Historical information about Positano


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The land retains traces of the Stone Age. Legend has it that Positano was founded by Poseidon, the sea god Neptune, for the love of the nymph Pasitea he loved. It is certain that Phoenicians and Greeks, in their journeys to the West, set foot in this country then perhaps inhabited by Oschi or Piceni. The Romans built near the beach Great rich patrician villa, now buried by gardens and the Church of the Assumption. With the fall of the Roman Empire Positano became a part of the Republic of Amalfi, the first maritime republic, and went through a flourishing period due to maritime trade with other Mediterranean countries.

With the Norman conquest in the second half of the eleventh century began a period of decline. Unfortunately, even sad times followed, especially with the Angevin and Aragonese domination which saw the country repeatedly exposed to the offenses before the pirates of those Saracens and then Turks. To defend themselves from continuous pirate raids, the Positano erected in his defense three watchtowers that are still proudly displayed in Fornillo Trasita and bank and other in town. Positano was a feud in 1492 of John Miroballo and, subsequently, the Mastrogiudice and Cossa: at this time ravaged the land, and famine, pestilence and frequent tidal waves, caused a drastic decline in population. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the solid and fast ships Positano traffic in the Middle East, bringing spices, silks and precious woods.

During this time the features were built baroque houses, which still can be seen perched on the mountain, with their balconies overlooking the sea prosthesis.In 700 there was a period of prosperity as evidenced by the many late Baroque villas built along the eastern side. The Unification of Italy forced many Positano, like many other Southerners, to migrate across the Atlantic where fortune smiled on some of them. During the First World War, Positano paid a high tribute of blood. Took refuge in the country great artists and writers Russians and Germans, with their works, they know this corner of paradise to the world. After the end of World War II, painters, directors, writers, enchanted by the magical atmosphere, attracted by the sensual beauty of Positano, seduced by the lifestyle of the fishermen, restructure huts, monasteries, build houses, create havens of gold. Gaining famous fashion Positano: whimsical, colorful, exotic feature of.

Church of Santa Maria Assunta with great majolica mosaic dome and Byzantine painting depicting the Black Madonna with child in the womb (the legend has it that it arrived by sea) of the twelfth century.Prehistoric caves (La Porta, Del South, the suppressed, Erica, and Mirabella Vine Pendant or Monaco-Hope)Votive tilesRoman villas of the Bay of Positano and Galli, proving that the country was chosen as a summer residence for wealthy Romans, noblemen or wealthy freedmen, even if you can not access it.

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