The Torre Vicereale (Viceroy’s Tower), which stands proudly at the foot of Cetara’s Marina, is the quintessential symbol of the town.
Its charm dominates the entire village and contributes to making this typical fishing village even more picturesque. The tower dates back to the 14th century, and its purpose was to defend the coast from Turkish attacks during the 1400s invasions.
With its distinctive cylindrical shape, this stone-built structure was originally equipped with three cannons and three “petrieri” to target the enemy from an elevated position. Over the years, it underwent several modifications, including the addition of an upper floor during the Aragonese period and the construction of two more floors in the 19th century.
Today, inside the Viceroy’s Tower, you’ll find the Civic Museum of Cetara, opened in 2011. Here, you can discover numerous paintings by artists known as “costaioli” because they depicted the splendid landscapes of the Amalfi Coast. Notable names among them include Ugo Marano and Manfredi Nicoletti. In the lower rooms of the tower, you’ll also find the Museum-Cellar dedicated to the anchovy “colatura.” This is where ancient barrels preserve the liquid obtained from the maceration of salted anchovies, allowing it to age.