Praiano: fun and relax between sea and mountains
10 Jun

Praiano: fun and relax between sea and mountains

Praiano is a delightful town located on the Amalfi Coast, in the province of Salerno. The city's name means “offshore” according to some, while others would say it simply means "beach". In any case, this place is a little paradise on Earth, situated midway between the sea and the mountains. Praiano combines the best of these two worlds, with farmers working on the hills and fishermen leading their activities on the coast.

Back then when the Republic of Amalfi existed, Praiano was already greatly appreciated because of its warm and friendly atmosphere, in addition to the charm of the landscape. It’s no coincidence it became the summer residence of the Doges.

One of Praiano’s most interesting places is the "Path of the Gods", a scenic route that offers a unique view on the crystal-clear water below. From this point you can reach Marina di Praia, a lovely sandy bay enclosed between two impressive cliffs. Above this beach stands the Torre a Mare, a medieval building located on the headland.

The beaches of Praiano are equipped with every comfort, and the town also offers several bars, clubs or restaurants where you can enjoy traditional cuisine. You can also go on excursions and visit places such as the caves of Suppraiano, the Africana cave, Cala Gavitella or “Le Praie”, a quiet and secluded beach.

In addition to sunny beaches and craggy landscapes, Praiano also offers other attractions. The old town center is definitely one of these. Among the places worth visiting is the Church of St. Luke the Evangelist, which was built in the seventeenth century in a unique baroque style. It’s mainly known because of its striking tiled floor, made during the eighteenth century: it portrays St. Luke, patron saint of artists, while in the act of painting. Another fascinating sacred place is the Church of San Gennaro Bishop and Martyr: it was built in the sixteenth century on an existing building and was then enriched with other chapels during the nineteenth century.

Praiano also offers its visitors unique events and traditional festivals. Among these special occasions there is the most anticipated Luminaria di San Domenico, which consists of an engaging candlelight vigil at the beginning of August; during the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist, which takes place on October 18th and on the first Sunday of July, gastronomic specialties abound and there are plenty of fireworks shows.