“Praiano's central location makes it the perfect base to explore the beautiful Amalfi Coast. ” - Reviewed by Lisa
Positioned conveniently in the centre of the Amalfi Coast, the small, understated town of Praiano has managed to retain the calm and tranquility of another era. Due to its central location, it makes the ideal base for a fabulous holiday in this picturesque Italian playground.
Praiano was once the summer residence of the powerful Doges of the medieval Maritime Republic of Amalfi. Today, visitors from around the world come here for the crystal-clear waters, clean beaches and stunning views.
The community is divided into three areas:
Praiano Centre – where you’ll find a collection of boutiques, supermarkets, ceramic shops and the beautiful cathedral.
Praiano South – a roadside collection of hotels, a wine shop and a couple of small cafés that literally tumble down the cliff face to meet the sea.
Marina di Praia – a pretty pebble beach lined on one side by quaint restaurants offering the freshest fish – straight off the boat! Several restaurants have sunning platforms in front and access ladders into the sea.
If you follow the cliff around past the restaurants, you’ll come to a surprisingly large cave which has been converted into a nightclub. This is the location of choice for late-night revellers.
Water taxis leave from Praiano on a regular basis to take you to Positano, Amalfi and other towns along the Amalfi Coast.
- In the middle of the Amalfi Coast
- 1-1/2 to 3 hrs to Naples International Airport
- 26 minutes by car to Positano
- 33 minutes by car to Amalfi
- 60 minutes by car to Pompeii
- 90 minutes by car to Naples
- 50 minutes by car to Sorrento
- 45 minutes by car to Salerno
EXPERIENCES IN PRAIANO
- Sightseeing – Praiano’s cathedral, dedicated to Saint Luke the Evangelist, was originally built in 1588 and later redone in the Baroque style in the late 18th century. The nearby church and convent of Santa Maria a Castro is a peaceful spot situated on the hillside outside Praiano.
- Boat Trips – No trip to this part of the world is complete without at least one day viewing the coast from the sea. We can book a private motor yacht complete with lunch and wine on board or suggest a local tour.
- Gastronomy – Restaurants and coffee bars abound. Be sure to stop and enjoy a cappuccino or a glass of wine and savour the local specialities.
- Wine– The steeply-terraced vineyards of the Amalfi Coast, between Positano and Vietri, produce surprisingly good wines. Some grape varieties are only found in this area.
- Visit Capri – Capri’s breathtaking landscapes and rocky caves as well as its glamorous hotels, chic boutiques and upscale dining, all contribute to making the island it into a destination you won’t want to miss. Take a day trip and revel in this lovely Italian jewel.
- Beaches – The main beach is the Marina di Praia, a pretty pebble beach surrounded by erosion-marked cliffs. Other beaches can be reached by boat.
- Day Trips – There’s so much to see and do in the surrounding area. Here’s a list of our Top Picks for Sights to See in the Sorrento/ Amalfi Coast area.