The ancient origin of Meta is proved by traces and remains date at the passage of the Etruscans, the Greeks and the Romans and later the Byzantines, Normans and Spanish. The town overlooks the bay of Naples where limestone walls slope gently towards the sea, forming magnificent coves bather’s destination in the summer.
It is the heroic age of sail, mainly in the nineteenth century, to mark the culmination of the ascent of Meta. The great families of Meta of ship owners and captains produced a sumptuous historical center, although there was a considerable building development and the lemon cultivation on the terraces altered the conformation of many areas, these changes did not altered the original core of the city.
The main church of Meta id the Basilica of Our Lady of Lauro which is linked to an ancient and famous legend: an old woman deaf and dumb founded under a plant of Lauro a statue of the Mary and suddenly she healed. The Basilica is a symbol of the secular devotion of the people of the sea of Meta.