Maiori

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Not to be confused with Māori.
Maiori
Comune
Comune di Maiori
A boulevard in Maiori.
A boulevard in Maiori.
Coat of arms of Maiori
Coat of arms
Maiori within the Province of Salerno
Maiori within the Province of Salerno
Maiori is located in Italy
Maiori
Maiori
Location of Maiori in Italy
Coordinates: 40°39′N 14°39′E / 40.650°N 14.650°E / 40.650; 14.650Coordinates: 40°39′N 14°39′E / 40.650°N 14.650°E / 40.650; 14.650
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province Salerno (SA)
Frazioni Erchie, Ponteprimario, San Pietro, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Vecite
Government
 • Mayor Antonio Della Pietra
Area
 • Total 16 km2 (6 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (31 December 2004)
 • Total 5,685
 • Density 360/km2 (920/sq mi)
Demonym Maioresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 84010
Dialing code 089
Patron saint Santa Maria a Mare
Saint day 15 August
Website Official website

Maiori (Neapolitan, Majure; originally Reghinna Maior) 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.

History[edit]

The origins of the town are unclear but the original name of the town was Reghinna Maior, in contrast to the neighbouring town, Minori, Reghinna Minor. All places along the coast were formed by alternating conquerors - such as the Etruscans or the Romans.

Beach of Maiori.

Between 830 and 840, the places of the coast united to form a confederation of Amalfi States. In this Amalfi Sea Republic, the places between Lettere and Tramonti and between Cetara and Positano, along with the island of Capri, were united; and their inhabitants were all called Amalfitaner. At that time, each city retained its own name and administrative autonomy, but had a specific role in this federation.[1]

Later 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.

Main sights[edit]

  • Collegiate Church of Santa Maria a Mare. The colourful maiolica tiled dome looks like Maiori's crown, whose jewels are treasured inside the Sacred Art Museum just next to the Church.[2]
  • Santa Maria de Olearia in Maiori. The ruins of the XI Benedictine Abbey just above Maiori, is a great way to enjoy the most ancient part of town.[3]
  • Falerzio Mount and Avvocata Church. The highest peak of the Amalfi Coast and the Sanctuary on the plain above Mount Mirteto.[4]

Transport[edit]

Airport

Aereo The nearest airport is Salerno-Pontecagnano Airport (QSR).

In film[edit]

In the mid-20th century, Roberto Rossellini filmed some of his films here: Paisà (1946); "Il Miracolo" ("The Miracle"), the second episode of the movie L'Amore (Ways of Love, 1948); La macchina ammazzacattivi (Machine to Kill Bad People, 1952); and Il viaggio in Italia (Journey to Italy, 1953). A film festival is held every November at which the Premio Internazionale Roberto Rossellini is awarded.[5]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Maiori". Retrieved 2006-04-30. 
  2. ^ "Collegiate Church Santa Maria a Mare". Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Santa Maria de Olearia in Maiori". Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Falerzio Mount and Avvocata Church". Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Rossellini Award". Retrieved 2008-03-05. 

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Maiori at Wikimedia Commons

Panorama Maiori