Christmas Scenes in Amalfi

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With sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures, this has been one of the most beautiful Christmas seasons I’ve experienced so far on the Amalfi Coast. Although it has been a busy time of year, much like this entire year has been, I’ve been enjoying glimpses of the holiday season in Amalfi. I couldn’t resist sharing the colors and festive atmosphere with you on this Christmas day.

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The Pasticceria Pansa in Amalfi is super busy this time of year like all the bakeries, with everyone stopping to buy Christmas desserts and sweets. The windows are particularly beautiful this year … and full of tempting treats!

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You can even get chocolate that says “Buon Natale,” which means Merry Christmas. The panettone from Pansa is out of this world delicious!

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Several fountains in Amalfi are decorated for the holidays with nativity scenes, or presepe. Here is one of them that has an elaborate scene above and below the water.

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Wishing you a very happy holiday season full of love!

Amalfi Coast Travel November Walk

Home Again

Amalfi Coast Travel Welcome Home

Last week I landed back in Italy after nearly a month spent traveling in America for work and to visit my family in Nebraska. (Helloooo early Thanksgiving gatherings!) It was a whirlwind trip with stops in New Orleans and New York City before heading to Nebraska. I found there’s still a wee bit of jazz on Bourbon Street if you know where to go and spent an incredible day wandering through Central Park surrounded by autumnal splendor. But there’s nothing quite like arriving back home on the Amalfi Coast.

Amalfi Coast Travel San Biagio

My husband had been regaling me with tales about how beautiful the weather had been all of November. Sunshine, unseasonably warm temperatures and crisp colors. So when we saw that the weather was going to change at the end of last week, we took the chance – jet lag and a head cold and all – to enjoy lunch out by the water in Amalfi.

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And of course my favorite winter pastime – a stroll long the long pier that juts out into the port of Amalfi. From there you have an incredible view back to Amalfi and the surrounding mountain valley. What I love best about this walk in the winter? Non c’è nessuno. There is no one. Sure you’ll pass a few locals out for a healthy walk, but that’s about it. But it’s basically just you, the water on both sides and Amalfi as the backdrop. Perfection.

Amalfi Coast Travel November Walk

After lunch the clouds started to arrive, which was the first sign of the change of weather to come. But there were still a few people scattered across the beach. The temperatures have dropped and it has been windy and rainy since Friday. Forget about making hay, you have to go to the beach when the sun shines.

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With the Festival of Sant’ Andrea next week, soon Amalfi will take on a festive holiday atmosphere. It felt like I arrived back home just in time to catch the last glimpse of summer before it slips away into winter.

Amalfi Coast Travel Spring Weather Ravello April

Dramatic Clouds Rolling in Over Ravello

Amalfi Coast Travel Spring Weather Ravello Clouds

April has been a bit of tease so far this year leaving many locals wondering just what happened to spring. It Italy there’s an old saying “marzo è pazzo,” that March is crazy, and I’ve overheard quite a few people saying that it’s not just March. For every hazy, grey day another brilliant spring day with bright blue skies is not far behind. Somehow it has even intensified how beautiful those first few days of spring truly are. After a lovely week, a big bank of clouds rolled in the other evening – right over Ravello.

Amalfi Coast Travel Spring Weather Ravello April

Beyond the clouds the sunset was painting the sky with beautiful pastel colors. Yet Ravello was covered by what started as a mist. I stood and watched the cloud slowly cover Ravello and wind its way down the other side.

Amalfi Coast Weather Spring Ravello

Usually these types of clouds roll in off the sea this time of year, but this one came over the valley on the other side of Ravello above Minori. I’m not quite sure what it really was, a low cloud or fog, but it sometimes happens early spring when it’s very humid like it has been this week.

Amalfi Coast Spring Travel April

Soon from across the valley in Scala I could hardly make out anything of Ravello. Just the shape of a few houses and those lovely umbrella pines. Another few minutes after I took this photo and the cloud arrived in Scala. In a few minutes it went from being a pretty sunset to a complete white out with cars creeping by with their lights on.

