Over the last few days, autumn has finally started to arrive on the Amalfi Coast. The temperatures are starting to drop a few degrees, jackets are coming out of the wardrobes, and the leaves are beginning to flutter to the ground from the sycamores. Bursts of sun have been mixed with those pesky clouds that seem to get stuck in the mountain tops. The vines are turning red and golden colors, and la vendemmia (the grape harvest) is just about complete along the Amalfi Coast. I took the picture above just in time as only a few days after the vines had been cleared of their dark purple treasures. There is a house near where I live that is covered in this plant, perhaps a type of ivy (see below), that turns spectacular shades of red this time of year. How beautiful!
Since l’autunno has arrived on the Amalfi Coast, I wanted to share with you some of my recent autumn themed posts over at The italyMONDO! Blog. I’ve been dreaming about Sweet Figs that ripen in September and all the wonderful Autumn Foods in Italy. If you love Italian food, head over and check out A Love Affair with Italian Food. Last weekend italyMONDO! did a reverse spotlight on me . . . Welcoming … Laura Thayer. [Blush!] I will be writing every Friday on The italyMONDO! Blog about Italian food. Does it get more delicious than that? I don’t think so! I hope you’ll stop by often to read about the regional cuisines of Italy, learn about cooking traditions and methods, and even learn a few recipes along the way. Time to start gearing up for autumn cooking!
Laura, the grape photo reminded me of my Nonno's veranda which was covered with them like we would appreciate wysteria vines. He would squeeze every last drop out of those tart grapes to make an elixir that no one could savor except for him.
Ciao Lisa! Hah, your nonno's elixir sounds like some of the homemade wines we've been given here. Some I've ended up using for cooking, but others I couldn't figure out what to do with them. 🙂
Ciao Chow Linda says
Congratulations on your new gig. I'll be looking forward to reading your posts.
Eating olives with my dog says
Love your grape picture..perfect!
Ciao Linda! Thanks! I'm really enjoying writing and learning more about Italian foods. It's a wonderful excuse to go taste testing and experiment in the kitchen! Not that I need an excuse… 🙂
Ciao Olive Eater! 🙂 Just popped over to your blog and it's great! What a fun adventure building a cabin and moving to Italy. I look forward to following along!
Chef Chuck says
The colors are beautiful! Yes autumn cooking, good old comfort food! Warms the soul 🙂
Ciao Chuck! I love autumn foods, too. I think it's time for pasta e zucca! 🙂
Just discovered your terrific blog! As a lover of the Amalfi coast for almost forty years I will be following with interest.
The plant that you think is ivy I am pretty sure is Virginia Creeper.
We used to have a rampant plant in the UK and I have also seen it growing in Italy.
Ciao LindyLouMac! Thanks for stopping by and introducing me in turn to your blog. 🙂 You live in a beautiful part of Italy that I don't know much about, and I look forward to following along. Thanks for the tip on the plants. It's fun to think about how Virginia creeper made it all the way here!
Great photo. It is autumn here in the UK also but I was hoping it would still be warm in Ravello for my daughters wedding this week.
Looking forward to my visit and visiting your various small markets and ditching my diet to try your food and drink
Happy you enjoyed the photos! It’s been just a little bit cooler the last couple of days, but I do hope it will warm up again and you’ll have fabulous weather for your daughter’s wedding! Enjoy every moment of your time in Italy! 🙂
Good morning from windy, cold Scotland. According to the forecast, you are expecting storms on Sunday unfortunately. We might need to think alternatives for the photos. I love the autumn colours and this is my favourite season in Scotland too. I have never been to Italy so hopefully this will be the first of many visits.
Good morning from the sunny Amalfi Coast! I will be hoping for a beautiful day on Sunday for your daughter’s wedding. When the sun is out it still feels like summer, but be sure to bring some sweaters or a light jacket for the evening as it can get cooler up in the mountains in Ravello. Have a wonderful time … and I hope it will be the first of many trips! 🙂