Annunziata hamlet in Massa Lubrense

One of the hamlets of Massa Lubrense, our paradise. From here you have an enchanting view to the island of Capri. At Annunziata there are also some beautiful location for wedding; so if you are thinking of getting married in Sorrentine Peninsula, don’t forget to insert in the list of places to see also Massa Lubrense.
At our agency you can book wedding cars, transfers and excursions to Capri, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and much other for you and your friends.

One of the hamlets of Massa Lubrense, our paradise. From here you have an enchanting view to the island of Capri. At Annunziata there are also some beautiful location for wedding; so if you are thinking of getting married in Sorrentine Peninsula, don't forget to insert in the list of places to see also Massa Lubrense. At our agency you can book wedding cars, transfers and excursions to Capri, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and much other for you and your friends. www.enchantingsorrento.com

The town has very ancient origins, already mentioned in the acts of the first half of the tenth century with the name of Massa Pubblica. Given its highly strategic hilltop location, a castle was built there, which was destroyed bu Ferrante of Aragon at the end of the conlfict between the Angevins and Aragonese.

In the following century, the hamlet rose again with the name of Annunziata and, between 1565 and 1597, the castle was rebuilt, with it becoming strategic after the bloody attack of the Turks in 1558.

The village can be easly recognized from afar due to the presence of the seventeenth-century Torre dei Turbolo on the edge of the small village.

Upon entering the small village, on the right, at the top of a set of steps, there is the Church of the Annunciation, which was a cathedral until 1465, when the Bishop,s home was moved to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in the center of Massa Lubrense. the current shape of the building dates from the early eighteenth century, when it was decorated with baroque stuccos. Inside, it is possivle to admire a sixteenth century painting of Our Lady of Mercy and a statue of the Dormition of Mary, which is very similar to the one kept in the Church of SS. Annunziata in Sorrento.

The most important histoic building of Annunziata is without doubt the Aragonese Castle, with only a cylindrical tower and the ramparts remaining. It can be entered by going around the Church and then up a short set of steps. The view from the top is one of the most beautiful views of the Sorrento Peninsula. At a glance, it is possibleto admire the Gulf of Naples, the Hills of Deserto, Le Tore, Massa Lubrense vcnter as well as Marina Lobra, and finally he island of Capri, which seems to be within a hand’s reach,

Returning to the houses of the Annunciation, for the most part dating back to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, there is the impressive building of the Conservatory Ave Gratia Plena, built in 1582. Futher down the road, just after the lookout, there is the seventeenth-century Villa Rossi (called Villa Murat from the local people), from where Joachim Murat-Jordy in 1808 directed the military operations for the recapture of Capri. It was a hard task that gave him great international prestige, enhanced by fact thatthe attemps of the previous ruler, Joseph Bonaparte, borther of Napoleon, had failed.

Sourches: Secrets and Wonders of the Sorrento Coast
by Roberto Pellecchia

 


View on Capri from Annunziata in Massa Lubrense

View on Capri from Annunziata in Massa Lubrense

Torre Turbolo in Annunziata, Massa Lubrense

Torre Turbolo in Annunziata, Massa Lubrense

Villa Murat in Annunziata, Massa Lubrense

Villa Murat in Annunziata, Massa Lubrense

Church of Annunciation in Annunziata

Church of Annunciation in Annunziata

Wedding in Annunziata, Massa Lubrense

Wedding in Annunziata, Massa Lubrense

Tower of the Aragonese Castle in Annunziata

Tower of the Aragonese Castle in Annunziata


St. Francis’ Cloister

St. Francis’ Cloister is one of the most popular locations for civil rites in the Sorrento peninsula.
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St. Francis' Cloister is one of the most popular locations for civil rites in the Sorrento peninsula. If you are planning a wedding in Sorrento contact us. You can book with us wedding cars, transfers and excursions to Capri, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and much other. We will take care of you and your guests! www.enchantingsorrento.com

It is one of the most ancient and evocativa of Sorrento.

The peaceful and quiet environment, enhanced by the fourteenth century architectural elements, mixed later styles, makes this place unique and fascinating.

