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A fishing town with a busy fishing port, built at the feet of the slopes of Mount Falesio, Cetara developed from the IX century, when it became the settlement of a colony of Saracens.
The entire economy of the village revolves around its maritime traditions: the fleet of Cetara is one of the most active of the Mediterranean Sea, specialized in fishing, processing and preserving tuna and anchovies. A recently rediscovered culinary delicacy to be tasted is the salted anchovy sauce, an amber colored seasoning for pasta dishes, produced since ancient times and that derives from the fermentation of anchovy in small barrels of oak or chestnut (also known as terzigni), a descendant of the Romans "garum".
Capital of Campania, Naples is one of the few European cities of the ancient world that has never been completely destroyed. Founded by Greeks, it was embellished and enlarged by the Romans and became, in subsequent centuries, the much prized booty of foreign invaders and imperialists.
With Mount Vesuvius on one side and the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida on the other, today Naples is chaotic yet spectacular, sprawling noisily and dirtily around the Bay of Naples. Pompeii and Herculaneum, lying in the shadow of the volcano that overcame them, contain the most revealing Roman ruins in Italy. Further south is the splendid, rugged Amalfi Coast, home to gemlike villages such as Positano, perched on the steep ledges leading down to the Gulf of Salerno.
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