Si Accettano Miracoli – Now in Theaters!

Si Accettano Miracoli Film Amalfi Coast Italy

Today is the day! Oh, yeah, new year and all that jazz. But today is also the release in Italy of “Si Accettano Miracoli,” the movie by Alessandro Siani that was filmed on the Amalfi Coast last spring. Now I know that a lot of you reading this will be sad that you can’t see it right away, but do enjoy the trailer below and put it on your radar. If you’re in Italy, check it out at the movie theater. I’m really excited to see it, but not sure if I can make it to the showing on the Amalfi Coast. While there were other filming locations in Campania, a lot of the film was shot on the Amalfi Coast in Conca dei Marini, Atrani, Scala … and even my front yard! For about three weeks we had an up close view of how films are made as most of the equipment was stored in our garden along with lunch taking place right outside our windows, too. It was quite the experience! I had the chance to be an extra in some scenes shot in Atrani, which was really interesting.  I hope you’ll get to see the film … it looks like a fun one!

There are tons of great photos and videos on the Si Accettano Miracoli Facebook page if you’d like to see more.

Ravello Festival 2014

Ravello Festival 2014 Photo by Pino Izzo

A magical setting at the Ravello Festival – Photo by Pino Izzo

The stage is set, the lights are ready, the gardens perfectly manicured and the 2014 Ravello Festival is ready to begin! With the spectacular Amalfi Coast and Bay of Salerno as the backdrop, many performances will take place in the Villa Rufolo on a stage that seems to cling dramatically to the very edge of the mountainside. This specially built stage, along with the modern Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer, will host another outstanding series of concerts and events for the Ravello Festival 2014, which runs from June 21st to September 20th, 2014.

This season brings luminaries from the world of music–of a wonderful variety of genres–theater and dance, along with events with writers and artists from around the world. Highlights of this year’s Ravello Festival will be the already sold out show by Italian musician Pino Daniele, along with performances by Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke, Chrysta Bell, Burt Bacharach, the Kronos Quartet, Chanticleer and the Orchestra del Teatro “Carlo Felice in Genova for the stunning Concerto all’Alba held as the sun rises over the Amalfi Coast.

Ravello Festival 2014 Pino Daniele

Pino Daniele will perform at the Ravello Festival on July 6th, 2014

Each spring I look forward to the publication of the Ravello Festival program of events to see what will be on. We attend at least one show each summer, but this year was a tough choice with all the great options! If you’ll be visiting the Amalfi Coast this summer, I highly recommend checking out the Ravello Festival program and booking your tickets in advance. They have a Box Office right by the entrance to the Villa Rufolo in Ravello or you can find out how to book tickets online here.

Ravello Festival 2014 Photo by Piero Cioffi

The Concerto all’Alba at the Ravello Festival – Photo by Piero Cioffi

It’s an incredible feeling walking through the entrance of the Villa Rufolo for a concert. The gardens are an enchanting setting for art of any kind, and this year they also host an exhibition of work by British artist Tony Cragg. Arriving for the concern, you can stroll through the gardens, admire the cloister with its intricate arches and find your seat overlooking the stage and the sea beyond. With lights twinkling along the coastline, the artists and musicians take center stage.

Visit the Ravello Festival website for more details on concerts, events and booking tickets. I hope you’ll be here this year to experience the magical setting of Ravello and attend the Ravello Festival 2014!

 

(Image Credits: Photos used with kind permission of the Ravello Festival)

Memoriae | Igor Mitoraj Ravello Festival Exhibition

Igor Mitoraj Art Exhibition Ravello Festival 2012 Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium

Sculptures by Igor Mitoraj at Ravello's Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer

Every year the Ravello Festival is centered around a theme running through the art exhibitions, concerts and cultural events that take place during the summer.  Memory is the theme of the 2012 Ravello Festival and the current exhibition Memoriae, Mitoraj a Ravello. The monumental sculptural works of Polish artist Igor Mitoraj are on display on the terrace of Ravello’s Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer, and the setting is spectacular. This is exactly what that grand space was created for, and I hope Memoriae will be the first of many exhibitions. I stopped by not long ago on a day when the sky was a brilliant, clear blue – the perfect backdrop for taking photos of the works on display.

