Cetara: A Classic Fishing Village
Only a few kilometers away from the city of Salerno, Cetara is one of the least reliant on tourism of all the towns on the Amalfi Coast and, perhaps, for this reason, also the most authentic of the area's fishing villages. This timeless hamlet is exactly how you would imagine a fishing outpost from the past century, with a handful of cottages clustered around a historic church topped by a ceramic-tiled cupola and a tiny harbor packed with bobbing fishing boats and colorful rowboats lined up on the beach. In the year 879, Saracen pirates landed for the first time on the Amalfi coast and chose this spot to set up their base for raids further afield. Of this turbulent past, the only remaining indication is the watchtower that still rises above the town.
If you're traveling from Salerno, Cetara is the first two town you'll come across on the Amalfi Coast. From the A3 motorway, exit at Vietri Sul Mare and take the SS163 for a few additional kilometers to reach Cetara. Those traveling by public transport can catch Sita buses to Cetara from Naples or Salerno.
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Cetara is a quintessential Mediterranean fishing village and 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 traditional nets.
Cetara's tuna is famous throughout the world and vast quantities are exported to Japan, where it is used in sushi dishes.