Minori, food tourism with lemons and pastries
Só’ venuto a Surriento,
a ‘sta bella marina,
cu na vela latina,
cu na réfola ‘e viento.
Aggio visto ‘e ciardine,
sciur”arance e limone…
e ‘e cchiù belli gguaglione
ca se pònno criá – Popular song
Always, since the nobles of ancient Rome wintered in Minori, the town has been famous for hand-made pasta, which was made in the mills powered by the river Reginuolo. In the XX century, the production moves to Gragnano, near Castellammare di Stabia, but Minori still retains the primacy of homemade pasta, produced in mills that are still active nowadays, and by the experienced hands of generations of master pasta makers of the Amalfi Coast.
So the tradition of homemade pasta continues, with the classic ‘ndunderi, a flour-egg-ricotta cheese-parmesan delightful pasta strictly seasoned with stir-fried tomatoes and basil. In the restaurants of Minori, Pasta is a ritual: paccheri, scialatielli and all the other pasta shapes, conchiglie, eliche and fusilli (which are hand-rolled on a special underwire), are served with a sense of pride. Tagliolini al Limone is a dish that remains in the memories of any trip to the Amalfi Coast.
Nowadays, Minori’s economy is mainly based on tourism, with hotels, restaurants and clubs open year-round: British tourists are particularly fond of the town’s homemade pastry and lemon-based liquors that are sold in the many shops. Sweets lovers who happen to visit Minori, shouldn’t miss Salvatore De Riso’s pastry workshop, who is an international star at present. De Riso has made known Minori’s art of pastry around the world, receiving accolades and awards for his delicious lemon desserts, from donuts to Tiramisù.
Minori, food & wine, sea and walks
Throughout the period from May to October, between spring and summer, Minori is a place for partying, with cultural events, music, food and wine marking the time. The most important event is the Expo del Gusto – GustaMinori, one of the main showcases for many producers of the Sorrento Peninsula and the Campania region. The Expo is a great opportunity for the presentation and promotion of products by the best local artisans and food producers; in the last days of the exhibition, GustaMinori offers wine tasting tours accompanied by concerts, theater performances, meetings and debates. The event is held in conjunction with the Food & Wine Literature Prize, dedicated to the works in which national and international food and wine have a starring role.
Minori is one of the finest resorts of the Amalfi Coast, the great beach that separates the town from the sea is one of the most beautiful along the Coast. In the summer, it is thoroughly equipped to the delight of vacationers, while during the winter it becomes a wide space for contemplation on the seashore. In the summer, on the promenade and beach take place concerts, outdoor theater and cabaret, especially on the occasion of the event Arena del Mare.
Starting from Minori, visitors can enjoy pleasant walks: from the hills and mountains surrounding the town branch out paths and nature trails of extraordinary beauty. Not very demanding walks from Minori lead to the Convent of St. Nicholas, in the hamlet of Forcella, and other small shrines of medieval origin. The most well-trained can even reach the villages of Ravello and Maiori.
Brief history and great monuments of Minori
Minori’s history is marked by important events. Around the Year One Thousand, it was sacked and destroyed by the Pisans as it was one of the main shipyards of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi; in mid 1600’s, its population was deci-mated by a plague, and finally in 1943, with the Allied landing in Italy, it suffered several bombings. In all this, amid the ups and downs of History, Minori has managed to carve out an important role in the economy of the Amalfi Coast: hundreds of thousands of tourists, every year, flock to the Lungomare California adjacent to the beach, where in late August takes place the Expo del Gusto – Gusta Minori.
The major monument in Minori is the Basilica of St. Trofimena, whose remains are preserved in an urn of alabaster. The Basilica dates back to 1700, and treasures a precious marble pulpit of the XVII century. Another place of tourist interest in Minori is Villa Marittima Archeologica, which dates back to the I century AD and contains very well preserved relics of Roman origin, ceramic mosaics and decorations. Not to be missed, for lovers of sacred art: the Confraternity of SS. Sacramento – 1500, the church of Saint Lucia – in the centre of Minori, the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie – in the hamlet of Villamena, and the Convent of St. Nicholas, of medieval origin, in Forcella.
However, the best show ever is the view over the sea and mountains around the town, the postcard that each tourist takes home after a trip to Minori. The lucky ones who have the privilege to accommodate themselves here during their stay, the balconies and terraces of Minori hotels, boast wonderful views over the whole Gulf of Amalfi.