Sunday, June 23, 2013

Vietri Sul Mare & Salerno

I'm not sure why it has taken us this long to visit these two beautiful cities on the coast. We've driven through them a few times as they are a great place to start (or end) a drive on the Amalfi Coast, but have never actually stopped and spent time in them. They are popular destinations among locals and tourists alike, with beaches, shops, restaurants, and beautiful views.

Looking out from Vietri

From Vietri

Vietri Sul Mare means "Glass on the Sea" and the small town is known for its ceramics at very nice prices. We wanted to visit Vietri before one set of movers came to our house so we could pick up last minute bowls, plates, mugs, and anything else that we might want. We drove just an hour away from our house and arrived in the pretty town. After a little hassle with the parking (what else is new?) we were able to walk around the streets and walk in and out of the different shops adding more ceramic pieces to our ever growing collection.

We then drove to Salerno, only about 10 minutes away. Salerno is a much bigger city and is a commune in the region of Campania. It is an important cultural center and has had a long and important history. It was actually the capital of Italy for a very brief period (February - August 1944). 

To be honest we didn't spend that much time here. We drove around the city a little bit just to get an idea of where we wanted to park and to see if anything caught our eye to visit. Usually we do our fair share of research when visiting a new city, but things have just been so crazy with the moves that it was kind of an afterthought and we didn't realize it until we got there. After parking the car we got some gelato and took a walk on the beautiful promenade. Many people were out running, strolling, and taking in the nice Saturday and it was nice to see such activity on a gorgeous clear day. 

Walking along the promenade

Looking at Vietri from Salerno
Amalfi Coast, we will miss you greatly!

1 comment:

  1. These two cities are so pretty! They are quaint while also having the feel of the "hustle and bustle" of a big city! I love the sound of the name "Glass on the Sea" You can see right away that this city is known for its beautiful ceramics! What caught my eye was The Vietri Art ceramic entrance! Absolutely gorgeous! The ceramic work on the wall in the city reminds me of art from ancient times. Just beautiful! And I have to say the Mermaid in one of your last pics reminds me of mermaid and other sea-like sculptures in the city of Norfolk, VA! Looked like you guys had a great time visiting these two very pretty cities!