Explore quaint Praiano: its oceanfront, volcanoes, beaches, and more!

Praiano is a small, laidback seaside resort between the larger and busier Positano and Amalfi. Nestled at the foot of the Tre Pizzi Mountain, Praiano charms with its picture postcard layout typical of villages along the Amalfi Coast.

The resort was once the summer residence of the powerful Doges, the dukes of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi. They came for the same reason that visitors still come today: the calm waters of the Mediterranean and the exceptional views.

The small pebble beach of Marina di Praia is one of Praiano’s most popular attractions. Unwind by the water’s edge or rent some diving gear and explore Amalfi’s marine life. Diving is a year-round activity here and a dive center is situated by the beach. Come back to the beach in the evening for a sunset walk and a meal in one of the restaurants or bars that line the sand.

Sightseeing centers around Praiano’s churches. Investigate the Church of San Luca Evangelista. The building is one of the most important places of worship in Praiano, as Saint Luke is its patron saint. The baroque-style edifice we see today was built in 1588, although the original church dates back to the early 12th century. Go inside to appreciate the 18th century majolica floor, marble altars and silver bust of Saint Luke. The church and convent of Santa Maria a Castro sits on a hill 1,194 feet (364 meters) above sea level and is famous for the views and the large, well-preserved 15th century fresco Madonna delle Grazie (The Madonna of Thanks).

Scout out one of Praiano’s other major historic sights, the Torre a Mare. The medieval structure was part of a series of fortified towers along the coast that helped defend against pirate attacks.

Praiano is approximately 4.6 miles (7 kilometers) from Positano and 3.1 miles (6 kilometers) from Amalfi. It is well connected by bus and ferries to Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi. If you are staying in Praiano ask your hotel manager about the Praiano Card. The Tourist Card offers many discounts on goods and services in the village, including savings in some restaurants.

Known for

Boating, Swimming and Sea

Where to stay in Praiano

Path of the Gods
Just about 2/3rds of a mile in from the trail head
trover photo by Aaron Savoie

Path of the Gods

Known for Hiking, Relaxing, Sea

5/5(4 reviews)

Path of the Gods is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Sorrento Peninsula and Sentiero degli Dei.

Top Hotels in Praiano

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Margherita
Hotel Margherita
4 out of 5
Via Umberto I, 70, Praiano, SA

Situated in Praiano, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sorrento Peninsula and Marina di Praia. Emerald Grotto and Fiordo di Furore Beach are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (460 reviews)

"staff is great great great akways willing to go the extra kil."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Hotel Margherita
Casa Angelina
Casa Angelina
5 out of 5
Via G Capriglione 147, Praiano, SA
$543
per night
Oct 18 - Oct 19

Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sorrento Peninsula and 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Marina di Praia. Emerald Grotto and Fiordo di ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (170 reviews)

"The most subtle luxury in a resort---staff is more accommodating and guest-focused than any other luxury resort we have stayed at. The resort itself is breathtaking. A jewel."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Casa Angelina
Hotel Tramonto d'Oro
Hotel Tramonto d'Oro
4 out of 5
Via Gennaro Capriglione 119, Praiano, SA
$176
per night
Oct 19 - Oct 20

Situated in Praiano, this hotel is 6.2 mi (10 km) from Amalfi Cathedral and within 12 mi (20 km) of Amalfi Beach and Villa Rufolo. Piazza Tasso and Sorrento ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (407 reviews)

"The family is clearly proud of their hotel and service as they should be. We met aunts, a neice and grandma. They went out of their way to call, check in and ensure we had the very best service possible. They arranged a boat trip to Capri for us that was perfect. We had chef's choice multi-course ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2019

Hotel Tramonto d'Oro

Popular things to do in Praiano

Herculaneum
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Herculaneum

4.5/5(354 reviews)

Learn more about the local history when you visit Herculaneum, a well-known historical site in Ercolano. Stroll along the seaside or visit the rich archaeological sites in the area.

