Cetara, an ancient and characteristic center of marinas and fishermen, rises at the mouth of a deep valley.
At the east end of the town, the characteristic quadrangular Norman Tower on which a 2-storey house rests is recognizable.
The green dome of the church with a small bell tower stands out in the town. The name Cetara (perhaps from the Latin “cetaria”, tonnara) is a seaside resort with 2 sandy beaches and beautiful cliffs.
At the end of the first millennium it was used by the Saracens, who kept the galleys for their raids in the nearby cala fuenti. In 1551 the Turkish Sinan Pasha occupied it making 300 slaves and slaughtering those who did not want to embark, causing the decline of the city.
This village of picturesque white architecture, with its intimate beach, is one of the jewels of the coast.
Among the spontaneous buildings made up of cubic houses, the church of San Pietro stands out with its majolica dome and the thirteenth-century bell tower with mullioned windows
Cetara is also famous for its flavors, thanks to its historical traditions in fishing for blue fish, tuna and anchovies, and in the processing of its products; among these the most popular is “colatura di alici” obtained by pressing anchovies in brine.
Cetara is finally famous for the feast of St. Peter, patron saint of the city, who on June 29 of each year, in addition to offering a moment of profound spirituality and culture, fascinates most for the splendid fireworks display that concludes the celebrations of the saint.