Chiesa della Madonna del Carmelo in Sorrento

When in Sorrento, you must stand in the center of its main square, the Piazza Tasso, and admire the facing Church dedicated to the Beata Vergine del Carmelo (Blessed Virgin of Carmelo). This characteristic Catholic temple is the romantic setting for unforgettable celebrations along the Sorrento peninsula.

The origin of this religious temple presumably dates back to the first half of 200 AD. when Sorrento was hit by an atrocious invasion of Christian persecutors and was rebuilt at the end of the 16th  century.

The Church is a triumph of Baroque style with a single nave and side altars. Particular is the apse with baroque decorations and paintings depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary by artists of the 18th century and two one-of-a-kind artistic inlaid wooden reliquaries dating back to 1600.

On the backdrop of the main altar is a copy of the “Madonna Bruna” which can be found in the Basilica Santuario di Santa Maria del Carmine Maggiore in Naples.

There are many paintings belonging to the Neapolitan school of the 1700s in the apse, along the walls of the church and on the ceilings (including pieces by Avellino and Cingeri).

During a recent restoration of the central arc pillars of the main façade, ancient columns dating back to Roman times emerged

This unique Church, located in the center of Sorrento, is the ideal setting for a romantic wedding on the Sorrento coast in addition to also being a gathering place for events, festivals and village festivals.

One of the many celebrations which definitely stands out is that of July 16th. This summer event is dedicated to the Madonna del Carmelo and in true festive spirit, the quaint village is adorned with lights and fragrant garlands of orange and lemon blossoms.