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A room in the museum, Intarsia, Sorrento, Italy (Photo by Filippo Espo)
A room in the museum, Museo Correale, Sorrento

Visiting the marquetry woodworkers of Sorrento

Sorrento's greatest craft is intarsia (wood inlay)—whether artistic panels in a Classical style for the Duomo doors and choir stalls or simple post-modern patterns on jewelry boxes, tabletops, picture frames, or other souvenirs for the tourist trade.

There's now a local museum devoted to the craft, the Museo Bottega della Tarsia Lignea—but why pay €8 ($9) admission to see the stuff when you can see it for free at active workshops?

 
 

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Sights in Sorrento

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A room in the museum (Photo by Filippo Espo)
Museo Correale
Downtown Sorrento

A small, bit-of-everything museum

 
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Intarsia being assembled by Giuseppe Rocco

The intarsia (wood inlay) museum of 19th century Sorrento

 
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The Duomo
Downtown Sorrento

The Renaissance Cathedral in Sorrento has some fine intarsia (inlaid wood) work on its doors (1990s) and the choir stalls (1930s)

 

Experiences in Sorrento

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Intarsia being assembled by Giuseppe Rocco (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Intarsia: Giuseppe Rocco
Downtown Sorrento

The artisans of Sorrento part I: Maestro Giuseppe Rocco

 
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Intarsia being assembled by the Stinga Brothers (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

The artisans of Sorrento part II: The Brothers Stinga