Ravello Festival Igor Mitoraj Art Exhibition

"Osiride Addormentato" by Igor Mitoraj

Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium in Ravello Art Exhibition

Detail on "Osiride Addormentato" by Igor Mitoraj

Ravello Festival Art Exhibition Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer

Monumental bronze sculptures by Igor Mitoraj

Ravello Festival Exhibition Oscar Niemeyer Amalfi Coast

The terrace of the Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer in Ravello

Ravello Festival Art Exhibition on the Amalfi Coast

The exhibition Memoriae, Mitoraj a Ravello runs through September 8th, 2012. If your travels bring you to Ravello in the coming month, do walk the short distance from the center of town down to the Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer. If you miss the exhibition, don’t worry, Niemeyer’s striking modern architecture and the stunning backdrop aren’t going anywhere!

Ready for the Regata!

Regata delle Antiche Repubbliche marinare Amalfi 2012 Banner

The Amalfi Coast woke up this morning to a sunny June day, picture perfect for the 57th Regata delle Antiche Repubbliche Marinare! Flags are flying all over town and it promises to be a fun day. We’re all ready for the regata! To share the festive spirit, here are some photos I took on Friday in Amalfi. I’ll share more photos of the historic parade and the boat race later this week. For the moment … FORZA AMALFI!!!!

Regata delle Antiche Repubbliche marinare Amalfi 2012 Flags

The flags for the four sea republics - Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa, Venice

Regata delle Antiche Repubbliche marinare Amalfi Cross of Malta Flag

Forza Amalfi! The main street of Amalfi decked out in flags.

Regata delle Antiche Repubbliche marinare Duomo of Amalfi

A little flag in Piazza Duomo in Amalfi

Regata delle Antiche Repubbliche marinare Piazza Duomo 2012

A very festive house in Piazza Duomo

Regata delle Antiche Repubbliche marinare Marina Grande 2012 flags

A festive bunch of flags at Marina Grande. Do you remember them all?

A Summer Night at the Festival of La Maddalena in Atrani

Every summer on July 22nd, the small town of Atrani celebrates Santa Maria Maddalena, or La Maddalena, with an evening of festivities that includes a religious procession, band concerts and a wonderful fireworks display over the sea after dark. Last year I followed the procession of the statue of La Maddalena in Atrani, but took few pictures after dark of the celebrations and the fireworks. This year, armed with a new point and shoot Nikon I always carry with me, I was able to take some fun photos of the festivities to share. The sun has set and the marching band is already playing Puccini in Atrani’s crowded central piazza. Come along and enjoy this lively summer night in Atrani!

Festival of La Maddelena in Atrani 2011

Church of La Maddelana in Atrani with festival lights

Piazza of Atrani

Band concert and celebrations in Atrani's piazza

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani La Maddalena 2011 Band

Band concert in Atrani for the Festival of La Maddalena

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani La Maddalena 2011 Festival

Enjoying the concert in Atrani's main piazza

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani La Maddalena 2011 Lights

Festival lights in Atrani for La Maddalena

Church of La Maddalena in Atrani

Stepping inside the nave of the church

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani La Maddalena 2011 Statue

La Maddalena in Atrani

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani La Maddalena 2011 Beach

Atrani's beautiful beach at night

As the hour for the fireworks display nears, the road through Atrani becomes crowded with people jostling for the best spot. The fireworks in Atrani never fail to impress, and it seems like they come up with something to surprise me each year. This year they launched fireworks from the beach that glowed a funny green under the sea, while others exploded directly out of the water casting a beautiful light across the sea!

The finale was a striking event, with fireworks shot off from the jetty and from a boat nearby. A bright and extravagent ending to  a beautiful summer evening in Atrani!