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10 Best Beaches on Italy’s Amalfi Coast

By The Hub team , December 27, 2017

Looking for the best beaches in Italy? You’ll find them along the Amalfi Coast.

Going to the beach in Italy is a true cultural venture. Candy-colored umbrellas and matching chairs of the stabilimento balneare (beach clubs) stand in tight, neat lines beside the azure sea. Colorful houses and terraced gardens cling to an almost vertical hillside. Vespas and tiny Fiats zip along the boulevard in front of cafes that serve heaping platters of fritto misto. Some of Italy’s best beaches are nestled into coves along the Amalfi Coast. Here are ten beautiful swaths of shore to seek out.

Marina Grande, Positano

Cosmopolitan Positano’s main beach, Marina Grande sets the stage for seaside la dolce vita at its finest. Chromatic pops fill the vibrant scene — a cherry-red Campari and soda, cascades of magenta bougainvillea, an army of tangerine beach umbrellas — and equally colorful characters bring the tableau to life. This beach isn’t the place for the most pristine water, but people watching beneath the warm Mediterranean sun provides plenty of entertainment.

Gavitella Beach, Praiano

Best Beaches in Italy: Gavitella Beach, Praiano

Beaches that receive all-day sun are a rarity along the Amalfi Coast, but Gavitella’s southwestern exposure invites basking well into cocktail hour, complete with glorious sunsets. Rent a sun bed from Cala della Gavitella beach club or make like the locals and spread your towel on the concrete piattaforma above the sea. The small cove, with its clear emerald-blue waters, ancient stone tower, and gorgeous view of neighboring Positano, is considered one of the most beautiful in the area.

Cavallo Morto, Maiori

Best Beaches in Italy: Cavallo Morto, Maiori

Also called Cala Bellavaia, this stunning azure bay is one of Campania’s loveliest. Sandy and secluded with clear aquamarine sea, the horseshoe-shaped inlet is accessible only by boat. Hiring one from the nearby town of Maori makes for an authentic Italian experience.

Spiaggia Arienzo, Positano

Spiaggia Arienzo, Positano

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A hand-lettered, cobalt-blue sign perched on the edge of SS 163 marks the path to tranquil Spiaggia Arienzo. Sometimes called 300-steps beach, a stone staircase descends through fragrant landscape with views of the famed coast. Sherbet-striped parasols and matching lounge chairs belonging to the Bagni d’Arienzo Beach Club, which serves a memorable spaghetti vongole, dot the shoreline. If the hike down (and back up) sounds harrowing, take a small, wooden-boat ferry from Marina Grande to Arienzo, which run throughout the day.

Santa Croce, Amalfi

Best Beaches in Italy: Santa Croce, Amalfi

Tucked into a rocky inlet, secluded Santa Croce, with its pebbly shore and turquoise waters, can be reached only by boat from nearby Amalfi. Two restaurant-beach clubs, Santa Croce and Da Teresa, make their homes in the little cove and both offer ferry service from the town pier. Climb aboard and escape the masses at the coastal capital’s Spiaggia Grande — sipping limoncello beneath a candy-colored umbrella equates to seaside bliss, Italian style.

Fiordo di Furore, Furore

Fiordo di Furore, Furore

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Far below the bridge spanning one of Italy’s only fjords, Furore Beach, nestled at the foot of an old fishing hamlet, is a unique and beautiful site. The emerald-blue cove, clearly visible from the road above, is ideal for early risers looking to while away a few hours by the sea — the fjord’s steep, rock walls shade the beach in the afternoons. MarMeeting, an international high diving spectacle, takes place here each year in early July.

Marina di Cetara, Cetara

Marina di Cetara, Cetara

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Bordered by Cetara’s palm-studded promenade and picturesque port, mellow Marina di Cetara offers a quintessential, tourist-free Italian seashore experience. Local families hang out at the charming town’s main beach with its harbor, majolica-tiled cathedral, and views of the surrounding coastline. Cobbled streets wind into town, where shops sell Cetara’s famous anchovies and olive-oil-packed tuna.

Il Duoglio, Amalfi

Best Beaches in Italy: Il Duoglio, Amalfi

400 stairs lead to this hidden coastal enclave near the district of Lone, just north of Amalfi. Crystal-clear water — some of the region’s cleanest — and plenty of action make this a favorite spot for adventure seekers. Duoglio’s beach club and restaurant, Lido degli Artisti, offers kayaks, paddleboards and windsurfers for rent, along with chairs and umbrellas.

