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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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Primo Bagno

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel First Swim Summer Beach

Heading to the beach in Amalfi for the first swim of the season!

This spring has been an odd one on the Amalfi Coast with many days of rain and surprising chilly weather. When the weather finally got the messsagio that it was time for summer, the beaches went from empty to busy practically overnight. Everyone was eager for the primo bagno … or first swim. I’m not up to cold water temps so my first swim didn’t happen until a couple of weeks ago at the beginning of June.

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel First Swim June Clear Water

Temptingly clear but cool water in Amalfi

The water was quite chilly like it usually is in April or May, but that also meant it was still as beautiful and clear as it is in early spring. Just look at that turquoise!

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel Blog Sea Amalfi

Looking down at the sea and rocks in Amalfi

I must admit that I enjoyed the sunshine more than the swim since the water was still too cool for me to really enjoy. Just look at the boy wading into the sea in the photo below and his body language pretty much expresses just how chilly the water felt.

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel First Swim June Cold Water

Hot hot sun and cold water ...

Either side of the Marina Grande beach in Amalfi has a free area where you can just throw down your towel. Or in between there are several places to choose from for a sun bed and umbrella if you’re staying longer and want to be more comfortable. Seeing as it was my first swim … and sun … we didn’t stay long.

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel Blog Marina Grande Beach

Amalfi's Marina Grande Beach

The recent scorching temps have warmed the water up quite a bit and it finally looks and feels like summer around here. The beach season has begun!

2 comments to Primo Bagno

  • Karin

    I too am totally in love with Amalfi; my son and I were there for the last 2 weeks of June, this being my third trip. The water was somewhat fresh, but lovely to fall into after those hot, humid days. The scramble over the stones from the water to my towel was painful…

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