Sorrento, Italy July 16,2017: Church and Convent of St. Francis, Sorrento, Italy.

Chiesa & Chiostro di San Francesco


Chiesa & Chiostro di San Francesco


Located next to the Villa Comunale Park, this church is best known for the peaceful 14th-century cloister abutting it, which is accessible via a small door from the church. The courtyard features an Arabic portico and interlaced arches supported by octagonal pillars. Replete with bougainvillea and birdsong, they're built on the ruins of a 7th-century monastery. Upstairs in the Sorrento International Photo School, the Gallery Celentano exhibits black-and-white photographs of Italian life and landscapes by contemporary local photographer Raffaele Celentano.

The cloisters host classical-music concerts in the summer.

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