Torquato Tasso
(1544-1595)

Died aged c. 51

Torquato Tasso (Italian: [torˈkwaːto ˈtasso]; 11 March 1544 – 25 April 1595) was an Italian poet of the 16th century, best known for his poem Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered, 1581), in which he depicts a highly imaginative version of the combats between Christians and Muslims at the end of the First Crusade, during the Siege of Jerusalem. He suffered from mental illness and died a few days before he was due to be crowned as the king of poets by the Pope. Until the beginning of the 20th century, Tasso remained one of the most widely read poets in Europe.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Torquato Tasso a Sorrento nel 1577. In un bel mattino di luglio dell'anno 1577 una barca sorrentina perventiente da Gaeta approdava al molo della marina di Capo di Cervo (ora Marina Piccola). Un passeggiero vestito da pastore scendeva dalla medesima. Alto e ben complesso nella persona, di aspetto nobile e digniteso, egli .... Bartolomeo Capasso: "Il Tasso e la sua famiglia a Sorrento ...

Marina Piccola, Sorrento, Italy where they was (1577)

Torquato Tasso [full inscription unknown]

, Rome, Italy where they stayed