This is a great location where to stay and explore the entire area with day tours. Famous since the Greeks, Sorrento's historical center was shaped mostly under the Romans. The center of town is six to seven hundreds years old and lays above the ruins of roman city. The new layer kept the geography of the roads and the buildings disposition, typical of the roman cities.
Sorrento is located on a platform of tuff that was formed about 35 thousands years ago from the eruption of the vulcanic area Campi Flegrei, west of Naples.
There are many things to visit in Sorrento during your stay or tour. The Muesum Correale, situated in a patrician villa, where you can admire collections of Neapolitan painters dating from the 17th and 18th century, valuable Capodimonte and Sèvres ceramics, Murano glassware, Bohemia crystals and a collection of watches. There is also an archaeological collection. Some works date from the 19th century and the mansion displays tables, furnishings and finely inlaid jewel cases. In the library are works by Torquato Tasso.
Right behind the main square Tasso, you can see the alley of the mills, an area very populated until the beginning of the 20th century. The mills used for to produce flour and for the inlaid wood work.
The square is named after the italian writer Torquato Tasso, who was born and lived part of his life in Sorrento, his house is part of the Hotel Imperial Tramontano. Best known for his poem "Gerusalemme liberata" (Jerusalem Delivered) written in the 1581. His work was widely translated and adapted, and until the beginning of the 20th century, he remained one of the most widely read poets in Europe.
From Tasso Square square, proceeding along Di Maio Street, you arrive, in a two minutes walk, in a smaller square where the Basilica of Saint Antonino sets. The church was erected in the XI century in the place where an antique oratory stood (IX century), where the Saint found refuge during the Longobard invasion.
The Church rich with elements of spoil, like the column shafts coming, most probably, from the numerous Roman villas present in the area.
The ruins of the most important and famous roman villa in the area are at Capo of Sorrento, here you can explore the remaining of the villa built, around a natural laguna, for Pollio Felice nearly 2000 years ago.
Later the villa was used as vacation home from the Queen Giovanna from Naples and since then the place was named the Queen Giovanna's Baths.