Praiano Travel Summary

Praiano is a ancient fishing village that is situated between Positano and Amalfi and used to serve as summer retreat of first-century Roman emperors and the medieval-era doges (dukes) of the maritime Republic of Amalfi.

The Praiano Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Praiano:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

1. An introduction and brief history to this town:

Praiano is a ancient fishing village that is situated between Positano and Amalfi and used to serve as summer retreat of first-century Roman emperors and the medieval-era doges (dukes) of the maritime Republic of Amalfi.   It is characterised by whitewashed houses with terraced gardens that cascade down the cliffs.

Praiano is probably most famous for the panoramic views along the Amalfi Coast.  For history buffs there are a couple of churches within the town, including the Church of San Luca Evangelista with boasts beautiful majolica floor. The Church of San Gennaro, the Church of Santa Maria a Castro and the Convent of San Domenico are worth visiting and offer breathtaking views from their grounds.  Torre a Mare is an ancient Saracen watch tower standing proudly on the clifftop above the sea.  Once used as a lookout to keep Saracen invaders away, the tower now houses an art gallery.

There is a charming beach called Marina di Praia which whilst small in size is very scenic owing to the steep rocky cliffs hugging its pebbled shore.

For such a tranquil destination you’ll be surprised to hear that it is home of one of the best known nightclubs on the Amalfi Coast named Africana which is has been an Amalfi Coast institution since the 1960s.  It is quite an experience owing to it being within a grotto right by the sea.  There are night buses and reasonably priced water taxis from neighbouring Positano in the summer.

Just down the road is picture-perfect picturesque Positano.  The buildings are almost impossibly built very steeply into the mountain-side in a rainbow of beautiful sun-bleached primrose, pink, terracotta, peach, yellow and white tumbling down a mountainside to meet a sparkling blue sea – making Positano a photographer’s paradise.

2. What to See

 

Church of San Luca Evangelista

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Built in 1588 Church of San Luca Evangelista has a fantastic position in Praiano offering panoramic views along the Amalfi Coast
  • The church is famous for its beautiful blue and white majolica dome
  • The bell tower is also beautiful with green and yellow mosaic
  • Inside you will find an intricate majolica floor, and paintings by the 16th-century artist Giovanni Bernardo Lama

Torre a Mare

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Torre a Mare is an ancient Saracen watch tower standing proudly on the clifftop above the sea which was once used as a lookout to keep Saracen invaders away
  • Torre a Mare is now an art gallery with sculptures and artwork by contemporary artist Paolo Sandulli

Marina di Praia

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Marina di Praia is a very scenic beach owing to the steep rocky cliffs hugging its pebbled shore
  • There are also a couple of beach side restaurants in what used to be fisherman’s houses
  • You can get boat excursions and Centro Sub Costiera Amalfitana diving centre is based here

Positano

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Just down the road is picture-perfect picturesque Positano
  • The buildings are almost impossibly built very steeply into the mountain-side in a rainbow of beautiful sun-bleached primrose, pink, terracotta, peach, yellow and white tumbling down a mountainside to meet a sparkling blue sea – making Positano a photographer’s paradise
  • Check out the brightly tiled dome of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta (Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta)
  • There are some lovely shopping streets filled with delightful Italian artisan shops and designer shops for the fashion conscious

 

 

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