Spiaggia di Cauco, Erchie

Best Beaches in Italy: Spiaggia di Cauco, Erchie

Legend has it that Hercules found the tiny fishing village of Erchie, located between Maiori and Cetara, which overlooks one of the prettiest beaches on the Amalfi Coast. Two medieval Saracen towers, Torre Cerniola and Torre di Tummolo, built in the sixteenth century to protect the borgo from pirates, preside over the beach. A smattering of restaurants, bars, and gelaterie line the lively seaside promenade, perfect for a post-beach stroll.

Marina di Praia, Praiano

Best Beaches in Italy: Marina di Praia, Praiano

Marina di Praia, tucked into the base of a cliff and referred to simply as “La Praia,” has long been a local favorite. A steep access road from the Strada Statale leads down to a seaside village that circles a small cove with brightly painted fishing boats, several restaurants and loungers for rent. Walk along the Via Terramare, a pathway carved into the rocky promontory graced by the ceramic designs of artist Paolo Sandulli, that winds along the edge of the sea to the ninth-century Torre al Mare.


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Reflecting on Veterans Day: a message from our CEO Oscar Munoz

By Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines , November 11, 2019

Right now, around the world, brave members of America's armed forces are on duty, defending our freedom and upholding our values.

When not laser-focused on the mission at hand, they're looking forward to the day when their service to our nation is fulfilled and they can reunite with their families.

They are also imagining how they can use their hard-earned skills to build an exciting, rewarding and important career when they return home.

I want them to look no further than United Airlines.

That's why we are focused on recruiting, developing and championing veterans across our company, demonstrating to our returning women and men in uniform that United is the best possible place for them to put their training, knowledge, discipline and character to the noblest use.

They've developed their knowledge and skills in some of the worst of times. We hope they will use those skills to keep United performing at our best, all of the time.

That's why we are accelerating our efforts to onboard the best and the brightest, and substantially increasing our overall recruitment numbers each year.

We recently launched a new sponsorship program to support onboarding veterans into United and a new care package program to support deployed employees. It's one more reason why United continues to rank high - and rise higher - as a top workplace for veterans. In fact, we jumped 21 spots this year on Indeed.com's list of the top U.S workplaces for veterans. This is a testament to our increased recruiting efforts, as well as our efforts to create a culture where veterans feel valued and supported.

We use the special reach and resources of our global operations to partner with outstanding organizations. This is our way of stepping up and going the extra mile for all those who've stepped forward to answer our nation's call.

We do this year-round, and the month of November is no exception; however, it is exceptional, especially as we mark Veterans Day.

As we pay tribute to all Americans who have served in uniform and carried our flag into battle throughout our history, let's also keep our thoughts with the women and men who are serving around the world, now. They belong to a generation of post-9/11 veterans who've taken part in the longest sustained period of conflict in our history.

Never has so much been asked by so many of so few.... for so long. These heroes represent every color and creed. They are drawn from across the country and many immigrated to our shores.

They then freely choose to serve in the most distant and dangerous regions of the world, to protect democracy in its moments of maximum danger.

Wherever they serve - however they serve - whether they put on a uniform each day, or serve in ways which may never be fully known, these Americans wake up each morning willing to offer the "last full measure of devotion" on our behalf.

Every time they do so, they provide a stunning rebuke to the kinds of voices around the world who doubt freedom and democracy's ability to defend itself.

Unfortunately, we know there are those who seem to not understand – or say they do not - what it is that inspires a free people to step forward, willing to lay down their lives so that their country and fellow citizens might live.

But, we – who are both the wards and stewards of the democracy which has been preserved and handed down to us by veterans throughout our history – do understand.

We know that inciting fear and hatred of others is a source of weakness, not strength. And such divisive rhetoric can never inspire solidarity or sacrifice like love for others and love of country can.

It is this quality of devotion that we most honor in our veterans - those who have served, do serve and will serve.

On behalf of a grateful family of 96,000, thank you for your service.

