Museobottega della Tarsialignea

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Museobottega della Tarsialignea

Museobottega della Tarsialignea
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kwiewiorowski
Poznan, Poland2,213 contributions
I am not young any more, sadly and I have seen my share of beautiful things in my lifetime, some of them furniture. Yet a concentration of those fantastic pieces of marquetry in the museum does take your breath away. Two hours easily, if you can be dragged away from other Sarrento attractions. Modern art in the basement plus 4 levels up of masterpieces of the old craftsmen. The building itself is rather modest on the outside and can be easily missed. In March, when we visited it was also quite sleepy, which didn’t bother us in the least. Great stuff!
Written May 7, 2022
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MerseysideTinkerbell
Merseyside, UK4,574 contributions
We saw signs for this as we were walking around Sorrento and it was down one of the little streets, it has quite a small entrance but there is quite a bit to see inside. You are not supposed to take photos so I do not have any but they had some lovely examples of inlaid wood and large pieces of furniture here too. The building itself is quite facinating as well.
Written February 4, 2020
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Jo G
Bristol, UK13 contributions
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We'd been recommended this little museum by our tour leader, and stumbled across it while hiding from the rain and being bored of the endless shops all selling the same things.

Firstly we were struck by the enthusiasm of the curator. You can't help but want to learn more with such a welcome and detailed explanation of the history and layout of the museum.

The first two floors of this amazingly converted building set the social scene of the hey day of these works of art and day to day furniture and help you realise Sorrento is famous for more than limoncello and a tourist hub.

The curator has lovingly collected pieces from across Europe and the world and started renovation of the building in 1999, and opened the museum in 2009. Take the time to talk to him at the beginning or end of your trip.

A step back in time, a cultural lesson and a reflection on what will our generation leave for others to discover...

One word of caution - remember your glasses as some of the explanatory boards are in very small writing.
Written April 27, 2014
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EricandShirlJ
Ryde, UK4 contributions
Couples
The villa itself was worth wandering round because of its 16thC ceilings and hidden staircases. The displays showed much of the history of the town and its culture. The wood exhibits of great variety and high quality. The info in English very useful. The museum is showing some signs of lack of funds but has much to see and well displayed.
Written November 3, 2012
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Lynne D
Chester, Canada20 contributions
Couples
Set aside at least 2 hours to view 4 floors of a vast collection of inlaid furnishings and other pieces of art, as well as to read the well written, detailed description of the evolution and methodology of marquetry and intaglio design and production. The building itself has interesting, beautiful architectural characteristics inside and out. If you are lucky, you will meet the engaging curator who will further expand on the museum collection and the dying art indigenous to Sorrento area. Cafe does not operate in off season.
Written February 14, 2015
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siggyschmutz
Nottingham, UK4 contributions
Some of might think that a load of wood inside other wood is boring. Others might think that a museum where you could be forgiven for thinking that the owners paperwork and filing was part of the exhibits might be a tad dull. But for me the best bit was the smell that took me back to grandads shed - a heady mix of manure, stale varnish and dry rot. Ranks with the pencil museum in Kendall and the thermos flask museum. Unforgettable, if you know what I mean.
Written February 22, 2013
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DevonSurfer
Clanfield, UK78 contributions
Couples
The building itself is very interesting with the most amazing ceilings, narrow stone spiral staircase (not in use !!), and old friezes. However, the collection of inlaid wooden items is not to be missed. From ancient to modern, including the machinery used to make these beautiful items, the whole collection is stunning and you can just wander around amongst them. There are also some wonderful old prints of old Sorrento so you can see how the city developed on the hillside.
Written May 12, 2015
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Escape_From_SF
Oakland, CA42 contributions
Friends
I'm really surprised that this museum is not promoted more in guidebooks. Lonely Planet needs to add this to their Must See list in Sorrento.

