Praiano

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Praiano
Comune di Praiano
View of Vettica Maggiore, a frazione of Praiano.
View of Vettica Maggiore, a frazione of Praiano.
Coat of arms of Praiano
Coat of arms
Location of Praiano
Praiano is located in Italy
Praiano
Praiano
Location of Praiano in Italy
Praiano is located in Campania
Praiano
Praiano
Praiano (Campania)
Coordinates: 40°37′N 14°32′E / 40.617°N 14.533°E / 40.617; 14.533
CountryItaly
RegionCampania
ProvinceSalerno (SA)
FrazioniVettica Maggiore
Government
 • MayorGiovanni Di Martino (Lista Civica)
Area
 • Total2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
Population
(31 December 2017)
 • Total2,019
 • Density1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Praianesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
84010
Dialing code089
Patron saintSt. Januarius and St. Luke
Saint day19 September and 18 October
WebsiteOfficial website

Praiano (Italian pronunciation: [praˡjaːnɔ]) 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.[1] As of December 1, 2009, the town's population constitutes 2,069 inhabitants.

History[edit]

The town's name derives from the praia, or beach, from the Latin word pelagium, meaning "open sea."[2] During the 10th-11th centuries, Praiano was once the summer residence of the doges of the Duchy of Amalfi.[3]

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.

Main sights[edit]

Attractions include the Church of San Luca Evangelista,[4] 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.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Costiera Amalfitana". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  2. ^ "History of Praiano". praiano.it. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Town of Praiano". AmalfisCoast.com. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  4. ^ "San Luca Church in Praiano". amalfi-coast.com. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Praiano". amalficoast.com. Retrieved 8 April 2011.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Praiano travel guide from Wikivoyage