Vietri sul Mare is often called “The Gateway to the Amalfi Coast,” as it is the first city you meet when you drive the Amalfi Coast Road starting in Salerno. While it has a few popular hotels for conventions and groups, it is town few people get to know when they visit the Amalfi Coast. Vietri sul Mare is famous for its tradition of ceramics and its colorful streets lined with endless temptations for lovers of ceramics.
Church of San Giovanni Battista, Vietri sul Mare
Vietri is the town I stayed in during my first visit to the Amalfi Coast, and I have since been back to spend days walking its streets, admiring the views and admiring a little too much the ceramic shops! It is a town that feels different from the rest of the Amalfi Coast, and that has always intrigued me. It is perhaps a bit more like its much larger neighbor Salerno. You feel less the impact of tourism when you walk the streets, and the genuine character of Vietri sul Mare comes through. I’ve shared some of the history and my favorite things to do in the Vietri sul Mare Travel Guide over at ItalyItalia.com. Pop on over to read about this charming town on the Amalfi Coast.
While there you can read about Vietri’s tradition of making “Il ciucciariello,” or the little green ceramic donkeys. Did you see those in ceramic and gift shops all over the Amalfi Coast? They started as a symbol of Vietri sul Mare when a German artist working in Vietri named Richard Dölker started making them in 1922. Nowadays you will seem them all over the Amalfi Coast. The little guy above came from my first trip to Vietri sul Mare. He traveled across the ocean to Minnesota where he made me smile, and now he is safely back to the Amalfi Coast where he keeps guard over my books. He still makes me smile!
Scintilla @ Bell'Avventura says
I have a donkey too which someone brought to Australia from Positano twenty five years ago. Its back in Posi. They must be like boomerangs !
Chef Chuck says
Ciao Laura, I also like to shop those ceramic shops! I noticed a book on the shelf, "A Summer In Sicily" looks interesting!
Ciao Scintilla! We have some well traveled ceramic donkeys, don't we? How fun! Mine is happy to be back home again. 🙂
Ciao Chuck! Yeah, those ceramic shops are dangerous for me. 🙂 The book "A Summer in Sicily" is the most recent by the author Marlena de Blasi who also wrote "A Thousand Days in Venice," "A Thousand Days in Tuscany," and "The Lady in the Palazzo." She is one of my favorite travel writers. I just love how she writes about place. I haven't read the Thousand Days books yet, but this one and "The Lady in the Palazzo" were both very good. Highly recommend her books!
Great article on Vietri! Some wonderful memories and great adventures ahead.
Ciao Mom! I knew you would really enjoy the article. Can't wait to go back there and walk the streets with you again!