The opening town of Sorrento Coast, Vico Equense is an enchanting location to spend a relaxing holiday. Lively and inhabited both in Summer and in Winter, Vico Equense boasts a multiple accommodation offer and a great number of natural, historical and architectural beauties as well, to satisfy any need and kind of holiday.
Vico Equense has almost 20,000 inhabitants and can be easily reached thanks to a direct link with Naples and Sorrento. In its territory there are 13 hamlets, each of which offers interesting itineraries, from gastronomy to natural and cultural beauties. The town of Vico Equense rises on a rocky promontory steep on the sea, at the feet of Mt. Faito.
Vico Equense is the seat of Campania Mineralogical Museum, founded in 1922, which keeps 3,500 minerals of 1,400 kinds, collected in a 50 years’ research by Engineer Pasquale Discepolo. Famous also for its strong folk tradition, the town of Vico Equense hosts, in August, the International Festival of Folk Traditions, an occasion of cultural exchange among populations very far away from one another and the Festival of Pacchianelle, during which, since 1909, over 300 people dressed in typical costumes give life to a suggestive living crib. On this occasion, the pacchianelle, young children and women wearing peasants’ dresses, bring the typical products of the local tradition to the Infant Jesus.
Interesting are also the celebrations on the occasion of the festival for the Patron Saint of the town, St. Ciro and Giovanni, on January 31st.
Vico Equense is also rich in natural beauties and interesting historical and artistic places worthy being visited. Among these, there is the Cathedral of SS. Annunziata, lying in a suggestive location, with its forecourt steep on the sea: built in 1320, it has a façade dating back to the 17th century and a bell tower to the 16th century. It is the only example of Gothic church all over Sorrento Coast with an interior with a nave and two aisles and a pentagonal apse dating back to the 14th century, which is completely frescoed.
The remaining churches in the area worthy a visit are the Church and former convent of SS Trinità e Paradiso, the Church of San Ciro and the Church of Santa Maria Vecchia, this one located in the centre of the hamlet of Seiano.
Not to be missed in the suggestive territory belonging to Vico Equense are Giusso Castle, built on a rocky spur dominating the sea under the will of Charles of Anjou in 1824 and the Antiquarium keeping the archaeological finds discovered in the area.