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“L’Estate di San Martino” in Amalfi

During breakfast this morning, I heard the weatherman on the TV talking about the “Estate di San Martino,” which means the Summer of San Martino. This is similar to what we call an Indian Summer in the USA. It’s when the weather is particularly nice after a cold spell, but it refers specifically to this period since the festival for San Martino takes place today. I looked out the window and it was a gloriously sunny day. A true and proper L’Estate di San Martino! We spent the morning running some errands before stopping at the Gran Caffè, which has outdoor seating overlooking the beach. You can spot the umbrellas in the upper right of the photo above. It’s one of my favorite spots in Amalfi for a Spritz or a light lunch. Today, with the sun shining down, it was perfection.

After lunch we took a leisurely stroll along the waterfront in Amalfi all the way to the end of the town’s largest pier and then back again. One of the things I love about Amalfi is that even though it’s small there’s a wonderful passeggiata if you walk from one end of the town to the other.

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The harbor still feels empty after the busy summer months, but the winter is my favorite time of the year for taking photos along the waterfront. There are still a few gozzo boats and the usual cast of colorful fishing boats that stick around all winter.

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Although the piazza was surprisingly busy, the waterfront was very quiet. It’s especially nice to walk along here after lunch, when many people are still resting. You can sit on a bench, take in this view below and for just a few minutes feel like you have it all to yourself.

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The sun was deliciously warm today, and a few people were even taking advantage of that on the Marina Grande beach. I would have loved to have spent a little bit more time in the sunshine. More rain and clouds are in the forecast for the week ahead – all the more reason to enjoy the sun today!

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I hope you enjoyed this quick update from a beautiful day in Amalfi. In this world of social media, it’s a pleasure to get back to my blogging roots. However, if you’d like to join me for more daily updates from the Amalfi Coast, you can find me on Instagram @ciaoamalfi.

 

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Does it Snow on the Amalfi Coast?

Have You Ever Wondered if it Snows on the Amalfi Coast?

When you imagine the Amalfi Coast, what does it look like? Do you see rugged beaches bathed in warm summer sunshine, colorful beach umbrellas fluttering in the breeze and the sparkling sea? Or perhaps a bougainvillea draped terrace or trees dripping with lemons. Well that is absolutely what it is like on the Amalfi Coast … most of the year! But what about the winter? Does it ever snow on the Amalfi Coast?

Many of you have asked that question over this past month, as I’ve shared several videos and photos of blustery weather and snow on the Amalfi Coast over on the Ciao Amalfi Facebook page. The answer is yes it absolutely does snow on the Amalfi Coast! However, it is a rare occurrence, and usually only happens about once every winter. This January has been an exception. We’ve had several snowy days that have caused a bit of havoc in the higher towns on the coastline like Agerola, Furore and Tramonti.

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When Does it Snow on the Amalfi Coast?

A cold snap usually arrives in December, just in time for the holidays. Three years ago there was an incredible snowfall on New Year’s Eve day that even reached the beaches on the Amalfi Coast! You can see more photos of this beautiful snowfall (including our fluffy orange cat Puffy playing in the snow!) in this blog post. If it is going to snow, it generally happens between December and January. By February the temperature is already starting to rise and the days become noticeably longer.

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Where Does it Snow on the Amalfi Coast?

Except for rare occurrences like that New Year’s Even snowstorm, snow usually only falls on the higher elevations of the Amalfi Coast. It’s not uncommon to see the mountaintops dusted with snow like the photos I’m sharing in this post. Towns like Scala, Ravello and Tramonti are more likely to get snow than sea level towns like Amalfi or Minori. Positano has such a massive elevation change from the beach to way high in the mountains of Montepertuso that sometimes it can indeed snow in Positano. Just at the higher elevation frazioni of Montepertuso and Nocelle.

 

Since it happens so rarely, it’s a nice surprise to wake up and find snow-capped mountains or a dusting of snow on the ground. Have you seen snow on the Amalfi Coast? Share your photos over at the Ciao Amalfi Facebook page!

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Sunrise on September

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This morning I opened the windows to a majestic sight. The days, indeed, are getting shorter. For so many months now I’ve opened the windows to find the sun shining bright. Today I caught the magic moment just before the sun appeared over the mountains, when the sky is aglow and everything is tinted with shades from deep orange to soft pink across the Amalfi Coast. Even when it doesn’t start so beautifully, September always makes me smile. This just felt like a gift.

While it’s hot and summer still hangs heavy in the air, the first of September feels like a fresh start. And I look forward to it. Since moving to the Amalfi Coast, where August is the busiest month of the year, the beginning of September is something like a prize. I made it. There are still weeks ahead of enjoying the beach and summer weather with fewer crowds now, but those delicious first signs of autumn will also start showing up. I love the crunch of leaves, the smell of wine being made, persimmons and pomegranates showing up at the fruit shop and the colors of autumn.

It also feels like the chance to make a new beginning. I’ve set my intentions and goals for September and am feeling energized. I have some fun plans coming up this month, and I look forward to sharing about them on Ciao Amalfi!

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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!

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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.

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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!