Early morning is an enchanting time on the Amalfi Coast. I’ve been a morning person my entire life (heck, I was born at 6:01 am!), and I love opening the shutters to find the first rays of sunlight peeking over the Lattari Mountains. Breathing in the still-cool night air, I can see the bright sun sending its wake up call to each city it reaches, and hear the echoes of birdsongs and early morning church bells as they fill the valleys.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Early Morning


This morning the silence was complete. I sat and waited quietly for the day to begin. A lonely crow floated in the cool mountain breeze, his crackly voice filling the valley above Atrani. I watched the little cars in the distance silently making their way up and down the twisty roads. I wondered where those people were off to for the day?


Before long the sounds of daily life start arriving at my window. The honking of the first SITA buses as they careen around the tight corners, the sounds of the big boats coming in and out of the port of Amalfi, the clattering sound of the mules as the workers begin another hard day hauling material up and down the stone steps, and, of course, the ubiquitous dog barking.


And so another day begins on the Amalfi Coast. The bright sun and clear skies tell me it will be a gorgeous day. Warm and sunny wishes to all of you from the Amalfi Coast!

  • Peter

    That photo is great… It makes me want to move to THAT side of a province instead of the side I'm on side 😛

    September 9, 2009
  • Laura

    Buon giorno Peter! Come on over… the views are mighty fine! 🙂

    September 9, 2009
  • traveldreamsandmoonbeams

    Che Bellissima, la foto e le parole. Ma io nata la mattina troppo e ancora non mi piacciono.
    Peter, non c'è dall'altra parte della baia. 🙂

    September 9, 2009
  • Emily

    You have an amazing site here. Beautiful writing. Stunning scenes. There's so much to explore! Thanks!

    September 9, 2009
  • KC

    Gorgeous photo! I'm an early bird too, and I'm wondering, do you have a hard time striking a balance between wanting to walk up and enjoy the morning and adapting to the Italian habit of eating late, socializing until late, etc.?

    September 9, 2009
  • Anne in Oxfordshire

    Morning is good 🙂 but I also love the evenings too!! 🙂

    Beautiful photos thanks for sharing!!

    September 9, 2009
  • Saretta

    What a peaceful image you create!

    September 9, 2009
  • Laura

    Ciao Lisa! You're sweet! Yes, I think it doesn't usually work out that way, but sometimes I wonder. 🙂

    Ciao Emily! Thanks for stopping by and for your very kind words. I am happy to have found your blog as well, and I will be checking in a The Keeping Time often to follow along. Lovely to meet you!

    Ciao KC! Yes, that has been quite an adjustment for me. Dinner with friends here usually keeps us out until at least 1am. Fortunately, my boyfriend is also a morning person, so he understands where I'm coming from. My solution right now is strong black tea for those mornings when I can't quite get going! 🙂

    Ciao Anne! Oh, yes, I love the evening just before sunset when the sky turns beautiful colors and everything seems just a bit clearer. I couldn't choose a favorite time of day! 🙂

    Ciao Saretta! It was a peaceful morning. I think it was especially striking to me after the chaos of August. So many more people and so much more noise during that month. It is very peaceful again now!

    September 10, 2009
  • South of Rome

    Una bella mattina per secura! That's my Italian comment for your month of going totally Italian! Hope I wrote it correct, haha. Ciao bella, Karen

    September 10, 2009
  • Laura

    Ciao Karen! Lo hai scritto perfetto … penso. 🙂 I have so much to learn! It's nice to have a few quiet moments in the mornings like this before the hectic day begins. Miss you over here! 🙂

    September 11, 2009

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