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Maiori Diary: Look Out for Pirates

Norman Tower2.jpgA late season trip to Maiori on the Amalfi Coast rewarded us with two out of three lovely days. The Divina Costiera amply deserves its name, and much more so in the off-season, when the Neapolitan crowds are no longer upon it, the water is clear, and the coastline is not crowded with pleasure craft.

We went out boating and swimming in our favorite caves, most of them under the shadow of thousand-year-old Norman watch-towers, many of which have been left to ruin over the centuries. The one above is an excellent restaurant suitably named La Torre Normana. The structures, which seem to mimic natural features of the coastline, could communicate with each other using fire signals over many miles in order to warn of the arrival of Saracen pirates:

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Addendum: Locals still use the traditional title for the coast: La Costiera Amalfitana, but in recent years the marketers have held sway. Realizing that the usual expression is a mouthful, they have attempted to re-brand the area La Costa d’Amalfi.


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