A real fond of Amalfi Coast wants to discover all the towns. It
is also a good idea to save money, maybe renting a flat or booking a room in
Maiori is cheaper than doing it in Amalfi. It is also very close to Amalfi.
This town is the first big center of the Amalfi Coast coming from the southern
side. It is the twin of Minori, they are both coming from the same area once
called Reginna. Let’s discover the things to do in Maiori and the best beaches.
Maiori extent is different from Amalfi, the Marine Republic is thigh while
Maiori have more large spaces as also large beaches. This is due to the
contemporary structure of the city, which in the 50s suffered a flood. From that
moment everything was destroyed and Maiori started to build a new town.
This is the story of a town that raised up on its own. Today it hosts many
tourists from all over the world. Are you wondering about the places to visit in
Maiori? Here they are:
History of Maiori
Maiori was founded by Etrurians as the root “inna” testifies (it was of clear
Etrurian origin) in the name “Reghinna Major”. Maiori belonged to Amalfi and was
the seat of Shipyards, of Admiralty, of the Customs and of the salt warehouse.
In 1268 it was sacked by Pisani, rivals of Amalfi: they destroyed the town and
sacked it all. Maiori soon developed a very good mercantile
marine and was able to build very strong ships.
In 1343 there was a sea-quake that destroyed many parts of the coast and almost
all the town. Maiori returned to life and almost all the
most important economic activities were set along the valley of Reginna Major
Then, in 1348 there was a terrible plague that killed many people.
This period unfortunately was also a moment of poverty and brigandage.
Maiori returned to life thanks to Queen Giovanna I and her successor Carlo III
di Durazzo and his son, Ladislao. In the XVI and XVII centuries
the first paper factories were created.
In 1502 there were the first hostilities between Spanish and French armies and
in 1528 there was a terrible battle along the coast, in
front of Capo d’Orso between Angevin and Spanish fleets (the French fleet was
led by the admiral Filippino Doria, the Spanish one by the Spanish viceroy Don
Ugo di Moncada): more than 1000 men of the Spanish fleet died.
The following years were made of plagues and famine, pirates’ invasions and
sacks, many inhabitants were made slaves.
In 1662 Maiori became a Royal Town thanks to Philip IV.
In 1735 and in 1773 there were two violent floods. The inhabitants found a
consolation in their religious faith thanks to a wood statue portraying Our Lady
which was found after the shipwreck of the boat that brought it. After the Unity
of Italy there were many rebellions because of the new taxes and the difficult
Falerzio Mount that dominates Maiori became a place where brigands and robbers
In 1910 there was another terrible flood. After that episode there was the visit
of king Vittorio Emanuele III. At the end of the Second World War, after the
armistice of September, the 8th, 1943, the allied forces landed in Maiori
because there was a very large beach and its location was strategic. Mezzacapo
Palace (today the town hall) became the American headquarter; San Domenico
Church became a hospital.
In most recent years, in 1954 there was another terrible flood, in the night
between 24th and 25th of October.
As we already told you in the previous paragraph, the luck of this pretty area
comes from a big tragedy which dates back 60 years. Today it is a beautiful town
with an enviable sandy beach.
Did you know that sandy beach isn’t a prerogative of Amalfi Coast? For this
reason it is rare to find and rarer is a wide sandy beach.