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Comune di Praiano
View of Vettica Maggiore, a frazione of Praiano.
View of Vettica Maggiore, a frazione of Praiano.
Coat of arms of Praiano
Location of Praiano
Praiano is located in Italy
Location of Praiano in Italy
Praiano is located in Campania
Praiano (Campania)
Coordinates: 40°37′N 14°32′E / 40.617°N 14.533°E / 40.617; 14.533
ProvinceSalerno (SA)
FrazioniVettica Maggiore
 • MayorGiovanni Di Martino (Lista Civica)
 • Total2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
 (31 December 2017)[2]
 • Total2,019
 • Density1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code089
Patron saintSt. Januarius and St. Luke
Saint day19 September and 18 October
WebsiteOfficial website

Praiano (Italian pronunciation: [praˈjaːno]) 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.

In 1997, the Amalfi Coast, including Praiano's "Vettica Maggiore" frazione was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.[3] According to data of the year 2015, the town's population constitutes 2,045 inhabitants.[4]


The town's name derives from the praia, or beach, from the Latin word pelagium, meaning "open sea."[5] During the 10th-11th centuries, Praiano was once the summer residence of the doges of the Duchy of Amalfi.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Main sights[edit]

Attractions include the Church of San Luca Evangelista,[6] 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.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Costiera Amalfitana". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Archived from the original on 2023-08-01. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Praiano - Population Trends and Demographics - CityFacts". City Facts. Archived from the original on 2023-09-25. Retrieved 2023-09-25.
  5. ^ "History of Praiano". Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  6. ^ "San Luca Church in Praiano". Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Praiano". Archived from the original on 2019-09-30. Retrieved 8 April 2011.

External links[edit]

  • Praiano travel guide from Wikivoyage