In the heart of the Amalfi Coast, the splendid Praiano rises.
The name of Praiano probably comes from the term praia, that is, beach, from the Greek plagion (inclined plane). In fact, the landscape beauty of this place is undeniable, rich in beaches and belvedere. The points from which admiring the wonderful view of the sea are many.
However, Praiano is also tradition. Many are the important festivities. The most important is the Feast of Saint Luke, patron saint of Praiano, held on the first Sunday of July and on October 18.
Even the Procession by sea of the Byzantine painting of the Madonna Posa is rich of fascination. The painting is brought in Praiano from Positano through a very long procession in the sea that lasts for days.
To Saint Luke it is dedicated one of the churches symbol of Praiano.
The Church of Saint Luke Evangelist, of elegant Baroque plant, is the parochial church dedicated to the Patron Saint. Its building dates back to 1588. It was restored in 1772 and is positioned on a previous structure of 1123. The façade presents a three-floor bell tower, while the interior has three naves, with six chapels for side, decorated with rounded arches. The church is characterized by the presence of a wonderful majolica dome put directly on the apse. Of remarkable interest also the majolica flooring with at its center the image of Saint Luke depicting while he paints.
Another church in Praiano to absolutely visit is the Church of Saint Januarius, built in august 1589. The sacred building, in Renaissance style, is composed of three naves in Latin cross. The dome is oval, majolica polychrome and, inside the right nave, the altars of the Rosary, the Holy Family and the Immaculate wind. Always on the same side, there are the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Bartholomew altar and the Annunciation altar.
Instead, inside the left nave, there are the altars of the Carmine, Saint Januarius, Saint Lucy and the Crucifix.