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Visit Sorrento cloister San Francesco

The cloister of Saint Frances (San Francesco) in Sorrento, in south-west Italy, is situated on Via Vittorio Veneto, to the north of the town centre close to the path that leads down to the port and beaches.

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Italy This Way review: although not a major site in the town, the cloister of San Francesco is of historical interest and merits a visit if you are passing.

arches of the cloister san Francesco in Sorrento

A monastery stood in this location in Sorrento from the 7th century onwards. By the 14th century, the monastery was in ruins, and the church and cloister of San Francesco was constructed on the site.

The architecture consists of an open courtyard, with a passage around the edge of the courtyard, separated from it by a series of stone arches.

On three sides of the courtyard the arches each have three octagonal stone columns, with the central column thinner that the main columns. On the fourth side of the courtyard the arches are more simple, roman style arches.

You will notice that the stone columns are each of a different height, and they each have a carved stone (a capital stone) at the top. The courtyard is rather plain, having only a single tree and a round stone object, perhaps once the base of a fountain.

 
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The main use of the cloister nowadays is as a centre for weddings and wedding photographs, because of its beauty and its sheltered position. Small scale music events also take place in the courtyard.

Each time we have seen the courtyard there has been a wedding in progress, so it is obviously very popular! You can still enter the cloister, at no charge, even when a wedding event is taking place.

Also in the cloister, on the second level, you will find a gallery that includes various artworks and photographs by a local photographer, Raffaele Celentano. The exhibitions are changed from time to time, and there is an admission charge, but this also gives you access to a terrace with lovely views of Sorrento.

arches of the cloister san Francesco in Sorrento

Attractions nearby

Outside the cloister there is a small park, and a path to one of the best viewpoints in Sorrento, from a clifftop position overlooking the beach areas below - these are very small beaches with lots of beach huts.

Other religious monuments you will want to visit in Sorrento include the cathedral and the basilica.

You can find more local travel ideas in and the Campania guide.

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Map of Sorrento cloister San Francesco and places to visit

 
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Sorrento cloister San Francesco places to visit

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