Our Favorite Hotels in Vietri sul Mare
Best Places to Stay in Vietri sul Mare
- Vietri sul Mare (usually shortened to Vietri) is the easternmost town of the Amalfi Coast. The town itself is under two kilometers at its widest point, though the greater Vietri area includes several nearby hamlets, including Raito, Dragonea, Benincasa, Molina, and Albori set in the mountains north and west of town. The port city of Salerno is immediately east of Vietri. In fact, you can walk from Vietri’s cathedral to Salerno’s cathedral in under an hour (or take a 10-minute taxi).
- The best connected town on the Amalfi Coast, Vietri is the only town here with its own train station, in addition to a ferry port and bus lines. By train, Rome is only two hours away (change trains in Naples or Salerno) and Naples is only an hour away. Ferries connect Vietri with Positano, Amalfi, Minori, Maiori, and Cetara multiple times a day, while routes to Capri run six times a week. Ferry tickets to Amalfi Coast towns and Salerno can be purchased at the kiosks at the port or online from Travelmar. Pick up ferry tickets to Capri at the port or online with Ferryhopper.com. Buses run throughout the day from Vietri to Salerno and all cities on the Amalfi Coast. You cannot buy bus tickets on the bus. Instead, buy ahead of time at tobacco shops (tabaccherie), newspaper stands, souvenir shops, bars, and cafes.
- Although not a flashy as Positano or as centrally located as Amalfi, Vietri has a lot going for it besides being a travel hub. Some of the Amalfi Coast’s largest and least crowded beaches are here: Marina di Vietri (near the port, the largest and busiest beach of Vietri), La Baia (west of the port of Salerno, part of the beach is free to enter and part offers umbrellas and sunbeds to rent) Crestarella (set under a Renaissance-era tower; small, private, organized beach with a fee to enter), and Marina di Albori (this private beach is the quietest of the four, accessible by a long stairway from the cliffs). Since Renaissance times, Vietri has been the traditional center for ceramic production in Campania. Even the landmark cathedral, the Duomo di San Giovanni Battista, is decorated with ceramics on its pastel facade with its bright maiolica dome. You’ll find nearly every street here has a few ceramic shops, ceramic making or ceramic painting classes, and (in nearby Raito) the Museum of Ceramics set in Villa Guariglia, itself set in a lush park with views over Vietri toward the sea. A short walk from the Villa, Le Vigne di Raito is a boutique winery offering tours, tastings, and cooking classes.
- First-timers should stay in central Vietri for easy access to the beaches, dining, shopping, and transportation. The best hotel here is Palazzo Suriano.
The 4 Best Hotels in Vietri sul Mare
1. Relais Paradiso – Luxury
Hotel phone: +39 089 763 2301
Intimate luxury retreat with a pool and sun terrace nestled along the winding roads of Raito village. Rooms and suites feature contemporary design with dual vanities, floor-to-ceiling windows, and private balconies or terraces. Some suites add outdoor, jetted, plunge pools; the Paradiso Suite has a round bed and an additional jetted whirlpool inside. Gourmet Italian Campanian fare is on offer at the main restaurant, while the pool bar sees more casual options. A free shuttle runs several times a day into Vietri and their sister property, Hotel Raito, where guests have access to the wellness center and more dining and bar options.
2. Hotel Raito – Luxury
Hotel phone: +39 089 763 4111
Upscale hotel in a lofty seat atop the hills of Raito with sweeping views over the sea to Vietri and Salerno. Facilities include an infinity pool, a wellness center with an indoor, heated pool, and two a la carte restaurants. The main restaurant serves Italian fine dining with a seafood specialty, while the poolside bar and grill offers lighter fare on a relaxed terrace. Most rooms (except the Standard) and all suites have a private, furnished balcony or terrace. Suites add a separate living area, indoor, jetted bath, and a daily visit to the spa. A shuttle into Vietri is available several times a day. The hotel is about a 5-minute walk to Villa Guariglia, the Ceramics Museum, and a vineyard with wine tours.
3. Palazzo Suriano – Midrange
Hotel phone: +39 089 234 450
Restful boutique hotel set in a 300-year-old palazzo with frescoed ceilings, lush gardens, and views over the sea, ferry port, and beaches of Vietri. Rooms are all different and historic elements have been retained where possible. Some feature 18th-century terracotta and maiolica tile floors (handmade in Vietri), original frescoes, wood beam ceilings, or private balconies. The Dépendance Due Gabbiani, set in the gardens, has two bedrooms, each with a bathroom and sea view balcony. All rooms have walk-in showers and daily buffet breakfast included. There is no restaurant onsite, but cooking classes and romantic dinners in the garden can be arranged. Idyllic location right above the main beach of Vietri (you can hear the waves at night), about a five-minute walk down the footpath to the sand and within a 10-minute walk of restaurants, ceramics shops, and the ferry port.
4. La Valle delle Najadi – Midrange
Hotel phone: +39 089 210 095
Charming, self-service apartments set in a former paper mill from the 18th and 19th centuries. This was the first hotel to open in Vietri in 1957, and the same family runs it today. All one to four-bedroom apartments have a separate living room, dining area, kitchen or kitchenette, and a terrace or balcony. Free parking and free laundry are on site. The village-like grounds include flower gardens, a lemon-tree shaded pergola, a shared sea view terrace, a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Pompeii, a common room with a foosball table, and a few animals (goats, peacocks, and other birds). Set in the heart of Vietri, about 150 meters to town and about 300 meters to the beach along a private path.