The Imperial Hotel Tramontano, overlooking the most beautiful part of the Gulf of Naples, nourished the romantic culture of the picturesque, sublime and landscapes of 19th century travellers visiting Sorrento. Along with the classic, refined and elegant style: the oldest wing dates back to the 16th century, and its architecture represents the most viewed image of Sorrento worldwide. In the background, the imposing profile of Vesuvius is silhouetted against a sky blazing with romantic sunsets. All of this, in a unique and incomparable setting, guarantees an unforgettable stay in Sorrento.
Throughout its long history, originally as a private residence then from 1812 as a hotel, the Imperial Hotel Tramontano has had the great privilege of playing host to the most important personages of the literary world.
It is now legend that the hotel was visited by Milton during one of his longer travel periods. Tramontano guests also include Goethe, Byron, Scott, Shelley, Lamartine, Musset, Keats, Leopardi and Longfellow. James Fenimore Cooper lived here until the completion of "Water Witch", and it was here that Harriet Beecher Stowe found her inspiration for "Agnes of Sorrento". During a six-month stay here, Ibsen wrote his immortal "Ghosts"..
The world-famous song "Torna a Surriento" was composed by G. B. De Curtis on the Tramontano terrace.
The house was also granted the patronage of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Empress Maria Alexandrovna of Russia and in 1862 by Edward VII, the Prince of Wales before he became king.
On 11 March 1544, the left wing of this old patrician noble residence became birthplace to the celebrated Italian poet, Torquato Tasso, author of: "Jerusalem Liberated" and "Aminta".