Vietri sul Mare, Province of Salerno, Campania
Situated a few miles north of Salerno, and south of Amalfi - an area included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites - just below Monte San Liberatore on a terrace over the sea.
Below on the seaside there is the district called Marina, with a great many hotels, restaurants and beach facilities. The territory is crossed by the Bonea river, and shows the typical Mediterranean vegetation of chestnut and leech trees, accompanied by the cultivation, on man-made terraces, of grapevines and citrus trees. In the Albori valley there is an almost unique species in Italy, a carnivorous plant called Pinguicola hirtifolia. Vietri is also renowned for its production of traditional ceramics.
- Population: about 8,500 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 84019
- Dialing Area Code: +39 089
- Patron Saint: St. Giovanni Battista, celebrated on 24 June
- Frazioni & Localities: Albori, Dragonea, Iaconti, Marina di Vietri, Molina, Raito.
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Roman historians situated in the area of Vietri the Etruscan town of Marcina, probably a port serving Nuceria. Excavations have also brought to light items in the Corinthian style, a Roman spa at the Marina and Roman walls at the Fonti cape, now covered by the sea waters. These ancient findings are also confirmed by the medieval name of "locus Veteri" (=ancient site) which is the origin of the present name. Throughout the Middle Ages Vietri was under Salerno, then passed under the influence of the Abbey of SS. Trinità in Cava, and was included in Cava de' Tirreni from the 16th century to 1806 when it was granted municipality status.
What to see
- The church of San Giovanni Battista, dated 17th century, with a majolica dome.
- At the frazione Marina, the 16th-century sighting tower.
- The ceramic museum in the Villa Guariglia at Raito, with specimens from the early 18th century to the 20th.
- Map: Map of Vietri sul Mare.