>Is all the Baroque art in church after church beginning to look the same?
>Do you drool over gorgeous, handcrafted furniture?
>Any interest in the Grand Tourists of the 19th century (Byron, Nietzsche, Ibsen and crew)?
>Would you like to see landscapes of what the Coast of Naples used to look like?
>Are you a fan of folk-art, the arts and crafts movement, woodworking or antique tools?
>Do you get a thrill out of magnificent 18th century homes with hidden staircases?

This museum is for you. Just 8 euro and a short walk from Piazzo Tasso gets you there. There is a small book store and a lovely looking cafe, but I was there off season and the cafe was closed. There is also a small supermarket across the way, perfect for a picnic lunch or snack. And the lady at the front desk is extremely nice and helpful.

If you are a slow museum visitor like me, you'll want 90 minutes. Regular paced sightseers could do this in 45 minutes and still get a lot out of it.
Written December 31, 2014
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Alex B
Cheltenham, UK67 contributions
Couples
An interesting way to spend an afternoon. The craftsmanship on some of the pieces is incredible, and some of the displays on how it is done are really interesting.
The history of the building is fascinating - be sure to ask the lady in the museum about the hidden staircase!
Written April 12, 2014
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bfanciu
La Crosse, WI59 contributions
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My visit to the museum totally took me by surprise. I was thinking it would probably be a somewhat interesting tourist trap based on my experience of the rest of Sorrento. It is actually very genuine. It seemed ironic that, starting the tour of the museum, the proprietor mentioned he created the museum to help preserve the cultural heritage that the otherwise touristy city of Sorrento lacks. After having been in town for over a week so far, I had been thinking the same thing; it is particularly lacking in comparison to other parts of Italy.

The owner, a former actor and architect, began acquiring antiques made in Sorrento in the 80's and he just recently decided to put it together into a museum because of his passion for the city and desire to share his collection and the history it tells to others. He bought a fairly large, 4-story palazzo in town, restored it, and he and his sons designed and built all the exhibits. It just opened in 2009. It is amazing. I was with a large group and he gave us a guided tour, speaking in Italian and English about the history of all the pieces, how he acquired them, and basically told the story of Sorrento from the 1600's forward. It is interesting that despite the city having a lack of a museum or official documentation of it's history, it has been a premier tourist destination since the 1700's, so he was able to acquire items from all over the world that were made in Sorrento and use them to recreate the history himself. He has thousands of engravings, prints, maps, photos and paintings depicting various parts of the town, decade by decade, over hundreds of years. (Don't miss the pull-out story boards under the displays.) From those, he created a small 3D model of what the city looked like in the 1700's and pointed out all the changes. (Castle torn down, canyon infilled to create the modern main piazza, buildings across the center of town torn down to make way for the main "Corso Italia" street, etc.)

After getting a lesson in history through the items and images on the first few floors, the upper floors house the main attractions--amazing antique inlaid wood furniture and trinkets. And these aren't just your ordinary tourist purchases--most are items that were commissioned by the extremely wealthy to furnish their vacation homes, gift to royalty and popes, etc. Just as an example, there is a bedroom set of extremely ornate dark wood, completely covered on all surfaces with mother of pearl inlay and the most exquisite carvings. I can't imagine what it would cost to acquire all he has displayed--easily in the millions of dollars. He provides good coverage of the artists and instructors of the craft. The way in which the exhibits are displayed is very impressive as well; he and his sons designed and built substantial, yet whimsical steel and glass structures to encase and display the items.

Exhibits aside, the palazzo is a bit of a masterpiece in itself--he maintained original frescoed walls, where still present, and hand-painted papered ceilings from the 1600's. Standard entry allows you to browse the museum on your own. If left on my own, I could see the museum being visual overload with all the ornate works. I highly suggest arranging a personal tour with the owner if you can--he is a very interesting character and really helps bring the history of the city and the exhibits to life. 1-2 hours visit is recommended.
Written October 7, 2013
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