What to do winter Naples

A three months festival in Sorrento

The town of Sorrento has announced that the seventh edition of the festival “M’illumino di Inverno” will again take place this year given the great success it had in the past years.

The festival offers shows, exhibitions, Christmas markets, sport events and much more, not only to entertain tourists and locals but also to empower local shops, products and artisans and give a festive warm atmosphere to the town. Sorrento has in store almost 100 events addressed to families, children, couples or simply to curious people who wants to join. Two among the most awaited artists are Alessandra Amoroso, a famous italian pop/soul singer who will perform on the second of January, and “Noa e i Solis” string quartet on the 20th of December. New Year’s eve will be one special evening and a series of thrilling activities will be put in place for the occasion.

The schedule will start in the morning, when at 11.30AM, the Piccola Orchestra di Sorrento will perform the traditional New Year's Concert.

Later at 6.00PM in the main square you can assist to the ceremony of the “Ciuccio di Fuoco”, a ritual that takes place every year on New Year’s eve. Superstition says that fire can drive away bad spirits, so a dummy of a donkey covered in pyrotechnical rockets will be set on fire in the main square for good luck while the folkloristic band Piedigrotta Sorrentina will play.

In the same square you can assist to the Mercurio’s brothers puppet theatre for both adults and children. Puppet shows were widely spread in the Campania region since the 16th century and usually tell the funny story of Pulcinella, the astute tramp from the Commedia dell’Arte.

After the countdown and the welcoming of the new year’s celebrations there will be a fireworks show and everybody is invited to assist from the pier to the suggestive and unique sight.

You can also assist to the New Year’s Mass in the Chiesa Parrocchiale N.S. di Lourdes that starts at 1.30 AM. The town of Sorrento will kickstart the festival on the 21st of November and for its whole duration Il Delfino Hotel has scheduled a bus service that will accompany its hosts to the town centre. For those who want to drive a parking ticket discount of 50% is applied on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of November. The full schedule is available on the ”M’illumino d’Inverno”’s website.