At Positano, the renowned town of the Amalfi coast, a Roman villa was found beneath the church of Santa Maria Assunta. It likely dates back to I century BC - I century AD and belonged to the freedman Posides Claudi Caesaris, from whose the town might probably derive the name. 
During the 79 AD eruption of the Vesuvius the residence was suddenly destroyed and covered by a volcanoclastic debris flow more than 10 m thick, composed of a mass of gray ashes with large amount of high-porosity welded pumices.
During the Middle age, Benedictine monks built an abbey on the same site of the Posides’ villa, then transformed in the present church dedicate to the Virgin.


  1. https://www.iris.unina.it/handle/11588/665367#.W07-StIzbIU


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