Cetara offers heavenly beaches and crystal-clear waters that captivate those on holiday here. A stay in this old fishermen's village will allow you to experience the wonders of the coast as well as the beauty of the mountains and artistic treasures hidden among the village streets. Stretch out in the sun for a day of sunbathing and relaxation, or go on an adventure along the paths that wind into the forests. These green trails will lead you into the middle of nature and to scenic viewpoints perfect for taking in the stunning surroundings.

    You can visit a tower featuring an art and local history museum or discover the treasures in the village's churches. Here are 9 sites to visit in the village of Cetara that combine entertainment and relaxation.

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    Viceregal Tower and Civic Tower Museum of Cetara

    Art and local history in the historic bastion

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    Viceregal Tower, which includes the Civic Tower Museum of Cetara, was built in the 14th century and equipped with cannons and catapults to defend the land against attacks and spot incoming enemy fleets along the Amalfi Coast. Using smoke by day and fire by night, the structure was used to warn people of imminent danger.

    Cetara’s Torre Vicereale (Viceregal Tower) is one of the most striking monuments from this period. It's open to the public and operates as a civic museum displaying paintings and works by local artists. In the lower rooms is the unique Museo Cantina (Basement Museum) on fishing and colatura (amber liquid obtained from ageing salted anchovies).

    Location: Via Lannio, 2, 84010 Cetara, Italy

    Open: Friday and Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm (closed Monday–Thursday)

    Phone: +39 08 9262 911

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    The town's beaches

    The places where it's most pleasant to get a tan

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    The town beaches in Cetara offer sunbathing in the area’s most beautiful locations. Spiaggia della Marina (Marina Beach) is right in front of the town centre, boasting every amenity and the convenience of being a stone's throw from the town. Behind the harbour is a shore with smooth pebbles bathed in crystal-clear water. Farther west, reachable only by boat, is Cala della Collata (Collata Beach), surrounded by Mediterranean foliage.

    East of the Torre Vicereale (Viceregal Tower), you can sunbathe on Spiaggia del Lannio (Lannio Beach), conveniently connected to the town by a path. You can reach Spiaggia della Campana (Campana Beach), distinguished by 2 small sea stacks, by boat. It doesn't have any amenities, so bring a beach umbrella, food and water.

    Location: 84010 Cetara, Italy

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    Taste local flavours in La Cianciola

    The restaurant a stone's throw from the sea

    The local flavours of La Cianciola restaurant, just a stone's throw from the sea near the beach and harbour, include traditional fish, shellfish and Mediterranean vegetable dishes like zuppa di baccalà e porri (cod and leek soup) and involtini di pesce spada con provola e pomodorini (swordfish roulades with provola cheese and cherry tomatoes).

    The name refers to a boat with lampare (fishing light attractors) used for anchovy fishing, a key part of the local economy and cuisine. Take a seat in Cetara and taste dishes distinguished by the unmistakable flavour of this fish and its colatura (amber liquid obtained from the ageing of salted anchovies). Even the wine list is characterised by local labels and Amalfi flavours.

    Location: Piazza Cantone, 13, 84010 Cetara, Italy

    Open: Daily from 1 pm to 3.30 pm and 7.45 pm to midnight

    Phone: +39 08 9261 282

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    34 designer benches

    Take a seat on a work of art

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    The 34 designer benches (panchine d'autore) along the streets of Cetara have been made and installed by local ceramic artists. When you sit on a bench in Cetara, you're not just resting your legs; you're immersing yourself in a masterpiece.

    The images are inspired by scenes from day-to-day life, from fishing to lemon farming. These urban installations depict traditional culture in a modern style. It’s a photo-worthy open-air museum that pops up all over the town, starting from the coast.

