The Amalfi coast is a must visit place on your trip to Italy. The colourful buildings perched on the cliff face with the striking blue sea beneath them makes for the most perfect photos. Although the main spots in Amalfi are on the pricey side, the smaller towns are just as beautiful and a short trip by either boat or bus. The town of Maiori (where we stayed) is a great place to spend with family or friends. It has plenty of small restaurants to try out and a calm beach.– Paradise on a Budget
Exploring Amalfi Coast on a Budget – A Travel Guide by Paradise on a Budget
Maiori is a town and comune on the Amalfi coast in the province of Salerno (Campania, Italy). It has been a popular tourist resort since Roman times, with the longest unbroken stretch of beach on the Amalfi coastline. The origins of the town are unclear, though it was likely founded by the Etruscans. It was conquered by the Romans in the 3rd century BC, and was called town was Rheginna Maior, in contrast to the neighbouring town, Minori, Rheginna Minor. All places along the coast were formed by alternating conquerors – such as the Etruscans or the Romans.
Between 830 and 840, the towns of the coast between Lettere and Tramonti and Cetara and Positano, including the island of Capri, united to form a confederation of states later known as the Duchy of Amalfi. Each city retained its own name and administrative autonomy, but had a specific role in this federation. Maiori was the seat of the duchy’s admiralty, the customs, the salt market and several arsenals. Around 1000 it became part of the Principality of Salerno, and then of the Kingdom of Naples, of which it followed the history until the 19th century.
Top Sights & Attractions :
- Collegiate Church of Santa Maria a Mare (13th century). It has a colourful maiolica tiled dome topping the 14th century bell tower, while most of the exterior dates from the 18th century. Other majolicas are shown in the Sacred Art Museum just next to the Church.
- Church of San Francesco (finished in 1590), now in late Rococo style.
- Santa Maria de Olearia (11th century), a Benedictine Abbey founded in 973 just above the historical centre of the town.
- Falerzio Mount and Avvocata Church. The highest peak of the Amalfi Coast and the Sanctuary on the plain above Mount Mirteto.
- Castle of San Nicola (9th century).
- Norman Tower (also called Torre Salicerchio).