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A week in Meta (Italy)

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. IMG_0413.JPGAt 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.