While I spent most of Ferragosto hiding out in the house from the heat and the crowds, Saturday evening we decided to venture out to see what was happening and to meet friends for dinner on the beach in Atrani. As we drove through Amalfi looking for parking, I heard the distinctive procession bells ringing from the Duomo of Amalfi. I ran into Piazza Duomo just in time to watch the procession celebrating the Assumption of the Virgin Mary come slowly down the grand staircase. How beautiful!

 

 

(You can hear the procession bells I mentioned at the very end of the video.) The procession went down toward the beach and then entered back into the Piazza Duomo, but by that time I was on my way to Atrani. We had a wonderful dinner at Le Arcate, one of my favorite restaurants on the Amalfi Coast, overlooking the lights of Atrani shimmering on the sea. In the distance we watched Maiori’s fabulous fireworks display while enjoying the best tasting anguria (watermelon) that I’ve had this summer. What a lovely evening!

 

Head over to Positano My Life to check out Massimo’s photos of the Ferragosto celebrations in Positano here and here.

7 Comments
  • Ciao Chow Linda

    I love those processions. They really say "Italian"

    August 19, 2009
  • Valerie

    Bella! I love the sound of church bells; that to me is one of the distinctive things that lets me know I'm in Italy. We went to a procession here in "little Italy" which was similar to those we attended in the Old Country (but definitely lacking in atmosphere!)

    August 19, 2009
  • Saretta

    Sounds nice!

    August 19, 2009
  • The Food Hunter

    How very nice.

    August 19, 2009
  • Lola

    Ah fond memories of a special date at Le Arcate… thank you for taking me back in time…

    Hope you're enjoying the summer,
    ~Lola

    August 20, 2009
  • Chef Chuck

    Beautiful, lots of feelings! Bells… Thanks you for sharing 🙂

    August 20, 2009
  • Laura

    Ciao Linda! I agree … the sounds, the candles, the emotions … all very Italian!

    Ciao Valerie! Great to hear from you! I couldn't imagine being here without the church bells. They are such a warm part of life for me. I am happy to hear there was a procession in Little Italy in Cleveland. It's been a long time since I've been through there, but I remember some of the shops and the area.

    Ciao Saretta! I just love those special bells that ring for the processions.

    Ciao Food Hunter! Glad you enjoyed!

    Ciao Lola! Sounds like a good story. 😉 Summer here has been very busy, but I am enjoying it so much. Hope you are staying cool in Rome these days!

    Ciao Chuck! That is a good way to put it – there is a lot of feelings for me with the church bells and processions. Love it!

    August 20, 2009

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