Welcome to Praiano...
Praiano, known in antiquity as Pelagium (Open sea), among all the towns along the Amalfi coast is the one offering the widest views of the sea.
Starting in the 12th century AD, the traditional activities of agriculture (in the higher part of town) and fishing (in the lower portion) were joined by handicraft activities, such as the production of the “twisted thread”, linen, and coral fishing, and, in more recent times, the production of salted anchovies and the characteristic hair nets, very popular in the past along the entire coast.
The renowned “Path of the Gods” starts out from Praiano. This ancient mountain path offers spectacular views to hikers.
Among the architectural highlights, don’t miss the Church of St. Luke, with the characteristic dome covered by Vietri ceramic tiles, the relics, the bust of the saint, and the paintings by famous artists of the 1500’s.
Visiting the lower portion of town, the Church of St. Gennaro deserves attention. This location is also where the foot paths to the Gavitella beach and the Grado lookout tower begin.
From the 1st to the 4th of August every year, in the Convent of St. Mary at Castro, there is the illumination of St. Dominic, a striking tradition where more than 2000 candles decorate the St. Gennaro square.
Praiano, with its spectacular views, cuisine, hotels, and the typical warm hospitality of its inhabitants, represents one of the most enchanting locations of the Amalfi Coast, and guarantees a relaxing vacation.