Minori is a small town just east of Amalfi and Villa Maria is a little b&b at the top of the hill. It's a steep and fairly long walk down to town (takes around 20 minutes) but Vincenzo will happily drop you and pick you up.
Bedrooms are clean, simple and pretty comfortable. There is a television but you're most likely to be wanting to get away from the noise and bustle to relax. There is a little terrace outside each room. Rooms are close together so there isn't a great deal of privacy but this is a small establishment and you'll most likely be sitting close to your neighbours at dinner time, so you might as well get to know each other.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in a room that is big enough for six to eight tables (pictured).
Eating and drinking
If you only have breakfast here you'll be treated to home-made bread served with jams, marmalades and preserves made from the lemons, apricots, plums, cherries and oranges that grow on the terraces below your room. Vincenzo is the cultivator, Maria the chef and Nadia the organiser and sometime help in the kitchen.
If you have any sense, you'll have booked for at least lunch but more likely dinner so you get a chance to sample Maria's wonderful creations. A tip: come with an appetite; you will be sampling hand-cured meats, home-made pastas and sauces, grilled meats (perhaps chicken or rabbit from the farm) and gorgeous desserts, all accompanied by wine that is made from their own grapes. A real treat.
No pool, but if you fancy trying to recreate Maria's recipes at home you could take a cooking class (150 euros per person, minimum two).
This is a small, friendly, family-run operation and, by the time you leave, you'll have met the entire family.
Who stays there
Anyone who is looking for a relaxing 'home-from-home' experience will enjoy Villa Maria, and if you're a foodie you'll be in heaven.
If you're having lunch or dinner the cost is around 30 euros (including a glass or two of wine) for a meat menu and 35 euros (including wine) for a fish menu.
- Backpackers / Students
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Wonderful food
- Friendly, 'home-from-home' experience
- Sound-proofing isn't great
- A bit out of the way