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Maiori

Written by sunland,
Friday, October 16, 2009 4:31:08 PM

Located at the mouth of the valley of Tramonti, according to ancient tradition, Maiori was founded by the Etruscan Lucumone Reghinna: the ancient name of the town was Reghinna Major (to distinguish it from nearby Reghinna Minor, at present Minori). Today the ancient town's name still derives from the name of the stream that runs through the town - Reginna - which also give its name to the main high street, "corso Reginna".
Like other countries of the Amalfi Coast, Maiori was part of the possessions of the ancient maritime republic of Amalfi and the town became the seat of Arsenals, Admiralty, Customs and Salt deposit. It was sacked by the Pisani in 1268, bitter enemies of the entire Coast. Under the reign of Queen Giovanna and of her successor Charles III of Durazzo, there was an evident economic recovery that culminated with the establishment of the first paper mills in the XVI and the XVII centuries. The local historians narrate that off the coast of Capo d'Orso in 1528 there was a clash between the French and the Spanish armadas. In 1662 King Philip IV appointed Maiori as a royal city.
In more recent times, the town jumped to the headlines for being the setting chosen by the famous neo-realist director Roberto Rosellini, for his cult movies: "Paisà" in 1946, "The Miracle" (the second episode of the film "L'Amore" - Love) in 1948, "La macchina ammazzacattivi" (The machine that kills the Bad) in 1952 and" Journey to Italy "in 1953. Nowadays, during the "Rossellini film festival", Maiori turns into a movie set, where new emerging directors screen short films that are judged by a panel of experts.

Not to be missed:
- The Collegiate Church of Santa Maria a Mare, dating from the XIII century and remodeled several times in later centuries.
- The Church and Convent of San Francesco, built in Rococo style.
- The Abbey of Santa Maria de 'Olearia, dating back to X century and located 3 Km from city centre.
- the Shrine of Madonna dell'Avvocata, on the summit of Mount Falesio, ideal for trekking tours.
- the Castle of San Nicola de Thoro Plano, a fortified garrison built to protect the population from the continuous raids;
- Palazzo Mezzacapo, a renaissance-style building, with adjoining XVIII century garden, built in the shape of the Cross of Malta;
- A small stretch of wall and the bastion of San Sebastian, the only remains of the large defense system destroyed by Pisani in 1137.
- A light trekking from Maiori to Minori along a panoramic path immersed in lemon gardens.
- A swim into the crystaline waters on the biggest beach of Amalfi Coast.

There are also numerous coastal towers, built by the Spanish, which are part of a large defensive system. Most of them are visible only by sea, the tower entitled Norman, however, dominates the landscape of Maiori, becoming one of the most representative symbols of the centre itself. By sea it is always possible to reach the many coves and beach corners along the coast (like the Bay of Salicerchie, known also as of the Dead Horse) and the suggestive caverns, such as Cave Pandora, wide and full of stalactites and Cave Sulfurea, where inside flows a spring of sulphurous water rich of magnesium.

The gastronomy of Maiori collects all the typical elements of the traditional cuisine and features mainly products of local agriculture. All this is accompanied by the fish species of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the cooking traditions handed down from generations.
Examples are the unusual pairing of eggplant with chocolate, a dessert preparation of probable Middle Eastern origins, a result of the various dominations over the centuries, and liquor typical of Maiori, the Concerto, whose preparation is the result of proceedings. that for years have been kept secret by the local inhabitants.

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Last updated Thursday, March 4, 2010 12:50:17 PM

Hotel Botanico San Lazzaro

Written by sunland,
Friday, October 22, 2010 7:33:39 PM

With striking views over the Bay of Maiori, the stunning Botanico San Lazzaro is an ideal location to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the Amalfi Coast. Typically built in Mediterranean in style, the building is perched on the cliff-side, allowing guests to enjoy uninterrupted sea views. Inside you'll find elegant furnishings and a refined attention to detail, and the hotel's exotic gardens are perfect for an afternoon stroll. Guestrooms are tastefully furnished using precious terracotta from Vietri and hand decorated furniture, and are well-equipped with modern comforts. With a balcony or...

Last updated Thursday, November 15, 2012 2:47:56 PM

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Hotel Club Due Torri

Written by sunland,
Sunday, October 18, 2009 6:30:12 PM

A balcony on the sea, hotel Club Due Torri looks out on the brave sea of the Amalfi Coast, with beautiful landscape from Ravello to Conca dei Marini. The 4-star complex offers an environment characterised by its fine taste, and all rooms, featuring all comforts, boast sea views. Top floor panoramic restaurant, offers to the more demanding customers an immense menu enriched by exquisite dishes, based on regional and international recipes, offering the choice of red and white meats and of course exceptionally fresh fish and seafood. Standard room are simply decorated but offer the advantage of a...

