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Raito: An Excursion to the Interior

Along the road that heads out of town and inland, we discovered Raito, a picturesque little village of whitewashed houses and gardens that enjoy excellent views of the bay. The highlights here are the 16th-century church Madonna delle Grazie, with a chapel decorated by Luca Giordano, and the historic Villa Guariglia, surrounded by a park. In the scenic Torretta Belvedere is the Museo della Ceramica, Via Nuova Raito (tel. 089-211835; free admission; Tues-Sun 8am-7pm; closes earlier in winter). Created in 1981, the museum's collection retraces the history of the local ceramic production and includes a number of masterworks from religious art and everyday items to the "German period," with works created or inspired by the wave of foreign (mainly German) artists who came to Vietri between 1929 and 1947. On most evenings during the summer season, Villa Guariglia is the enchanting setting for classical music concerts; call the tourist information office in Vietri for information on the program. To reach Raito, take SP 75 off SS 163; it's about 2km (1 1/4 miles) west of Vietri. Only 1km (a half-mile) farther on is the little hamlet of Albori, with its 16th-century church, Santa Margherita ad Albori, and prime sea views.

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