Its history is linked to that of Sorrento, as it was one of its suburbs (Frazione) until 1808.
It gets its name from the Latin word Planities, due to its flat conformation.
Up to the eight-hundreds the territory was indicated by two place names, Carotto and Cassano, the popular tradition attributes this to two areas divided by a seismic event occurred in the sixteenth century, hence the nickname "cà rotto" (here broken) given to the area damaged by the earthquake "cà sano" (here intact) given to the area which remained undamaged.
The town today boasts an intense commercial activity, heir to a centuries-old tradition of its trade routes. Here, moreover, until two centuries ago was a thriving craft which produced fast boats, renowned all over the Kingdom of Naples.
Apart from the shipbuilding industry the coastal town has established its fame in Italy and abroad thanks to its textile industry, with its sixty weaving facilities for the processing of wool and silk which have been active since the early twentieth century. The true specialties were silk garments and ecclesiastical vestments.
One should also visit the archaeological museum Georges Vallet - hosted in the magnificent Villa Fondi, whose terraces overlook the fishing village of Marina of Cassano and the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel.
FROM SORRENTO TO PIANO DI SORRENTO
Distance: 4 km.
By car / motorbike follow the Corso Italia to Piano di Sorrento.
By train: with trains of the Circumvesuviana line Naples-Sorrento, get off at Piano di Sorrento
By bus: regular service with the Circumvesuviana
INFORMATION AND USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS
Police : tel. +390815321486
Taxi: Tel. +390818786363
Post offices: Via delle Rose 83