|Comune di Praiano|
The "Vettica Maggiore" frazione of Praiano.
|• Mayor||Di Martino Giovanni (Lista Civica)|
|• Total||2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||San Gennaro and San Luca|
|Saint day||19 September and 18 October|
Praiano is a town and comune of the province of Salerno in the Campania region of southwest Italy. It is situated on the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana), a prime tourist location for the region and Italy alike, between the towns of Amalfi and Positano.
The town's name derives from the praia, or beach, from the Latin word pelagium, meaning "open sea." During the 10th-11th centuries, Praiano was once the summer residence of the doges of the Duchy of Amalfi.
During the Angevin period, a fortified tower, the Assiola, was constructed to defend the town. Praiano had an important local silk industry, however, it disappeared during the 19th century. With the discovery of corals in the vicinity around the 1800s, Praiano's economy was revitalized, mainly focusing on the fishing and tourism industries ever since.
One popular attraction is the Church of San Luca Evangelista, dating back to 1123. On the inside, there are paintings by Renaissance painter Giovanni Bernardo Lama dating to the 16th century. Another attraction is the Church of San Giovanni Battista, featuring a well-preserved maiolica tiled floor, dating back to the 12th-13th centuries.
Notes and references
- "Costiera Amalfitana". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
- "History of Praiano". praiano.it. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
- "Town of Praiano". AmalfisCoast.com. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
- "San Luca Church in Praiano". amalfi-coast.com. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
- "Praiano". amalficoast.com. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
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