Humbly,

Oscar

United named a top workplace for veterans

By The Hub team , November 10, 2019

Each year around Veterans Day, Indeed, one of the world's largest job search engines, rates companies based on actual employee reviews to identify which ones offer the best opportunities and benefits for current and former U.S. military members. Our dramatic improvement in the rankings this year reflects a stronger commitment than ever before to actively recruiting, developing and nurturing veteran talent.

"We've spent a lot of time over the past 12 months looking for ways to better connect with our employees who served and attract new employees from the military ranks," said Global Catering Operations and Logistics Managing Director Ryan Melby, a U.S. Army veteran and the president of our United for Veterans business resource group.

"Our group is launching a mentorship program, for instance, where we'll assign existing employee-veterans to work with new hires who come to us from the armed forces. Having a friend and an ally like that, someone who can help you translate the skills you picked up in the military to what we do as a civilian company, is invaluable. That initiative is still in its infancy, but I'm really optimistic about what it can do for United and for our veteran population here."

Impressively, we were the only one of our industry peers to move up on the list, further evidence that we're on a good track as a company.

Mission Accomplished

By Matt Adams , November 06, 2019

The question of where David Ferrari was had haunted retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major Vincent Salceto for the better part of 66 years.

Rarely did a week go by that Salceto didn't think about his old friend. Often, he relived their last moments together in a recurring nightmare. In it, it's once again 1953 and Salceto and Ferrari are patrolling a valley in what is now North Korea. Suddenly, explosions shatter the silence and flares light up the night sky.

Crouching under a barrage of bullets, Salceto, the squad's leader, drags two of his men to safety, then he sees Ferrari lying face down on the ground. He runs out to help him, but he's too late. And that's when he always wakes up.

Italian Americans from opposite coasts – Salceto from Philadelphia, Ferrari from San Francisco – the two became close, almost like brothers, after being assigned to the same unit during the Korean War. When Ferrari died, it hit Salceto hard.

"After that, I never let anyone get close to me like I did with Dave," he says. "I couldn't; I didn't want to go through that again."

When the war ended, Salceto wanted to tell Ferrari's family how brave their son and brother had been in battle. Most of all, he wanted to salute his friend at his gravesite and give him a proper farewell.

For decades, though, Salceto had no luck finding his final resting place or locating any of his relatives. Then, in June of this year, he uncovered a clue that led him to the Italian Cemetary in Colma, California, where Ferrari is buried.

Within days, Salceto, who lives in Franklinville, New Jersey, was packed and sitting aboard United Flight 731 from Philadelphia to San Francisco with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Donna Decker, on his way to Colma. For such a meaningful trip, he even wore his Army dress uniform.

That's how San Francisco-based flight attendant Noreen Baldwin spotted him as he walked down the jet bridge to get on the plane.

"I saw him and said to the other crew members, 'Oh my goodness, look at this guy,'" she says. "I knew there had to be a story."

The two struck up a conversation and Salceto told Baldwin why he was traveling. She got emotional listening to him talk and made a point of fussing over him, making sure he and his family had everything they needed.

About halfway through the flight, Baldwin had an idea. She and her fellow crew members would write messages of encouragement to Salceto and invite his fellow passengers to do the same.

"We did it discreetly," says Baldwin. "I asked the customers if they saw the man in uniform, which most had, and asked them if they wanted to write a few words for him on a cocktail napkin. A lot of people did; families did it together, parents got their kids to write something. After the first few rows, I was so choked up that I could barely talk."

When Baldwin surprised Salceto with dozens of hand-written notes, he, too, was speechless. He laid the stack on his lap and read each one. At the same time, the pilots made an announcement about the veteran over the loud speaker, after which the customers on board burst into applause.

"It seems contrived, and I hate using the word organic, but that's what it was; it just happened," Baldwin says. "Mr. Salceto was so loveable and humble, and what he was doing was so incredible, it felt like the right thing to do. And you could tell he was touched."

On June 27, Salceto finally stood before Ferrari's grave and said that long-awaited goodbye. As a trumpeter played "Taps," he unpinned a medal from his jacket and laid it reverently on the headstone.

"I had gotten a Bronze Star for my actions [the night Ferrari died] with a 'V' for valor, and that was the medal I put on Dave's grave," says Salceto, pausing to fight back tears. "I thought he was more deserving of it than I was."

For the first time in years, Salceto felt at peace. His mission was accomplished.

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