The area was settled by the Greeks and the Romans,
and was an important trade route
during the Middle Ages.
The town was founded in the 9th century,
when the inhabitants of the nearby town of San Luca fled to the hills
to escape pirate attacks.
During the 16th century, Praiano became a popular destination
for wealthy nobles from the nearby town of Amalfi,
who built grand villas and palaces in the town.
These buildings still stand today, and are a popular attraction
for visitors to Praiano.
The town's location on the coast provides easy access to a wide variety of fresh seafood, including anchovies, sardines, mussels, clams, squid, and octopus.
Praiano's fishermen still use traditional techniques to catch fish, such as small boats and nets, and many of the town's restaurants feature fresh, local seafood on their menuss.
Traditional Italian liqueur
Praiano is known for its high-quality lemons,
which are used in many local dishes and products. Two of the most famous products made from Praiano lemons are limoncello and handmade lemon-flavored vinegar.
Limoncello is a traditional Italian lemon liqueur made from
lemon zest, alcohol, sugar, and water.
Handmade lemon-flavored vinegar is another popular product made from Praiano lemons.
It's perfect for dressing salads, marinating fish or chicken, or adding a splash to sauces and soups.
Seafood dishes in Praiano
One popular dish in Praiano that includes
both potatoes and calamari is Calamari e Patate in Umido,
which translates to "calamari and potatoes stew."
This hearty and flavorful dish is made with fresh calamari, diced potatoes, tomatoes, onions, garlic, parsley, and white wine.
Some popular seafood dishes in Praiano include
spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams), zuppa di cozze (mussels soup), insalata di mare (seafood salad), and frittura di mare (mixed fried seafood).
Praiano is not particularly known for producing its own wine,
as the town's terrain is rocky and steep, making it difficult to cultivate grapes.
However, there are several vineyards and wineries in the surrounding areas of the Amalfi Coast that produce high-quality wines that are often enjoyed in Praiano's restaurants.
One famous wine produced in the Campania region,
which includes the Amalfi Coast, is Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio.
This wine is made from grapes grown on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.
Many of Praiano's restaurants offer a wide selection of local and regional wines to complement their traditional dishes, and some even have their own cellars stocked with rare and aged wines.
Whether you're a wine aficionado or
simply enjoy a good glass of vino, there are plenty of options to explore in and around Praiano.