Minori is situated in a lovely, peaceful bay between Capo d’Orso and Conca dei Marini. Minori on the Amalfi Coast is the town known for the peculiarity of its territory and the fertility of its land.
The town, with its small white houses that wind along the coast plunge into the green of the gardens and has many lemon groves.
The enchanting landscape is enriched by the suggestion of historical memories and precious monuments and works of medieval art; The small but comfortable beach equipped with adequate bathing facilities are a delight; and the smell of orange blossoms, the taste of the sea and the mild climate make this place very safe and enjoyable place for children.
Minor was chosen by the Romans as a summer residence, as evidenced by the remains of a grand seaside villa of the first century AC. spectacularly built in the surrounding rocks, and clearly visible from the sea.
After the destruction of the villa probably caused by frequent flooding, the site was probably abandoned for centuries.
Tradition has it that the first settlement of Minori was formed, around the fifth century, in a hilly area called Forcella chosen as a safe place by the inhabitants of the Sarno Valley, fleeing the raids of Germanic tribes.
The inhabitants of this first settlement first settled between the sixth and seventh centuries. They founded a new seaside village that took the name Rheginna, which, in contrast to the nearby district of Maiori, Rheginna Major they took the epithet Minor.
Minor also was unfortunately the victim of natural disasters; in 1492, in 1528 and in 1656 it was hit by terrible plagues that decimated the population. Thanks to the abundance of water and fertile land, Minor boasted, in the past, very thriving industries such as paper and food. Already in the thirteenth century Minori produced paper used in the courts and in religious institutions. They were strong in the preparation of pasta: flour mills and pasta factories formed the connective tissue of the small fishing village.
Already at the beginning of the last century Minor boasted a solid tradition of making pasta, second to that of Gragnano in the province of Naples.
Minori is famous for its very special ‘ndunderi and other typical pasta such as fusilli and scialatielli.
Growing lemons on its rich terraced villas feeds the handicraft production of the famous limoncello and this is home to the world famous pastry chef and newly opened restaurant owner Sal De Riso.
What to see in Minori
The Roman Villa is a definite must see and a splendid example of idle villa from the Imperial period preserved with its rich decorations.
Another symbol of the city is the Basilica of Santa Trofimena, which houses the relics of the Holy Martyr, the first arrived on the Amalfi Coast.
Just climb up the many hilly streets to reach the most characteristic corners of the town.
Particularly charming is the village of Villa Amena, with the ancient church of San Gennaro, and the village of Torre which, with St. Michael’s Church, is the heart of the splendid lemon path. The path of the old paper mills is a also a must see.