In the proch of crossed tuff arches, arches are alternated with ovals and resting on octagonal columns surmounted by capitals of exquisite craftsmanship, in which the ancient elements from the classical era temples have been inserted.

Built on the ruins of a seventh century monastery. St. Francis’ cloister has long been of great importance not only in the religious history of Sorrento, but also for the administrative life ofthe city. Infact, especially between the late 1400s and early 1500s, the municipal sea was housed here as well as several meetingsof the city council held.

 

Sourches: Secrets and Wonders of the Sorrento Coast
by Roberto Pellecchia



Ex Cathedral of Our Lady of Grace in Massa Lubrense

The Ex-Cathedral of Our Lady Of Grace is for sure something to visit during your stay in our paradise: Massa Lubrense; specially if you are thinking of getting married in Sorrentine Peninsula.
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Besides from us you can have maps and information about our territory.

The Ex-Cathedral of Our Lady Of Grace is for sure something to visit during your stay in our paradise: Massa Lubrense; specially if you are thinking of getting married in Sorrentine Peninsula. At our excursions center you can book transfers and excursions to Capri, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and much Others for you and your friends; and can have information about our town. www.enchantingsorrento.com

Built between 1512 and 1542, this church underwent major renovations in 1700.

The interior is divided into three naves, connected to each other through five pairs of arches, which form four chapels on each side aisle, with two more on the sides of the high altar. It is worth mentioning the Chapel of the Baptistery, which is found on the left upon entering the church, where there is a panel depicting the Baptism of Jesus by Girolamo Imperato. It is also worth nothing, for their particular beauty, the frescoes of the tympanum depicting the Madonna of Grace and Child in ulnis by Marco Tardisco, dated the first half of the sixteenth century.

In the upper part, the Resurrection and Annunciation are depicted, while in the lower part, there are the Apostles. In the left transept, there is a Madonna by the artist Pietro Negroni. Mosto fo the tiled floor is a copy of the one laid in 1780 by Ognazio Chiajese. Some original parts, can be found in the area of the cancel and the chapels of San Cataldo and St. Joseph, on the two sides of the altar. In the bell tower, there are three bells dating back to the founding of the Church and engraved with the coat of arms of Bishop Bellotti.

On the left of the former cathedral, there is the bishop’s palace, already present in 1477 and residence of the bishops of Massa Lubrense

 

Sourches: Secrets and Wonders of the Sorrento Coast
by Roberto Pellecchia



Massa Lubrense, a corner of Paradise

Come to discover our paradise: Massa Lubrense!

Just ten minutes far from the caos of Sorrento and about 40 minutes far from the Amalfi Coast.

At our agency you can book private and shared excursions, private and shared transfers, wedding cars & carriages, cooking classes, enogastronomic tours and much other!

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Come to discover our paradise: Massa Lubrense! Just 10 minutes far from the caos of Sorrento and about 40 minutes far from the Amalfi Coast. At our agency you can book excursions, transfers, cooking classes, wedding cars and much other! www.enchantingsorrento.com

Massa Lubrense, first part of the Duchy of Sprento and the the Kingdom of Sicily, acquired great importance in the Swabian period, but suffered a sharp decline in the Angevin period. In  1465, Ferrante of Aragon destryed Annunziata, the most important town, home of the Bishop as well as the civil authorities.

During the Spanish viceroy, Massa Lubrense went through a period of turmoil due to the frequent invasion by Turkish pirates and the plague of 1656. Better times came with the Burboun tule, when craft activities and trade flourished, mostly via the sea.

The inhabitants of Massa have Always partecipated actively in politcs, not only ub their own area but also in Naples, contributing to the birth of the Neapolitan Republic. In 1808, Gioacchiono Murat directed the military operations against tbe British occupying Capri from Villa Rossin in Annunziata.

After the First and Second World Wars, there was intense migration to the Americas, New Zealand and Germany. This trend was reversed with the opening of quarries (the most important of those being in Vitale and Jeranto, now both dismissed) that attracted workers form Sardinia, who progressively integrated with the local community.

