The small town of Minori nestles on the coast between Amalfi, Maiori and Ravello, has many treasures for tourists, art, culture and history: the Villa Romana Marittima,  dating to the I century A.D; the Basilica di Santa Trofimena Patrona di Minori, built around the XVIII century and many other smaller churches belonging to various periods in history, bear witness to the past glories of ancient Rheginna Minor.
Minori is also considered to be the capital of the Salerno area for Easter celebrations. The solemn procession of the “Battenti” held on Good Friday is so moving that people from all over the province come to participate in the event. The Easter celebrations and procession have been recognized as part of our national heritage by the ministry of culture.

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  • THE PLACE

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    Minori, situated in a small bay between  Capo d’Orso and Conca dei Marini, is also known as the  narcissus of the Coast due to its fertile terraces and productivity.
    Città del Gusto , or the City of Taste, is another name for Minori in honour of its great gastronomic traditions.  Some say that pasta was invented here, and there has been pasta production here for many centuries. All the ingredients are here, the sun and the right humidity to dry the pasta; technical know – how, passed down from generation to generation . Lemon cultivation on the terraces surrounding the town also plays an important role in the traditions of Minori, not least for limoncello. Paper mills were once an active economic force here, and the old mills can still be seen along the river course.

  • THE HISTORY OF MINORI

    Minori fu scelta dai Romani come residenza estiva, come testimoniano i resti di una grandiosa villa marittima del I sec d C. costruita scenograficamente tra le rocce circostanti, e ben visibile dal mare.

    Dopo la distruzione della villa causata probabilmente dalle frequenti alluvioni, il luogo fu probabilmente abbandonato per secoli. La tradizione vuole che il primo nucleo abitato di Minori si sia formato, intorno al V secolo, in una località  collinare chiamata Forcella scelta come luogo sicuro dagli abitanti della valle del Sarno, in fuga dalle incursioni di popolazioni germaniche. Gli abitanti di questo primo insediamento, tra il VI e il VII secolo, fondarono un nuovo villaggio marittimo che assume la denominazione di Rheginna, che, in contrasto con la vicina contrada di Maiori, Rheginna Major, di maggior estensione, prese l’epiteto di Minor.

    E’ di questo periodo il rinvenimento sulla spiaggia delle spoglie di una martire cristiana e, dunque, la chiesa dedicata a Santa Trofimena che, con l’elevazione di Minori a sede vescovile nel 987, divenne la cattedrale minorese. Anche questa cittadina, come del resto le altre città  della costa, divise con Amalfi glorie e onori, subendone la medesima sorte con la decadenza della Repubblica.

    Anche Minori fu purtroppo vittima di calamità  naturali; nel 1492, nel 1528 e nel 1656 fu colpita da terribili pestilenze che decimarono la popolazione. Grazie alla ricchezza d’acqua e alla fertilità  del suo territorio, Minori vantava, in passato, industrie assai fiorenti sia quella cartaria che quella alimentare. Già  nel XIII secolo nelle cartiere minoresi si fabbricava la carta di cenci, detta bambagina, di cui si faceva largo uso nei tribunali e negli istituti religiosi. Un ramo di attività  particolarmente vivace era quello della preparazione della pasta alimentare: mulini e pastifici formavano il tessuto connettivo del piccolo borgo marinaro. La storia minorese segue le vicende del Regno di Napoli e successivamente dell’Italia unita. la terribile alluvione del 1954 segna profondamente la vita e la trasformazione urbana di Minori, vedendo la nascita di moderni palazzi e strutture alberghiere che fortunatamente non hanno guastato l’estetica e il suo caratteristico aspetto di borgo marinaro.

  • LE ATTIVITA' TRADIZIONALI

    Minori has had a pasta making tradition  since the beginning of the last century. Unlike the famous pasta factories of Gragnano, MINORI prides itself on the  production of fresh hand made pasta, for example the  ‘ndunderi, which are only made in Minori, fusilli and scialatelli. lLemons are cultivated  on the terraces surrounding the town, providing the raw material for our own  limoncello  and specialist pastries and desserts prepared with a variety of lemon , called  sfusato amalfitano,. These gastronomic traditions, together with our liqueur factories and the famous pastries produce by Sal De Riso. are an important part of the local economy and enrich the experience of any visitor.