    Location: 84010 Cetara, Italy

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    Scenic hikes and trips up Mount Falerio

    Follow the paths through the mountains

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    Scenic hikes including trips up Mount Falerio let you alternate between beach life and enjoying the scenery of the countryside while on holiday in Cetara. Choose the itinerary that's best for you in terms of your time and needs. A hilly route lasting about an hour will take you through lemon and olive tree groves and vineyards all the way to Punta Fuenti.

    More challenging trails can take over 6 hours and lead to Monte Falerio (Mount Falerio), the highest point in the area, or through Capo d’Orso to the Santuario dell’Avvocata (Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary Advocate). In the woods near Erchie, you can visit atmospheric spots like the Vallone di San Nicola, a valley that's home to the ruins of an ancient monastery.

    Location: 84010 Cetara, Italy

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    The legend of the Tower of Cetara

    A beach, a tower and a whole lot of ghosts

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    Experience the legend of the Tower of Cetara during a hot, sunny day on Spiaggia del Lannio (Lannio Beach). Look at the tower that stands on the promontory at the end of the bay. It used to defend the people against pirate attacks, but it wasn't always successful.

    Once, during a Saracen raid, a group of monks and sailors were caught off guard and tried to escape along the coast, but to no avail. According to popular belief, the sighs of these men continue to echo along the shore, hence the name of the beach: Lannio, a word for lament.

    Location: 84010 Cetara, Italy

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    Delfino and the authentic anchovy sauce of Cetara

    Delicacies you can put in your suitcase

    Delfino Battista lets you take the flavours of Cetara home with you, including its authentic anchovy sauce. At Delfino Battista, you can purchase local specialities made with authentic ingredients, free from additives and preservatives. This outlet by the beach stocks jars of filetti di tonno (tuna fillets), sgombro (mackerel), pesce spada (sword fish) and delicacies like pesce ghiaccio aromatizzato (seasoned icefish).

    Don't miss colatura, a sauce local to Cetara obtained by ageing anchovies in water and salt. It's incredible with spaghetti and can also be used with vegetables and other dishes. Want to take the local flavours home with you? Choose from jars of friarielli (rapini), scarola (escarole), zucchine (courgettes), cipolle grigliate (grilled onions), filetti di melanzane (aubergine strips), capperi (capers) and aglio marinato (marinated garlic).

    Location: Corso Garibaldi, 44, 84010 Cetara, Italy

    Phone: +39 08 9261 069

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    photo by Elga Cappellari (CC BY-SA 2.0) modified

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    Church St Peter the Apostle

    Under the dome that towers above the roofs

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    Church St Peter the Apostle (Chiesa di San Pietro Apostolo) features a ceramic-covered dome that's a striking landmark in Cetara. The façade is neoclassical and the interiors are in baroque style, with stucco and plaster decorating the nave and the side chapels.

    To enter, head to the parvis at the top of a long staircase. Pause at the entrance to admire the bronze-coloured door. This modern piece was created in 2005 and pays homage to St Peter and St Andrew, the 2 fishermen apostles. The oldest element is the belfry; the Romanesque-style lower part retains some features of the previous church, constructed in medieval times to mark the Normans' victory over the Saracens.

    Location: Via S. Giacomo, 84010 Cetara, Italy

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    photo by Miguel Hermoso Cuesta (CC BY-SA 4.0) modified

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    Church of Saint Francis of Assisi

    Frescoed vaults in a Franciscan church

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    The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi (Chiesa di San Francesco) is located at the end of the main street that crosses the village. A walk along this street in Cetara is also enlivened by the numerous restaurants and artisan shops you can visit. The space beside the church, now home to businesses, was once occupied by a monastery.

    The building's façade reflects the simplicity of a Franciscan lifestyle and features a tuff door beneath a painted niche. The interior is decorated with fascinating artwork, with 16th-century frescoes covering the vault and dome. The main altar is surmounted by a painting of the deposition, the work of a local painter in 1746.

    Location: Corso Garibaldi, 84010 Cetara, Italy

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    photo by Alessandro Bonvini (CC BY 2.0) modified

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