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Positano was a port of the Amalfi Republic in medieval times, and prospered during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. By the mid-nineteenth century, however, the town had fallen on hard times. More than half the population emigrated, mostly to Australia.
Positano was a relatively poor fishing village during the first half of the twentieth century. It began to attract large numbers of tourists in the 1950s, especially after John Steinbeck published his essay about Positano in Harper's Bazaa...
Amalfi is the soul of the coast, full of charm and history. Ever since devoted to the sea, it is the first of the 4 "repubbliche marinare". Amalfi was the place where the first itlian sea statute was written, the amalfi tables can still be visited at the town museum. This statute was used for ages in the mediterranean sea operations.
All the repubbliche marinare Amalfi, Pisa, Genova e Venezia, are represented each 4 years in a show where old XII cent. vessels surf the sea.
Amalfi is also world...
Salerno is the main town close to the Costiera Amalfitana (the "Amalfi Coast" on the Tyrrhenian, which includes the famous towns of Amalfi, Positano, and others) and is mostly known for its Schola Medica Salernitana (the first University of Medicine in the world). In the 16th century, under the Sanseverino family, among the most powerful feudal lords in Southern Italy, the city became a great centre of learning, culture and the arts, and the family hired several of the greatest intellectuals of ...
The origins of the town are unclear but the original name of the town was Reghinna Maior, in contrast to the neighbouring town, Minori, Reghinna Minor. All places along the coast were formed by alternating conquerors - such as the Etruscans or the Romans.
- Collegiate Church of Santa Maria a Mare. The colourful maiolica tiled dome looks like Maiori's crown, whose jewels are treasured inside the Sacred Art Museum just next to the Church.
- Santa Maria de Olearia in Maiori. The rui...
The origins of the name Minori come from its association in the past with the river that crosses it, La Rheggina, its ancient Latin name was Rheggina Minor. This name coincides with the name of the neighboring village Maiori, then known as Rheggina Maior. In time, it has come to be known simply as Minori. It is the site of well-preserved ruins of a Roman villa, which are open for public viewing.
Basilica di Santa Trofimena. Saint Trofimena was a young Sicilian martyr whose bones we...
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