Wishing on the Stars on the Amalfi Coast


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog San Lorenzo


As I spend my first whole month of August on the Amalfi Coast, I am learning a lot of new things. The first is that I finally know what really crowded here really means. And I mean the really crowded, no place to park, no beach chair left unoccupied, mobs of Italian tourists sort of crowded. It ain’t pretty, and let’s just leave it at that. The up side is that I am seeing so many festivals and events for the first time, which has been a great deal of fun. Tonight is the festival for San Lorenzo, that patron of the city of Scala on the Amalfi Coast. Most of the year a quiet and sleepy little town, you will be hearing more about Scala over the coming month as I write about the Scala Meets New York festival starting tomorrow.




The town is all set up for the festivities, which started yesterday evening. I am looking forward to seeing the procession, hearing the music by a band from Lecce, and seeing the fireworks display over the city for the first time. I just read a fun article online at Italy Magazine about the night of San Lorenzo that I had to share here. I didn’t know before that tonight is a night for wishing on falling stars, called the “tears of San Lorenzo,” that come from the Perseidi meteor shower. You can also head over to Bleeding Espresso where Michelle wrote a lovely post last August 10th about the La notte di San Lorenzo. All across Italy, people will be outdoors looking for falling stars and making wishes. Speaking for this hopeless romantic, you can bet I will be in Scala with eyes searching the dark night sky for shooting stars ready to make my wish!


May all your wishes come true!!

Out & About: Night Bells and Moon over Ravello

Ravello is a beautiful sight at night with its churches glowing and the city lights sparkling up and down the Amalfi coastline. The other night while passing through Scala, Ravello’s little-known and charming next door neighbor, the bells of the Duomo of Ravello filled the valley down to Atrani with their rich sound and the moon cast a lovely glow over the scene. I captured a bit of it (plus a motorino zooming by!) on a this short video. Enjoy!

Hitting the Beach in Atrani


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani Beach


Ever since jumping on the boat for the Sant’Antonio procession and seeing the festival for Santa Maria Maddalena in Atrani, I have been wanting to visit this city’s charming little beach. I’m not even sure why I haven’t ever been swimming there before, but last Saturday morning I decided that should change. Hoping to avoid some of the summer chaos in Amalfi just next door, I jumped off the bus in Atrani instead and found the beach quite peaceful and relaxing.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani Beach Blue Umbrellas


The more time I spend in Atrani, the more I enjoy this little city for it’s beauty, quiet setting and friendly people. While there are an abundance of beach chairs for a reasonable price, I took advantage of the soft, black sand beach (yes . . . sand!) and nestled down next to this charming and colorful fishing boat.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani Beach Boat


The lifeguard was nearby with a striking red umbrella. I enjoyed watching the boats going back and forth connecting the Amalfi Coast with Salerno.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani Beach Lifeguard


You  just can’t beat the views of the Collegiata di S. Maria Maddalena from the beach where I was sitting!


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani Beach Chiesa


Now that I’ve been to the beach in Atrani, I know I will certainly be going back again soon. It was a beautiful and relaxing day! If you are visiting the Amalfi Coast and staying in Amalfi or Ravello nearby, stop by Atrani for a lovely day and a bit of an escape from the summer crowds.

August is Vacation Time on the Amalfi Coast


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Beach Umbrellas


It’s August and the beaches are getting mighty crowded here on the Amalfi Coast. Those of you who have traveled in Italy this time of year know that the month of August is when Italians go on vacation. While some cities might be a bit less crowded, that is certainly not the case for the Amalfi Coast. The Italians come here! I just love the brightly colored beach umbrellas along the Amalfi Coast, and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate banner image for the month of August. This month the photo is a group of umbrellas from Amalfi, but right now every beach along the coast is full of bright single- or multi-colored umbrellas fluttering in the sea breeze. You can tell when summer has reached its peak by the number of beach umbrellas, and right now in Amalfi there is hardly a free spot!


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Beach Umbrella Mountains


You might have noticed around the blogosphere that many of your favorite Italian blogs have gone on ferie, or holiday, for the month of August. While a tempting idea, there are too many fun events, festivals and things to do this time of year that I want to share with you all here on Ciao Amalfi. I have decided, however, in order to balance my writing workload (why does everything have to come in August???) with a bit a my own time under the beach umbrellas, that I will take a break this August from my regular weekly Sunday Shout-out and Tempting Tuesday features. That doesn’t mean I won’t be tempting you all with photos and videos from the Amalfi Coast this month, it just means my posting schedule will be a bit more relaxed—a perfect reflection of these lazy and hot days of August!


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Orange Burst 

I snapped these photos of the bright orange beach umbrellas last weekend at Santa Croce, which is one of my favorite beaches on the Amalfi Coast. I love taking photos of the beach umbrellas, and I am sure there will be more coming this month!


Buon agosto!! Happy August!!