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Praiano, the country with fabulous sunsets: history and traditions of an enchanting location in the heart of the Amalfi Coast

Praiano is a wonderful locality on the Amalfi Coast that includes two ancient residential areas: the homonymous Praiano and Vettica Maggiore. It is located halfway between Positano and Amalfi, in the most intimate heart of the Amalfi Coast. Its name is probably of Greek origin.

Panoramas:

The village of Praiano overlooks east, towards the Capo di Conca and, in the distance, with views of Salerno and the Monti del Cilento. The village is full of sunlight from sunrise to golden sunset over the sea. Vettica Maggiore overlooks west towards Positano and Capri and from here you can admire beautiful sunsets that surround the Faraglioni. Like many towns on the Amalfi Coast, the hamlets are developed in the upper part of the coast, bordered to the north by the wonderful Path of the Gods, trekking route famous all over the world, and in the down part of the coast, on the sea. The coast is characterized by promontories, small and romantic beaches and ancient towers.

Traditions and historical buildings:

Its inhabitants were mainly fishermen, dedicated to tuna, sardines, and anchovies fishing and in search of coral. In the winter they also became farmers: the fertile land, contained in the characteristic dry walls, is cultivated with citrus groves, olive groves, vineyards, vegetables and in particular the delicious piennolo tomatoes. To defend the territory from the Arab incursions, called Saracens, and from the Turks, the Angevins and the Spaniards during the period of the vice reign, built numerous watchtowers and watchtowers, along the promontories of the coast. Some have been renovated over the years and characterize the landscape including the “Torre a Mare” also called the Capo, the “Torre del Grado”. Some tower houses, of noble families, are still well recognizable for their particularity, among the white houses of Praiano. The houses, built in lime, material that the inhabitants of Praiano produced by dissolving the limestone rocks, with domed roofs with a barrel vault or crusade, had the dual function of keeping the interiors cool and collecting rainwater in the cisterns.

The women of Praiano, over the centuries, have been skilled workers of silk, twisted thread, glass beads, hair nets made in the past with their hair, then in silk and finally in nylon. With the same tools, the crucella, the muorlo and the ligna, the netting was done. The women helped their husbands to repair the nets on the beach but they were also very good embroiderers.

In the village of Marina di Praia were built the boats with the wood from Agerola, which was also sold in Africa, the fishers made the netting and made the ropes with a plant that still today it grows along the coast; women salted the anchovies and sardines.

Events and historical churches

The main church of Vettica Maggiore is the Church of Saint Gennaro. Every summer, in August, its charming terrace overlooking the sea is illuminated by the thousands of lights of the Luminaria and the celebrations for Saint Domenico.

In Praiano, in the area of the Antico Seggio, we find the ancient Church of San Luca, which is celebrated three times a year: October 18th, Monday in Albis and the first Sunday of July. It was custom, particularly on the Amalfi coast, where the men were engaged in fishing, to extend the festivity on Monday after Easter, which was dedicated to the patron saint.

Traditional cuisine

Among the typical products of Praiano, we find the migliaccio, a traditional recipe for the carnival, the squid with potatoes, and Christmas cakes: the grown zeppole, the zeppole vullute, the potato zeppole, the cazzabotti and the struffoli.

Beaches

The main beaches of Praiano are La Gavitella, reachable through a flight of steps starting from the Church of San Gennaro, and La Praia, reachable on foot or by car from the Amalfi state road.

Path of the Gods

Praiano is full of streets, alleys, steps and at every glimpse; you are enchanted by the landscape, the vegetation and the flowering plants that adorn it. One of the most beautiful walking routes, reachable from La Barbera b & b, is the one that leads to the Convent of San Domenico Santa Maria del Castro. Continuing you find the wonderful Path of the gods, reachable also along two other ancient mule tracks.

The news on Praiano are re-elaborated from the information taken from the book “La Memoria nella immagine, Praiano viaggio nel Passato” by Giovanni Scala.