When entering the territory of Massa, the landscape and coastline change sudently, with the triumph of nature and a series of beautiful views of Capri, which enchant and bewitch. It as if suddently going back in time, exploring the small houses, hamlets and villages that, unique among the among the towns of the Sorrento Coast, are located on both coasts, with Marina di Puolo and Marina della Lobra in the Gulf of Naples and Marina del Cantone in the Gulf of Salerno.

The entire stretch of coastline has been protected with the creation of the Protected Marine Area of Punta Campanella, while higher up, the hill and mountain peaks are crossed by numerous trails for the enjoyment of hikers and day-trippers.

It is coincidence that this area’s main economic drivers are quality agricultural production and tourism, especially for those who love places that are not fully urbanized with predominantly green vegetation and the blue of the sea

 

 

Sourches: Secrets and Wonders of the Sorrento Coast

by Roberto Pellecchia


Marina Lobra in Massa Lubrense

Marina Lobra in Massa Lubrense

Punta Campanella in Massa Lubrens

Punta Campanella in Massa Lubrens

Annunziata viewpoint in Massa Lubrense

Annunziata viewpoint in Massa Lubrense

Ex Cathedral Our Lady of Grace in Massa Lubrense

Ex Cathedral Our Lady of Grace in Massa Lubrense

Marina del Cantone in Massa Lubrense

Marina del Cantone in Massa Lubrense

S. Agata sui due Golfi in Massa Lubrense

S. Agata sui due Golfi in Massa Lubrense


Enchanting Sorrento – Excursions center in Massa Lubrense

The only Excursion Center in Massa Lubrense where you can book private and shared excursion by land, boat, helicopter... visit our website to discover all our services: www.enchantingsorrento.com

We are glad to inform all our customers that from 5th March 2017 Enchanting Sorrento has finally opened its Headquarters in Via Palma 34 in Massa Lubrense. We are the only Excursion Center of the town!

Here you can book private and shared excursions to Capri, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Paestum, Mount Vesuvius anf Others; private and transfers to Naples & Rome Airports or Stations; wedding cars & carriages; helicopter tours, enogatronomic & trekking tours; we also have a wide range of sport & fun activities.

We are also in collaboration with  travel agencies and for this we also offer air, railway and bus ticketing services; and many trips and weekends at fantastic prices!

In addition here you can find many souvenirs of Massa Lubrense, gift ideas and many product for music and dance lovers!

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Massa Lubrense's Souvenirs

Massa Lubrense's Souvenirs

Souvenirs of Massa Lubrense

Souvenirs of Massa Lubrense

Souvenirs of Massa Lubrense

Souvenirs of Massa Lubrense

Lemon Soap of Massa Lubrense

Lemon Soap of Massa Lubrense

Limoncello Pot Holder

Limoncello Pot Holder

Magnet of Massa Lubrense

Magnet of Massa Lubrense

Souvenir of Massa Lubrense

Souvenir of Massa Lubrense

Souvenir of Massa Lubrense

Souvenir of Massa Lubrense

Souvenir of Massa Lubrense

Souvenir of Massa Lubrense

Postcards of Massa Lubrense

Postcards of Massa Lubrense

Souvenir of Massa Lubrense

Souvenir of Massa Lubrense

Magnets of Massa Lubrense

Magnets of Massa Lubrense


Marina Piccola & Marina Grande in Sorrento

The coastline of Sorrento overlooks theBay of -naples for less than 5 km, and starts a few metres after the beach of Marinella di Sant’Agnello, in the area called “Porto della Principessa” (Port of the Princess).

The stretch up to the MArina Piccola is rather homogeneous, dominated by high tuff Cliff with hotels and prestigious buildings on top.

On the small verdant promontory above, called “Punta San Vincenzo”, which separates Marina Piccola from Marina Grande, there is Villa Tritone (formerly Villa Astor), where there used to be a Roman villa, and later a convent. The land was then purchased by Baron Laboria and subsequentely by William Waldorf Astor, who transformed it into a garden, filling it with rare plants, romantic paths and an area with exotic and aquatic plants.


