The Valley of the Mills of Sorrento

Although not one of the most popular tourist sites in Sorrento, the Vallone di Mulini is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the city. It is part of a system of five valleys that once crossed the Sorrento peninsula and indicated the boundaries between towns.

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From above, looking out from the railings of via Fuorimura, the valley looks appears as a deep furrow that crosses the mountain. The origin of this picturesque scenery dates back 35,000 years ago when the largest volcanic eruption ever devastated the Campania.

Sorrento’s Vallone dei Mulini owes its name thanks to the presence of an old mill, used in ancient times for grinding wheat. Near the mill there was also a sawmill, fed by the spring waters coming down from the hills. Many kinds of wood was worked here, such as cherry, olive and walnut. Cabinet-makers from the territory used this wood to achieve their famous artisan wooden inlays. In the Vallone dei Mulini in Sorrento there was also a public wash-house, where the women would do the laundry.

The valley was directly connected with Marina Piccola. Together with the port, these 2 areas represented a meeting point for the local people, especially for farmers and fishermen.

The valley was abandoned after the construction of Piazza Tasso in 1866.

At the moment, the valley can only reached through a gate, visible from the road connecting Piazza Sant’Antonino with the port. The construction of the Piazza Tasso isolated the valley and closed all of the means of communication which caused climatic conditions uninhabitable for humans; the level of humidity has reached a constant at around 80%. The particular microclimate has favored the growth of lush, spontaneous vegetation; Phillitis Vulgaris is the dominant element, a splendid and rare fern.

An exceptionally pristine jewel just about 3.5 km from the Laqua Charme & Boutique. CLICK HERE for more information on Sorrento and its countless historic and scenic beauties.