Last updated Wednesday, November 7, 2012 1:43:37 PM

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Hotel Miramare

Written by sunland,
Sunday, October 18, 2009 6:32:13 PM

Hotel Miramare is a simple but excellent hotel located in the centre of Maiori, close to the promenade and the main street. It is just 50 meters from the private beach, where parasols and sun beds can be rented at special rates for hotel guests. This modern hotel offer the convenience of a free holiday: having no restaurant is is possible to buy restaurant voucher and have every night dinner is a different excellent restaurant around the Amalfi Coast. Hotel highlight is the beautiful solarium which offer sea view, equipped with free parasols and sun beds.

Last updated Thursday, October 29, 2009 5:40:21 PM

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Hotel Panorama

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 6:34:16 PM

Hotel Panorama is situated on the promenade in the centre of Maiori, just opposite to one of the best beaches in the area‚ where it has its own private section for guests' use. it looks out over the seafront and harbour of Maiori, and has 80 comfortable and spacious rooms. Just across the road is the attractive tree-lined promenade running the length of the resort, where you can take a stroll and enjoy a drink in one of the several beachside bars. On the ground floor an attractive bar leads off from the hotel's large reception area. Public rooms with an Art Deco feel are air-conditioned and include...

Last updated Tuesday, January 10, 2012 12:39:13 PM

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Hotel Pietra di Luna

Written by sunland,
Sunday, October 18, 2009 6:36:18 PM

Just a minute's walk from the beach, and only a couple from the centre of Maiori makes this hotel an ideal holiday base. This place is just across the road from a tree-lined promenade that skirts the seafront. The beach lies just the other side, and the hotel has its own private lido where you'll find sunbeds and parasols. Inside, there's a cosy bar kitted out with retro Sixties-style orange chairs and comfy dove-grey sofas. Dark-wood panelling, a chandelier and a corniced ceiling give it a classic air. The dining room has a similar feel, too. The local bus, which visits Amalfi-three miles away,...

Last updated Thursday, October 29, 2009 4:49:08 PM

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Hotel Reginna Palace

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 1:27:04 PM

The Reginna Palace Hotel is located in the very heart of Maiori, just on the corner between the beautiful three-line promenade and the main street. The hotel is an elegant and modern building, elegantly furnished. The hotel highlights are the beautiful private beach (may-oct), which lies just opposite the road and equipped with sun beds and parasols, and the beautiful tropical garden, where is immersed the seawater swimming pool. Relax by the pool bar al fresco during the evening while soaking your cocktail or at the elegant lobby bar situated near the reception area. Not to be missed the hotel...

Last updated Thursday, November 15, 2012 1:38:22 PM

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Hotel Relais San Giacomo

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 7:17:52 PM

Relais San Giacomo is a historical mansion located at the top floor of an ancient noble building, at the beginning of Maiori Main street. The hotel is composed by 5 rooms only, furnished with antiques and equipped with all modern comfort. High and wooden beam ceilings, antique chandeliers, precious textiles, and terracotta floors give to the mansion a great antique charme. The large guestrooms have a small balcony with seaview. Bathrooms, large and bright, are decorated in Amalfi Coast style, with Vietri ceramic tiles and large showers. The mansion is the dependence of one of the best hotels in...

Last updated Wednesday, March 24, 2010 6:40:15 PM

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Hotel San Francesco

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 6:37:53 PM

The Hotel San Francesco, completely renewed, is located near the beautiful promenade of Maiori, at only 30 meters from the beach. Classically Italian in style, this traditional and friendly hotel is ideally placed in a tranquil area, just moments from the beach. The hotel has a private beach equipped of umbrellas, sun-beds and sun-chairs, and is reserved only and exclusively to the customers of the hotel. The Lido is supplied of bar with annexed terrace where it is possible to relax in the shadow while tasting a typical lemon granite of Amalfi Coast Lemons. Guestrooms are furnished in cherry wood...

Last updated Thursday, October 29, 2009 5:25:12 PM

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Hotel San Pietro

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 6:40:03 PM

The tourist complex San Pietro since 1975 offers to its guests a warm hospitality tipical from South Italy. Hotel highlights are the perfect service and the kindness of the owners, who personally manage the hotel and residence. Located in Maiori, along the Reghinna Major River, the San Pietro is far just 600 meters from the beautiful promenade and the beach, in a very quite and relaxing position. Here you can combine a relaxing holiday with an active one, thanks to its beautiful swimming pool and tennis courts. During the summer the hotel enjoys a dry breeze coming from the north everyday, allowing...

