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Sorrento is located in Campania, southern Italy and overlooks the Bay of Naples. Rich in Greek and Phoenician history, the region was dominated by the Roman Empire until their collapse. At the start of the 18th century Sorrento emerged as a popular tourist resort appreciated by visitors for its mild climate and flourishing countryside.
Sorrento is the birthplace of the poet Torquato Tasso, author of the Gerusalemme Liberata. Soviet writer Maxim Gorky lived in Sorrento in the 1920s. The town was also known as a favorite destination of famous Europeans such as Lord Byron, Keats, Goethe, Dickens, Wagner, Ibsen and Nietzsche.
The City has remained a popular destination for its celebrations during the Christian Holy Week, with two main processions held on Good Friday: the Procession of Our Lady of Sorrows (or the "Visit in the Sepulchers"), organized by the Venerable Arciconfraternita of Saint Monica and, the Procession of the Crucified Christ, organized by the Venerable Arciconfraternita of the Death.
A Sister Cities Agreement was signed between Santa Fe and Sorrento in 1996. They share many similarities and their relationship is strengthened through cultural, economic, and tourist-based exchanges.
Domenico Fiorentino painting the Hotel Tramontano, which has hosted many artists and writers over the centuries. Photo Credit: Luigi De Pasquale.