Sorrento: the Madonna del Soccorso parades in Marina Piccola, a history that dates back to 1500
The Madonna del Soccorso showed a Marina Piccola in Sorrento despite the uncertain weather. The correspondents of Positanonews Sara Ciocio and Lucio Esposito they celebrated the Madonna with a procession at sea faithfully respecting the canons of the maritime culture of the Sorrento coast. The celebration annually attracts numerous faithful and tourists interested in the characteristic ceremonies of the village of Marina Piccola. The church of the Madonna del Soccorso it already existed in 1570. It was probably built by the Sorrento patrician Correale family, also owner of the place, on the remains of an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Ceres. In the nineteenth century the Aponte di Sant’Agnello family of shipowners contributed to the expansion works. In ancient times it was based there the Confraternity of Santa Maria del Soccorso and of the souls of Purgatory formed in 1831 for having separated from the Confraternity of San John in the Fountains of the Marina Grande, founded in 1640. The Sorrento historian Bartolommeo Capasso glosses over the date of foundation of the church, but states that it already existed in 1577 with the title of Saint Leonard, but after a few years it ceased. Thus began that of Santa Maria del Soccorso. The painting currently placed on the altar of the chapel was painted in 1625 by the priest Andrea Scarpato.