WHAT TO DO IN CETARA
Cetara is a small village with only 2000 inhabitants on the Amalfi Coast, a portion of the coast near Naples which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
The blue sea, the sheer cliffs, the mild climate all year round, the many characteristic towns and the excellent food traditions make the Amalfi Coast a wonderful place to visit.
Cetara lies at the foot of Mount Falerio and stretches along a deep valley covered in vineyards and citrus groves. It is certainly less popular than Positano or Amalfi, but it is worth visiting.
A CURIOSITY ABOUT THE NAME OF CETARA
Cetara has always been a fishing village and its name seems to derive from the Latin Cetaria, tuna fishery, or from Cetari, the name of the ancient fish sellers.
However, the name may derive from Citrus, lemon, since this plant is so widespread on the Amalfi Coast.
LET’S DISCOVER THE TOWN OF CETARA
WALK ALONG THE MAIN STREETS
Corso Garibaldi and Corso Federici are two connected streets that together are the backbone of Cetara.
Walking along these two streets is a nice way to take a closer look at Cetara, since most of the restaurants, sights, and shops are on Corso Garibaldi.
However, it is also interesting to explore all the tiny narrow passageways and staircases that branch off from the two main streets. Here hides the most authentic atmosphere of the town.
VISIT THE CHURCH OF ST. PETER THE APOSTLE AND THE CHURCH OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
The Church of St. Peter dates back to 988 AD but the current building is an18th century renovation. Its gorgeous green and yellow majolica tiled dome that emerges from the roofs of the houses is undoubtedly the landmark of Cetara. The 13th-century bell tower with mullioned windows and the octagonal-shaped belfry are also remarkable.
The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi is a part of a convent that in the past was larger. Now some old parts house the town hall and restaurants.The Church might look unimpressive from the outside, but inside the walls and ceiling are decorated with stuccos and beautiful 16th century frescoes.
TAKE PHOTOS FROM THE PORT OF CETARA
Like any fishing village, Cetara has its own small port too.
The port is the perfect spot from which to take wonderful photos of the town, especially in the morning when the sunlight hits the buildings, the Tower and the Dome of the Church of St. Peter the Apostle.
RELAX ON THE BEACH
When you visit Cetara you cannot miss to spend some time sunbathing or swimming.
The town has a couple of pebble beaches. Cetara’s main beach is not very wide but is equipped with sun loungers and deck chairs. Near the port is Port Beach, smaller but very pretty.
DISCOVER THE TOWER OF CETARA
The history of the Tower of Cetara dates back to the 16th century.
In 1551 the Ottoman armies attacked Cetara and killed many inhabitants. Following the episode, the Spanish viceroy who ruled the area ordered the construction of 19 watchtowers along the Amalfi Coast to check for the possible arrival of enemies. One of these towers was built in Cetara and is still standing.
The Tower is located at one end of the main beach and has become one of the symbols of the town. Today the upper part is a private residence, while the lower part houses a small free museum.
TRY THE LOCAL FOOD
A trip to Cetara must necessarily include a stop at a restaurant.
Cetara is perhaps the town on the Amalfi Coast where you can eat the best seafood.
The town is particularly famous for the anchovies and the Colatura di Alici.
Colatura di Alici is a sauce produced by fermenting anchovies in brine. Its origin dates backt to Roman times and it is used to flavor various dishes; pasta, pizza, bread, vegetable and much more. Although the manufacturing process may seem gross, it is truly delicious.
WHY VISIT CETARA
Even today, the economy of Cetara is based more on the seafood industry than on tourism. This is why the town has been able to preserve its authenticity to this day.
In addition to the charm of the town itself, Cetara is also in an excellent position for exploring the Amalfi Coast. Other towns, such as Vietri sul Mare, or less popular places such as the village of Erchie and its beach are easily accessible from there.