A holiday in Maiori offers attractions and activities for days soaking up the sun, seaside, nature, culture and cuisine. Alluring bays open up along the coastline, with little coves surrounded by rocks and crystal-clear sea. The mountains inland are perfect to explore with hikes in the forests or panoramic walks along ancient paths and mule tracks.

    Churches and defensive towers are remnants of a past built on spirituality and maritime glories. The beauty of the landscape has attracted and inspired artists throughout the ages, and along the town's streets you'll be able to recognise settings from Rossellini's most famous films. Here's everything you need to know for Discovering Maiori in 10 stops.

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    Collegiate Church of St Mary by the Sea

    The church with the Longobard tower

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    On a hill overlooking the town centre, Collegiata di Santa Maria a Mare (Collegiate Church of St Mary by the Sea) is the result of centuries of history. It was built in medieval times and expanded in successive phases, until it underwent an imposing renovation in the 19th century.

    Admiring this historical structure, you'll notice how the colours and shapes of the bell tower contrast with the architectural ensemble it forms part of. Want to know why? The defensive fortress built by the Longobards was destroyed during an attack by the Pisans. The only thing left standing was the tower, which was then reused as a bell tower after the church was constructed.

    Lokasi: Largo Campo Mons. Nicola Milo, 84010 Maiori, Italy

    Telepon: +39 089 877 192

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    Castle of San Nicola de Thoro

    The sanctuary against Saracen pirates

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    Look up to the mountains when strolling through the centre of Maiori and you'll spot Castello di San Nicola de Thoro Plano (Castle of San Nicola de Thoro), an imposing fortification that dates back to when Amalfi was a Maritime Republic. It served as a sanctuary for locals during raids by the Longobards and Saracens.

    The necessary infrastructure for withstanding a siege was held inside: barracks, lodging, warehouses and a water source. You can reach the castle by car, or by foot along a path with over 700 steps. At the top you can admire a view of the whole town and coast.

    Lokasi: Via Castello, 84010 Maiori, Italy

    Buka: Daily from 8 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 7 pm

    Telepon: +39 338 940 3552

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    La Torre Saracena and other towers in Maiori

    The evocative ruins of an ancient defensive system

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    You can admire the remains of the town’s ancient defensive tower system including La Torre Saracena whilst relaxing on Maiori beach. Look towards Minori and you'll spot the elegant shapes of Castello di Miramare (Miramare Castle), standing where the Torricella was built in the 16th century, before being enlarged and transformed into the residence we see today.

    Shift your gaze in the opposite direction; you'll be struck by the imposing outline of Torre Normanna (Norman Tower), a bastion on a rocky spur overlooking the sea. In the past, there were many more lookout and defence structures spread along the coastline, protecting all the bays up to Erchie. Some vestiges survived, like Torre Lama di Cane (Tower of Lama di Cane).

    Lokasi: 84010 Maiori, Italy

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    Path of the Lemons

    Sights and smells in the villages of citrus groves

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    The ancient road that passed through the village of Torre and connected Maiori and Minori is now a fascinating tourist route that crosses an area famed for its lemon harvests known as the Path of the Lemons. Walking along it you can observe the work going on in the citrus groves.

    It's common to see men transporting heavy crates of the fruit harvest on their backs or on mules, especially in June and August. Il Sentiero dei Limoni (Path of the Lemons) is a relatively easy walk on a paved floor and lasts about an hour. The route includes about 400 steps. There are gorgeous views of Minori from Torre's observation platform.

    Lokasi: 84010 Maiori, Italy

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    Salicerchie Beach and the Cave of Sulphur

    Swim in the caves of the cove

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    If you're looking for an atmospheric little cove where you can spend a day swimming and sunbathing, Salicerchie beach and the Cave of Sulphur has sand for lying on, rocks to snorkel between and crystal-clear sea that takes on a peculiar colour which gives the cove its name: Baia Verde (Green Bay). To get there, you need to go down 160 steps that take you along the main road. It's a semicircle measuring about 40 metres, with a free area and another with beach umbrellas and bars.

