Museo Bottega della Tarsia Lignea

Address: Via San Nicola 28, Sorrento, Italy
Telephone: 081 877 1942

- Mid-range


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.

Value for money

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.

Recommended for

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