Praiano is a small, laidback seaside resort between the larger and busier Positano and Amalfi. Nestled at the foot of the Tre Pizzi Mountain, Praiano charms with its picture postcard layout typical of villages along the Amalfi Coast.
The resort was once the summer residence of the powerful Doges, the dukes of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi. They came for the same reason that visitors still come today: the calm waters of the Mediterranean and the exceptional views.
The small pebble beach of Marina di Praia is one of Praiano’s most popular attractions. Unwind by the water’s edge or rent some diving gear and explore Amalfi’s marine life. Diving is a year-round activity here and a dive center is situated by the beach. Come back to the beach in the evening for a sunset walk and a meal in one of the restaurants or bars that line the sand.
Sightseeing centers around Praiano’s churches. Investigate the Church of San Luca Evangelista. The building is one of the most important places of worship in Praiano, as Saint Luke is its patron saint. The baroque-style edifice we see today was built in 1588, although the original church dates back to the early 12th century. Go inside to appreciate the 18th century majolica floor, marble altars and silver bust of Saint Luke. The church and convent of Santa Maria a Castro sits on a hill 1,194 feet (364 meters) above sea level and is famous for the views and the large, well-preserved 15th century fresco Madonna delle Grazie (The Madonna of Thanks).
Scout out one of Praiano’s other major historic sights, the Torre a Mare. The medieval structure was part of a series of fortified towers along the coast that helped defend against pirate attacks.
Praiano is approximately 4.6 miles (7 kilometers) from Positano and 3.1 miles (6 kilometers) from Amalfi. It is well connected by bus and ferries to Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi. If you are staying in Praiano ask your hotel manager about the Praiano Card. The Tourist Card offers many discounts on goods and services in the village, including savings in some restaurants.