    Are you an explorer? 30 metres from the beach, on the right, is Grotta Sulfurea (Cave of Sulphur). On the left, hidden behind an inlet, another ravine is carved out of the rocks.

    Lokasi: SS163 Amalfitana, Km36, 84010 Maiori, Italy

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    Rossellini's film sets

    Views of Maiori that feature in neorealism masterpieces

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    Maiori was the natural backdrop for famous films by Roberto Rossellini, one of the founding fathers of Italian neorealism. Two episodes of Paisà (Paisan) were shot in the village, in Chiesa di San Domenico (Church of Saint Dominic) and in front of the Torre Normanna (Norman Tower).

    During production, a special bond was formed between the neighbourhood and the great maestro, who returned to Maiori to film other scenes for unforgettable movies: Il miracolo (The Miracle), L’amore (Love), La macchina ammazzacattivi (The Machine to Kill Bad People) and Viaggio in Italia (Journey to Italy).

    Lokasi: 84010 Maiori, Italy

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    Beaches of Glauco and Sgarrupo

    The wild coves near Erchie

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    When on holiday in Maiori, stop off at Erchie and soak up the sun in 2 gorgeous coves, Glauco and Sgarrupo. Cauco is a little corner of paradise nestled between promontories and soaked in crystal-clear waters. It can only be reached by sea and it's very common to arrive by pedalo from nearby lidos. If you want to catch some rays, we recommend going in the morning because the sun sets behind the high cliff faces early in the afternoon.

    Nearby is Sgarrupo, a small white pebble beach surrounded by wildlife. It's easier to get there by boat, even though some intrepid explorers go down from the main road via a steep and rugged path.

    Lokasi: Erchie, 84010 Maiori, Italy

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    Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary Advocate

    The church on the mountainside with a sea-view terrace

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    For those who love a good trek, Maiori is a great starting point for hikes through the countryside, especially with destinations like the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary Advocate. If you take the path leading to Monte Falerzio (Falerzio Mount) you'll discover a monument that's only accessible on foot: Santuario di Maria Santissima Avvocata sopra Maiori (Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary Advocate above Maiori).

    This 16th-century building has a red brick facade and is situated on a magnificent observation platform. The path starts from Casale dei Cicerali and is about 4 km long with a difficult steep ascent that requires some preparation and orienteering skills. A round-trip takes around 5 hours.

    Lokasi: 84010 Maiori, Italy

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    Pasticceria Napoli

    Cornetti and sfogliatelle for breakfast and snacks

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    When entering Pasticceria Napoli in the centre of Maiori, you'll be overwhelmed with sfogliatelle ricce and frolle (flaky and spongy sfogliatellas), mostaccioli (small chocolate-covered spice cakes), delizie al limone (lemon cream sponge cakes), babà (liquor-soaked yeast cake), pasticciotti (filled cakes) and pastiera (ricotta and orange blossom tart).

    It's the place to go for a coffee and croissant breakfast or a break during the day. Tiramisù, semifreddi al cioccolato (semi-frozen chocolate dessert) and cheesecake are favourites for those who aren't so keen on local flavours but still want an expertly made treat from a patisserie.

    Lokasi: Corso Reginna, 64, 84010 Maiori, Italy

    Buka: Daily from 7 am to 9 pm

    Telepon: +39 089 853 182

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    Santa Maria de Olearia

    The church carved out of rock

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    A few kilometres from the centre of Maiori stands Abbazia di Santa Maria de Olearia (Abbey of Santa Maria de Olearia). You can get there by car via the Amalfi Drive or on foot, following the paths leading to Capo dell’Orso. This rocky medieval complex includes three churches and is made from the internal part of the cliff face. It blends perfectly with the landscape, so it's easily missed by those walking along the coast.

    When visiting it, you'll discover interesting works of art and a gorgeous sea view. The lowest chapel contains well-preserved frescoes. On the upper level is the main chapel, above which a third chapel has been created which faces the courtyard.

    Lokasi: Strada Statale Amalfitana, 43, 84010 Maiori, Italy

    Buka: Hours vary by season

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