Gioacchino's flat was a wonderful base for our travels around the Amalfi coast, and Gioacchino himself could not have been more helpful as a host in helping us get settled, especially when a big storm tripped the power on our first night(!). The flat was very nicely decorated and laid out, and Gioacchino was very helpful and understanding when we were forced to alter our reservation for fewer people at the last minute.
While Albori itself is a bit of a distance from Vietri proper - walkable within an hour, ten minutes or so on the bus - we soon fell in love with it as it is a beautiful, charming hamlet nestled further up in the hills with a lovely little church and piazza at the centre. We were made to feel at home straight away and found the locals extremely friendly and welcoming, especially Gioacchino's neighbour Signora Concetta who met us with the keys.
As one might expect, Albori is quite small and quiet, but options are by no means limited; there are shops with fresh groceries and produce 10-15 minutes' walk back down the hill in neighbouring Raito, as well as a couple of nice restaurants and bars (including a bruschetteria down the road from the flat), although Gioacchino's kitchen has an electric hob perfectly suited for cooking simple evening meals. There's also a nice walk down the side of the hill which leads to a nice, modestly-sized beach complete with a bar and kitchen, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Vietri itself naturally has more going on, and we were able to get buses from there to more towns along the coast towards Amalfi such as Cetara and Erchie, both very picturesque and worth at least a brief visit. Especially in tourist season, though, it's also a lot busier, particularly the beach area, and we found we much preferred the peace and quiet we found in Albori.
Overall, our experience of the Amalfi coast was transformed by staying somewhere less touristy and more authentically Italian, and we can't thank Gioacchino enough for the use of his fantastic apartment - grazie mille!