Intarsia – The art of Italian Inlaid Wood

Music boxes made of Inlaid Wood (Intarsia)

Music boxes made of Inlaid Wood (Intarsia)

Sorrento is famed for it’s inlaid wood craft-work, a craft known as Intarsia. These products can be found worldwide, you may have spotted them in stately homes that have an Italian influence, in which the family of the time may have travelled far and wide to choose the exquisite furnishings for their home. These objects of beauty are often priceless and if put up for auction would fetch many thousands… Continue reading →

The Italian love for football

Sunday morning football

Sunday morning football

I am watching the World go by under my feet, quite literally as it happens for we are two storeys up from Via Califano that runs beneath our hotel balcony. Right opposite where I am standing is the sports ground and home of Sorrento Calcio, the local football team. A family (I assume them to be as such) are seated in one of the stands at pretty much the same level as myself chatting to eachother, as the team play on the pitch. I can’t make out whether it is just a practice session or a small scale match, however there aren’t many other people present.

Italia football shirts

Italia football shirts

Football is a game that so many are passionate about the World over. In Italy the passion runs strongly through the veins of it’s people. Italy are of course the reigning World Champions and the country is preparing to defend this title in 2010 for the World Cup will be taking them and many other nations to Africa to battle it out. When we visited Italy last time, it was 2006 and we had missed the celebrations by a couple of months. Football mania was still evident as the streets still showed signs of celebrations, old banners had just been left to fade in the sun and tee-shirts adorned many shopfronts.

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorrento_Calcio
http://sorrento.ath.cx/

Cattedrale di Sorrento

La Cattedrale di Sorrento

On this occasion the sun was out, the temperature a nice 30 degrees and time to use the good old polariser on my lens. However when I first discovered this particular location, it was very different indeed.

Two days earlier…

They say – “when it rains it pours” – We discovered the archway during a lightning storm and at the time, I made a mental note to come back in order to photograph this image on a nicer day. We had been walking back from Marina Grande, the old harbour of Sorrento when the storm that had been rumbling around the coast all morning, suddenly decided to pick on Sorrento and seemingly, us. We reached the Cathedral and then the heavens opened up and the thunder roared like a bad tempered lion. We weren’t the only ones, for many people decided to take refuge under the archway. People were darting into the cover, some braving the storm with makeshift umbrellas made out of anything but actual umbrellas. Local storekeepers were grabbing raincoats from their cellars to put up for sale, we bought two, Tina a lovely yellow and I opted for one that I could best describe as being “Kermit Green”. We looked a right pair but we didn’t care for we were walking past scores of other people in exactly the same raincoats!