Christmas Lights & Music in Amalfi 2010

Last week I told you that it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Amalfi as they began to put up the Christmas lights and decorations throughout town. On December 8th, for the celebration of the Immaculate Conception, Amalfi’s Christmas lights were turned on and celebrated with a marching band from Minori and fireworks that were postponed from the rained out Festival of Sant’ Andrea. It was a festive and lively way to start the Christmas season in Amalfi! This year the Christmas lights are pretty and quite different in each part of town. Here’s a photo tour this year’s Christmas lights in Amalfi.

This year, for the first time that anyone can remember, they built a large pyramid-shaped albero di natale (Christmas tree) in Piazza Flavio Gioia.

Christmas Tree Amalfi 2010

At night the Christmas tree is really striking, especially when you’re walking around the piazza and along the waterfront.

Christmas Tree Night Amalfi 2010

The most beautiful lights in town are along the main road overlooking the Marina Grande Beach. If you look through the lights you can spot the bell tower of the San Biagio Church.

Christmas Lights Amalfi

The small Piazza dei Dogi is entirely blue this year, with large blue and white sparkling balls and a pretty winter scene.

Christmas Lights Piazza dei Dogi Amalfi

The road leading into Piazza Duomo is covered with arcs of white and yellow lights. Just beyond you can catch a glimpse of a big red bow.

Piazza Duomo Christmas Lights Amalfi

The Banco di Napoli in Piazza Duomo is wrapped with a large red bow, which the locals either adore or hate. (Isn’t that always the case with Christmas lights?)

Christmas Ribbon Lights Amalfi

The Duomo of Amalfi is gorgeous at night with all the lights in the piazza below. This year it is also lit with colored lights that cycle through different colors, which I didn’t capture well in my night photos.

Duomo of Amalfi Christmas Lights

When I arrived in Amalfi last Wednesday evening, I heard Christmas music coming from the Piazza Duomo. The band from Minori was in town for the Immacolata procession, and during the Mass they were marching around Amalfi playing Christmas songs. Here are a couple of quick videos I made to give you a taste of the Christmas celebrations and lights in Amalfi this year.

Happy Holidays from the Amalfi Coast!

The Winter Coat

The temperatures have begun to drop on the Amalfi Coast, especially at night with the cold north winds blowing down the valleys along the Lattari Mountains. It’s time of year for throwing an extra blanket on the bed and pulling out the heavy winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves. Our cats have been busy getting their winter coats ready, too. This is also the time of year when Puffy – the fluffy mascot that makes his way into the pages of this blog – truly earns his name. Here’s what he looked like toward the end of August:

You might even wonder how this big-eared cat ended up with a name like Puffy. That is, until you see him with his winter coat.

That’s better! Now he’s ready to make it through the cold and blustery winter days – and even the occasional snow! Although this is likely what Puffy will do all winter long. (Can you blame him?)

Warm wishes from the Amalfi Coast!

Photo Friday: The Fearful Fountain

Amalfi Coast Fountain Vietri sul Mare

Usually, the photos I pick out each week for Photo Friday jump out to me. Often they’re nice memories from an event or something that I’ve done over the past weeks or months. Other times I scan through my photos and nothing seems quite right. This one, however, is perfect for this week. It’s been one of those kind of weeks when a face like this feels just about right. I took this photo at the Villa Guariglia in the frazione of Raito in Vietri sul Mare. Fans of the TV series Capri would love exploring this villa because this is where all the filming of the Villa Isabella in the series is done.

Wishing you a happy weekend ahead!

Climbing Mt. Vesuvius

Climbing Vesuvio

Me at the top of Mt. Vesuvius

On a sunny day at the beginning of November we headed over the Lattari Mountains to Naples. Destination: Mt. Vesuvius! After climbing Mt. Etna in Sicily, my mother was very excited to tackle another volcano. I hadn’t ever been to the top of Mt. Vesuvius, so I was really happy she wanted to go. Head over to and read my post there about Climbing Campania’s Mt. Vesuvius. We had a great time, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone visiting the Naples area. The views from the top are stunning!