Last updated Wednesday, January 29, 2014 11:10:49 AM

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Hotel Sole Splendid

Written by sunland,
Sunday, October 18, 2009 6:41:57 PM

Located on the Amalfi Coastal road at the edge of Maiori, the Sole Splendid is a bright, spacious and well-maintained hotel with magnificent panoramic views of the coastline and mountains. Clients can spend the day relaxing on the hotel's private section of black sand beach, ordering thirst-quenching cocktails from the American bar. The ideal hotel for guests who enjoy exploring independently and families wanting to be near the beach: it offers all rooms with seaview and big balconies and family rooms.

Last updated Wednesday, January 11, 2012 9:59:53 AM

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Hotel Villa Pandora

Written by sunland,
Sunday, October 18, 2009 6:43:33 PM

Hotel Villa Pandora stands a small cliff on the enchanted and suggestive Amalfi Coast, suspended between the cobalt blue sea and the green lemon trees of Milky Mountains. The hotel dominates the Pandora Grotto, accessible by the sea only by a small boat, which still preserves some stalagmites and stalactites, most of all was destroyed during the Avalance Operation in 1943. Villa Pandora is a boutique hotel recently completely refurbished and offers all modern comforts, a warm atmosphere and a great seaview.

Last updated Thursday, October 29, 2009 6:28:51 PM

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Residence Due Torri

Written by sunland,
Saturday, October 27, 2012 11:07:08 AM

Located along the famous Amalfi drive, at a very short walk from Maiori promenade the Residence Due Torri offers 21 recently refurbished apartments. All apartments boasts Vietri ceramic tiles, white washed walls and balconies overlooking the sea or the gardens. On arrival clients will receive a complimentary basket with basic products for breakfast and shower gel + shampoo. Studios can accommodate 2 people, one bedroom apartments can accommodate up to 4 people. Guests can use Hotel Club Due Torri facilities and restaurant, available for breakfast too.

Last updated Thursday, November 15, 2012 1:53:50 PM

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Residence La Divina

Written by sunland,
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 12:27:24 PM

The apartments at La Divina complex are bright, breezy and modern. Crisp white walls, clean lines and tiled blue floors go hand-in-hand with contemporary furniture - like the comfy blue sofa. Newly-fitted kitchenettes, with units matching the colour scheme, offer the kind of finish you'd be happy with at home. Outside, there's the pool to consider - classically designed, it's bordered by a decent-sized suntrap of a terrace. When the beaches start to get busy in summer, it's a real bonus. Plus, there's a family-run atmosphere and friendly staff on hand to make your stay as smooth as possible. Elsewhere,...

Last updated Monday, December 19, 2011 11:19:00 PM

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Residence Panoramic

Written by sunland,
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 5:17:24 PM

The residence Panoramic, completely renewed in 2003, is set in a prime position, in the centre of Maiori, close to the beach and to shops, bars and restaurants. At a few distance from the beautiful promenade, most of its apartments offer a magnificent view over the sea and the coastline, from Ravello to Conca Cape. Residence Panoramic is a second line property, so the traffic noise from the town does not disturb the guests. The apartments occupy the two top floors of a tall building. They all have air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone. Among the highlights of the property a beautiful rooftop...

Last updated Thursday, October 29, 2009 6:38:10 PM

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Residence San Pietro

Written by sunland,
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 11:14:17 AM

The tourist complex San Pietro since 1975 offers to its guests a warm hospitality tipical from South Italy. Hotel highlights are the perfect service and the kindness of the owners, who personally manage the hotel and residence. Located in Maiori, along the Reghinna Major River, the San Pietro is far just 600 meters from the beautiful promenade and the beach, in a very quite and relaxing position. Here you can combine a relaxing holiday with an active one, thanks to its beautiful swimming pool and tennis courts. During the summer the hotel enjoys a dry breeze coming from the north everyday, allowing...

Last updated Wednesday, January 29, 2014 11:16:26 AM

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Villa La Torre

Written by sunland,
Thursday, February 25, 2010 7:18:38 PM

Villa la Torre is a spectacular property right on the Amalfi Coast sea. The property includes a Mediaeval Tower dating back 1500, many panoramic terraces and pathways descending to the sea. Among the property features there is an outdoor panoramic Jacuzzi pool, a heated swimming pool which can be closed by glasses for winter use and a sauna hidden behind a rock looking into a pretty inlet. Also, just next to the mediaeval tower, there is a big panoramic terrace equipped as dining area which can accommodate up to 22 people. This place is a real gem for a venue or a party, and it is possible to cater...

Last updated Friday, February 26, 2010 12:30:12 PM

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