 

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Praiano is a wonderful locality on the Amalfi Coast that includes two ancient residential areas: the homonymous Praiano and Vettica Maggiore. It is located halfway between Positano and Amalfi, in the most intimate heart of the Amalfi Coast. Its name is probably of Greek origin.

Panoramas:

The village of Praiano overlooks east, towards the Capo di Conca and, in the distance, with views of Salerno and the Monti del Cilento. The village is full of sunlight from sunrise to golden sunset over the sea. Vettica Maggiore overlooks west towards Positano and Capri and from here you can admire beautiful sunsets that surround the Faraglioni. Like many towns on the Amalfi Coast, the hamlets are developed in the upper part of the coast, bordered to the north by the wonderful Path of the Gods, trekking route famous all over the world, and in the down part of the coast, on the sea. The coast is characterized by promontories, small and romantic beaches and ancient towers.

Traditions and historical buildings:

Its inhabitants were mainly fishermen, dedicated to tuna, sardines, and anchovies fishing and in search of coral. In the winter they also became farmers: the fertile land, contained in the characteristic dry walls, is cultivated with citrus groves, olive groves, vineyards, vegetables and in particular the delicious piennolo tomatoes. To defend the territory from the Arab incursions, called Saracens, and from the Turks, the Angevins and the Spaniards during the period of the vice reign, built numerous watchtowers and watchtowers, along the promontories of the coast. Some have been renovated over the years and characterize the landscape including the “Torre a Mare” also called the Capo, the “Torre del Grado”. Some tower houses, of noble families, are still well recognizable for their particularity, among the white houses of Praiano. The houses, built in lime, material that the inhabitants of Praiano produced by dissolving the limestone rocks, with domed roofs with a barrel vault or crusade, had the dual function of keeping the interiors cool and collecting rainwater in the cisterns.

The women of Praiano, over the centuries, have been skilled workers of silk, twisted thread, glass beads, hair nets made in the past with their hair, then in silk and finally in nylon. With the same tools, the crucella, the muorlo and the ligna, the netting was done. The women helped their husbands to repair the nets on the beach but they were also very good embroiderers.

In the village of Marina di Praia were built the boats with the wood from Agerola, which was also sold in Africa, the fishers made the netting and made the ropes with a plant that still today it grows along the coast; women salted the anchovies and sardines. Events and historical churches

The main church of Vettica Maggiore is the Church of Saint Gennaro. Every summer, in August, its charming terrace overlooking the sea is illuminated by the thousands of lights of the Luminaria and the celebrations for Saint Domenico.

In Praiano, in the area of the Antico Seggio, we find the ancient Church of San Luca, which is celebrated three times a year: October 18th, Monday in Albis and the first Sunday of July. It was custom, particularly on the Amalfi coast, where the men were engaged in fishing, to extend the festivity on Monday after Easter, which was dedicated to the patron saint. Traditional cuisine

Among the typical products of Praiano, we find the migliaccio, a traditional recipe for the carnival, the squid with potatoes, and Christmas cakes: the grown zeppole, the zeppole vullute, the potato zeppole, the cazzabotti and the struffoli.

Beaches

The main beaches of Praiano are La Gavitella, reachable through a flight of steps starting from the Church of San Gennaro, and La Praia, reachable on foot or by car from the Amalfi state road.

Path of the Gods

Praiano is full of streets, alleys, steps and at every glimpse; you are enchanted by the landscape, the vegetation and the flowering plants that adorn it. One of the most beautiful walking routes, reachable from La Barbera b & b, is the one that leads to the Convent of San Domenico Santa Maria del Castro. Continuing you find the wonderful Path of the gods, reachable also along two other ancient mule tracks.

The news on Praiano are re-elaborated from the information taken from the book “La Memoria nella immagine, Praiano viaggio nel Passato” by Giovanni Scala.

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