VIETRI SUL MARE
The first town and gateway to the Amalfi Coast, Vietri sul Mare is world famous thanks to its ancient ceramic tradition, which originated in pre-Roman times. Since then, the art of the “red earth” outlines the unmistakable tract of the town: on the walls of the houses, on the roofs, on the balconies, in the votive aedicules, in the shop signs… on the magnificent dome of the church of San Giovanni Battista, which is the center of the city, and which the Vietresi call “Ciroppolo”. From the Church the main streets are radially set out, connecting the centre to the suggestive hamlets: Albori, Benincasa, Dragonea, Raito, Molina, Marina and to the villages Iaconti, Padovani and Santa Maria degli Angeli. The best way to admire the town is to look out from Piazza Matteotti. On the left, there is the “Ciroppolo”, or the town of Vietri, below there is Marina di Vietri, and on the right, higher up the villages of Raito and Albori, with a series of peaks and coves below that led to the Tower of Tummolo in Erchie.
Testimony to a glorious past, the meeting of peoples and cultures, along the whole coast:old convents walls, Roman villas, churches and shrines, ruins of ancient mills …
Vietri sul mare has countless cultural, historical and architectural wonders, not only for the expert but also enthusiastic tourists, who are curious and greedy for the spirit of the place, as well as whoever wants to know something more about where they are staying…
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In the luxuriant green of the Vietri hills, clusters of houses crossed by a maze of narrow streets and stairways that seem to dive straight into the sea…and that lead back to a time that seems to have stopped.
Leave the beaches, historic centres, restaurants …
Put on a pair of walking boots and walk along the ancient roads of the Amalfi Coast. Mule paths, faint tracks or paved roads, walked along over the centuries by farmers and traders to move from one point to another of the Coast, when the State Highway 163 had yet to be built.
Walk between vineyards and lemon groves, hanging onto the steep slopes of the Lattari Mountains, or at high altitudes, through chestnut and beech woods where it is possible to meet shepherds with goats and woodsmen with their mules, coming across abandoned hermitages and ancient bandit shelters …
suspended from overhanging views, but always in contact with the sea!
The first beach of Vietri sul Mare, which is also the first of the Amalfi Coast, is the Baia, from where it is easy to reach the port area of Salerno. This is followed by: the tiny “Duje Cavalli”, which can be reached via a short private part of Via Cristoforo Colombo; the beautiful beach of Crestarella, upon which stands the ancient viceroy tower; the beach of Franata; Lizard Beach, which can be reached via Hotel La Lucertola by a long concrete staircase that goes down the cliff to the peak. finally, the Spiaggia dei Due Fratelli, which offers a nice view of the Due Fratelli, the small faraglioni that make the skyline of the Marina di Vietri unmistakable. Follow the two larger beaches of Marina, Vietri ends with Marinella r’e’ Ninnilli, so-called because of the low water, ideal for “ninnilli” or children! From this beach, walking in the water for a few metres, its is possible to reach the beach of Carrubina.
For anyone who is not satisfied or is looking for cleaner and less crowded waters, from Marina di Vietri, there are boats that ferry beachgoers to the western beaches of Vietri, some that can only be reached via the sea.
After the beach of Carrubina, in rapid succession, there are the beaches of Cancelluzzo and the much larger one of the Scoglione. After a hundred metres, past Punta Longa, there are the three beaches of Marina d’Albori and the two beaches called “della Schiarata”. The beaches of Albori can be reached by a set of two hundred steps that start from SS 163, at 48.2 km. The two Schiarata beaches can be reached by swimming, or by the shuttle service that leaves from the main beaches.
These are followed by: L’acqua r’a fica (Acqua del Fico), so named because it has a drinking fountain, located on its right end, near a fig tree; then the beach of Punta Fuenti, also known by the toponym “Areto Fuonti”, both can only be reached via the sea.
The last beach of Vietri is Travertini, which can only be reached via the sea. At the centre of the beach, there is a small waterfall of non-potable water and, on the furthest right, a small-sized cave inside which there is a small beach which is always shaded.
After the beach of the Travertini, there are the beaches of Cetara …