Pompeii Archaeological Park
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Pompeii Archaeological Park

4.5/5(736 reviews)

Pompeii Archaeological Park is a top museum in Pompei with a rich history. While you're in the area, wander around picturesque gardens.

Marina Grande Beach
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Marina Grande Beach

4.5/5(553 reviews)

This charming port has served as Sorrento’s connection to the sea for almost 2,000 years and is still in use by local fishermen.

Piazza Tasso
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Piazza Tasso

4.5/5(388 reviews)

This main square in Sorrento is a great place for people-watching, admiring Baroque architecture and learning about the local history.

Villa Rufolo
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Villa Rufolo

4.5/5(171 reviews)

Visit the beautiful terraced gardens that hang over the sea and once inspired the German composer Richard Wagner at this 13th century villa.

Amalfi Cathedral
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Amalfi Cathedral

4.5/5(391 reviews)

Learn more about the local history when you visit Amalfi Cathedral, a well-known historical site in Amalfi. Wander the seaside and beautiful beaches in the area.

Top activities in Praiano

Full-Day Pompeii & Vesuvius Tour from the Amalfi Coast
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Full-Day Pompeii & Vesuvius Tour from the Amalfi Coast

$55

Visit the site of one of the most famous natural disasters in history with a day trip to the ruins of Pompeii. See why these excavated remains hold such fascination for visitors today and get a look at the smoldering volcano of Mount Vesuvius, whose eruption doomed the city almost 2,000 years ago.

Full-Day Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour from the Amalfi Coast
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Full-Day Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour from the Amalfi Coast

$66

Explore 2 of the most celebrated archaeological sites in Campania during a day trip to Pompeii and Herculaneum. Discover ancient worlds buried by massive volcanic eruptions and impeccably preserved for generations of admirers.

Capri & Anacapri Tour from the Amalfi Coast
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Capri & Anacapri Tour from the Amalfi Coast

$93

Spend a day exploring one of the most iconic locations of the Campania Region with a day trip to the evocative island of Capri. Cruise to the island by ferry, take a guided tour to landmarks like the Villa San Michele, and enjoy some free time to visit at your leisure before your early evening ferry back to the mainland.

Half-Day Pompeii Tour from the Amalfi Coast
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Half-Day Pompeii Tour from the Amalfi Coast

$46

Pompeii was an ancient Roman city near modern Naples in the Campania region of Italy, in the territory of the commune of Pompei.Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area (e.g.

Full Day Pompeii & Vesuvius tour from Amalfi Coast
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Full Day Pompeii & Vesuvius tour from Amalfi Coast

$55

Meet your local guide for the day and board on the coach to depart to Pompeii, passing the beautiful towns along the Amalfi Drive. Upon arrival, guided visit of the ruins (2 hrs and half approx.). In Pompeii you'll have the chance to explore one of Europe's most compelling excavation sites.

Amalfi coast by night see the coast with the sun setting
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Amalfi coast by night see the coast with the sun setting

$559

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Amalfi Coast, 84011 Italy Depart from your hotel in sorrento drive the amalfi coast Stop above positano photo and then proceed down the amalfi coast.

Reviews of Praiano

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5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 9, 2019

I enjoyed the beauty of it and the fact it is less traveled and close enough to get to all the other more traveled areas.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 6, 2019

Make sure you take the recommendations of the locals and visit the small surrounding towns. Ravello is a great day trip, but Praiano is a perfect location.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 27, 2019

Perfect place to relax and unwind

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 27, 2019

Small, quite town with relacing bach arra. Nice reataurants. Easy to take bus to other towns alrhough the buses are CROWDED.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 18, 2019

Breathtaking sunsets

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 16, 2019

I liked the quiet aspect of Praino and its central location on the coast. If you like to hike, the path of the gods starts in Praino. The village is a bit steep which means climbing stairs to go down to the beach or up to hike. Views are incredible.