|Metropolitan City of Naples|
|Frazioni||Arola, Bonea, Fornacelle, Massaquano, Moiano, Montechiaro, Pacognano, Pietrapiano, Preazzano, Sant'Andrea, Seiano, Ticciano, Tordigliano-Chiosse, Villaggio Monte Faito|
|• Mayor||Gennaro Cinque|
|• Total||29 km2 (11 sq mi)|
|Elevation||90 m (300 ft)|
|Population (31 August 2007)|
|• Density||710/km2 (1,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Cyrus and John|
|Saint day||31 January|
Vico Equense is part of the greater Bay of Naples metropolitan area and is a popular destination for tourists. Located on a tuff cliff, it is relatively close to the ferry to the island of Capri, the volcano Vesuvius, the Monte Faito and the ancient town of Pompeii.
A 7th century, pre-Roman necropolis has been found in the area. Later, when it was called Latin: Aequana) Roman patricians chose it for their villas. After a long decline, the center started to flourish again in the late 13th century, when it became independent from the Duchy of Sorrento and King Charles II of Naples repeatedly sojourned in the town, where he also built a castle (1301). To this period also date the Cathedral, the only example of Gothic Cathedral in the Sorrentine Peninsula. It is also world famous as the home town of Bruce Springsteen's maternal ancestors.
Monuments and places of interest
The Church of the Annunciation was the cathedral of the Diocese of Vico Equense until 1818 when it was abolished. Built in the early fourteenth century on a clifftop overlooking the sea, is a rare example of Gothic architecture, inside, the Sorrento coast while the facade is Baroque.
The Antiquarium Silio Italico is an archaeological museum founded in 1966 that collects mainly the funeral of a necropolis, discovered in Vico Equense during the construction of some buildings in the 60 and 70. There are buccheri, bronze objects and ceramics with black figures .
Among the natural attractions of the area are the spas Scrajo. Founded in 1895, thanks to several sources of sulfur water, offer therapies for various diseases both dermatological tract. Thanks to the proximity of the complex to the sea, is also used for beach tourism.
Since 1948, Vico Equense is crossed by the railway network "Circumvesuviana". The city has three stations. The main station is called "Vico Equense" and serves the village center. The station "Seiano" serves the fraction of Seiano and the station "Scrajo Terme" that allows access to tourists to the nearby spa and bathing. The trains allows to reach easily and in very short time Sorrento, the other centres of the Sorrento Coast and the tourist resorts of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Naples.
The city is served by the harbor of Vico Equense, mainly used by fishing vessels and boats of tourist use, and the port of Seiano, larger than the previous one and also used for passenger service to Capri and Sorrento; both harbors are connected to the city center with a bus service.
Notes and references
Media related to Vico Equense at Wikimedia Commons