Hitting the Beach in Atrani


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani Beach


Ever since jumping on the boat for the Sant’Antonio procession and seeing the festival for Santa Maria Maddalena in Atrani, I have been wanting to visit this city’s charming little beach. I’m not even sure why I haven’t ever been swimming there before, but last Saturday morning I decided that should change. Hoping to avoid some of the summer chaos in Amalfi just next door, I jumped off the bus in Atrani instead and found the beach quite peaceful and relaxing.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani Beach Blue Umbrellas


The more time I spend in Atrani, the more I enjoy this little city for it’s beauty, quiet setting and friendly people. While there are an abundance of beach chairs for a reasonable price, I took advantage of the soft, black sand beach (yes . . . sand!) and nestled down next to this charming and colorful fishing boat.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani Beach Boat


The lifeguard was nearby with a striking red umbrella. I enjoyed watching the boats going back and forth connecting the Amalfi Coast with Salerno.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani Beach Lifeguard


You  just can’t beat the views of the Collegiata di S. Maria Maddalena from the beach where I was sitting!


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani Beach Chiesa


Now that I’ve been to the beach in Atrani, I know I will certainly be going back again soon. It was a beautiful and relaxing day! If you are visiting the Amalfi Coast and staying in Amalfi or Ravello nearby, stop by Atrani for a lovely day and a bit of an escape from the summer crowds.

August is Vacation Time on the Amalfi Coast


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Beach Umbrellas


It’s August and the beaches are getting mighty crowded here on the Amalfi Coast. Those of you who have traveled in Italy this time of year know that the month of August is when Italians go on vacation. While some cities might be a bit less crowded, that is certainly not the case for the Amalfi Coast. The Italians come here! I just love the brightly colored beach umbrellas along the Amalfi Coast, and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate banner image for the month of August. This month the photo is a group of umbrellas from Amalfi, but right now every beach along the coast is full of bright single- or multi-colored umbrellas fluttering in the sea breeze. You can tell when summer has reached its peak by the number of beach umbrellas, and right now in Amalfi there is hardly a free spot!


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Beach Umbrella Mountains


You might have noticed around the blogosphere that many of your favorite Italian blogs have gone on ferie, or holiday, for the month of August. While a tempting idea, there are too many fun events, festivals and things to do this time of year that I want to share with you all here on Ciao Amalfi. I have decided, however, in order to balance my writing workload (why does everything have to come in August???) with a bit a my own time under the beach umbrellas, that I will take a break this August from my regular weekly Sunday Shout-out and Tempting Tuesday features. That doesn’t mean I won’t be tempting you all with photos and videos from the Amalfi Coast this month, it just means my posting schedule will be a bit more relaxed—a perfect reflection of these lazy and hot days of August!


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Orange Burst 

I snapped these photos of the bright orange beach umbrellas last weekend at Santa Croce, which is one of my favorite beaches on the Amalfi Coast. I love taking photos of the beach umbrellas, and I am sure there will be more coming this month!


Buon agosto!! Happy August!!

100 Beaches of the Amalfi Coast


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After too many days of clouds, the sun came out this week and with it arrived a beautiful beginning to July on the Amalfi Coast. It has been a quiet week here on the blog, as I have been escaping from the computer a bit and enjoying some time on the beach. The water is deliciously warm these days, and it is hard to resist going down to the beach when the water sparkles in the hot summer sun. It seems the perfect time of year to share with you a great book and website I enjoy called Le 100 spiagge della Costiera Amalfitana (The 100 Beaches of the Amalfi Coast). If you have ever wondered what that tiny nook was called where you went swimming, or what a beach is called or how it got its name, this is the book for you.


100 Beaches


The website has a map that goes down the entire Amalfi Coast from Vietri sul Mare to Punta Campanella. While the website is only in Italian, you can order the book in English here. That way you can plan out exactly where you want to go swimming on your next trip to the Amalfi Coast! Here are a few of my top choices in the Amalfi area where I have been recently. You all know about Santa Croce, my favorite beach on the Amalfi Coast:


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Santa Croce Beach


The Castiglione beach, below, next to Atrani is a beautiful spot for a swim. There are quite a few stairs to get down to it, but it is worth the hike. The views of Atrani from the water are outstanding!


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Castiglione Beach


Another spot I like is the beach located behind the port in Amalfi called Le Sirene after the restaurant Lido delle Sirene located there. The water is deep and beautiful, and the beach is never as crowded as the main beaches in Amalfi.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Le Sirene Beach


Now that I have this book, I am looking at all the little beaches I want to go swimming at now. Many are only reachable by water, which makes them all the more alluring. There is so much to discover and explore here on the Amalfi Coast!


What is your favorite beach on the Amalfi Coast?

Tempting Tuesday: My favorite beach on the Amalfi Coast

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The best beach days on the Amalfi Coast have arrived, and it only seems fitting to share with you my favorite beach on the Amalfi Coast for this week’s Tempting Tuesday. Located just west of Amalfi is a small cove and spiaggia (beach) called Santa Croce. You can reach it by a short boat ride from Amalfi, or by heading down the 400 some steps that start from the Amalfi Coast road in Vettica. While we often go by boat, last Sunday I took the steps down for the first time. Going down is easy, but coming up after a long swim is a bit more work! But with stunning views around every turn of the twisting staircase, there are plenty of photo opportunities to stop and catch your breath.


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The water is simply exquisite here! So clear and so clean, and swimming along the rocks you can find little grottoes with emerald water. Swimming a little more you will find the Arco Naturale, a natural arch over the sea, where locals say that those who kiss while swimming underneath are assured a lasting love. How sweet! While sitting on a beach nearby I found a heart shaped rock. Perhaps that is  good sign?


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There is a small section of the beach where locals throw down their towels and enjoy the sun and beautiful waters. Santa Croce is a very rocky beach, especially after the big winter storms his year, so many people opt for the other side of the beach where you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas. There is an excellent restaurant located at Santa Croce called Da Teresa, which you can see in the photo below. You can read more about Da Teresa on Lola’s excellent blog Forchettine. (In Italian) Enjoy lunch on the nice terrace, or simply grab a couple of their great sandwiches and continue enjoying the sun and amazing view from your beach chair.


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Laura’s tip: Make sure you get a carafe of white wine with peaches from Da Teresa. They even give you little bamboo skewers to pluck the large pieces of peaches out when you are done. Heaven!


Where is your  favorite beach on the

Amalfi Coast?


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La Festa del Sole

On Sunday we woke up to a glorious day here on the Amalfi Coast, perhaps the best day of the year so far. When I opened the window in the morning, I knew immediately how I wanted to spend La Festa della Donna. It was time for the first trip to the beach of 2009! I packed a picnic of tuna and pomodoro panini and blood oranges, and we set out. The beach was empty and the sun was warm. It was almost surreal to have the beach in Amalfi alone on a beautiful day, and today I had to go back and look at the photos to remind myself it actually happened. It was a wonderful reminder that summer is coming soon!

Amalfi on Sunday
It was great to see one of my favorite restaurants Lo Smeraldino,
lower left, open and full of people enjoying the sunny terrace.
Toes in the sun!
Blood oranges on the beach
Shells and Rocks