture and tradition. There are also many concerts and theatre shows, in addition to street animation for the younger ones.
To celebrate in the best possible way this time of year so special, especially New Year’s Eve, the Bellevue Syrene has thought of two special holiday packages that make for an unforgettable New Year in Sorrento.