Sorrento was not an important Roman town. However, in the main street, the Via Italia, leading off the Piazza Tasso towards the cathedral, just opposite the Via P. Reginaldo Guiliano, in the arched entrance to the Archbishop’s Palace, are four good cipollino columns (Plate 2.103). Facing the entrance, the far left and far right hand columns are of the same size, with height 2.6 m. /8.78 Rf and diameter .30 m. /1 Rf. They both have a plinth with a concave scotia and have Corinthian capitals, the left hand one partially complete. The left hand inner column has a Corinthian capital and a similar plinth with concave scotia and measures 1.72 m. /5.8 Rf in height and .50 in diameter /1.68 Rf. The right hand column has lost its Corinthian capital and has a replacement white stone one. It measures 1.78 m. /6 Rf in height and .50 m. in diameter /1.68 Rf. The cathedral, built in the 17th century, was closed.

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Plate 2.103 Four cipollino columns in the entrance to the Archbishop’s Palace, Sorrento.