One of the the things I like about Minori - strangely, Gennaro doesn't mention this - is the name of its patron saint: Saint Trofimena. The story I heard was that an effigy of the Saint was washed up on the beach at Minori, and that's why the town adopted her. Wiki gives an enhanced version: "Saint Trofimena was a young Sicilian martyr whose bones were found on Minori's beach and carried by a small herd of white heifer to the area where locals built temple to honour the martyr."
|Santa Trofimena's Basilica|
|Inside the Basilica.|
|A quiet doorway in Minori.|
|Santa Trofimina and the beach crowd.|
Today, Trofimena's relics are housed in the basilica in Minori. A medieval church was built around c.700 on the original basement of an ancient Roman church; was remodelled in the 12th century; and this was superseded by a complete rebuilding in the 18th century. In the crypt of the Basilica, on the main altar, the remains of Santa Trofimena are kept in an alabaster urn designed by the sculptor Gennaro Ragazzino in 1722. (source)But I digress. Minori is a small but delightful village, clustered around the River La Rheggina, for which the ancient Latin name was Rheggina Minor - hence the village's name 'Minori'. Further along is the somewhat larger village, distinguished from its smaller neighbour by the name 'Maiori'. Minori was, like Amalfi, a paper-producing town in medieval times, and its river is now covered for much of its course through the town, like Amalfi's - Corso Vittorio Emanuele marks the old river course.
|Café with the locals in Minori.|
The hair-dressing excursion having been successfully completed, I enjoyed lunch along Corso Vittorio Emanuele at the pretty Ristorante Giardiniello - here Gennaro Contaldo and I have a meeting of the minds. Check out their website, if only for the passionate description of their little town:
Minori, Ancient Rheginna Minor, city of taste, is a small casket keeper of art, history, archeology and gastronomic traditions. In the maze of narrow streets the scent of earth and sea. At the Giardiniello restaurant, since 1955, thanks to the Di Bianco family that runs it with care, is always ready for the old recipe of Minori housewives. In the gorgeous garden, the triumph of the tastes of the sea of the Amalfi Coast, in the cool wine cellar prestigious regional and national labels.
|Under the pretty pergola: Ristorante Giardiniello.|
|The beach: Minori.|
|The view from the excellent bus.|