Maiori and Minori
Minori and Maiori
The first surprise is Minori (once known as Reghinna Minor)
Home to the splendid Villa Marittima Romana, an ancient roman villa considered to be one of the most important monuments on the whole Amalfi Coast. he villa is thought to have been the seaside residence of an influential member of the imperial court. The nearby stream would have guaranteed ample supplies of water with which to fill the swimming pool and baths. Despite almost 2000 years having passed, the villa's Nympheaum still conserves a number of its original frescoes and mosaics. The villa is located in Via Santa Lucia and is open to the general public from 09.00 until sunset. Minori's cathedral, dedicated Santa Trofimena, was restored in the 19th century and has three light-filled aisles and a 17th century marble pulpit. The lower basilica houses the relics of the town's patron saint. In the 18th century, Minori became famous for its watermills and pasta factories and to this very day, tourists come to taste the town's delicious pasta, served in the small restaurants nestled between the brightly painted houses.
Maiori, a fan opening out towards the sea
From Minori, the road leads straight to Maiori, the fishing town once known as Reghinna Maior. The town has one of the largest beaches of all those on the Amalfi Coast, the dimensions of which increased further as a result of the catastrophic floods of 1954 which destroyed the whole of the historic center. In the middle ages, what is now a peaceful little bathing resort was the Republic of Amalfi's principal port, its streets lined with such beautiful patrician palazzi that King Filippo IV declared the town Città Regia. Maiori is dominated by the Castle of San Nicola de Thoro-Plano, rebuilt in the 15th century and which, like the adjacent church, is open to the general public. The Collegiate Church of Santa Maria a Mare houses a statue of the Virgin which, according to the local legend, was found floating in the water, just off the town's shores. In the complex of Santa Maria Olearia the crypts and catacombs of the first monks to reside here can be seen.
Tramonti hidden between the mountains In the Monti Lattari
A town which has contributed to making mozzarella and pizza famous throughout the world. Thirteen districts nestled in a green valley in the Monti Lattari. Tramonti, as its name indicates, is situated amidst the mountains. A charming town, surrounded by streams, olive trees, vineyards and terraced vegetable patches, or "gardens" as they are fondly called by those that tend them, Tramonti is said to have been founded by the Picentini, after they were forced inland by the Ancient Romans.