Amalfi Coast

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Praiano

Praiano occupies the stretch of the Amalfi coast between Positano and Conca dei Marini, on either side of Capo Sottile. The name appears to derive from the word praia, or beach, originating from the Greek plagion (oblique surface). At the time of the Amalfi Republic Praiano was chosen by the Doges of Amalfi as their summer residence. Dating in fact to the Angevin period is the finest surviving watchtower on the entire coastline, Torre Assiola, known as the "Sciola".
In the past Praiano was famous for its production of silk and yarns. As well as this, hairnets were produced, anchovies pickled and coral fishing practised. In the centre of the high part of the town, in a fine panoramic position, stands the main church of Praiano, dedicated to the patron saint, Saint Luke the Evangelist. The lower part of the town stretches out towards the Marina di Praia, the only landing-place of the ancient Plagianum, with a beach carved out between two high cliffs. On the headland overlooking the Marina is the Torre a Mare, of mediaeval origin, built as a look-out to raise the alarm in the event of Turkish raids.

From Marina di Praia short boat trips bring visitors to the captivating sites of the Grotte di Suppraiano and the Grotta dell'Africana, with the by now legendary Africana Night Club, a mythical discotheque suspended over the sea, which was frequented, among others, by John Kennedy, Frank Sinatra and Rudolph Nureyev.
On the other side of Capo Sottile, stands the village of Vettica Maggiore, clustered around the Church of San Gennaro Bishop and Martyr. A little beyond, descending towards the sea, we come to the Torre di Grado and the cala della Gavitella, the only beach on the Amalfi coast that is lit by the sun up to sunset. Also in the environs of Gavitella are the Fontana dell'Altare, a natural swimming pool carved out of a cave, and the Spiaggia delle Praie, which can be reached only by sea.
Another striking feature of Praiano are the votive tabernacles, miniature chapels scattered here and there over the territory, bearing witness to the religious devotion of the local people.

Sightseeing

The home of two famous villas, with a breathtaking view of the Amalfi Coast below:
Ravello

Positano's less-famous sister and all the better for that:
> Praiano

One of the best-loved and most beautiful coastal towns in the world:
Positano

The town that gives the Amalfi Coast its name, now a World Heritage Site:
Amalfi

A day out in ...

Sentiero degli Dei

No visit to the Amalfi coast can be considered complete without an excursion along the Sentiero degli Dei (the Footpath of the Gods), which leads from Praiano to the district of Nocelle in the municipality of Positano (440 metres above sea level), commanding a spectacular view of the Sorrentino peninsula and the island of Capri.

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