What to do and what to see in Vietri sul Mare
Vietri sul mare is famous for its beautiful ceramics, it is the first town of the Amalfi Coast that you will find from Salerno, on the opposite side of Positano. The only town on the Amalfi Coast that has a train station and is an excellent point to stay and get accommodation during your trip to the Amalfi Coast.
Main tourist attractions to see in Vietri sul mare
Vietri sul Mare is a small town that offers its visitors a beautiful historic center, with narrow streets, narrow stairs, and panoramic views of the Gulf of Salerno. Among the main attractions to visit in Vietri sul mare we can mention The Church of San Juán Bautista with its characteristic and famous crape with glasses of Maiolica. The green and yellow, that next to the blue dominate most of the ceramics of the town.
Visit one of the many handmade glass factories , each with their designs and techniques handed down from generation to generation as the best family secret. If you want to know the history and evolution of this art, you can visit the Provincial Museum of Ceramics which is located in Villa Guariglia.
The Vietri sul mare towers: the Torre della Marina di Vietri , the Belvedere Torretta(to Riato) and the Dragonea Tower .
If you visit Vietri sul mare during the summer, do not forget to enjoy its beaches!.
Best to do in Vietri sul mare: Enjoy its Beaches!
Vietri sul mare offers three comfortable and beautiful beaches. Because of its proximity to the port of Salerno you can have a panorama of large ships, and even some days (few) with water not as clear as in other areas of the coast.
1.- Marina di Vietri beach
The Marina di Vietri beach, is in the “low” zone of the city, and is presented as a wide beach with several private establishments. There is a free zone (free), where you can bathe and place your umbrella and chairs; and a much larger area dedicated to the private beach. Prices may vary, but it usually costs around € 15 a day. The main advantage is the services such as bar, bathroom, showers, music, etc. Remember to book in advance, the high season usually ends very fast !.
2.- La Bahia Beach
It is a little further south of Vietri sul mare, towards Salerno. It is a wide beach with sand, and is usually quieter than the other beaches of the Amalfi Coast. Obviously in high season it is very visited. They can be reached comfortably by car or bus from the center of Vietri sul mare.
3.- La Crestarella Beach
A beautiful beach surrounded by the Towers (built ariund 1500). It is a very characteristic beach, but much smaller than the previous ones. There is a free public area and a private one. Recommended if you like beaches with a view and quite “private”.
Private Lido prices usually vary from € 36 to € 14 depending on the day of the week and according to the distance to the sea (the first row costs more than the second, and the third, etc). The reservation costs € 10, and you have to call ahead. Children after 3 years pay 50% without a chair !. As you can see the prices are high, but it is something general of the entire Amalfi Coast, mainly because there are few places available and many people wanting to be there !.
Typical dishes to eat in Vietri sul mare
In Vietri sul mare, as in all the Amalfi Coast, the main typical dishes to eat are based on fresh fish. I recommend the pasta “ Scialatielli ai frutti di mare ” (see photo), better if made by hand !. If you love fried fish, you can order ” Frittura mista” with local fish. Also the Frittura di Calamari e Gamberetti.
The Limoncello , although not typical of Vietri sul mare, is very famous throughout the Amalfi Coast, they do it in several hill towns. Ask for it “Artigianale”, and you will see that the taste is superior to any other !.
During the day they can take a “Granita al limón ” or a “Granita al Limoncello”. There are also ice creams with the flavors of the Costa (lemon, limoncello, orange, etc) and natural juices (especially orange!).
Where to sleep in Vietri sul mare
Vietri sul Mare is one of the best cities of the Amalfi Coast to find accommodation. You can walk easily, there is ample parking in the “low” area of the city and another at the entrance to the historic center. It can also be reached by train and offers wide beaches. In Vietri sul mare the prices of hotels, hostels and apartments tend to be lower than other cities such as Amalfi, or Positano. During the low season the prices are usually very good. You can search for offers and book your hotels in: Accommodation Vientri sul mare – with Booking.com.
How to get to Vietri sul mare
Getting to Vietri sul Mare is quite simple since you can get there directly by train. From Rome, Naples or Salerno, take a direct train to the central station of Salerno and then a regional train that arrives in a few minutes to Vietri sul Mare.
You can also arrive by car, taking the SS163 road, it is the first city from Salerno, or the last one if you come from Positano.
They have several bus stops of the SITA company, they can get to Vietri sul mare without problems.
Because of its proximity to Salerno, the port that is used is that of Salerno, it is only a few kilometers away, you can reach the main cities of the Amalfi Coast, such as Amalfi, Positano, Minori, Maiori, including Sorrento and the island of Capri.
A more expensive option but surely more comfortable, are the private transfers from Naples Airport.
Pictures of ours last visit to Vietri sul mare