With the sun shining and summer right around the corner, I’ve been having feelings of “out with the old and in with the new” – the classic spring desire to freshen things up that brings on spring cleaning. Those of you who have been following Ciao Amalfi! over the past year probably remember that I planned a big overhaul of the blog last winter. Well, you probably also noticed that it didn’t happen. With a busy work schedule and nice weather coming, I can guarantee it won’t be happening until this coming winter. But, in the meantime, I wanted to freshen things up a bit around here. So, how does it look? Ready for the bright and sunny summer days ahead here on the Amalfi Coast?

I’ve received a few questions already about the header image, which is a ceramic mural located in and showing the village of Vietri sul Mare on the Amalfi Coast. Vietri sul Mare has a tradition of ceramic production dating back to the 15th century, so it’s only appropriate that the city should have a beautiful ceramic representation of its most important church.  The bright yellow and green dome and the campanile (bell tower) belong to the church of San Giovanni Battista, which has one of the most beautiful majolica tile domes on the Amalfi Coast. I’m not sure of the name of the other church depicted, but I love the procession of women carrying candles to the church.

You can read more about Vietri sul Mare on my ItalyItalia Travel Guide. It’s a city that few tourists really see outside the main street lined with ceramic shops. But there’s a lot more to see and enjoy, like discovering little gems like this ceramic mural that I just happened across while walking through the streets of Vietri sul Mare.

  • Scintilla

    Love your fresh new look! Aren't those antique ceramic plates beautiful? I have a few at home that I should publish too.

    May 30, 2010
  • Michelle | Bleeding Espresso

    Looks great Laura! I've been meaning to do a blog revamp since last August or so…uffa….

    May 30, 2010
  • bella

    I love your blog and all that you teach me in your posts about my mother country of Italy. Che bella! I absolutely Italian pottery and especially Vietri. Just wish I could afford more! Amore, Roz (aka bella)

    May 30, 2010
  • Laura

    Ciao Rosa! Thanks! I'd love to see photos of your ceramic plates. Your profile pic is also a beautiful ceramic piece, right?

    Ciao Michelle! Thanks so much! It's amazing how these things drag on, eh? I decided to spend no more than a couple of hours on it and just get it done…

    Ciao Roz! Thanks so much for stopping by and introducing yourself. I wish I could afford more beautiful ceramics, too! 🙂 I have to be careful when I go to Vietri…. 🙂

    May 31, 2010
  • Leanne in Italy

    I love the new look! Well done.

    June 2, 2010
  • Anne in Oxfordshire

    Hi Laura, as soon as I saw your blog . I thought "New Header" and it is beautiful 🙂

    June 2, 2010
  • Laura

    Ciao Leanne & Anne! Thanks so much! 🙂

    June 3, 2010
  • Amber

    I love the new look, it loads much faster! I also love the new header and the fascinating tib bits you include about it.

    June 6, 2010
  • Laura

    Ciao Amber! I'm happy to hear the page loads faster and you like the new design. Thanks for the feedback! 🙂

    June 6, 2010

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