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Vietri and Its Ceramics

All the colors of the Amalfi Coast, the sea’s deep deep blue, the striking green forests and the golden orange of the citrus groves seem to meet up in Vietri, particularly in the glazes and decorations of this gorgeous Campanian town’s beautiful ceramics, produced since 1600.
Named as UNESCO World Heritage in 1997, along with the rest of the Amalfi Coast, this community not far from Salerno was struck on a splendid site amidst hills and sea.  
Already inhabited in Antiquity, when it was the city of Marcina, Vietri, in addition to its enchanting coastline, is surrounded by magnificent Mediterranean vegetation.VietriSee
Vietri has been famous for its majolica for centuries, and these splendid materials even cover the altars, cupola and the cusp of the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, dating to 1732; this magnificent religious structure boasts colors visible from far away, as well as canvases from the 17th-18th Centuries. 
Walking Vietri’s lanes and corridors is a series of continuous surprises, and it becomes the routine to see many a building decorated in the local tile. Another one among these is the 1600s Arch-Confraternity of the Annunciation and of the Rosary, the interior of which was frescoed in the 18th Century. 
Of course, here in Vietri the colors of the cersmics’ varnishes and shellacs blend amazingly well with the natural scenery, as can be seen in the tiled walls (both exterior and interior) of the houses, or inlaid in the roads and alleyways of this old borgo. 
Vietri and other nearby historic centers – for instance Conca dei Marini – make for a spectacular open-air museum, with numerous workshops exhibiting and selling ceramic, plates, glasses, plaques and tiles, as well as many other objects.  

Do visit at least one or two of the other bordering towns (either on the Amalfi Coast or Sorrentine Peninsula), but not only: excursions through the wilderness, such as those along the paths connecting Vietri sul Mare to the Amalfi littoral, are also a possibility. These routes were trekked  by the area’s population when fleeing from the Saracens. 
Look for the Tower of Marina di Vietri, resembling several other towers in this zone and used to watch out for pirates. 
Another charming trail leads from upper Vietri to the Cava de’ Tirreni, from which another itinerary referred to as the Sentiero degli Dei (Trail of the Gods) departs, ideal for its breathtaking panorama. 
Finally, the WWF Oasis Parco Croce spreads out over the base of Mt. Falerio. 

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The history of Vietri’s ceramics industry is a millenary one – evidenced in the abundance of ancient remnants – and it characterizes this seaside village with its peculiar, colorful style. Learn about the typical ceramics tradition at the Fabbrica di Ceramiche Solimene, displaying contemporary ceramics works, and at the Museo Provinciale della Ceramica in Villa Guariglia. 

Curiosities indeed: since World War II, Vietri's ceramics artisans have numbered new faces and new techniques within their trade. Specifically, it is to the Germans that remained in post-War Campania to whom such changes are attributed.  
As able chemists, these Germans newly-residing in Italy invented formulas that would lead to original and unique colorations for Vietri's ceramics, including the famous yellow of Vietri.

Useful Information

How to Get There

By Plane:

Naples International Airport in Capodichino
Passenger Information and Assistance

Salerno Airport  

By Train:
The nearest train stations are in Salerno and Vietri sul Mare a Est.
From station in Salerno, take Salerno-Napoli train, stopping at Vietri sul Mare

By Bus:
CSTP Bus Lines run between Salerno and Vietri sul Mare.
SITA Bus Lines travels between the major hubs on the Amalfi Coast:

  • Amalfi - Salerno 
  • Amalfi - Agerola - Napoli
  • Amalfi - Positano - Sorrento - Napoli