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Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco)
Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco)

Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco)

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Sorrento’s Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco) is an oasis of tranquility steps away from the historic town’s bustling central piazza of Sant’Antonino. The cloister unites a religious complex of seventh-century monastery and a late-medieval church, both dedicated to St Francis of Assisi, and is a showpiece of various architectural styles from pre-Roman through Arabic to medieval.

In the 14th century Franciscan friars from the monastery repurposed an ancient oratory into their church; it has some Baroque features and its simple white façade was rebuilt in 1926. Inside there are several richly decorated chapels adjoining the single nave and in 1992, a bronze statue of St Francis was placed outside the church; it is the work of Roman sculptor Alfiero Nena.

But the cloister, built at the same time as the church, is the star turn here; its tranquil gardens are filled with bougainvillea and vines that climb over arched arcades, which are made of soft tufa stone and rubble pinched from earlier pagan temples. During the summer there are art exhibitions and concerts set to the stunning backdrop of the cloister and it is also one of Sorrento’s most popular venues for weddings.

Always dress conservatively when visiting churches in Italy; shoulder and legs should be covered.

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Open 9am to 6pm
Piazza Gargiulo 8, Sorrento, Italy

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Guided Walking Tour of Sorrento

Guided Walking Tour of Sorrento

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In the rush to reach the nearby Amalfi Coast, many travelers overlook the charming resort town of Sorrento. Explore the gems of this historic Grand Tour destination with a guided walking tour through the historic center. Take in highlights like the Church of San Antonino and the Cloister of St. Frances, admire views over the coastline and Valley of the Mills, and browse the artisan shops lining the narrow lanes.
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Secrets Walks of Sorrento, Street food by Locals

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Secrets Walks of Sorrento, Street food by Locals

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Explore the gateway to the Amalfi Coast on this 2-hour small-group walking tour of Sorrento. Follow your guide around lively Piazza Vittoria and Tasso Square, get a sense of local life as you stroll around the fishing harbor where Sophie Loren played her first movies and take in the views from the public gardens. Along the way, admire landmarks like the Sant'Antonino Church and the San Francesco Cloister, and marvel at the spectacularly situated Valley of the Mills. Set out to explore the town historic center and you will not miss to stop for a Neapolitan Espresso, pastries and home made ice cream. Along the way, listen as your guide fills you in on Sorrento’s fascinating history and heritage, and end your tour with an intimate knowledge of the resort town.
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Private Walking Tour in Sorrento with Guide and Tasting

Private Walking Tour in Sorrento with Guide and Tasting

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Let yourself be enchanted by the Land of the Sirens, discovering suggestive corners between history, art, traditions, flavors and landscapes. Starting from Piazza Angelina Lauro a pleasant walk will lead you to Piazza Tasso, the Basilica of Sant'Antonino, the cloister of San Francesco without neglecting panoramic points, hidden corners and shops of typical products and local crafts. At the end of the tour there will be a taste of the famous Sorrento lemon liqueur "Limoncello", famous all over the world.
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Discover Sorrento Tour With Tasting

Discover Sorrento Tour With Tasting

Sorrento is considered the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, but this storied resort town is a destination in itself. Experience its charm and history with this walking tour through the historic center. Take in highlights like the Sant’Antonino Church and Cloister of San Francesco, admire views over the Valley of the Mill and the Sorrentine Coastline, and browse the artisan shops that line the lanes in the old town.
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Amalfi Coast and Pompeii for Families Private Tour from Sorrento

Amalfi Coast and Pompeii for Families Private Tour from Sorrento

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Designed with kids and families in mind this full-day, guided, private tour is an interactive exploration of the Amalfi Coast and the iconic city of Pompeii. Made for children ages 6-11, this tour includes a coastal drive with stops to take in the view, visit villages, and take pictures. before a family-friendly walking tour in Pompeii guided by a special map made just for kids.
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Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco) hours of operation: Open 9am to 6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.