VICO EQUENSE E SEIANO
It is the entrance to the Sorrento Coast. The first and largest in terms of territory of the towns on
the north-western side of the peninsula formed by the Monti Lattari chain. Vico Equense rises on
a block of tufa covered by thick vegetation down to sea level.
Behind it, rise the magnificent Monte Faito and Monte Sant'Angelo and Tre Pizzi, whose peaks
reach the greatest height of the Lattari. On the slopes of the two mountains are nestled the
hamlets of Vico, no less than thirteen in number, one of the characteristic attractions of this
peninsular locality. Highest of all is Moiano; the oldest, dating back to the 9th century, is
Massaquano; in Arola, in addition to the ancient Camaldolese hermitage, the parish church of
Sant'Antonino is the largest in the area. On a hill between the territories of Vico and Meta di
Sorrento, among the most populated hamlets, Seiano is a well-known tourist destination for its
location and its churches.
Overlooking the sea, the historic centre of Vico preserves the original medieval layout in all its
charm. An obligatory stop on a stroll through the village streets is the ancient cathedral dedicated
to the Santissima Annunziata. Apart from its 18th-century Baroque façade, it is the only example
of a sacred building on the Coast in Gothic style, confirming that it was built in the first half of the
14th century. Of great value are the works of art adorning the interior spaces, where the
enlightened philosopher Gaetano Filangieri is buried. And not to be missed is the spectacle of the
gulf and the islands that can be admired from outside the former mother church. Instead, the
Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Toro, linked to a miraculous event, dates back to the 16th century.
Majestic and imposing, there is also a castle in Vico dating back to the Angevin period, which for
two centuries has been named after the last family to own it, the Giusso family. Over time, the
monumental complex has undergone transformations and extensions that, after initially enhancing
its military function as a fortress, by the mid-16th century were aimed at making it a welcoming
The Holy Trinity convent houses the Mineralogical Museum of Campania, which holds thousands
of mineral samples from all over the world. The archaeological finds from the excavation of a
necropolis dating back to the 7th-5th centuries B.C. are exhibited in the Antiquarium- Among
Vico's attractions is also the Scrajo spa, founded in 1895 on the site of a hot spring that was
already frequented in imperial times. Born as a fishing village, Vico has maintained a strong link
with the sea. The area offers numerous beaches, including Marina di Vico and Marina di Seiano.
While scuba diving enthusiasts can enjoy the wonders offered by the famous Banco di Santa