  • COSA VEDERE A MINORI

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    Strolling through the narrow streets  and exploring the nooks and crannies of Minori is a rewarding interlude in your stay here. There is much to see, Minori has many monuments to admire, some are obviously of a religious nature. The first to visit has to be the Arciconfraternita del SS. Sacramento, which has a splendid wooden choir and a marble altar dating back to the 1700s

    The  Basilica di Santa Trofimena is an imposing building. It houses the remains of the Patron Saint and Protector of Minori, Santa Trofimena. The present structure, typical of the architecture of the 1700s, was built over a much older romanic church. The Crucifix on the main altar is attributed to Marco Pino da Siena, an important exponent of Italian culture. The two side aisles lead to small chapels, one of which houses the painting Madonna del Rosario, an early example of the cult of worship of the Virgin Mary. The crypt has three aisles and was restored in the 1700s. It contains an alabaster altar, dating to 1772, sculpted by Ragozzini which contains the relics of the Patron Saint.

    The smaller church of S. Lucia  dates back the to X century.  The ornate wooden altar frame is in the Spanish style and dates to the XVI century and presents the statues of Saints Lucia, Apllonia and Agata.

    The Church of S. Gennaro  is probably the oldest of the religious buildings in Minori. Its origins date to the VIII century. The wooden throne with the statue of San Gennaro is of particular importance. Recent excavations have brought to light romanic capitals which had been walled in during the baroque alterations made through time. Next to the church is the Oratorio of S. Maria delle Grazie, which houses a painting dating back to the 1700s.

    The Church of S. Michele has interesting decoration in paper which dates to the end of the1800s by painters inspired by the pre-Raphaelite style and byzantine schemes. On the right we can see a 1600 painting of S. Peter of Alcantra, on the opposite side there is an imagge of the Immaculate Virgin from the same period. Lastly, taking our gaze upwards in the hills, we can see the  XI century Bell-tower of the Annunciation, it presents bi-chromatic tiles in the arab-normanic style common to this area.

    The jewel in the crown of Minori must be the 1st century  Villa Romana marittima . It is an impressive structure, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. The name of the man who owned the villa is unknown to us, but he must have had a certain social standing and financial resources. The villa is a large project and present tasteful decorations throughout. It was built at sea level, the villa encloses a viridarium with a large pool which corresponds to the grand opening towards the sea and the most important room on the ground floor, the triclinio. The villa was built symetricaly on either side of the dining room. Evidence of a heating system and fragments of mosaics indicate a second storey, which has been totally destroyed by alteration made through time. The villa has undergone several alterations. In the 111 century stone platforms were added and some decorations were renewed. Later still, some of the rooms were made smaller with internal walls.

    The narrow streets of  Minori  still resonate with times gone by. Exploring the streets which lead to the higher areas of the town will lead you to the more characteristic corners, untouched by modernity.   The pretty little village of Villa Amena, and the ancient church of San Gennaro are representative of how Minori looked in the past. Going in the other direction up the hill,  the village of  Torre  and the little church of San Michele,  is on one of the more popular trails in the area ” Sentiero dei Limoni “

    Another trail worth exploring is the  sentiero delle antiche cartiere, leading to the old paper mills which once flourished in Minori, access is by following the road up the hill, until you reach the path which winds its way towards the vicinity of  località Auriola.

IN DETAIL

The celebrations for the patron saint of Minori, Santa Trofimena in July.

Open air cinema in July and August.

Gusta Minori” a celebration of our food and wine culture in September. It is one of the most important events in Summer.

Over the course of the year traditional events mark the seasons: the preparation of typical nativity scenes at Christmas.,

Holy Week at Easter with a torch lit procession of the Way of the Cross (Via Crucis).

Our mild climate, the rich scenery our traditions will make

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