The church of Santa Maria Assunta, is located right in the center of Positano, in the small Flavio Gioia square. With its decorative, colourful, dome of Vietri maiolica (tiles), the church is a typical example of the architecture found in this beautiful area.
The church of Santa Maria Assunta features a dome made of majolica tiles as well as a thirteenth-century Byzantine icon of a black Madonna. According to local legend, the icon had been stolen from Byzantium and was being transported by pirates across the Mediterranean. A terrible storm had blown up in the waters opposite Positano and the frightened sailors heard a voice on board saying “Posa, posa!” (“Put down! Put down!”). The precious icon was unloaded and carried to the fishing village and the storm abated.