Cetara: the country of the ‘colatura’

Cetara: the country of the ‘colatura’

Welcome to Cetara, a beautiful town on the Amalfi Coast, located between Maiori and Vietri sul Mare. This enchanting seaside village is the ideal place for those who want to spend a holiday in the name of the sea, nature and good food. The name Cetara comes from the Greek ‘Ketèra’, meaning ‘pure water’. In fact, this small coastal town of Campania owes much of its beauty and charm precisely to its privileged position, which overlooks the Gulf of Salerno and enjoys a crystal clear sea. But Cetara is not only sea and landscape, it is also history and tradition. Founded by the Etruscans and then conquered by the Romans, Cetara has a long history behind it, which is also reflected in its culture and gastronomy. Every corner of this ancient village tells a story, and every dish in its kitchen is an unforgettable experience for the palate. In this article I will mention you to 6 characteristic points of Cetara, to make you discover the hidden treasures of this small pearl of the Mediterranean.

Cetara is synonymous with ‘Colatura di Alici’. But what is this strange elixir that has now become famous on the coast and not only that, to be included in the recipes of the Mediterranean diet? Cetara anchovy sauce is a product that has an ancient and fascinating history. This sauce was born in Roman times, when Cetara sailors used brine to preserve fish during long sailings. Over time, this technique has evolved and turned into anchovy pouring, a fine condiment rich in flavours. The casting of Cetara anchovies is obtained through a long and careful processing process, which involves the salting of the anchovies, their pressing and finally the filtration of the resulting liquid. The final product is a sauce with an intense and deep flavour, which lends itself to many culinary preparations. Cetara’s anchovy pouring has become a true symbol of Campania cuisine, and every year it attracts numerous curious visitors to taste this culinary treasure.

The port of Cetara is a lovely place, where you can admire the colourful fishing boats that are reflected on the crystal clear water of the sea. Here you can taste the typical dishes of the place, based on

fresh fish freshly caught, and enjoy the breathtaking view.

Among the specialties of Cetara there is also the anchovy sauce, an ancient condiment that dates back to Roman times. This sauce is brewed with high-quality fresh anchovies, which are processed according to tradition and then allowed to mature in wooden barrels for at least 6 months. Cetara anchovy sauce is a unique and fine product, with an intense and salty flavour, perfect for seasoning pasta, vegetables, fish and many other dishes of Mediterranean cuisine. If you are in Cetara, do not miss the opportunity to taste this culinary treasure!

The Norman Tower of Cetara is an ancient watchtower, built to defend the village from attacks by Saracen pirates. Today the tower is open to visitors, who will enjoy a spectacular view of the Amalfi Coast.

The Church of San Pietro Apostolo is one of the oldest churches on the Amalfi Coast, and is located in a privileged position, overlooking the

sea. Here you can admire the Byzantine-style bell tower, the wooden statues of St. Peter and St. Paul, and the ceiling frescos.

Cetara is famous for the production of ceramics, made

by local artisans with traditional techniques. Cetara ceramics are a real treasure, with their bright colours and motifs inspired by nature and marine life.

Cetara beach is one of the most beautiful on the Amalfi Coast, with its picturesque waterfront and crystal clear sea. Here you can relax in the sun, swim or practice water sports such as kayaking or sailing.

In summary, Cetara is an enchanting place that will conquer your heart. Here you can enjoy the beauty of the sea, nature and history, savour the flavours of local cuisine, and let yourself be conquered by the kindness and beauty of the place. Come and discover Cetara, and you won't regret it!

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