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Maiori is situated at the outlet of the Raginna Maior torrent, from which it derives its name. Unfortunately the torrent is also part of the town’s history for other reasons: it has often ruined the country with disastrous floods, as in 1910 and above all in 1954.
This latter catastrophe destroyed almost all the inhabited centre and it is for this reasons that Maiori, the only one among the Amalfi Coast’s towns, presents itself to visitors’ eyes with numerous modern buildings.
From the historical point of view Maiori was a faithful ally of the Amalfi Republic for many years and for this reason it was fiercely and sacked in many occasions. The last time was in 1268 by the fleets of Pisa, a very fierce enemy of Amalfi.
So a slow decline began and it worsened due to a plague in 1656 that reduced the population to a few hundred inhabitants.
However, with the passing of time, thanks to the fertility of the area that in this part of the coast is less rough and rocky than elsewhere, the town recovered a certain welfare so that today it is one of better-equipped tourist and bathing centres.
Nevertheless the town recovered precious architectonic jewels of great tourist interest that without doubt deserve a visit.
Besides the Abbey of Santa Maria dč Oleandra, the only Benedictine monument of the Coast that has remained practically intact up to our time, we must remember the Castle, the tower called “delle Formicole” and the church of Santa Maria a Mare.
The Mezzacapo Castle also called Miramare or San Nicola, was built in the 15th century on the rocky buttress of Ponticchio hill. Its garden, of a subsequent period, hide caves and rocky gorges with subterranean rivers, cleverly integrated with lanes surrounded by rose-beds.
Today the Tower of Formicole, built in 1590, is used as a restaurant and disco bar by name(Torre Normanna) it is generally known.
In the neighbourhood a source of sulphurous and drinkable water is also accessible from the sea. The Church of Santa Maria a Mare, with a splendid majolica dome, was restored many times respecting the original nucleus dated at the 11th century.
The baroque front is of remarkable interest with three portals of a subsequent period(the 18th century).
Inside there are rich artist treasures among which we point out the lacunar ceiling, built by Alessandro Fulco in the 16th century and the wooden statue named “La Madonna col Bambino” (Madonna with baby). In the sacristy numerous small objects of art are also conserved. From the landscape point of view, Capo D’Orso, extraordinary rocky promontory on the sea, is part of the Municipality of Maiori. It deserves a walk both by sea and by land.

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