Meta History

Meta is the magic entrance to the Penisola Sorrentina, featuring a breath-taking panorama that fascinates tourists from all over the world with its observation platforms offering one of the most beautiful landscape in the world. Meta has an ancient history that boasts the presence of Greek and Latin World elements and traces: years and years ago with the adjective “alimureis” Greeks were used to point out one the five landing place of the Penisola Sorrentina and today one of the most known beach in Meta holds the name of Alimuri. At the Madonna del Lauro Sanctuary a Roman necropolis’s remains prove the presence of agricultural settlements in pre-Roman times. In fact exactly during the pre-Roman period, there was a development of an intensive use of the land, of the construction of ledges and shelves and of the cultivation of olives and grapes. Meta name derives from “Miliarium”, ancient Roman stone used in order to mark the distances along the Roman public roads .

Meta is even famous for its characteristic ninth century dated coastal watchtowers During the X century there the Sanctuary of Madonna Del Lauro was built and in the XII century the Baroque-style bell tower was erected. In the navigation history are really well-known the Naval Construction sites settled at Alimuri Beach in Meta, that represents a very strong symbol of centuries-hold maritime tradition of the country and its citizens. A peculiarity of Meta houses are the large courtyards featuring arcade where boats sails. During the nineteenth century citrus cultivation in the shelves modified agriculture and citizens’’ alimentary customs Climax period in Meta history has been mythical era of sailing, boasting extraordinary feats accomplished by Meta large famous families. . In 1784 two Naval Institute were inaugurated: one in meta and the other one in Piano. Year after years a lot of young people . Nevertheless, Meta Naval Construction site have become famous in all the war: in 1860 Naval construction sites in Alimuri held 8 construction ports of call with the production of hundreds cargos. Finally event Meta architecture has been influenced by the maritime and naval tradition, presenting houses built following ship owneers’ and commandants’ needs Nature 5 are, essentially, the layovers of Meta natural sightseeing: Montechiaro, Casini ,Alberi, Camaldoli e Arola. Localities offering breath-taking panorama with an harmonious mix of sea, mountains and citrus trees cultivation fields.

Art Where one time the Minevra temple rised up, today is settled Madonna del Lauro Basilica (Meta principal cathedral) that has been dedicated to the Virgin after that a woman found out a statue of the Madonna below a Lauro tree. Today the building features a neoclassic front and a Baroque tower bell, addedd in a second moment. Behind the metallic door it is possible to admire a wooden door dated back 500 with the mysterious of the Rosary. Moreover in the sacristy it is possible to see fresco by Costantino Desiderio (1783). Several minor Meta churches offers other expressions of the Napoletan Baroque style: among the main building there are: Villa Liguori, built in the 1773 Palazzo Fienga, of which the construction date is unknown and it is supposed that Vanvitelli had a strong role in its restructuration. Villa Valletta Martini, amazing eighteen- century dwelling Villa Giuseppina, majestic building of schooling Vanvitelliana that rises up just in front of Villa Sorrento. It has been built in 1739, owned by several owners such as Borbons until the 1840. Relished Villa Sorrento hosts inside this magic structure. Meta and its characteristic lemons Sorrento lemons are well known and famous in every part of the world and they represent an italian fruit product at Protected Geographic Indication.. People use to call it “limone femminiello”, it has medium/big size and it weights 85 gramms minimum. His juice is teeming with C vitamin and its peel is delightfully scented . The cultivation technique is peculiar: it is based on the use of “pagliarelle”, laid on wooden pole in order to protect the tree against wind and cold and to delay their ripening.. Il “femminiello” Sorrentino boasts a great use in Meta cooking and it is worldwide renowned liqueur “limoncello”, appreciated and exported in every country of the world. By staying in Villa Sorrento you will have the unique opportunity to have a walk in one of the historical citrus grove of Penisola Sorretina and to taste the unique magic “yellow” liqueur