Cava in general
In general, Cava di Tirreni is a very laid back town that you should come to if you are feeling a little overworked and tired, or if Salerno or Positano is full of tourists. You can rest assured, they aren't in Cava! Sitting in my empty hostel room watching a worker pick grapes in a distant vineyard up high on a mountains that surround Cava.
Nightlife and history
"Cava dei Tirreni"
Cava de' Tirrreni is a small and nice town, located not far from Salerno and from Vietri sul Mare, the gateway of the Amalfi Coast. Being surrounded by such astonishing natural and architectural beauties as Ravello, Amalfi, Positano it's a bit neglected but it's worth a visit for its beautiful old part and for the many bars and pubs that can make your night an enjoyable experience.
Cava has a long history, being founded by local populations before the rise of the roman empire. In the Middle Age (1011) was estabilished the Benedectin Monastery of "SS. Trinità" that was the spark for the development of the modern Cava dei Tirreni.
During the XIV and XV centuries the city rose to an important commercial role. During these years was built "Borgo Scacciaventi", that's today the historical part of the city. See the picture below.
Borgo Scacciaventi is a long and straight road. All the buuldings along the road have an historical and architectural importance, and all of them have the so-called "portici", it means a sort of covered alley where the shops and all the economical activities were located. The "portici" are a sort of shelter from rain, excessive sun and wind. It's an archiotectural detail typical of Northern Italy cities, and their presence in Cava is a singularity.
"The Grand Tour"
During the "Romantic" period, at the end of the XIX century, many writers and painters came from the northern countries to discover Southern Italy, and many of them visited also Cava de' Tirreni. Among them: Goethe, Kniep (1787), Hackert (1792), Bourgeois (1804), Michallon (1817), Wan Day (1820), Coignet (1821), R. Keppel Crafen (1821), Lady Blessington (1823-26), Muller (1829), Walter Scott (1831), William Gell (1831), Vanderburch (1833), John Ruskin (1841).
Today Cava is worth a visit for Borgo Scacciaventi and the old Benedectine Monastery. And after it, if you have time, enjoy the nice night life: restaurants, pubs, bars and disco can make it an enjoyable experience!