Posted by: Debra Kolkka | April 27, 2018

A surprise In Sorrento

Just off Piazza Tasso, the main square in Sorrento, is a surprise. There is a deep ravine which holds a group of old mills, now abandoned.

From the top only a couple of buildings are visible, but there are 25 in total. They were flour mills and saw mills, powered by water from fast flowing streams. Some date from the 13th century. They were abandoned in the early 20th century and are now disappearing in the undergrowth.



You can see how deep the ravine is in this photo.


I think it is possible to walk through the area, but I am not sure how to do so. There is a track from the top, but it has collapsed in a couple of places. There must be another entrance. I will investigate on my next visit to Sorrento.


  1. Happy exploring!

    • It will have to be on my next visit to Sorrento.

  2. Hi Debra: Did you once live near this area? Thank you for the blogs. I always enjoy reading about your trips.

    • I lived in nearby S’Agata Sui due Golfi 45 years ago. My son was born in Sorrento. I love this area of Italy.

  3. What a sight!

    • It is amazing to find it in the heart of Sorrento.

      • So it is literally by some Piazza?

      • It is close to Piazza Tasso, the main square in Sorrento.

  4. What a wonderful place. Think you have captured it best from the top, maybe don’t need to get down there anyway.

    • The path has definitely fallen in. There must be another way in. Maybe on my next visit I will find out.

  5. Wow. “A job for an archaeologist in the future” my husbands quote. Looking forward to the future details on this…

    • We didn’t have time to investigate on this visit…next time.

  6. 25! What a hive of industry it must have been. Such a shame to see them disused – there’d be some stories there.

    • It is incredible that there was so much activity under the town.

  7. Very interesting, but it could also be most dangerous to venture. Land slides and collapsing buildings do not make a good mixture

    • Apparently people do hike through the area, but it may not be for me.

  8. Oh wow, wow, wow! Great find – and I hope you find your way down there on your next trip.

  9. Fascinating


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