Bottom line: We love the Melograno and can’t wait to get back there. It's easy to see why Rosa and Mark fell in love with this place.
The view from the big window in the bedroom is toward the East - toward Battipaglia and the mountains beyond, which constantly change color. Closer is the shoreline, and a thousand feet below and a mile or so away, the port of Salerno, with big ships and little boats coming and going at all hours. From the patio where Rosa serves incredible breakfasts you look South to Paestum where the Greek temples are, Southeast to the landing beaches of 1943, and East to the steep Salerno shore. At night the Salerno shore and the mountains beyond are covered with lights. The view is fascinating as the lights come on in the evening, and even more fascinating at 5AM. Closer, about a quarter mile away and to the left is a palace - property of the town of Raito were they give concerts on summer nights - and above that the local mountains. And beside the house a garden where Mark and Rosa raise fresh vegetables - for your breakfast.
Raito is the perfect base for visiting the Amalfi peninsula. It is easy to get anywhere - to Amalfi, Positano, and Priaiano, via a bus every half hour. You catch the Amalfi bus at the Piazza in Vietri - less than a mile from Melograno. To get to and from Vietri there is a bus within about 200 yards of Melograno. Have some Gelato while you’re waiting. From Vietri it’s easy to get the boat to Capri, or the train to Pompeii, Vesuvius, Sorrento, Naples, or the temples at Paestum. We caught the overnight
Ferry to Palermo - piece of cake.
Now, full disclosure: Italy is not Kansas, which is flat. Much of Italy is vertical. So if you don’t like to climb hills, don’t go to Italy. I (David) am 80 years old (Phyllis is 23) and I climb routinely the 15 steps from our living room to the upstairs. I can do it twice with no problem, and can do it three times, quickly, with a bit of puffing. At first I had trouble with the 74 steps from the bus stop in Raito to our place at Melograno. I got used to it after about three days. Phyllis, who is the athlete in this tribe, never slowed down. Anyway, you’ll not only be well cared for at Melograno, but you might get some exercise. - and be better off for it.
Even if it didn’t have incredible views, and even if it wasn’t perfectly located, Melograno would be terrific because you will encounter two of the finest and most thoughtful people you could ever hope to meet - Rosa and Mark. In real life - when they aren’t being helpful to their visitors - Mark is an executive in an airplane insurance company and Rosa is a social worker. They took such great care of us that they will always have a standing invitation to visit us in the USA, where we will try to match their hospitality. We feel all-round lucky to have encountered them and Melograno.
Phyllis and David
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The basic stone building originates in XVII century structure. It offers a splendid view to Salerno’s gulf and faces Amalfi Coast in the east.The two independent apartments at guest’s disposition are carefully furnished. The first has got 4 beds on two levels and a private bathroom. The second one is equipped with two rooms and shares bathroom with others. Both are furnished with kitchenette, garden and/or terrace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Melograno In Costa D'Amalfi Amalfi Coast/Vietri Sul Mare, Italy