Praiano is a serene fishing town on the Amalfi coast, in Italy. Although the seaside resort remains unknown to many, it’s always favoured by enthusiastic vacationers who are fascinated by its clear blue sea. Aside from being a water destination during the summer time, this gem, lying between Positano and Amalfi, is also great for art and culinary adventures. If you’re curious about what else Praiano has to offer, this guide will highlight 9 of the best activities in the area!
1. Go to Parrocchia Di San Gennaro
Parrocchia Di San Gennaro and its tiled dome offer something unexpected. The palatial interior is laden with floral paintings on the floor, art nouveau details within the arcades and an epic chandelier hanging above the altars. The pretty piazza just before the church really comes alive during the annual festival of San Domenico, when fireworks and light shows fill the skies above.
Parrocchia Di San Gennaro
Address: Via Gennaro Capriglione 1, 84010 Praiano, Italy
Contact Number: +39 089 874799
2. Make a stopover in Torre a Mare
Torre a Mare, which literally means Tower at Sea, sits on a promontory that overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea. The 800-year-old brick and stone structure dates back to the Middle Ages and makes for the perfect romantic setting, during the day or at night. In addition to this, art lovers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to see the dramatic works of art and ceramics made by an Italian artist named Paolo Sandulli.
Torre a Mare
Address: Via Terramare, SNC, 84010 Praiano, Italy
Opening Hours: 24 hours
3. Relax at Marina di Praia Beach
Although Marina di Praia beach is relatively small, its charm remains big. The crystal clear water is warm and outlined by tiny rocks. The narrow strip of pearly-white sand beach is perfect for soaking up the sun. The boats coming in might take up some of your swimming space, but there’s more than just swimming to occupy your time here. Try some kayaking in the beautiful waters or enjoy a snack at one of the many nearby eateries.
Marina di Praia Beach
Address: Praiano, Italy
4. Take a short walk to Torre di Grado
Take a laid-back walk to the Torre di Grado, which stands elegantly at the edge of a gorgeous limestone cliff. A grand total of five-hundred stairs, just off the main road, will bring you here. After seeing Torre di Grado, while away the rest of day by having some fun in the sun. Take it easy, breathe the fresh sea air and enjoy a nice cold drink at this exotic bay, beneath the old structure.
Torre di Grado
Address: Via Rezzola, 1-30, 84010 Praiano, Italy
Opening Hours: 24 hours
5. Drive along the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast drive - usually referred to as Srada Statale 163, is an ancient road established by the Romans. The asphalt lane running along the curvy Amalfi Coast offers incredible breathtaking views that overlook the emerald-green Tyrehenian Sea and the surrounding towering cliffs. Here you will be amazed by two things – the ancient infrastructure spanning up to 80 kilometres (50 miles) and the stunning Italian nature.
Address: Amalfi Coast, Salerno, Italy
Amalfi Coast 7-Hour Scenic Drive from Sorrento
Duration: 7 hour
6. Have lunch with fresh seafood at Trattoria Da Armandino
Satisfy your appetite at Trattoria Da Armandino with an assortment of fresh seafood. Located in the heart of Praiano, this Mediterranean-Italian restaurant is where you can savour some home-style Italian cooking and the fantastic sea view. Begin your feast with the clams and tuna, then give the delightful tonano a try (local red squid), along with some grilled prawns and fried anchovies for the main course. Of course, no great Italian meal would be complete without some wine, so go ahead and indulge in some of the top-quality wines that Trattoria Da Armandino has on offer.
Trattoria Da Armandino
Address: Via Marina di Praia 1, 84010 Praiano, Italy
Opening Hours: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm - 12:00 am (Sunday to Saturday)
7. Buy beautiful ceramics for gifts at Lizart Ceramiche
Whenever you want to buy exclusive and fashionable gifts while in Praiano, try the Lizart Ceramiche. Located within walking distance of the Praiano bus stop, this family-owned souvenir shop offers an extensive array of pottery products and ceramics – all of which are elegantly decorated with cool paintings. Most importantly, the colourful souvenirs are handmade by local artisans.
Address: Via Roma 42, 84010 Praiano, Italy
Website: Lizart Ceramiche
8. Visit Parocchia di San Luca Evangelista
San Luca Evangelista is a Catholic church that definitely deserves a stop. Gorgeously embellished with ornate architecture on the arcade, ceiling, and floor, this is a must-see for all travellers. If you’re looking to experience the church with the local people, you can engage in the lively festival during the San Luca holiday, often held at the nearby square.
San Luca Evangelista
Address: Via Oratorio 1, 84010 Praiano, Italy
Contact Number: +39 089 874165
9. Enjoy a romantic dinner with a sea view at Ristorante Costa Diva
Your romantic moment with your better half can be even more extraordinary with a night of dining at the Ristorante Costa Diva. The tranquil ambience is perfectly matched by an exotic view of the sea and the surrounding lemon trees. For an extra special dinner, try to get a table here for sunset. In addition to the surroundings, the special dishes listed on the menu are unmatched – try the Lemon Risotto or the Spaghetti al Pomodoro.
Ristorante Costa Diva
Address: Via Roma 12, 84010 Praiano, Italy
Opening Hours: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
10. Take a visit to the Convento Di Santa Maria A Castro
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When in a stunning country like Italy, visiting Praiano requires a pit stop at Convento Di Santa Maria A Castro. This convent in Praiano overlooks Positano and Capri and rises on the side of the mountain, perfect for a sunrise moment to look out for. Punta Campanella is the breathtaking view that visitors will have to look out for, one of the best Instagram photos to capture on your Instagram feed. The whole property poses a mystery in its history but it is known to be a place of worship during the 1400s. The church then gradually gathered more people and was donated to the Dominican monks in 1599 where altars were built in honor of St. Dominic. Take note of the bell tower as well as the prolific ceiling of the church with images of Christ and the Madonna; truly a must-see when in this part of Italy.
Visit Convento Di Santa Maria A Castro
Address: Via San Domenico, Praiano, Italy
Opening hours: 24 hours, Sundays to Mondays
Price: free admission
11. See superb stalagmites in the hidden gem that is Grotta Di Suppraiano
Praiano has proven to be one of the most underrated cities in Italy. In your trip to the beautiful country, make sure to see beyond the Roman streets and Venezian canals and explore the natural side of the country by visiting the large vineyards and landscapes, as well as the promising blue waterscapes. One highly recommended place to check out is the Grotta di Suppraiano in Praiano which is a cave over clear turquoise blue waters. This historic cave is just a boat ride away from Marina di Praia as well as the Grotta dell’ Africana that is only reachable by sea. Snap a superb shot for your Instagram feed and explore the scenic islands of Praiano when on vacation in Italy.
Grotta Di Suppriaiano
Address: Via Roma, 17, 84010 Praiano SA, Italy
Price: free admission
Amalfi Coast collective tour from Positano
Duration: 7 hours
Find your special moment in Praiano!
Praiano might not be the centre of attention when compared to the neighbouring attractions of Naples or Pompeii, but it certainly has plenty to offer visitors. Both serene and romantic, this is a destination that is well worth exploring, even if you only have a short time to spare.
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