Torquato Tasso
(1544-1595)

Died aged c. 51

Torquato Tasso (/ˈtæsoʊ/ TASS-oh, also US: /ˈtɑːsoʊ/ TAH-soh, Italian: [torˈkwaːto ˈtasso]; 11 March 1544 – 25 April 1595) was an Italian poet of the 16th century, known for his 1591 poem Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered), 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 of 1099. Tasso suffered from mental illness and died a few days before he was to be crowned on the Capitoline Hill as the king of poets by Pope Clement VIII. His work was widely translated and adapted, and until the beginning of the 20th century, he 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