Museo Bottega della Tarsia Lignea

Price guide: Mid-range

Via San Nicola 28, Sorrento

Price guide: Mid-range

Museo Bottega della Tarsia Lignea
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By Jan Fuscoe, your Sorrento expert

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Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, Education, History

Expert review of Museo Bottega della Tarsia Lignea

In the market for marquetry? Visit Sorrento's wonderful intarsio museum.

Intarsio is the Italian word for marquetry: the inlaying of any ‘structural carcass’ with wood, mainly, but sometimes mother of pearl or other materials to make a decorative pattern or picture. It was popular in the mid-18th century with the Italian Royal Family and the grand tourists, and Sorrento became particularly famous for its intarsio. This museum has a fabulous collection of inlaid objects in natural and stained woods, and as it is also keen to support modern designers with their contemporary interpretations of marquetry, the ground floor is given over to new designs. The museum starts with paintings and etchings of the city in the 18th century to give a feel of the atmosphere that the craft emerged within.

Price advice: 

Admission is 8 euros, but there is plenty to read and look at so you'll get a couple of hours' worth.

Expert tips: 
Excellent present-buying opportunities in the shop.

More information on Museo Bottega della Tarsia Lignea:

Price guide:
Crafts, Museum
Via San Nicola 28, Sorrento
081 877 1942
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
April-October: daily 9.30am-1pm, 4-8pm. November-March: 9.30am-1pm, 3-7pm Mon-Sat.

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