Sunday Mornings in Amalfi

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I love Sunday mornings in Amalfi, especially this time of year when the sun warms the promenades along the sea and it seems like the whole town is out for a passeggiata. There’s something special about Sunday mornings that you can feel walking through Amalfi. People are dressed just a little nicer than usual, life moves just that little bit slower and the pastry shops are crowded with customers picking out desserts for the big Sunday lunch. When the sun comes out, it’s even better. Yesterday I was out for a walk through town and it was a beautiful November morning in Amalfi. I couldn’t resist taking a few photos to share with you all. Enjoy!

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Near the church of San Biagio in Amalfi

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A pigeon kiss!

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Marina Grande Beach

Photo Friday: Autumn in Anacapri

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Despite all the recent rain and windstorms, it’s been a beautiful autumn this year on the Amalfi Coast. On a nice day at the end of October, I went to Capri on one of the last days the boats were running from Amalfi to Capri. (Just a couple of days before the rough seas!)  The autumn colors were gorgeous, especially in Anacapri where I took this photo of the Piazza della Vittoria. It brought a smile to my face after four days straight of rain this week. Here’s hoping for a beautiful autumn weekend!

Favorite Italian Films: Rome Adventure

This week Lisa Fantino from Wanderlust Women’s Travel Dreams is here to share with us about one of her Favorite Italian Films. It’s perfect for those of you who love old films, love Italy and love traveling vicariously through movies. (Yes, yes … and yes!)

Welcome, Lisa!

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I love movies, old movies, new movies, classics, thrillers and romance. They are meant to entertain and who cares if they teach us anything in the process. Often, however, they can give us glimpses into another time when mores varied so greatly from what they are today.

 

Rome Adventure is one of those movies. Released in 1962, it stars Susanne Pleshette as Prudence and Troy Donohue as Don. Prudence is a young lady of marriage age (I can’t believe I just typed that) who travels to Rome in search of adventure, following dismissal from her school librarian job for giving a student a romance novel (oh, the shame!). Pleshette is charming as the perfect ingénue of the day and is quite independent, defending the message behind the romance novel in question:

“It simply expresses what’s hiding in every girl’s heart. The fear of loneliness. The wish for womanhood and fulfillment and the need to be loved, that’s all.”

Right then and there she quits her job and sets sail on her own romantic journey. Along the way, she awakens her lust for life, so to speak, in a number of ways. Yet, she is coy enough, or should I say wise enough, to avoid the wiles of Roman cad Roberto, colorfully played by Rossano Brazzi, and surrenders to the romance of Don who sows his wild oats with his ex-strumpet, played by Angie Dickinson, before returning to Prudence.

The scenery is breathtaking. Rome Adventure is full of panoramas, both city and the country, and takes full advantage of all the views Italy has to offer, unlike today’s big budget flicks which focus on computer generated imagery and indoor studio shots. Rome Adventure is all about coming alive in the Eternal City and enjoying all it has to offer……..unlike “Eat, Pray, Oivay,” which barely gives a glimpse of the country’s lush surroundings.

Watching this film nearly 50 years after its release makes me realize how far women have come in society. Then, they were romantics but always needed a man to make them “safe.” Now, we are still romantic but firmly footed in setting our own path.

 

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Lisa Fantino is an award-winning journalist and attorney and the Italian travel consultant and creative force behind Wanderlust Women Travel and the recently launched Amalfi destination wedding site, Wanderlust Weddings.  Her love of Amalfi has also inspired her to gather sterling silver jewelry and gifts inspired by the blues of the region at Amalfi Blu. She also writes travel features for MNUI Travel Insurance and blogs as Lady Litigator.

Autumn at the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello

It’s been a beautiful autumn on the Amalfi Coast. As I look out the windows at the bright blue sky and the autumn colors dotting the mountainsides in shades of reds, yellows and oranges, I’m inspired to share some photos I took in October at the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello. While the weather can be unpredictable this time of year, when the sun comes out it is glorious. And, even better, you have sights like the gardens at the Villa Cimbrone almost to yourself to explore. I invite you to come along and enjoy the autumn colors and views on the Amalfi Coast!

Happy autumn!

Photo Friday: November Sunset

Sometimes, although very rarely, I go out of the house without my camera. I usually regret it. Not long ago on a whim we took an evening drive from Amalfi toward Positano. As we came around a corner into Conca dei Marini, the sun was sinking into the sea, setting the Amalfi coastline pink against the deep blue water. Dig, dig, dig … no camera! Thank goodness for my cell phone, which has a camera on it that fills when I’ve forgotten my camera at home. It hardly captures the colors and how gorgeous the bright pink sun was setting near Positano’s Li Galli islands. In the distance you can see Praiano spilling down the side of the mountain. We don’t get sunsets quite this beautiful in Amalfi, so I thought I’d share this quick camera shot this week.

Wishing all my readers a lovely weekend!