Many thanks to Jeanie Beck at www.italyandson.com for this guest post. Jeanie has a huge love affair with the Amalfi Coast, specifically Maiori. Here’s why, in her own words:
In my humble opinion, Italy’s Amalfi Coast is one of the most scenic and enchanting areas of Italy. The entire coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. My first visit came in 2005 when I was pregnant with Spencer. I’ve since been back several times and will return this summer. While most tourists set their sights on Amalfi, here are five reasons I prefer to spend my time in Maiori.
1. The Beach
The beach in Maiori is long and lined with many options for sunbathers. You can rent a lounger and umbrella for a day or a week. Each area has a place for food and refreshments. I found myself lunching on panini on many occasions as I worked on my “tan,” aka sunburn.
2. The Views
Maiori is nestled between the cliffs and mountains of the Amalfi Coast. Tranquil sea and mountain vistas greet you at every turn. Overlooking Maiori is the Castello of San Nicola de Thoro-Plano. Construction began in 840 A.D. and finished around 1468. The Castle is open to tours and offers spectacular views of the surrounding villages. Several hiking trails also give great workouts and picturesque perspectives of Maiori.
3. The Prices
Many tourists vacation in Amalfi and prices there can be a bit more expensive so food, lodging and souveniers are friendlier on the wallet in Maiori. A Margarita pizza at most restaurants will cost you about 5 Euro. I also highly recommend the Albergo Riviera for lodging. The pensione is on the top floor of a local apartment building and has a medieval theme. Spencer and I absolutely loved this modest hotel. The owners were incredibly accommodating and the free continental breakfast offered plenty of options. There are many hotels in Maiori, but I have to admit favoritism here. I found the Albergo Riviera clean, comfortable and affordable.
4. The Coffee
I am the first to admit I have a coffee addiction. Each morning in Italy last summer I enjoyed a cappuccino and cornetto (croissant). I found the cappuccinos at Rosy Bar & Café in Maiori absolutely addictive. Now this is not a scientific study, just what my taste buds concluded to be the best among my travels to Milan, Florence, Capri and Maiori! (Click here for Jeanie’s recommendations on where and what to eat in Maiori).
5. The People
I spent 3 weeks in Maiori last summer and never felt like a tourist. I was treated like family at each establishment I frequented. When my vacation ended, hugs and tears were shed at each restaurant, bar and coffee shop.
Family, travel, history and writing are my passions. I am the mother of two grown children and one travel hungry 9 year old boy! We spent five glorious weeks together in Italy in the summer of 2014. It was enough to change our lives and want to experience more of what Italy has to offer. I am a travel consultant and now full time freelance travel writer. I home school Spencer and incorporate Italian lessons in his daily curriculum. We plan to join Spencer’s Father, the love of my life, my husband, Gregg in Italy soon. Gregg is lucky enough to already have a job overseas and we can’t wait to all be together in Italy. I hope you enjoy our adventures.
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