Why choose Praiano for your vacation
Nestled between sky and sea, Praiano is a charming and peaceful seaside village nestled at the foot of Mount Sant’Angelo in Tre Pizzi. It has been a holiday destination since the days of the Ancient Amalfi Republic, when the doges chose it as their summer residence. Positioned between Amalfi and Positano, Praiano is the ideal solution for those who want to reach, easily and in a short time, all the main places of interest on the Amalfi Coast.
The village stands on a promontory, and to visit it you have to face the characteristic stairways, sometimes long and tiring, but worth the effort because they lead to spectacular places and to enchanting views. The promenades have evocative names: “di Terramare,” which starts from the Marina di Praia and arrives at the Torre a Mare, from which it is possible to enjoy one of the classic coastal views; “di San Domenico,” for those who love spiritual paths, which leads to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Castro; “di Grado,” which descends from Piazza San Gennaro toward the Torre di Grado and the sea; and “dei Panorami,” along which one can appreciate wonderful views.
Praiano, like the entire Amalfi Coast, is famous for its crystal clear sea and beautiful beaches. One of the most beautiful is Cala Gavitella, which, because of its happy west exposure with views of Positano, the island of Capri and “Li Galli,” is the only beach on the coast where it is possible to admire both sunset and sunrise. Also known as “the town that greets the sun,” Praiano offers breathtaking sunsets that are no match for the similar spectacle that can be seen in Santorini or Ibiza. Near the cove are the fascinating natural pool of the Altar Fountain and the lonely Praie beach, accessible only by sea. Also of remarkable beauty is the beach of Marina di Praia, framed by high cliffs.
In addition to the views, sunsets and magnificent sea, Praiano also offers treasures of great historical and cultural value, including: the Church of San Gennaro, with its colorful majolica dome; the Baroque Church of San Luca Evangelista, endowed with a rich artistic heritage; and the Romanesque Church of San Giovanni Battista, with a magnificent majolica tiled floor. On the slopes of Mount S. Angelo in Tre Pizzi is the Church of Santa Maria a Castro, with the adjoining Convent of S. Domenico, to which is linked an ancient tradition that is repeated every year from August 1 to 4, the Luminaria di San Domenico, which illuminates with thousands of candles, torches and candle lights some of the most characteristic places in the town. In addition, there are a large number of votive shrines of ancient or recent date, in fresco or ceramic, among the narrow streets of the village.
On the other hand, for those who are keen on hiking and trekking, Praiano is one of the starting points of the Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods), a path immersed in nature, along which one can admire and photograph splendid views. Considered among the most beautiful in the world, it passes through villages and landscapes of the Amalfi Coast.
Finally, the town boasts ancient traditions: gastronomic, which are characterized by the excellent products the area offers and delicious dishes such as squid Praianese style with potatoes; and handicrafts, such as the art of bobbin embroidery and pottery and woodworking.
So have we convinced you? At this point you just have to book your vacation in Praiano!