An ancient hamlet of the maritime Republic of Amalfi during the Middle Ages, Praiano develops in two residential complexes. The one of Praiano on top and the one of Vettica Maggiore on the bottom.
Enchanting for its architectural structure, for its art evidences, its breathtaking landscape and so much more, Praiano has been, since the times of the Grand Tour, a renowned tourist resort in the heart of Amalfi Coast. The name of the town comes from Pelagianum, “open sea”, eventually turned into Plagianum until the present Praiano.
Among the religious buildings worthy being visited there is the Chapel of St. Luca, with an inside with a nave and two aisles, a suggestive silver bust of the Saint, paintings by Padovano of Montorio and Giovan Bernardo Lama. Other churches not to be missed are the panoramic small church of S. Maria of Costantinopoli and the Parish Church of Vettica, consecrated to St. Gennaro. Characteristic of the town are the numerous votive niches, spots of cult which testify the high religious sense of the people of Praiano.
A longed-for tourist destination, the town of Praiano has developed exceptional and varied tourist services, including accommodation facilities and restaurants. Hotels, resorts, holiday apartments, B&bs, but also restaurants, bar-cafeterias and places where to spend one’s free time during an unforgettable holiday in Amalfi Coast.
The bathing area is that of Marina di Praia: a beach among rock walls where to enjoy the sun and the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Salerno. Not far from it, the hamlet of Vettica Maggiore giving its visitors a superb beach with a view on Positano and Capri.