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The casale of Seiano is composed of two main centres: the “borgo”, or hamlet, which stretches out on the sea side of the highway Sorrentina and includes Matignano and Scutolo; and Marina di Aequa. In this very site was once the settlement, probably of Roman origin, that Silio Italico named “Aequana” on the Marina del “Pèczolo” side, next to a large Roman villa. This settlement was severely damaged by the volcanic eruption of 79 AC, an event that triggered the downfall of Aequa. The site is a source of archaeological findings, including the “Cupid and Psyche” kept in the Museo Nazionale di Napoli, and the beautiful “Philosopher’s Head” in the Fienga collection. With the advent of Christianity an Episcopalian church was erected here, but with the impoverishment of the people in the settlement it was moved to the original site of the pre Roman village i.e. Vico Equense. Along that stretch of clear sea, complete with hotels, restaurants and swimming facilities, at the mouth of the Rivo d’Arco is the tower of Capirovo, erected in the 13th century to guard the coast. Along the beach, after the small port and a tourist complex, is the beautiful beach pebbly beach of Calcare. The beach is just before Punta di Scùtolo, which divides this part of the sea from the one of Meta. Here, just off the sea shore, is a monolithic square tuff structure, part of the ancient arsenal later converted into a kiln. The structure has double gothic arches , a stylistic reference to the Catalan architectural culture of 15th century Naples. The church in the piazza of Marina di Aequa is dedicated to “Sant’Antonio” – Saint Anthony – and on the 13th of June the fishermen devoted to the saint hold a solemn boat procession at sea with his statue, whilst fireworks are set off from the casali in the nearby hills. From that church is a steep narrow street that leads to the ancient church of Santa Maria Vecchia, which features a very rich collection of “ex-voto” from sailors. Seiano is an elegant holiday resort, equipped with hotels and villas with a view. The streets of the borgo are small and winding, in contrast to the imposing church Parrocchia di San Marco, with a central plan, a high tambour and a large cupola, designed by the architect Bartolomeo Bottiglieri and built in 1796. Next to the church is the Confraternita della Morte ed Orazione, which every three years holds a dramatic procession on Good Friday of the Mother seeking her dead son, reminiscent of the baroque funerary traditions. In the two years of stopover, the procession is held at the Arciconfraternita dell’Assunta e Monte dei Morti, in the old town of Vico Equense. Following a trail through the nature with the sea just above, one arrives at Torre di Scùtolo, built overhanging the sea. By taking a road off the Sorrentina highway one is minutes away from the ancient Casale di Montechiaro, the most western casale of Vico. Once inside the old town the road leads to a small square with two buildings of worship: the Parrocchiale dei Santi Pietro e Paolo (with three naves), and the Oratorio del Rosario, whose facade features a ceramic panel of great devotional value. From there, through Petrignano (which develops around the Cappella di Santa Maria del Carmelo), is the Casale di Alberi in the city area of Meta.


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