(Sorrento, Campania, Italy)
Whilst the coastal city of Sorrento may be known for its beaches and sea views, it also contains a good selection of museums. The topics covered at Sorrento's different museums are quite diverse and subjects range from geology and archaeology, to artefacts and treasures from Roman times.
Situated inside the Palazzo Correale and known for its grand murals, Sorrento's Museum Correale di Terranova is especially popular and features an eclectic mixture of both Roman and Greek artefacts, together with some stylish Neapolitan paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Museo Correale di Terranova (Museum Correale di Terranova)
Address: Palazzo Correale, Via Correale, Sorrento, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 081 878 1846
After you have spent time leisurely walking around the Museo Correale di Terranova and exploring the historic artefacts, then head outside and you will find some attractive landscaped gardens, along with tantalizing views across the Gulf of Naples
. The Museo Correale di Terranova is located in the Palazzo Correale, a former palace once the home of a family of wealthy counts.
Open hours: Wednesday to Monday - 09:00 to 14:00
Mineralogical Museum 'Fondazione Discepolo'
Address: Via San Ciro 2, Vico Equense, Sorrento, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 081 801 5668
Geology forms an integral part of the Mineralogical Museum, with some interesting rock formations and different minerals displayed to good effect. The large collection of crystals is sure to impress visitors, as are the gemstones and the beautiful stone art.
Open hours: daily, October to February, 09:00 to 13:00, 16:00 to 19:00; March to September - 09:00 to 13:00, 17:00 to 20:00
Archaeological Museum of The Sorrento Peninsula 'Georges Vallet'
Address: Villa Fondi, Via Ripa di Cassano, Piano di Sorrento, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 081 534 1050
Just a short distance from the city centre and lying on the eastern suburbs, the Archaeological Museum of The Sorrento Peninsula has become an extremely noteworthy attraction. Visitors will be able to learn more about the history and timeline of the region, making this a good place to start your sightseeing.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 09:00 to 13:00, 16:00 to 19:00
Antiquarium Aequano (Silio Italico)
Address: Palazzo Comunale, Vico Equense, Corso Filangieri, Sorrento, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 081 801 5668
A number of important archaeological relics are housed within the Antiquarium Aequano, some of which date back more than 2,000 years. Highlights include Greek and Etruscan artefacts, along with various Italian exhibits of note. Although you are unlikely to spend very long in this museum, it is quite interesting and entrance is completely free of charge, making it all the more appealing to many.
Open hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 09:00 to 13:00, Tuesday and Thursday - 15:30 to 18:30, Saturday and Sunday - 09:30 to 12:30
Address: Via San Nicola 28, Sorrento, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 081 878 1203
The sheer detail and extravagance of the antiquities on display at the Museo Bottega make this one museum not to miss. Ranging from 19th-century furniture featuring beautiful marquetry work, to wallpaper actually painted by hand, the Museo Bottega is also home to beautiful frescoed vaults. The exterior view of the 18th-century building is also extremely impressive and very palatial.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 13:00, 15:00 to 18:30