The town is built on a little promontory, and on the seaside where we find an impressive Saracena tower. Vietri was the old town of "Marcina", built by the Etrurian. Later the Roman conquered it. In fact a Roman thermae and a "murus reticulatum" were found recently by the seaside.
In the middle age Vietri was under the Dukedom of Salerno, later under the Cava Abbey. Only in the XVIII century Vietri began an indipendent municipality.
Places to visit:
The church of St. Giovanni Battista, with its dome covered with majolic ceramics. Built in the X century, with a wide aisle, on a latin Cross layout. In the church,we can see an ancient greek Cross, from the XV century.
Other interesting places in Vietri are: Molina, rich of water-mills and Raito, where we find the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, built in the XVI century, with its frescoes painted by the school of Solimena.
Vietri sul Mare has been producing ceramics since the XV century, its trade was especially with Sicily and Calabria. The decoration of Vietri ceramic, reproduces the typical colours of the coast.