Ravello Festival Program for 2016

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One of the signs that summer is arriving is the announcement of the program for the Ravello Festival. Earlier this week at a press conference in Rome, the full program for the 64th edition of the Ravello Festival was announced. It’s time to get out your calendars and start planning that summer trip to the Amalfi Coast!

The Ravello Festival 2016 promises to be another great event from beginning to end, with concerts covering a vast range of musical genres from classical to folk music by Tim Robbins. There’s also theater performances celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare and ballet from noted companies around the world. I’m looking forward to seeing the exhibit by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto. Looking for some inspiration? This video will transport you there!

Tickets will be on sale online shortly. In the meantime, browse the Ravello Festival 2016 program and have fun picking out what you’ll see this year!

(Photo courtesy the Ravello Festival, Photographer Pino Izzo)

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A Straight Shot of Spring on the Amalfi Coast

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It has been a rainy weekend on the Amalfi Coast, and we’re all wondering just what happened to spring. It seemed like it had arrived early when the mimosa bloomed at the beginning of February. March and the first half of April were picture perfect nearly every day. Then at the end of April it seems nature got a memo that we all missed and it has been cooler than usual and rainier than usual. I know I know it’s spring. But I’d just like a little more spring before summer arrives! So until the weather straightens out a bit, here’s a straight shot of spring that I photographed back when the mimosa was blooming in Scala.

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The frazione, or neighborhood, of Minuta in Scala has incredible views overlooking the valleys down to Atrani and Amalfi. In the photo above you can see the ruins of the church of Sant’Eustachio in Pontone, which is another frazione of Scala.

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After a dreary and wet winter, there’s nothing that says spring more than the brilliant mimosa blossoms on a clear blue day. I didn’t edit these photos – that’s really how intense the colors are. I could just eat up those blossoms!

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Blue and yellow together is one of my favorite color combos, so I really just can’t get enough of the mimosa when it blooms on the Amalfi Coast. But you have to arrive early. While mimosa is the traditional Italian symbol of the Festa della donna, which is on March 8th, it is usually finished blooming by then in this area. These photos were taking during the first week of February. But the photos, well, those we can enjoy year round!

Amalfi Coast Ferry Schedule 2016

Amalfi Coast Ferry Schedule 2016

Amalfi Coast Ferry Schedule 2016

 

UPDATE: Click here for information on the 2017 Amalfi Coast ferry schedule.

 

While the twisty Amalfi Coast Road is justifiably famous, my favorite way to get around is on the ferry. You get to avoid the traffic and all those curves while at the same time getting a first class view of the coastline from the sea. I receive a lot of questions about using the ferries on the Amalfi Coast, so I’ll cover as many as I can here for the 2016 season.

 

Where do ferries depart for the Amalfi Coast?

The most extensive ferry service on the Amalfi Coast is run by Travelmar, with a line that connects Salerno, Amalfi and Positano. They also feature a service that connects Maiori and Minori with Amalfi. The company Gescab offers ferry service connecting Amalfi and Positano from Capri. Sometimes during peak summer season there is ferry service to the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento. It was offered in 2016, but I will update this post when I find out 100% that there is ferry service from Sorrento for this season.

 

Where do the ferries stop on the Amalfi Coast?

Ferry service on the Amalfi Coast is primarily focused on Amalfi and Positano. However, there is also a smaller boat service between Maiori and Minori to Amalfi so travelers can connect to other boats to reach Positano, Salerno and Capri.

Taking the Ferry to Positano

When do the ferries run on the Amalfi Coast?

There aren’t set dates for the ferry boat service along the Amalfi Coast each year. There are some general guidelines, but they are weather dependent. Ferry service usually begins on the Amalfi Coast each year in time for Easter, which kicks off the tourist season. Services run through the autumn until the end of October or beginning of November, depending on how long good weather holds out. If you’re planning on visiting in the early spring or late autumn, it’s best to have a plan B in case the ferries aren’t running due to rough seas or bad weather.

 

What is the ferry schedule on the Amalfi Coast?

The Travelmar website is available in English and you can check out the ferry schedule here. They also have an app linked to from their website that you can download in advance. Gescab has their schedule for ferry service between Salerno, Amalfi, Positano and Capri here.

Positano Ferry Amalfi Coast

How much does the ferry cost on the Amalfi Coast?

Prices vary depending on the length of your journey and the company. In general, on Travelmar the prices are €8.00 per person between Amalfi and Positano and a bit more from Salerno all the way to Positano. You can find all the Travelmar rates here.

 

Can I buy ferry tickets in advance on the Amalfi Coast?

Yes! Both Travelmar and Gescab offer online ticketing in advance via their respective websites. You can also book in advance on the Travelmar app.

Ferry to Positano

Where is the best place to sit on the ferry?

All of the ferries along the Amalfi Coast have two levels of seating. The upper level is open on the top of all the boats while the lower area is closed off. The view from down below can be just as great – as long as you’re on the correct side of the boat. And the view from the top is also better if you know which side of the boat to snag a seat on. In general, if you’re heading from Amalfi to Positano or Capri, when you get on the boat head to the right side. If you’re going from Capri or Positano to Amalfi, when you get on go to the left side. That way you’ll be on the side of the coastline for the journey. But no worries if it’s crowded and you can’t get the best seat. You can always move around on the ferry and even go out front or stand at the back and watch where you’ve been. I’m always moving around and taking photos. (Yes, even after nine years here!)

 

Is it a problem to take luggage on the ferry?

Not at all! Many people do. Just be aware that you might need to pay a small extra fee for each piece of large luggage and you’re responsible for lugging it on and off the boat.

 

Can I take a ferry to Ravello?

Well, you’d have to catch the special flying ferry to reach Ravello, because it’s situated about 1,200 feet above sea level. But, no worries, you can simply take the ferry to Amalfi and then continue up into the mountains to Ravello via bus or taxi.

Amalfi Coast Boat Service

Alright that last question was just for fun. (Although I have actually been asked that numerous times!) Are there any other questions about taking the ferry on the Amalfi Coast that I’ve missed?

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Buon Primo Maggio!

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As I sit down to write this morning, rain is pouring down on the Amalfi Coast and low clouds have turned my view into nothing but white. Spring arrived early this year, but the last couple of weeks have been a most unwelcome return to winter. Yet the rains will clear and when the sun shines everything will be an even more brilliant shade of green. This truly is my favorite time of year watching the Amalfi Coast come to life!

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Spring has been busy this year in so many wonderful ways. I’ve been to Paris for work, Florence for fun and Rome and exploring the Amalfi Coast with some of my family – visiting Italy for the first time! So many happy memories and amazing experiences along the way. In Paris, I did a one-on-one mentoring day with the incomparable Carla Coulson, which was an incredible day from start to finish. Couldn’t possibly put into words how much that one day has changed everything, but I will soon try in a blog post all about it.

Florence in the Spring

Then I dashed off to Florence for a long weekend with Michelle from Bleeding Espresso and the cutest two year old in Italy. I spent the weekend being a My Little Pony (Miss Pommel to be precise) and it was so much fun! And having my family visit here and being able to show them this beautiful part of Italy that I am fortunate to call home has been a very special time. The weather was a bit finicky, but we had a great time!

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Behind the scenes, I’m also working on a complete redesign of Ciao Amalfi, which I am really impatient to share with all of you. (There’s just this pesky four page to do list before I can launch the new website …) Today may be the Festa del lavoro (Labor Day) in Italy, but there’s no rest for me as I want to launch the new website as soon as possible. So hang tight a little longer! In the meantime, I’m back to blogging and have so many fun things to share soon from this spring. Happy May Day!