Massa Centro, the chief town, with its historic center waiting to be discovered.
Massa Centro is the chief town of the municipality of Massa Lubrense, here are public offices, including the tourist information office of Pro Loco Massa Lubrense.
Largo Vescovado is the main square, with the Town Hall, the Cathedral of Santa Maria delle Grazie, and the lookout called “Pennino” which allows you to admire the enchanting island of Capri and the island of Ischia.
Not to be missed, in Massa Centro, the “Cerriglio”, former palace De Martino, ancient aristocratic house, with a characteristic avenue of tuff pillars and marble busts; down the avenue the beautiful “Nymphaeum”.
Going through via Palma, in the area Villarca there is the “Torrione”, a typical military architecture of the early seventeenth century, raised in defense of the Jesuit College.
Massa Centro consists of the aggregation of various ancient hamlets (Morta or Mortora, Sirignano, Quarazzano, Palma, Campo); Maldacea in 1840 wrote: “This modern city of Massa Lubrense is made up of more Casali, close to each other … the air is pure and the atmosphere has a great advantage over the surrounding hamlets, because it is not subject to the fog that hurts terribly to the vegetation of these campaigns above. The City is situated above a irregular floor and is very high from the sea level, enjoys the view of the crater, is sheltered by north winds. Its climate is hotter than the other hamlets, so the fruit will ripen much earlier; it has many gardens of Citrus trees in Casali, while in the villages these trees vegetate badly because of the cold winds.”
Church Former Cathedral of Santa Maria delle Grazie
Mons. Andrea Belloni wanted the church in Palma area, contiguous to the Estaurita of St. Erasmus. The solemn ceremony of laying the first stone, took place in March 25, 1512, in the evening, because the inhabitants of the villages of the upper area of Massa, did not like the choice of the site. The building ended towards 1542 and the temple was consecrated by the successor of Belloni, Mons. Peter Marchesi, on July 7, 1543 and dedicated to Santa Maria delle Grazie.
To the right of the facade is the bell. It was a truncated tower, in the early ‘900 was completed by a dome. A large clock with bells marks the hours. Three bells of different sizes reassembled at the time of Bellotti, who sanctified them, and bear his coat of arms.
The Cathedral has a basilica shape with three naves, the central wider; the transept is higher than the naves and originally had a dome, which was removed in the remake. The grandstand is impressive; the basin was frescoed, like the dome, from biblical depictions by the hand of Andrea da Salerno, now disappeared, and an oval opening at the top gives light inside.
In the tympanum, in the center, framed in stucco, is the picture of Our Lady of Grace and Child ulnis sitting in the clouds in a glory of angels and below are the souls in Purgatory. This framework replaced another painter Marco Cardisco from Massa, commissioned in 1527 by the city authorities. The Madonna was depicted with Child between SS. John the Apostle and Sebastian. At the top the Resurrection with the Archangel St. Gabriel and the Annunciation, below the Apostles.
Among the stalls of the canons, removed, stood an organ of the eighteenth century, which still exists on site, before it was placed on the main door to the time of Bishop Centino, and replaced by a very modern one by a few decades. It is supported by a platform held by two Roman columns found in Sorrento. Three arches, the central very wide, supported by massive pillars, divide the transept.
How to reach Massa Centro
Mass Centro is easily accessible by car, from Sorrento or Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi. You can find a place for the car in the parking lots or in the blue lines.
From Massa Centro to Meta di Sorrento and vice versa the EAV Bus Line A run every 20 minutes, from 6:00 to 22:00 (with extended service hours during the summer). SITA Buses connect Massa Centro to Sorrento, to the hamlets, and to the Amalfi Coast. We recommend you consult the schedule.