MAIORI

Reghinna Major was its name in ancient age, and probably it was founded by Etruscans like its sister Minori.

It knew its period of maximum splendor in the centuries IX, X and XI when the localities of the Amalfi Coast were associated under the common flag of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi.
The fortune ended after 1000 when Maiori was taken from the Longobard Principality of Salerno entering subsequently in the orbit of the Norman dominion in Southern Italy.
In 1135 it endured, like the other cities of the coast, the pillage by Pisans and began a period of regression helped also by the event of the plague of 1348 that decimated great part of the population.
Maiori subsequently lived again in the XV century thanks to the manifacturing industry of the silk and the wool and later with the opening of first paper mills (XVI cent.).
In 1662 it was appointed Royal City by king Filippo IV knowing one short period of rebirth soon disillusioned from two tremendous floods of 1735 and 1773 during which Maiori was devastated.
It was in this sad period that the finding in the sea of a statue of the Virgin induced the inhabitants to the cult of the famous sacred imagine that became tha symbol of the city.
Passed to the Kingdom of Italy in 1860 Maiori was again devastated by a flood in 1910 and was an important actress in the disembarkation of allies in 1943 who here landed on the beach and made of the city their operating nucleus.

In a more recent age Maiori it was chosen by Roberto Rossellini as a set for some of its movies among which we cite Amore and Paisà. Maiori is from 1960 one of the localities more famous and appreciated of the Amalfi Coast.

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