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Maiori is in Campania, Italy

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Get in

Sita [1] runs a bus service on the Salerno- Maiori-Amalfi line, and a direct service to Naples. It also runs a seasonal service from Naples Capodichino airport to Salerno. Alternatively, one can take a boat [2] from Naples to Amalfi and then a Sita bus.

Get around

By bus

The local SITA bus company run buses all over the Amalfi Coast with excellent connections to Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Salerno and Sorrento. However for Positano and Sorrento, you will have to get off and change buses in Amalfi, which is the main SITA hub on the coast. http://www.sitabus.it Tickets cannot be purchased on board; they can be bought at Gino's Bar Sirena and at Bar Oriente, both on the lungomare

By ferry

Coop Sant'Andrea are the major ferry company servicing the coast and operate summer ferry services to Maiori from Salerno, Minori and Amalfi. Visit http://www.coopsantandrea.com Metro' del mare [3] also operate a ferry service along the Amalfi Coast.

By scooter

Renting a scooter is the best way to get round. However, only experienced motorcycle riders should rent one: do not rent one otherwise, as the roads are narrow and can be very dangerous for inexperienced riders. European A (motorcycle) lycences are of course recognized. If you don't have a European licence and/or a car licence only, check with your local Italian consulate. Italian B (car) licences entitle you to ride scooters up to 125cc, but not all foreign ones do. Also bear in mind that parking is not free of charge in most towns along the coast, and that scooters will soon be towed away if parked inappropriately.

  • Maiorauto: scooter and motorcycle dealer on via Nuova Chiunzi. Has been renting scooters for decades
  • Garage next to the Panorama Hotel. Rents Piaggio Liberty 125cc

Understand

Maiori is laid out as the letter L. There is a road and a promenade along the beach. Perpendicular to the beach is the wide pedestrian street, Corso Regina with stores, bars restaurants, and sometimes a market at night.

See

Do

  • Go to the beach. Mayor Stefano Della Pietra attracted wide criticism for privatizing most of the beach, making it effectively impossible to go to the beach without paying a fee. This is a politically sensitive issue always subject to change: always verify what the latest situation is. He was also criticized when, as a mayor, he had a nice fountain and a small garden built in front of the Hotel Panorama, which happens to belong to his family
  • Giardini Palazzo Mezzacapo off Corta Regina. Lovely garden with water fountains. Often has free live concerts.

Buy

Corso Regina at night

The Corsa Reginna and the 'lungomare Amendola' (the street along the sea) are the main streets of the town and therefore the main locations for shopping. Ceramics and limoncello (a lemon liquer) are among the most renowned local specialties. An excellent ceramic store is based at the end of the lungomare, opposite the Nettuno restaurant.

Eat

For all the young and hip, Maiori has a huge festival for the Santa Maria on the 15th of August.

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  • Pasticceria Napoli, also on Corso Reginna, has great pastries
  • Pasticciera Trieste, on Corso Reginna as well, has a more limited selection of pastries, but the so called "sospiri" (literally: sobs) should be tried
  • Ristorante Mammato and La Vela: on the lungomare, one next to the other. Mammato is the oldest but they are both good value for money
  • Torre Normanna (Norman Tower): lovely location, but extremely expensive
  • Nettuno: nice restaurant and pizzeria at the end of the lungomare, towards the Torre Normanna

Further details can be found on the official website of the local tourist office [4]

Drink

All the private beach strips have a bar where you can have a drink or you can take it to your parasol. Go to Bar Pineta in the Corsa Reginna you will never find a better place to eat and drink and is very relaxing. You could also order some Limoncello, Maiori is rumored to produces some of the best avilable.

  • Bar Pineta, Corso Regina. has a lovely lemon garden and stays open till late. Definitely worth a visit
  • Bar Sirena (Gino's), Lungo Mare Amendola. A good place for lunch or a drink. Gino's also sells bus tickets. Unfortunately, it tends to close relatively early (around midnight).


Sleep

Prices here are based on July walk-in quotes.

  • Pensione de Rosa, Via Orti 24, Tel: 089877031. Nice clean rooms with bathroom and a balcony a couple of blocks from the beach. Follow the sign from Gino's. €60 for a double room.
  • Panoramic (Not the Panorama), via Santa Tacla, 12. Tel: +39089 8542301, [5]. Small apartments with kithcenette and hotel rooms (Ca €60).

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