Marina Piccola is the port of Sorrento, where ferries and hydrofoils to other places in the Gulf of Naples leave. Even before the construction ofthe port began in  1912, it was the favourite Landing place for tourists due to its proximity to the centre of Sorrento.

One of the characteristics of Sorrento is that it is not a real true maritime town: the high coastline of the peninsula falls into the sea (moving away from thesea, thus favouring the contact with the hinterland) and is only interrupted occasionally by deep and narrow valleys, dug into the soft tuff by streams that descend from the Lattari Mountains. The oldest part of Sorrento was built on the isolated stretch of the coast between two of these valleys, which formed the moat that surrounded and defended it. The two marines of Sorrento arose around the mouths of valleys, far from the town and unprotected.

Marina Piccola is located at the mouth of the Valley of the Mills, which marks the border of the town of Sorrento to the east. At the main gate of the town (“Porta Maggiore”) the valley was crossed by a bridge that connected Sorrento to the rest of the plain. The marina can be reached from Porta Marina which opens under the Basilica of Sant’Antonino, at the top of a steep flight of step, now interrupted by the road. When the port was built the old fishermen’s houses were replaced by modern buildings so that travellers and tourists received with a more dignified and less common image. The only remaining testimony of the past is a small chapel dedicated to Santa Maria del Soccorso and the Souls of Purgatory.

Today, Marina Piccola is a major tourist hub: more than a third of international tourism of the province of Naples passes through this pier. In addition to the natural and artistic beauty of the city and its surroundings, Sorrento has been able to present itself as the centre of a larger tourist area, offering hospitally to those who wants to visit the nearby Capri, Pompeii and Positano. Another terminal for hydrofoils has been built outside of the port so as to meet the new needs.

To the side of the port of Marina Piccola, there are lidos. Originally for the hotel guests (built overlooking the sea in place of existing villas with private access to the beach), they are now open to the public. Since the strip of sandy beach is very small, the lidos stretch into the sea on stilts. Exposure to the North and the cool water below, effectively alleviate the summer heat. From this side of Marina Piccola, climbing a ramp cut into the tuff which leads to the viewpoint of the Villa Comunale.

Marina is overlooked by some famous hotels including the Hotel Tramontano, which occupies the area where the house of Torquato Tasso once stood.

 


The hamlet of Marina Grande, which is located just Beyond theheadland, sheltered by high cliffs on the both sides, is certainly one of the most authentic of Sorrento, animated by a fishing community that surrounds the Church of St.Anne, whose feast day is celebrated on 26th July with impressive firework displays.

Built towards the end of the seventeenth century, the Church has a single rectangular nave with a barrel vault. There is a polycrome Marble parapet above the high altar, where is a small temple there is a statue of St.Anne. There is also an eighteenth-century sculpture depicting St. John the Baptist and an impressive hand-made Christ Crucified.

The small village can be reached on foot via the ancient Greek port of Marina Grande, dated the third century B.C.

In the hamlet, where in the past the typical Sorrento fishing boats were built, there are bars, restaurants and beaches to the delight of the many holidaymakers who come to sunbathe on the beach, that ismore than two hundred metres long, or on the platforms equipped with sun loungers and parasols.

 

 

Source: Secrets and Wonders of the Sorrento Coast by Roberto Pellecchia


Easter Chocolate Eggs

The traditions that make up our life very deep roots  and the choice of the Easter egg to celebrate the resurrection of Christ is linked to the egg as a symbol of life.

There is not a child who does not want a chocolate egg for easter. For the surprise inside, for the cherfulness of the package and naturally for thechocolae, in its shell form, so thin, it seems to be a lot but doesn’t make the mothers worry.

Eggs have been created to celebrate Easter since 1850. It is nice to think that chocolate Easter eggs are used only in Italy… In Germany, for example, the symbol of Easter is a rabbit, whereas in Argentina, Australia, United States, that is in all countries where they are large Italian communities, they also use the Easter egg.

