Summer Religious Celebrations in Atrani

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani Chiesa1a

 

Two Sundays ago I went for a wonderful walk from Scala to Atrani with two new friends from England that I met through Ciao Amalfi! who where staying in Atrani. Experienced walkers on the Amalfi Coast, they showed me a new pathway I hadn’t explored yet, and along the way we shared stories about walking on the Amalfi Coast. When we arrived in Atrani, they told me where to find a gorgeous view of the Collegiata di S. Maria Maddalena. So off I went with my camera. Up a steep flight of stairs and after a wrong turn and a bit of guessing, I did find some splendid views of Atrani and the church.

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani Chiesa1b

 

Many people visiting the Amalfi Coast miss the little gem of Atrani, which is located right next to Amalfi. It’s one of my favorite beaches, and each summer I look forward to the festival for Santa Maria Maddalena on July 22nd. Today is the festival for Sant’Antonio, another important religious holiday that is celebrated in both Amalfi and Atrani. Last year I wrote about the elaborate procession from the church in Amalfi, and had the honor to be on the first boat with the statue of Sant’Antonio for the water procession from Atrani to Amalfi. It was a fabulous and moving experience! This year I’ll be watching from a different vantage point, but it will certainly be another lovely evening. 

A cat’s life on the Amalfi Coast

Last summer you all met Puffy, my sweet, silly orange cat that loves to come into the house and crash during the hot summer days. As the temps have been climbing, he’s found his new favorite spot sleeping in the window. After a long night doing whatever tomboy cats do, this is how you’ll find him most days:

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Puffy

 

Sometimes he has his mom, Patù, for company. Like mother like son, right?

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Like Mother Like Son

 

Patù is a temperamental cat, but sometimes she likes cuddling with Puffy. Here they are trying to share the same little rug:

  Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Cuddles

 

And here they are just a little while later after a big fight over who got rug rights:

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog After the Fight

 

And one time recently I walked by the cat bed to find Puffy passed out with his little pink tongue sticking out. Hilarious!!

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog KO

Tempting Tuesday: Sizzlin’ Soverato with Cherrye from My Bella Vita

It’s been many months now since I put a hold on my Tempting Tuesday series, where I weekly tempted you with a beautiful spots, off the tourist track places to visit, interesting churches and monuments, and beautiful beaches here on the Amalfi Coast. I am very happy to announce that I am relaunching this series – and with a fun twist! Over the next month or so I’ll be featuring guest posts written by some of the best writers around the blogosphere sharing some of their favorite and temptingly beautiful spots in Italy. To kick off the series, I’m happy to have Cherrye from My Bella Vita writing about one of Calabria’s beautiful beaches. And just in time … summer has finally arrived in southern Italy!

Welcome Cherrye!

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I can’t quite remember when I met Laura-it must have been more than a year ago already-but since then I’ve been trying to tempt her to come to Calabria and explore Italy’s even deeper south.

She recently announced the relaunch of her Tempting Tuesday series and—glutton for punishment that she—invited me to share.

Maybe it is the warm summer winds blowing across the Ionian or the dramatic panoramic vistas from a medieval city center, but nothing is more tempting to me than Calabria and her beaches.

 

Sovereto1Photo courtesy Mikuzz on Flickr.com

 

I’ve written a lot about Calabria’s beaches, especially my personal favorites Pietragrande and Caminia, as well as trendy Tropea and dazzling Diamante, but one beach I’ve yet to write about is sizzling Soverato.

Soverato is located about 15 minutes from Catanzaro and is thought to be the hottest cool beach town on the Ionian. Its long sandy shores scoop to form a peninsula and at night the bright blue waters reflect the hundreds of lights from the busy lungomare.

And busy it is. In the summer months, people from nearby villages flock to Soverato to enjoy some of the best nightlife in the region. The lungomare is alive with people of all ages – lovers walking hand in hand, whispering to each other below the sounds of the crowd; grandparents pushing strollers full of toddlers, happily slurping cones of homemade gelato and sunburned teenagers gathering post-beach for a Naples-style pizza or stuffed panino.

 

Soverato Photo courtesy Panoramio.com

 

During the day, the beaches are filled with locals, day-trippers and vacationers and the tiny side streets overflow with shoppers looking for a bargain in one of the tiny boutique shops. On Fridays, they share the lungomare with market vendors, who sell handmade jewelry, household items and produce.

The energy in Soverato is contagious and if you find yourself near this tiny town in the depths of summer, be sure to stop by for a little beach-bummin’, shoe-shoppin’ and people-watchin’. And while you are at it, have a gelato-or three-and plan to stay awhile. Pretty tempting, isn’t it?

 

Cherrye Moore is a freelance writer and Calabria tour and travel consultant living in southern Italy. She writes about travel for MNUI Travel Insurance and about living and traveling in Calabria on her site, My Bella Vita.

Forza Amalfi!!

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Today is a holiday here in Italy called La Festa della Repubblica, which celebrates the vote on June 2, 1946 that ended the Italian monarchy and established Italy as a republic. Many of you might remember from last year that the 2nd of June is also when the Regata Storica delle Repubbliche Marinare, or the Historical Regatta of the Maritime Republics, often takes place. Since 1956, Italy’s four historic maritime Republics of the Middle Ages, Venice, Pisa, Genoa, and Amalfi, have been competing in an annual Regatta. Each city has a team of eight rowers and a helmsman who race 12th-century style boats, which you can see in the photo above. (Amalfi is blue, Pisa is red, Genoa is white and Venice is green.)

This year the regatta is taking place in Genoa, and I’d love to be there today to see the historical parade and watch the race. Two years ago I saw the regatta in Amalfi, and it was a splendid day! You can see the photos and watch a video in my post here. But like many Amalfitans, I will be in Genoa in spirit today rooting for the Amalfi team. Forza Amalfi!!