Anyone fascinated by the beauty and richness of the coast of Amalfi should not forget to stop in Minori, Maiori’s “little sister”. It is only a few kilometers away from Amalfi and Ravello and has also become a town with a special charm that attracts tourists. After Minori you come to rest and soak up the sun. It is less known than Amalfi and therefore an insider tip for a carefree holiday. An attraction in Minori is the Roman Villa, where you can explore the life of the ancient Romans.
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History of Minori
Minori was founded by the Etruscans in the 7th century BC and later occupied by the Roman patricians. All of this is documented by the archaeological excavations of the Villa Romana Maritima. The Villa Romana was built during the time of the Emperor Augustus.
In the days of the Amalfi Maritime Republic, Minori was a place where many merchant ships docked and sold their wares to intermediaries. In 987 Minori became a diocesan town.
The Reghinna Minor River flows right through the center of Minori. Papermakers and millers settled on the riverbank. It was here that the first prototypes of a dish were developed that we can no longer do without today – pasta. At that time, fresh pasta was dried in the sun on the town squares and along the “Lungomare” promenade. It was especially popular to eat the pasta with various seafood, and this tradition is very popular in Mediterranean cuisine to this day.
For those who are particularly interested in cooking, weekend workshops are offered where you can learn how to prepare traditional dishes yourself. Pottery courses are also offered. These workshops are usually held in restaurants and also include tasting of other traditional dishes and drinks.
The Roman Villa of Minori
The Roman patricians began to build villas outside of Rome to which they could escape from the hectic hustle and bustle of the city of Rome. They wanted to enjoy the summer in peace. At that time the Villa Romana in Minori could only be reached by sea and was hidden from robbers and pirates. This large mansion of the Roman villa had about 30 rooms, a garden, a dining room with a fountain and built-in sofas. Today the Roman villa is a museum. You can admire things from the Roman period such as frescoes, various clay pots and parts of the old walls.