Vietri sul Mare is a picturesque town at the start of the Amalfi Coast, famous for its colorful ceramics and sandy beaches.
The town is nestled between the mountains and the sea, offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean and surrounding natural landscapes.
Origins and history
The town of Vietri sul Mare has a rich and fascinating history.
It dates back to Roman times, when it was an important port for maritime trade in the Campania region. Over the centuries, the town was conquered and ruled by various powers, including the Lombards, Normans and Aragonese. In the 18th century, Vietri sul Mare became famous for its ceramics production, which became a local craft tradition. The town prospered thanks to this activity, which is still very much alive today.
Vietri sul Mare is famous for its production of colorful ceramics, considered one of the most beautiful in Italy.
Local craftsmen use traditional techniques to create unique objets d’art: plates, cups, tiles and murals. It’s possible to visit local workshops to see craftsmen at work and buy original ceramics. Many souvenir stores also sell Vietri sul Mare ceramics, which have become symbols of the town.
Vietri sul Mare is a popular vacation destination thanks to its fine sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters.
The town’s main beach is Marina di Vietri, divided in two by the River Bonea. On one side there are equipped lidos with parking spaces reserved for guests, and on the other the free beach, from which, with a fee-paying sea transport, there’s the possibility of visiting coves that can’t be reached on foot.
Visitors can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking in the surrounding mountains and kayaking along the coast.
It is also possible to book a boat trip to explore the Amalfi Coast from the sea.
Vietri sul Mare boasts a rich cultural heritage that can be explored on a city tour.
The Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista is one of the city’s most important monuments. It was built in the 10th century and boasts a magnificent Baroque façade. The town is also home to the Ceramics Museum, which displays examples of Vietri sul Mare ceramics from ancient times to the present day. The museum is housed in a former noble palace and offers temporary exhibitions as well as permanent collections.
Vietri sul Mare’s cuisine is typical of the Campania region, with dishes based on seafood, pasta and fresh vegetables.
Visitors can sample local specialties in the town’s restaurants, however, there’s one typical dish that can’t be missed: spaghetti alle vongole. This clam pasta specialty is prepared with fresh ingredients from the sea, such as clams, garlic, olive oil and fresh herbs. Local restaurants also serve pizzas, antipasti and traditional desserts such as sfogliatella, a flaky pastry topped with ricotta.