Amalfi Coast Travel Spring Fog Ravello

April may be a little crazy this year, but it has also been quite stunning. Nature is like a show on the Amalfi Coast, and so far this month the variety has been quite entertaining!

 

Winter Rest on the Amalfi Coast

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– A dreamy glimpse of Villa Cimbrone in Ravello lost in the winter clouds

I don’t get the winter blues as the change of seasons just feels right to me. I enjoy watching the way the light shifts and the color palette of nature takes on more muted hues. Gone are the bright bursts of orange beach umbrellas against the expansive blue sky, the brilliant glow of hot pink bougainvillea in the summer sun or the crisp colors on chilly autumn day. Everything softens a bit in the winter, especially up in the mountains when low clouds meander through the villages like Ravello and Scala leaving behind a mysterious atmosphere.

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– Ravello hovering in the clouds

It’s not the weather that postcards and screensavers are made of, but it’s no less magical. If you’re one that loves a little bit of romance, it’s easy to get lost in the clouds as they intimately weave their way through the mountains. Everyone once in awhile the sun even shines though, if you’re patient.

Of course, some days the clouds and rain settle in and the whole world seems to disappear just for a little bit. But aren’t there times of year that feels kind of good? As I wrap up with a blanket and my cat cuddles close for warmth, the Amalfi Coast is covered with a blanket of clouds and rests awhile, too.

Snow on the Amalfi Coast!

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– A glorious snowy sunrise on the Amalfi Coast

We woke up to the most beautiful surprise this morning. Snow on the Amalfi Coast! What an incredible way to remember the last day of 2014. While we occasionally get snow up in the mountains during the winter, I could tell this was a special snow. I could see snow on the beach in Atrani and snow by the red faro in Amalfi. This was really a snow!

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A snowy Villa Cimbrone in Ravello

The ruins of the Church of Sant’ Eustachio in Scala had a dusting of snow and way down in Amalfi by the sea the bell tower of San Biagio was also white. In the photo below, far on the left, you’ll even see snow on the pier that juts out into the port. My husband says it has been about 30 years since there was snow on the beach in Amalfi!

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The ruins of Sant’Eustachio and snow in Pontone

We watched the few brave drivers out slowly … very slowly … navigating the road down from Ravello. That’s a tough stretch of road even in good weather. I couldn’t imagine trying to drive that road this morning!

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Snow falling this morning

And if you look closely in the photo below you’ll see a snow covered beach in Atrani. It was still snowing when I took this photo and it wasn’t until after that I noticed the white beach.

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Snow on the beach in Atrani!

But I think the prettiest view of all was the snowy scene in Scala. The snow-covered terraces on the mountains above the village created stripes as the backdrop to the winter scene. It was like a postcard winter setting!

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A wintry scene in Scala

Of course I had to go out. I waited just a bit and thankfully there was a short break in the strong wind. It was still -3 C, but without the wind and bundled up it wasn’t too bad for a short walk.

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Out I go!

Crunching up and down the steps in the snow was a little more challenging than usual, but the beautiful view and quiet scenes were well worth the effort.

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A winter walk in the snow

I love the way a dusting of snow changes everything. I suppose that is especially the case in places where it doesn’t snow all that often like the Amalfi Coast.

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Mr. Fountain in the snow

I couldn’t take many photos of the view across the valley to Ravello since a gust of wind arrived that nearly knocked me off my feet and set me crunching through the snow back home.

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The valley between Scala and Ravello in the snow

Winters on the Amalfi Coast require boots that are good for the rain and cold weather … and sometimes even the snow!

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Crunch crunch crunch …

Before going back inside I had one more mission … find Puffy! He’s one of our outside cats who spends the day inside. It took a few times calling him before he came out of hiding. He’s a smart cat though, and was completely dry.

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Is there anything cuter than a fluffy orange cat in the snow?

He was ready to come inside and warm up though! He’s all curled up and toasty now.

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Puffy in the snow!

Seeing Puffy in the snow reminded me of the last time we had a bigger snow like this, which was in 2009. Puffy was only about a year old and had so much fun trying to catch snowflakes.

I hope the last day of 2014 brings you many beautiful surprises!