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Maiori was built in the ninth century by the Prince of Salerno Sicardo as "the Major Rheginna" to distinguish it from the neighboring town of Minori, called "Regina Minor." Until the beginning of the period of nomination Sveva, and subsequently lost the word 'Rheginna, "which derived from the name of two rivers, one larger and one smaller one, which continued even after its name to Queen and princess while over the centuries the two cities took names and Maiori. Possession of Amalfi and shared its history, Maiori resisted for some time to surrender to the Normans of Amalfi. He was sacked in 1268 by Pisani, rivals of the Amalfi Republic. He had a flourishing merchant marine and was able to build ships of great importance in its long, wide beach. Maiori, decimated by the plague of 1656 that reduced the population to 700 people in 1852 had 4891 inhabitants. On 26 October 1954, the central area  suffered flooding and the coverage of Reginna Maior exploded causing the collapse of several adjoining houses. As he wrote Roberto Pane the storm served as a pretext for a massive speculation of 'second homes', instead of being a dutiful hydrogeological zone.

 

The town stretches out in a beautiful plain, bordered to the north at sunset, with Minor in the east to the west with the valley Arsicci and lunch with the sea. He was surrounded and defended by walls and towers, which were built starting from the ninth century and the ruins can be glimpsed in many parts of the town. On the hill of Ponticchio are the ruins of the castle of San Nicola, built under Piccolomini in 1468, cost the city about 6000 ducats. It is shaped like an irregular polygon with eight towers and occupies an area of over 7500 square meters.Norman tower, built in 1563 is an imposing rampart set on a rocky outcrop. Today it is located inside a restaurantbastion of San Sebastian, which have been a few strokes of the long wall that served as a defense to the town with battlements and arrow slits. Collegiate of Santa Maria a Mare's eighteenth-century façade with three naves covered with vaultAbbey of Santa Maria de Olearia, an ancient monastery built in the tenth or eleventh century. a monastery of Byzantine monksThoroplano de Castello di San Nicola, built in the ninth century. to defend the city from plundering Lombards. Inside there is a small church dedicated to San Nicola Mezzacapo Palace with massive carved wooden door and two marble staircases leading to the magnificent Hall of Representatives with a vaulted ceiling painted with the "Triumph of the Olympics. "

 

In 1943 it was used as headquarters of the American Church of San Francesco which dates back to 1405 but now comes in late rococo styleShrine of Avvocata about 900 meters from the sea standing at the foot of Mount Falerzio accessed by a long, steep staircaseTorricella, built in 1563, square-shaped, transformed over the years in the Castle from its former owner Mezzacapo sulfur caves, accessible only by boat. At the bottom there is a mouth open directly into the rock from which flows a steady stream of sulphurous water-magnesium, which, drunk, plays a diuretic and detoxifying, but it can also be used to treat skin conditions Pandora Cave, with shades of emerald blue water and beautiful stalactites and stalagmitesBellavaia Cala beach, Dead Horse, so named because in the past of rock hurled from the dead horsesFalerzio Climbing Mount (1024 m)

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Daniele Davide, manager of Tredy Sas.

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This article was published on 2010/12/21