Since its creation, the eggs contained surprises, and it’s this that made it so successful. A sweet chocolate shell is the only barrier that separates you from your present, and breaking the egg is not a sin, on the contrary! There are many things that can be put into the eggs to satisfy the needs of all: you can bewitch the children with the latest toys, and entice adults with precious surprises chosen for the person who will receive the egg. The packaging, in addition to protecting the egg, also shows if the surprise is for a boy or a girl; sometimes it is enriched with another present, often a cuddly toy that is larger than the egg itself.

At times for Easter it was customary to “sing the eggs”: Young people went from house to house with baskets of eggs in Exchange for a sweet  or money. the celebration continued by decorating eggs and hiding them in the grass around the house. There were then the Easter egg hunts: each colour had a value and at the end the “hunters” were awarded based upon the eggs they found. In the countryside, where the traditions are deeply rooted, some mothers still organize Easter egg hunts, and the celebration does not only involve the children: often also the adults pretend to be observant hunters.

 

Source “Dolceidea” by Giovanni Bressano & Cinzia Trenchi


CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE’ WITH WARM SOFT HEART

Winter is coming!! (Not only for Game of Thrones 🙂 )

And here there are someting that will warm your winter evenings and will delight your palate!!

 

Susy

A small soufflè with a generous dark chocolate centre.

This is a timeless dessert that never goes out of fashion, a fragrant feast for both the eyes and the palate!

Delicate and difficult to make, a chocolate soufflè tends to fall or crack inconveniently when removed from the oven. If this does not happen, it is a triumph of elegance and contrasts between the hot, crispy external part and the melted chocolate centre.

 

INGREDIENTS (for six servings):

 

to cover the baking forms:

 

 

PREPARATION:

Break the chocolate, setting aside six pieces.

Melt in a bain-marie 150 grams of chocolate with the hot water, mixing continuously; remove from the heat and add the sugar and, one by one, the egg yolks.

Mix vigorously until the mixture is smooth and homogenous.

Whip the eggs until stiff and add to the other ingredients.

Grease six individual soufflè dishes, and then cover them with sugar. Fil them 3/4 full of the mixture.

Before placing them in the oven, delicately palce a piece of chocolate on the top of each soufflè.

Bake at 160° for 20 minutes.

The pastry will maintain a melted chocolate centre.

 

Enjoy your dessert

                                                                                                                     Susy


SORRENTO CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016

The first edition of “Sorrento Chamber Music Festival”, the Classic Chamber Music Festival, takes place in Sorrento, at S.Francesco Church and at SS.Rosario Church on Wednesday October 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 8:30 pm.

The Classic Chamber Music, undisputed star of the universal culture patrimony, is played by masterful italian artists, professors at Teatro S.Carlo of Naples, Italian university and high schools of music, with international artist carreer.

Art director of the festival is Paolo Scibilia, conductor also of the prestigious international summer music festival at the Cloister of St.Francis, “Sorrento Classica”.

The festival is organized by the Sorrento Concert Society & Agius Napoli with patronage of Mibact, Regione Campania, City of Sorrento –  S.Agnello Official Tourist Board.

A new artistic impulse for culture and tourism in the City that blends its beautifulnes with great music, because if it’s true that beauty inspires the music is equally true that music has Always hovers in Sorrento

 

 

Source Surrentum October


CHOCOLATE SAUSAGE: THE RECIPE

Well, today I’m feeling glutton!! 🙂

So that’s why I just decided to post the recipe for a dessert sweet simple and quick to do !!

And I assure you this because it is the only cake that one of my maiden aunt incapable to cooking, is able to make!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

 

DIRECTIONS:

Melt the chocolate and butter in a bain-marie, mixing them well.

Add the sugar and the cognac.

Place a piece of a wax paper in the counter and when the chocolate is soft but tepid. Place it on the paper, smoothing it with out with a spatula and then sprinkle the biscuit crumbs over it.

Let cool!

When it’s almost hard, roll it up with the help of the baking paper. Form the roll so it looks like a sausage. Wrap well in plastic wrap.

Refrigerate for at least two hours before cutting it!

 

 

Enjoy your Meal

Susy