Criscuolo Arte e Bijoux in Amalfi

Over the quiet winter months many shopowners take advantage of the down time to rearrange, redecorate or repaint their shops to have them looking great when the spring season begins. I was very excited to see the work that my friend Michelangelo and his family had done in their lovely shop called Criscuolo Arte e Bijoux. For weeks the windows were covered on the inside with paper, and peeking inside I saw some major redesigning going on. When they reopened this spring, I was thrilled to see that they had created a beautiful gallery space highlighting the work of the artist Luca Mancini and with beautiful jewelry and ceramics dotted throughout the store. On a sunny day recently, I stopped by and snapped a few photos to share.

Luca Mancini is an artist from the province of Asti in northwest Italy who has lived and worked extensively on the Amalfi Coast. With fine detail and intense colors, his paintings really do capture the beauty of the Amalfi Coast. His stylistic range is quite varied, from a dreamy and hazy feel to paintings so finely detailed I had to look closely to make sure they weren’t phtoographs.

I found the jewelry displays quite beautiful and effective in their simplicity. I loved how the vibrant coral picked up the colors of Mancini’s paintings on display around.

The shop displays paintings by Luca Mancini and reproductions of his work carried out under his careful control. There is also a selection of jewelry and ceramics on display throughout the shop and in the window displays.

I love how memorabilia of Amalfi has been incorporated into the displays, including historic photos, cameras, postcards and some early printed publications about Amalfi.

You’ll find Criscuolo Arte e Bijoux on the main road as it goes through Amalfi in the pretty little Largo Scario with a fountain.

Warm wishes to Michelangelo and his lovely family for success in their new endeavor!

Tempting Tuesday: A Day at the Santa Croce Beach, Amalfi

This summer it has been a real treat to travel around the world visiting a new beach every Tuesday. We’ve been to both Long Beach Island, New Jersey  and the La Maremma beach in Tuscany, Italy with Lisa Fantino. We saw the beautiful Giannella  beach in Argentario, Tuscany with Katie Greenaway.  Andi Perullo took us to two exotic and dreamy spots, one in Cuba and the other at the Isle of Pines in New Caledonia.  Cherrye Moore brought us back to southern Italy by showing us Tropea’s tantalizing beaches, the Giovino beach and Soverato’s sizzlin’ beach in Calabria. And I gave you a peak at the beautiful Fornillo beach in Positano, right here on the Amalfi Coast. That’s a lot of beach time … I hope you had your sun block on!

As the beach days begin to wane, this week I’ll be wrapping up my Tempting Tuesday beach series. But, on this last day of August, I just couldn’t resist sharing with you all some photographs I took this summer at my favorite beach on the Amalfi Coast – the Santa Croce beach in Amalfi.

Located just west of Amalfi, this heavenly beach is only a short boat ride away. (Or, if you’re feeling like some exercise, about 400 steps below the Amalfi Coast road.) During the summer, there’s a local boat service that runs throughout the day from Amalfi, and the ride only costs €2.00. Or, you can take the free boat service offered by Ristorante Da Teresa, the one with the orange umbrellas in the photos below, if you plan on dining in their restaurant or paying to rent a sun bed and umbrella.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Santa Croce Beach


The beach at Santa Croce is small, rocky and absolutely perfect. I think the water is perhaps more beautiful here than any beach I’ve seen on the Amalfi Coast.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Santa Croce Sea


Now do you you believe me?


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Santa Croce Incredible water


The larger rocks form a swimming area that is fun to explore, especially for kids who seem to love splashing around in the beautiful water.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Santa Croce Water


I’m usually off exploring the rocky area with my camera. I don’t know how this plant can survive the intense summer sun!


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Santa Croce taking photos


There are few places on the Amalfi Coast that I find as peaceful as the Santa Croce beach. Sometimes I close my eyes and see this photo.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Santa Croce Sailboat


I found a beautiful spot at the end of the beach and sat down for awhile watching the tiny crabs run back and forth on the rocks below. Not a bad view, eh?


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Santa Croce Rocks


These are the summer days I’ll be remembering as the weather turns cool and I pack away the swimsuits, flip flops and beach hats for next year.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Santa Croce feet


But, until then, I’ve got the sound of the sea to carry me through until next summer, when I’ll be back at Santa Croce beach!



If you want more tips and information on visiting the Santa Croce beach, check out the post I wrote last summer about my favorite beach on the Amalfi Coast.