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Writing, photography & tales from daily life on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, through the eyes of an American writer and art historian. Currently co-writing a novel with my mother, Sandra Thayer, set on the Amalfi Coast.

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Wisteria Wonderland in Positano

Last spring Rosa from the Bell’Avventura blog in Positano wrote a post filled with gorgeous photos of the wisteria season in Positano. I was smitten. Wisteria is one of my favorite spring flowers, and I love how the sweet scent fills the air this time of year. I just had to experience the beautiful wisteria in Positano for myself this year! I am thankful that Rosa reminded me to get over there early in April to see it, because it blooms significantly earlier there than in the area around Amalfi. Last Friday I woke up to a beautiful morning and knew it was my chance. Off to see the wisteria!

Ferry Boat to Positano

I took the earliest ferry to Positano from Amalfi and enjoyed watching the morning light along the coastline. Positano in the distance is always a beautiful sight! As the boat turns toward town, you can start to make out the tiled dome of the church of Santa Maria Assunta on the beach and the colorful houses stacked up the cliff side.

Positano from the Sea

After I arrived it didn’t take long to find the first wisteria climbing up the side of a restaurant near the beach. Not a bad start!

Wisteria in Positano

I followed the narrow streets lined with shops up toward the church, and came around a corner to find the trellis above the walkway covered with blooming wisteria. The sweet scent was intoxicating!

Wisteria in Positano

The campanile (bell tower) of the church peeked out between the purple blooms of wisteria. All around everyone stopped to stare at the incredible display of color.

Wisteria in Positano

I walked up and up into town and found more wisteria along the way. The air was filled with the sweet scent, and I think I could smell it before I came across another beautiful vine.

Wisteria in Positano

Wisteria in Positano

Wisteria in Positano

After a leisurely stroll through the wisteria wonderland, I stopped at a small food shop and bought a panini with proscuitto and artichokes and headed toward the beach. With lunch and my new Positano beach basket in tow, I headed to the beach for a couple hours of sun.

On the Beach in Positano

I found a sandy spot on the beach and spread out my pareo. The sand is always a treat and so much more comfortable compared to the big pebbles in Amalfi. The black sand was such a warm and welcome reminder that summer is just around the corner!

Sandy Beach in Positano

Time always passes too fast in Positano, and before long it was time to pack up and catch the ferry back to Amalfi. But I know I started a new tradition … and that I’ll be back again next spring to see the wisteria in Positano!

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