From the outside, the Church of St. Francis has an air of modernity in contrast to other more ornate churches in Sorrento.
The simple white façade was rebuilt in marble in 1926; however, the present portal which dates back to the fifteen hundreds, was preserved.
But the church itself is much older: originally it was an ancient oratory founded by Saint Antonino, the Patron Saint of Sorrento, who dedicated the church to St. Martin of Tours.
In the Fourteenth Century, Franciscan Friars transformed it into a church, which was later reconstructed in the baroque style and embellished with stucco decorations.
A convent and a cloister stand by the church, both also dedicated to San Francis. The cloister is a marvelous atmospheric mix of many architectural styles, from the pagan era to the Middle Ages, and is a delightfully peaceful place to visit.
Its evocative architecture, secluded tranquility and seasonal flowers create a unique environment for contemplation and quiet, far from the hubbub of the city.
Musical evenings and concerts are also sometimes held there.