The Amalfi Coast is home to many charming villages, from the pastel colors of Positano as it cascades down the mountainside to the historic splendor of Amalfi and the expansive views of Ravello. Yet tucked away in between these three most popular villages are some of the Amalfi Coast’s hidden gems. Cetara is one such spot. This seaside village has all of the warmth and appeal of the Amalfi Coast but with a quieter setting. Find out why Cetara is a must see on the Amalfi Coast!
Cetara is located on the eastern end of the Amalfi Coast not far from Vietri sul Mare, famous for ceramics, and the larger city of Salerno. It is situated in a lush green valley and surrounded by quite untouched stretches of coastline full of natural beauty. Overlooking the beach is a notable watchtower dating back to the 14th century, called the Torre di Cetara, which is now a museum with art exhibitions throughout the year. The small beach is among the most picturesque on the Amalfi Coast thanks to the watchtower, the village’s characteristic buildings just steps from the beach, and the clear turquoise water.
Not far from the beach, you’ll spot the dome of Cetara’s largest church decorated with multicoloured majolica tiles. Dedicated to San Pietro (St. Peter), the church is the heart of the village in every sense as the locals hold a strong devotion to their patron saint. Every year on June 29th, San Pietro is celebrated with a grand festival that includes a procession of a statue of the saint through town, special masses, and a fireworks display over the sea after dark. It is a festive experience not to miss if you’re visiting the Amalfi Coast in late June!
Cetara is a dream destination for foodies, especially for enjoying the seafood specialties of the Amalfi Coast. The town has a very active fishing fleet and two of the most important local catches are tuna and anchovies. While anchovies might not sound appealing at first, you simply must give them a try in Cetara as there’s nothing quite like what you will find here. They are served fresh in a variety of ways, including a simple yet delicious antipasto where they are fried or marinated. They’re also served with pasta or preserved to create the village’s special colatura di alici. This is a rich fish sauce made from preserving fresh anchovies in salt and pressing out the oil. It is used in small doses since it packs quite the flavor punch!
If you’re looking for a peaceful escape on the Amalfi Coast, Cetara is an excellent home base. If you’d like to book a boat tour along the Amalfi Coast or to Capri, we can pick you up right in Cetara. Or we can include a stop in Cetara during your Amalfi Coast boat excursion so you can explore the charming village and sample some local specialities before continuing along the coastline. Contact us to find out more or to book your excursion today!