Despite the name, the village Minori has nothing minor to offer, on the contrary just a great and unforgettable experience. As everywhere on the Amalfi Coast, Minori will reveal itself best, to those willing to tune their pace to that of locals. Relax and enjoyment have to be the only priorities when in Minori.
The Romans were the first to understand the relaxing properties of this land, and Minori is thought to have been a very popular holiday resort of the time.
Indeed this village is a treat for the five senses. The eyes will receive the warm welcome of the pastel coloured walls of Minori and then gazing onto the surrounding hills a burst of terraced lemon orchards and orange fields, will inebriate the smell and the spirit with the tangy freshness that enshrouds Minori's alleyways. And then suddenly the nose will be distracted by yet some other delicious scent, coming from around the corner.
Mouthwatering pasta dishes, for an everyday different culinary experience: scialatielli, n'dunderi and gorgeous sauces of all sorts, with ricotta, pepper, tomato.
Minori's pasta is indeed famous and sought after since Medieval times and the first bite, will surely explain why. The sound of the sea gently stroking the pebbles on the sea shore, makes it inevitable at this point to relax. And if that should not be enough, Minoresi organise a great Jazz festival which really calls for hedonism, fun and utter enjoyment! Just a dip in the beautiful crystal water and breaking a piece of bread to make a scarpetta and there goes an easily spoiled sense of touch.
Minori's history is inextricably linked to that of Saint Trofimena, indeed although the Roman would come to this area already in I A.D, at the time the area was considered just a tourist location with only one remarkable villa.
Only around 640 AD does Minori start to take shape around the Church for the Sicilian Virgin and Martyr Trofimena, whose relics legend says were found on the shores of Minori.
St. Trofimena Church stimulated the settlement in Minori of the people that until that moment had lived on the surrounding hills Monti Lattari, which were a safer location against barbarian invasions and attacks. The village took the name Reghinna Minor as opposed to the adjacent Reghinna Maior. The presence of the torrent that gave the name to both villages had a very important impact on the former, as the presence of water allowed for a fertile and flourishing agriculture and the construction of mills, culminating in the production of very high quality flour and thus pasta, as well as renowned lemons and limoncello. The town expanded during the V and VI centuries receiving people from the inside of Campania running away from Germanic invasions.
The presence of Saint Trofimena's relics implied that in 987 Minori was made diocese, and episcopal see from the VIII to the XVIII century, this allowing for a great enhancement of all local religious and historical heritage.
Like the rest of the Amalfi Coast Minori enjoyed its golden age during the Republic of Amalfi. After the 1656 plague, Minori lived a moment of decline which was relieved by the popularity of local products, which still today are at the core of the village economy and prestige.
What to see
Minori's Roman villa the most important Roman archeological find of the Salerno area dates back I A.D , it was discovered in 1932 and it shows a typical maritime Roman villa structure: at ground level, a “viridarium” with a central pool, surrounded by a porch and a central triclinium with a mosaic floor. It is possible to see a Roman spa fresco paintings and some of the most important findings on the exhibition on the first floor of the villa.
Saint Trofimena's Basilica
The Basilica was refurbished in XIX unfortunately losing the original Romanesque structure, however the central nave maintained Marco Pino da Siena impressive pala representing the “Crucifixion”. The most important part of the Basilica is the XVII crypt where the Saints relics are kept in an alabaster urn. The Church is the starting point for the many celebrations of this important religious figure as well as for the Easter procession. Grotta dell'Annunziata is a small cave with a fresh water lake and the ruins of a XIV religious building with a fresco painting for Maria de Soccorso.
Minori has one of the most family friendly beaches, very long and sandy, with three bathing establishments, kiosks and a portions of free beach on either sides.
, probably the most celebrated Saint, has five festivities linked to her figure: On Easter Monday also known as “La Festa del Casatiello” as after the religious celebration honouring the Saint, locals gather at the entrance of the Basilica to eat the typical Easter savoury cake casatiello.
13th of July
is a very important celebration for locals and for tourists. The preparation starts a month in advance ( 11th of June) when a huge portrait of the Saint is raised on the square in front of the Basilica projecting its image onto the whole village. On the 12th and 13th of July the celebration is divided into moments each dedicated to something or someone specific. All ends with marvellous fireworks.
5th of November
is the most important recurrence from a religious point of view. The statue of the Saint is carried onto procession around the whole village.
27th of November
the village is woken up by the music of bagpipes announcing Christmas followed by a mass celebrating the Saint and the upcoming festivity. At night locals light up bonfires along the seaside, creating a very evocative and beautiful atmosphere.
with a special mass, Saint Trofimena is celebrated for having saved Minoresi from Saracens invasions.
, Gustaminori transforms the village into an open-air culinary exhibition. There are cooking courses and all sorts of tastings all over. Obviously local pasta has a special place during this renowned food-festival.
Early August Jazz on the coast.
A fun and relaxed Jazz Festival on the Amalfi Coast.