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Tiny fishing villages in the lesser-known stretch of the Amalfi Coast.
3 things to do in Cetara and Vietri sul Mare
- Buy a bottle of Anchovy syrup, the ultimate edible souvenir.
- Discover the secrets of Vietri sul Mares ceramic industry.
- Sail on the crystal clear sea surrounding Erchie.
How to get to Cetara and Vietri sul Mare
If you're traveling from Salerno, these are the first two towns you'll come across on the Amalfi Coast. From the A3 motorway, exit at Vietri. From Vietri you'll need to take the SS163 to reach Cetara.
Those traveling by public transport can catch Sita buses to Cetara and Vietri from Naples or Salerno.
For more detailed information: How to get to the Amalfi Coast
Cetara and Vietri sul Mare. Delectable fish and beautiful plates on which to eat it
Only a few kilometers away from the city of Salerno, of all the towns on the Amalfi Coast, Cetara and Vietri are the least reliant on tourism and, perhaps, for this reason, the most authentic of the area's fishing towns.
Cetara: world tuna capital
Cetara ia a quintessential Mediterranean fishing village: a handful of houses clustered around a majolica domed Church, a small port and a beach lined with bobbing fishing boats.
It was in the distant 879 that Saracen pirates first landed in the area and chose Cetara as their base from where to attack the other towns along the Amalfi Coast.
Today, the only sign of Cetara's turbulent past is the town's ancient watch tower.
Visitors come to Cetrara to eat what is widely considered to be the best fish on the Amalfi Coast: including the town's legendary Colatura di Alici, an anchovy syrup similar to the Ancient Roman "Garum", and fresh tuna caught using the traditional nets.
Cetara's tuna is famous throughout the world and vast quantities are exported to Japan, where it is used in sushi dishes.
Restaurants in Cetara
Cetara has three excellent restaurants in which to savor the town's unique cuisine: the informal "Il Convento", the classic "Il San Pietro" and the contemporary "L'Acqua Pazza"; all of which guarantee an eating experience to remember.
Erchie, on the heels of Hercules
Just one bend before reaching Cetara, the seaside hamlet of Erchie is a little gem which, legend has it, was founded by Hercules when he arrived in Italy from Greece.
An ancient Norman tower dominates the seafront and divides it into two little beaches.
Vietri sul Mare, china town
Since Medieval times, Vietri sul Mare, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, has been famous for its ceramics.
For generations, the inhabitants of this pretty seaside town have been producing precious porcelain, more often than not painted in bright yellows, greens and blues.
To learn more about the history of Vietri sul Mare's most important industry, head to the Ceramic Museum in Raito's Villa Guariglia.
Colorful ceramics were used to tile the dome of the 18th century church of San Giovanni Battista, which can be seen from almost every corner of the town and from the "Due Fratelli" beach, which owes its name (Two Brothers) to the twin sea stacks rising up out of the water immediately opposite.
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