Vietri sul Mare

Vietri sul Mare ("Vietri on the Sea"; Campanian: Vietre) is a town and comune in the province of Salerno, in the Campania region of southern Italy. It is situated just west of Salerno, separated from the Port of Salerno by only a harbour wall.[4] The town is known for its polychrome ceramics, a tradition since at least the 15th century,[5] and is considered to be the gateway to the Amalfi Coast.[6]

Vietri sul Mare
Comune di Vietri sul Mare
View of Vietri sul Mare

Coat of arms
Vietri sul Mare within the Province of Salerno
Location of Vietri sul Mare
Vietri sul Mare
Location of Vietri sul Mare in Italy
Vietri sul Mare
Vietri sul Mare (Campania)
Coordinates: 40°40′N 14°44′E
CountryItaly
RegionCampania
ProvinceSalerno (SA)
FrazioniAlbori, Benincasa, Dragonea, Iaconti, Molina, Raito, San Vincenzo
Government
  MayorMarcello Civale
Area
  Total9.52 km2 (3.68 sq mi)
Elevation
80 m (260 ft)
Population
 (28 February 2017[2])[3]
  Total7,793
  Density820/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Vietresi (Dialect: Vietraiuli)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
84019
Dialing code089
Patron saintSt. John the Baptist
Saint day24 June
WebsiteOfficial website

The main landmark is the Church of St. John the Baptist, a late Neapolitan Renaissance style building with a high bell tower. There are numerous buildings displaying ceramics, including the Museo Provinciale della Ceramica in the nearby village of Raito.

Geography

The town is bordered by Cava de' Tirreni, Cetara, Maiori and Salerno. The quarter by the sea, named Marina di Vietri is located to the south of the town. The other frazioni are Albori, Benincasa, Dragonea (including the localities of Iaconti and San Vincenzo) and Molina.

Main sights

The principal church in Vietri sul Mare is the Church of St. John the Baptist, a late Neapolitan Renaissance style building with a high bell tower. A previous church dated from the 10th century. It contains a coffered gold ceiling, a 17th-century marble altar, an alabaster statue of the Saint, and an 11th-century wooden crucifix. The Confraternity of the Annunciation and the Rosary dates to the 17th century and is noted for its facade decorated with pottery. Other notable churches include the 16th century Church of the Madonna delle Grazie in Raito, the Church of Santa Margherita in Albori and the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Benincasa.[5]

The Palazzo Solimene was built after World War II by Paolo Soleri, and houses ceramic collections. The Palazzo Taiani is noted for its dovecote tower, which was once used to watch out for Saracens during raids.[5] The nearby village of Raito contains the Museo Provinciale della Ceramica.[7]

Notable people

  • Antonio Carluccio, chef
  • Antonio Forcellino, historian
  • Antonio Savastano, opera singer
  • Germano Benencase (Benincasa), composer, musician and conductor
  • Giuseppe Prezzolini, writer, honoured citizen

References

  1. "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. Data from Istat
  3. "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. Google (4 January 2017). "Vietri sul Mare" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  5. "Vietri sul Mare". Amalficoast.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  6. Touring Club of Italy (2004). Italy by Bike: 105 Tours from the Alps to Sicily. Touring Editore. p. 178. ISBN 978-88-365-2938-4.
  7. Ponzi, Mauro (2008). Spazi di transizione: il classico moderno (1888-1933) (in Italian). Mimesis Edizioni. p. 37. ISBN 978-88-8483-609-0.

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