I arrived with the night ferry from Cagaliari in the Bay of Naples, at eight thirty, a moment I had imagined many times, bathed in the morning sun, but that day, it rains. Need to find a taxi to the central railway station and on the train to Meta, for a one week stay on the Amalfi coast. This village seems an ideal base for visiting Sorrento, Naples, Pompeii, Positano, Amalfi and Capri. Meta is a few kilometers from Sorrento and is much cheaper, while allowing easy access by bus or train to where I want to go. The big surprise of the week is however Meta, a small authentic village with few tourists (at least at this time of year. I felt immediately comfortable there, largely thanks to Luigi who, at seventy -seven years old, has been managing for twenty years the apartments he decorated himself. The views from the apartment are beautiful and the streets go down to the beach. From the first day, Rosaria, which has a small bakery and a pizzeria business, sells me what I want and many other things, including fresh cheese (paradise). She also offers me a pizza, but I say I’ll come back the following day. I went to Rosaria’s every day and by the second day, she started greeting me as if I had always lived in Meta. The views from the cliff on the small bay is enchanting. Luigi introduces me to lemoncello, a lemon base liquor and spend a lot of time explaining the transport system and how to maximise, buses, trains and boats. He sometimes talks about his life. At Antonietta, I discovered the benevolent gaze of a nonna who runs a small cafe with an iron hand, no doubt, but also with much love for the three generations that are working to run this small restobar.