Villa Romana Minori
The remains of the Villa Marittima Romana, which dates back to the 1st century AD, are located at the far end of Minori’s seafront, towards Amalfi. It is not known who commissioned it but the choice of project and its decorative display suggest that it must have been a person of significant wealth, with an appreciation of culture and good taste.
Built at sea level, on the lower level the villa has a viridarium (a Roman pleasure garden), with a central pool on an axis with the great monumental opening towards the sea and with the most important part on this level, the great triclinium-nymphaeum from whose sides the whole ground floor is developed symmetrically. Suspensurae, demonstrative of a heated atmosphere, and fragments of floor mosaics also help to identify the rooms on the upper level which were totally destroyed by later modifications.
The villa has undergone several restorations and alterations. In the 3rd century, the triclinium was modified and stone benches and mosaics were added along with a partial renovation of the pictorial decoration. Several rooms are also believed to have been lost through partitioning.