VIETRI SUL MARE
Vietri sul Mare is the first town of the Amalfi Coast we encounter after Salerno, which is only
three kilometres away. In the Ancient Age Vietri was an Etruscan town, then it
had fallen under the Samnites' domination and finally under the Roman rule. Vietri
is famous worldwide for its hand-crafted ceramics.
The traditional decorative motifs refer to an archaic style, out of time and
space. Colours used by Vietri craftsmen represent the Mediterranean marinas: blue
backgrounds and skys merging with the sea. Creative synthesis and the purity of
its colours are the characteristics marking the style of the Vietrese production.
The expressive procedure is always the same: colours are approached with its contrast,
without passages or shading. This is the thread that joins the different stages
of tradition, that has been renewed in style and shapes, but never betrays the
quality of the production, characterized by bright, massive enamel and by the
fast and immediate use of paint-brushes.
However we cannot forget that Vietri is also a tourist resort. The centre, overlooked
by mount San Liberatore, lies on a terraced hill arising above the sea.
The main monument is the Church of San Giovanni Battista (St. John the Baptist),
with its elegant dome covered with majolica. Underlying the town is Marina of
Vietri, with a its seashore which offer many tourist amenities, with a Saracen
Tower of XVI century.