Sorrento, The Basilica of Saint Antonino

Sorrento, The Basilica of Saint Antonino


In a short walk from the main piazza Tasso in Sorrento’s town center,

walking through Via Luigi Di Maio toward the sea,

Piazza Tasso


Via Luigi Di Maio


On Piazza San Antonino lies the Basilica of St. Antonino.


Piazza Saint Antonino

Basilica of Saint Antonino


The Basilica is named after Sorrento’s patron saint,

and it is considered one of the most important churches

on the Sorrento coast. In the IX, the century

on the place where it is now erected Basilica

was already an oratory dedicated to Saint Antonino.

The origin of the Church dates to the XI century.


Who was Saint Antonino:

He was a Benedictine monk

named Antonino Cacciottolo of Sant’Antonino Abate lived in Campania d’Eboli,

in Salerno’s province in the 6th century.

He lived in Sorrento. During his life, he performed numerous miracles,

including one in which he rescued a child swallowed by a whale,

which was considered Holy.

Saint Antonino is the patron saint of the city of Sorrento.

He died on February 14 the 625. Since then,

at this day in Sorrento is celebrated its patron saint Sant’Antonino.


Entering the Basilica, after the arched portal,

going up by four steps, you access the lobby,

There is a crest on the wall behind the urn

with Monsignor Francesco’s remains Gargiulo.

Above are the two whale ribs from the miracle with the swallowed child.

The lobby with the urn and the Weil’s ribs


Internal of the Basilica of Saint Antonino:

Inside the Basilica of Sant’Antonio, with a can cross,

it is divided into three naves by twelve marble columns,

Coming from one of the “villas maritime” since Roman times.

The central core is covered with a lacunar-painted ceiling.

At the significant part is a painting

by Giovanni Batista’s lama from the XVIII with the story of Saint Antonino,

Who frees from the devil, the daughter of Siccardo Prince Benevento (1743).



the central part, the columns, and the paintings on the ceiling


And two other paintings important to their value by Giacomo Del Po

that interpret The Siege of Sorrento of 1648 located on the right,

And The Plague of Sorrento of 1656 on the left.

The paintings and Sorrento’s plaque


At the central part of the building above the marble columns,

you can see oval paintings (on each side) depicting scenes from his life.

On the right side, you see  St. Antonio while rescue bricklayer falling from the belfry.

The appearance of the Saint in front of the sculptor who made his silver statue.

The release of a woman obsessed with the devil,

escape of Saracens, saints’ visit at Sorrento,

and his phenomenon to Pope Gregory I, who unfairly blames St. Catello.


On the left side, you see the depicted saving to a boat from a shipwreck,

healing of a priest poisoned by a snake, rescue of a goat,

and the liberation of builders pinned under a rock.


The oval paintings


The main Altar:

The main altar is reached by climbing five steps.

The altar was brought from the Holy Trinity’s Monastery

and was dedicated by Monsignor Vinicio Cala on June 1, 1814.

On the oval wall behind the altar are wooden icons with St. Antonino,

St. Bacolo e Athanasiou, St. Renato, and St. Valerio painted in 1648.



St.Antonino’s silver statue:

In the Basilica of Santo Antonio, there is also a statue of Saint Anthony in silver,

made on February 3, 1564, by Scipio of Constantine Neapolitan goldsmith.

The legend says that the first statue was completed in 1494,

but followed by a Saracens raid, 13 Junius in 1558,

was plundered and fused to obtain weapons.

The will of the people of Sorrento was to make a second statue,

but lacked funds; the work was late to be finished:

it was thus the same Saint Antonino who appeared

to the Neapolitan goldsmith who had been in charge

of carrying out the work.

He (Saint Antonino) appeared and delivered the rest

of the missing sum and showed himself for some time,

In a way to be observed well so that he looks exactly like him.

Soon the people of Sorrento manage to collect all money,

they went to the craftsman who told them about the miracle,

and as evidence of this, they added in the hands of the Saint a bag,

a symbol of the amount which the Saint paid.


The silver statue of Saint Antonino

The silver statue of Saint Antonino


The Crypt:

A double-ramp staircase leads to the Crypt below.

The Crypt of the Basilica is the most visited part.

Inside the Crypt are the remains of the patron saint of the city.

In the Crypt are concentrated the devotees of the Patron Saint Antonino.

It starts from the Crypt walls enriched by the former vows,

which are the testimony of faith in the Saint and the graces received,

and many “paintings” that reproduce prodigious sea rescues.

The Crypt center is the Saint’s statue,

where behind it is the perennial oil lamp with silver foil,

where visitors recite the prayer.

Saint Antonino is the patron protector of the seamen of Sorrento.

The crypt altar


The former vows enriched the Crypt walls.


And the seamen vows in memories of their rescues.


Inside the Basilica di Saint Antonino,

You definitely feel the smell of the sea and mysticism.

From Sorrento with Love ❤



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