Maria, Giovanni and Antonio - thank you for all your hospitality during our
holiday in your apartment. It was too short. If you want to put the following
appreciation on your web pages, please do so.
OUR HOLIDAY IN MASSA LUBRENSE
Many thanks to a very friendly family, Signora Maria Persico and her sons Giovanni and Antonio (who both speak excellent English), for a delightful holiday in their villa in the hills above Massa Lubrense, close to Sorrento. We stayed for one week in June 2001 and enjoyed every minute. The apartment was spacious and modern and fully deserved the description "of optimal quality". Outside, the terrace was thankfully well shaded and the Bay of Naples with the island of Capri was just visible through the olive and lemon trees.
The roads are very narrow and access would have been difficult for anything but the smallest car, but public transport is easy if you are prepared for a little walking. Fifteen minutes down to Massa, and then buses about every hour to Sorrento, costing 1 euro for the single journey. Giovanni very kindly ferried us and our luggage between Sorrento and the apartment. From Sorrento we visited Pompeii and Capri with ease on the train or hydrofoil. There are many well-marked local walks, and we enjoyed one of them which took us from near Massa's semi-detached small port, up a hill overlooking Massa itself and then down into the town. In common with the rest of the coastline, the port was rocky and had no real beach, but this didn't stop people from sizzling in the sun on the big flat slabs of stone laid along the shore.
There were several reasonable restaurants and plenty of small grocery, vegetable and delicatessen shops. We much appreciated the artichoke hearts bottled by the mother of one of the shopkeepers and the local red wine we tasted was enjoyable, although the only bottle of white we bought was poor. The one time we would have been grateful for a car was when carrying our bulk purchase of water and wine up the hill!
We hope to return in a few years to do some more of the walks, see the amazing Pompeii again, visit Naples and Vesuvius, admire the Amalfi coast, and enjoy again the hospitality of Maria, Giovanni and Antonio. Oh yes - and buy another bottle or two of Maria's smooth home-made limoncello.
Martin and Maryce Shepherd, Norwich, UK