Maiori, Province of Salerno, Campania
- Population: about 5,600 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 84010
- Dialing Area Code: +39 089
- Patron Saint: Santa Maria a Mare, celebrated on 15 August
- Frazioni & Localities: San Pietro, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Ponteprimario, Vecite, Erchie
History - Antiquity
Archeological findings seem to confirm that this was the only area of Etruscan settlements in Campania, and Maiori may have been the refuge of the survivors of the mythical Etruscan city called Marcinna (identified by some scholars with Vietri sul Mare), destroyed by a flood or raid; this hypothesis explains how the Etruscans' sea mastery, passed on from generation to generation, contributed in the early Middle Ages to the foundation of the Amalfi Mariner Republic.
History - the Middle Ages
What to see
- The Palazzo Mezzacapo, today the seat of the townhall, in the Corso Reginna, once the mansion of Marquis di Mezzacapo, with a fine courtyard; in one room there is a fresco possibly the work of Ludwig Richter.
- The church of Santa Maria a Mare, with its unmistakable dome covered by majolica tiles; built in the 12th century on a previous chapel to St. Michael the Archangel, located on Monte Torina, changed name in 1204 after a statue of the Virgin Mary was found on the seashore of Maiori.
- The Castle of San Nicola de Thoro-Plano, a huge, wide fortress covering 7500 square meters, build in the 15th century and renovated in the 18th.
- The Monastery of Santa Maria Olearia, founded in 973 AD by Benedictine monks who established an oilpress on the site.
Events and Festivities
- The celebration of the Carnival in February, called Gran Carnevale Maiorese
- The Rossellini Film Festival, held in Maiori because it was the set of a famous movie, Paisà.
- The festivity of Madonna Avvocata, with a pilgrimage to the sanctuary on Whitsuntide
- 15 August, feast in honor of patron Santa Maria a Mare.
- August, the eggplant festival at frazione Vecite.
Where to stay
- See a Map of Maiori.