Category Archives: Amalfi Coast

Christmas Sweets at Pansa in Amalfi

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel Pasticceria Pansa Christmas Panettone

Artisan panettone at Pansa this Christmas

The holiday season has arrived in Amalfi! The Christmas decorations are simple this year, but they add a bit of a festive touch to the town. The shop windows of the pasticcerie, or pastry shops, are always the most colorful and tempting. I stopped in Pasticceria Pansa right in Piazza Duomo the other day to get some of their torroncini, one of our favorite Christmas desserts. They’re a nougat with almonds that’s scented with cinnamon and covered with Pansa’s deep, dark chocolate. Fabulous! They produce a host of seasonal cookies, biscuits as well as various types of panettone, too.

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel Pasticceria Pansa Christmas Chocolate

A chocolate moka pot – perfect for those chocolate lovers in your life!

Pansa has an artisan chocolate production right in Amalfi and they create all kinds of treats for the holidays. I got a kick out of the different and fun shapes on display in the windows.

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel Pasticceria Pansa Amalfi Christmas Chocolate

Chocolate Babbo Natale anyone?

Inside they had a unique display made of branches decorated with candied orange and lemon slices, cinnamon sticks and even their esse di miele and roccocò cookies – both traditional sweets eaten after Christmas lunch.

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel Pasticceria Pansa Christmas Decorations

Christmas decorations in Pansa using the scents of the season – candied oranges, cinnamon sticks & cookies

If you simply can’t resist, Pasticceria Pansa does ship all around the world!

5 Holiday Gifts for Amalfi Coast Lovers

Amalfi Coast Holiday Gift Guide

December has arrived! It’s that time of year to make your holiday shopping list, check it twice and find special gifts for your loved ones. If you have someone on your list who loves the Amalfi Coast, here are a few ideas — big and small — to put a little piece of this beautiful place in Italy under your Christmas tree. If that person is you, then here’s a list you can oh so subtly share to, ahem, get the point across. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season from the Amalfi Coast!


Last Voyage of the Valentina

Last Voyage of the Valentina Santa Montefiore

Recently re-released with a gorgeous new cover, Santa Montefiore’s novel Last Voyage of the Valentina is a mesmerizing read for anyone who enjoys getting lost in a good story and a beautiful landscape – all at once. Originally published in 2005, the new release has shot to number 4 on the Sunday Times Bestsellers List. Yes, it’s that great of a story! Find out more about Last Voyage of the Valentina here.


Gelato Sisterhood on the Amalfi Shore

Take a trip along the Amalfi Coast with Chantal Kelly in her lovely book Gelato Sisterhood on the Amalfi Shore. Chantal beautifully interweaves history and sightseeing tips with stories of her travels leading small group tours in Campania and on the Amalfi Coast. Informative, fun and with plenty of gelato … what’s not to love?  Find out more about Gelato Sisterhood on the Amalfi Shore here.


Amalfi Coast Travel Essentials App

Amalfi Coast Travel Essentails

Rome based writer Gillian Longworth McGuire’s handy app Amalfi Coast Travel Essentials is a great stocking stuffer for the Amalfi Coast lovers on your list. A fabulous deal at only $2.99, it’s packed full of great tips for shopping, sightseeing and accommodation on the Amalfi Coast and Capri from an insider. Find out more about the Amalfi Coast Travel Essentials App here.


Sole Yoga Retreat in Positano

Sole Yoga Holidays Positano Rretreat

If you have any yoga lovers that you want to spoil with, well, seriously the best present ever, then a yoga retreat on the Amalfi Coast it is! Sole Yoga Holidays has put together a gorgeous yoga retreat based in a glorious spot high in the mountains above Positano. Expand your yoga practice while also exploring the Amalfi Coast and enjoying the finest aspects of area, including locally grown fresh food, hiking on the Amalfi Coast, a boat tour and great fun along the way.  Find out more about the Sole Yoga’s Positano Yoga Retreat here.


The Mamma Agata Cookbook


An Amalfi Coast icon and one of the most popular cooking schools, the Mamma Agata Simple and Genuine cookbook is a wonderful resource for recreating the traditional recipes of the Amalfi Coast in your home. All the recipes have photos of the steps making them easy to follow, and the cookbook shares the stories of Mamma Agata and her family as told by her daughter Chiara Lima. They also sell a selection of beautiful products, too! Find out more about the Mamma Agata Cookbook here.


Autumn Reflections

 Autumn Colors in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast

Autumn glory in Ravello at the Hotel Parsifal

It has been hard to know what to write. Tomorrow will be three weeks that my husband has been sick, and every day I hope he will be feeling better. We’re thankful that it’s nothing extremely serious and we’re anticipating a full recovery. It has just been very tough and very slow. On the days when I have had the chance to even think about writing something here–between trips to the farmacia, waiting for doctor visits, taking care of my husband and desperately trying to keep up with work–it has seemed dishonest to write without any regard to what is actually going on my life.

While I can’t look at these autumn photos I’ve taken recently without remembering what I was doing and the worries or hopes of that particular day, when I do look at them they also remind me that in the midst of everything there has been time to see the beauty around me. That’s one of the reasons I take photos. I suppose, in a sense, it’s one form of mindfulness. Refusing to get caught up so much that I’m not brought to a standstill to admire the rich colors of the autumn leaves, a pile of crates filled to the brim with grapes from the harvest or the early morning glow of the sunshine on deep red vines. And so I share some of these mindful moments and their beauty. Yes, they definitely do help.

Amalfi Coast Travel Autumn Wine Harvest

Time for the vendemmia on the Amalfi Coast


Amalfi Coast Travel Autumn Scala

Autumn hues in Scala


Amalfi Coast Travel Autumn Leaves

Crunch crunch crunch …


Amalfi Coast Travel Autumn Colors

Early morning sunshine on deep red grape vines


Amalfi Coast Travel Scooter

Last days of help from my trusty old friend before it gets too cold

Majestic Clouds

September on the Amalfi Coast

September is usually a very busy month with work and catching up after the summer, and especially so this year after traveling to America to visit family in August. In my free moments, which are already few and far between, I’ve been working on updating some things behind the scenes and adding a few new features for Ciao Amalfi to make the blog far more accessible. In the meantime, the Amalfi Coast has been putting on quite a show of its majestic landscape. Last week was stormy, which brought with it some spectacular views courtesy mother nature.

September on the Amalfi Coast Atrani

Watching big storms pass by out at sea is a remarkable experience. When I took these photos there was lighting in the distance toward Salerno, but over Amalfi, Atrani, Ravello and Scala the sun was shining. You could get lost in the big white clouds, which is precisely what I did for a little while.

September Storm Clouds Amalfi Coast

But then it was back to work time!


Stunning Aerial Video of the Amalfi Coast


This video is for all of you who love the Amalfi Coast. You know who you are! This stunning aerial footage by Drone-Experience shows Salerno and along the coastline and really highlights Atrani and Amalfi with gorgeous shots. Enjoy!