Only 5 minutes away from the central Piazza Tasso, in the small and busy San Cesario Street, between two rather banal souvenir shops, stands an ancient and imposing building. Many tourists see it and grow up in it because of the hustle and bustle. They fail to understand that they are passing by one of the most beautiful buildings in Sorrento and simply continue on their way. If you happen to work near him, don’t make this mistake. It is strongly recommended not to ignore Sedile Dominova and to spend time getting an impression of the beautiful place.
This building, Sedile Dominova, during the Middle Ages when all the necessary, rich, decisive people met to rub shoulders with each other and discuss important matters such as politics. They sat in this place and determined the future of the city and the region. It also somewhat explains why the strange name Sedile Dominova translates quite simply to the seat of the new house.
The place will likely be full of tourists and organized groups that come for a tour, but this is no reason to escape the area because the building is worth spending a few moments reviewing. Wait outside until it calms down – you can sit and drink coffee in front of the busy crowd or close the corner to buy souvenirs. Then go inside to soak up some of the beauty: the colorful murals that you just can’t take your eyes off.
With the big Sorrento city emblem and angels holding it, big arches in different styles decorated Roman columns and many artistic elements from the Middle Ages. You can see locals sitting, chatting, and playing cards in the entrance space. These are members of the local labor union who are sitting there playing cards. Today the building is home to the organization that unites the workers in Sorrento.
The Sedile Dominova was built in the 14th century and is the only building of its kind that has survived in the Campania region, so you have a rare opportunity to look at a particular structure that alone tells a lot about the local culture and life there 800 years ago.