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Sorrento is a city that is the sum of its parts, made up of the nations that controlled Southern Italy. From the Etruscans and Greeks, to the Romans, Byzantines, Lombards and Italians, the city has evolved over time, while still offering reminders from each of those civilizations. This includes Romans villas, medieval churches and various monuments from a plethora of ages.
Much of the city’s past can be taken in at the Correale Museum, and the buildings that house the collection today date back to the 18th century. The main floor is home to the archeological section with Greek, Etruscan and Roman artifacts. The upper floors feature an eclectic mix pieces including furniture in the Neapolitan and Sicilian styles, Venetian glass and statuettes and porcelain by Doccia and Guistiniani.Built in the 18 th century, the building that is home to the Museum for the Decorative Arts on via S. Nicola, itself makes for an interesting study on design and culture. The main objective of the museum is to ensure the tradition of intarsia work in Sorrento by commissioning and marketing products reflecting a cultural renaissance in the craft. The museum also features a permanent collection of objects and furniture dating to the 19 th century, which focuses on the technical and decorative characteristics of the various workshops that were active in Italy at the time.