I visited the little town of Vietri Sul Mare (which is the first town along the Amalfi Coast) for the first time recently and fell in love with it instantly. It’s known to be the ceramics capital of the Campania region and one of the prettiest towns I’ve laid my eyes upon. I’d never heard of it on previous trips but since I’m living here now, I really want to discover places that I’ve never been before and am now wondering what took me so long to find this charming and picturesque town!
Splashes of colour can be found on the walls and floors, even the water fountain had me in awe. The shopfronts are loud and bold luring you in to more of the same inside. The shopper in me wanted to buy everything in sight and the student in me settled on a fridge magnet to add to my ever-growing collection.
Ten minutes walk from the town you’ll find Vietri’s beaches which are located at the at the base of a steep cliff. There are also local buses that you can catch from the town square.
I spent an afternoon at La Ciurma spiagga which is a privately owned beach on a deck with lounge chairs and a DJ. As the afternoon progressed, the music got louder and to my surprise I loved the tunes he was playing which took me back about 10 years to my party days. One thing to note is that the lounge chairs are placed quite close to eachother but this is common on Italian beaches.
Another beach I visited was Spiagga Del Travertino which is a small pebble beach that can only be reached by boat and is frequented mainly by locals. Make sure you take your own lunch as there there is only one vendor here who sells drinks and ice-creams. I recommend picking up a panino with cold meats and cheese from the local deli on the mainland before you leave. Spending time here was a wonderful local experience for swimming and tanning and I loved that it wasn’t packed with tourists as I was surrounded within earshot of Italians speaking their native language. I’ll just have to remember to bring a beach umbrella or a hat for next time!
The best pizza I’ve had in Italy to date was at Divina Vietri and I’ve had a few pizzas over the years! I’m craving a Diavola now as I’m typing. This pizza was on a another level, the dough was light and airy and the ingredients fresh. The pizzas are served on a basket and the location is lovely, overlooking a small square.
This town was love at first sight for me and I’m already planning my next trip back!