Tempting Tuesday: Summer Reds on the Amalfi Coast


As the weather starts to get cooler in the evenings and I feel the change of seasons upon us here on the Amalfi Coast, I’ve been reminiscing a bit about this summer. While I love the change of seasons, the cooler weather, the calm of winter and the quiet days, I’m always a bit sad when the summer comes to an end. While looking over all the fun photos and events of this summer,  I was struck by all the colors. Bright yellows and oranges popped out, reds came through here and there, and, of course, everywhere blue! It was a fun way to look through photos and remember the summer. Here is the first of several color themed posts coming up on Tuesdays this month. Let’s kick off the series with rosso



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Back at the beginning of the summer, I stopped one evening to watch these boys arranging rocks on the beach in Amalfi for some sort of game. It was all blue and the grey of the stones save for one boy’s bright red shirt.



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I saw my first bike race this summer when the Giro d’Italia went speeding through the Amalfi Coast.



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Not long after I happened across a wonderful display of Classic Cars in Amalfi. You can’t get more red in Italy than Ferrari red!



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The men who carry the statue for the Festival of Sant’Antonio in Amalfi wear these bright red jackets. Here they are waiting for the statue to be carried down the steep steps so it can be attached to the base before the procession begins.



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This boy waiting for the Boat Procession for Sant’Antonio to arrive in Amalfi was wearing the right color! I wonder if he’ll carry the statue in the procession when he grows up?



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This summer I visited all of the churches and historic sites in Scala during Scala Porte Aperte. This is one of the beautiful frescoes dating from the 12th century in the crypt of the Chiesa di Santa Maria Annunziata in Minuta.



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During the hot summer days the poppies were literally popping out everywhere! Here is one that I found all on its own while I was on a walk to Amalfi.



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Remember the first mystery flowers of the summer? These are Bottle Brush that I saw in Scala.



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And our second mystery flowers also happened to be red. Reader Kim identified them as Haemanthus Coccineus for us. Grazie, Kim!



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This summer I discovered the beautiful beach in Atrani, which is much less crowded than the beaches in Amalfi.



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The beaches in Atrani also offer a special treat… black sand! Much more comfortable than the usual rocky beaches on the Amalfi Coast.



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I always smile when I remember how reader Lisa from Travel Dreams and Moonbeams called the colorful umbrellas in Amalfi dishes of gelato. These must be peppermint flavored!



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Finally, as summer comes to a close, here is a picture I snapped a couple of weeks ago in the gardens of the Villa Rufolo in Ravello. There were beautiful red flowers lining the walkways, making such a striking contrast to the blue sky and lush greens. It was a reminder that even though it will be cool soon, the beautiful colors of the Amalfi Coast are here throughout the year!



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As much as I love being out on a boat and watching the sun set along the Amalfi Coast, one of the most beautiful times to see the Amalfi Coast from the sea is early in the morning. The sun is bright and strong this time of year, but the cool evening breezes have blown away the humidity in the air. Everything seems just a bit clearer and brighter this time of year. Last week I took the boat from Salerno to Amalfi on one of those picture perfect days. Want to come along? Sure thing! I’ll be your guide and point out a few things along the way. Just make sure you bring a light jacket or sweater since the morning sea breeze can be a bit nippy. I’ll meet you at Salerno’s Porto Turistico, located in the center of teh city along the palm tree lined waterfront. In the mornings you see a mix of fishermen, locals on their way to work, and tourists heading off to Amalfi and Positano.


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We’ll buy our tickets at those white tents with the pointy tops over on the left. There’s even a little bar down there if you missed your morning caffè or cappuccino and cornetto. Pretty soon we’ll board and leave the port of Salerno behind. It’s hard to look back, however, since the view ahead is so gorgeous! The first town we’ll see is Vietri sul Mare, the Amalfi Coast’s famous town of ceramics. This is where I stayed the first time I visited the Amalfi Coast with my Mom. See that big white building on the right clinging to the cliffs with the elevator down to the beach? That’s the Hotel Lloyd’s Baia where we stayed.


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Next up is the fishing village of Cetara, with one of the most picturesque beaches on the Amalfi Coast. If you are looking for an authentic view of life on the Amalfi Coast, I highly recommend stopping and spending some time in this charming seaside village.


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Just around the corner from Cetara is an even smaller village called Erchie. What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of Erchie on the Amalfi Coast before? That doesn’t surprise me since I know many people who have lived here their entire lives and haven’t been to Erchie. If you’re looking for a quiet spot with a beautiful beach, definitely consider giving Erchie a visit.


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Coming around the cape after Erchie everyone heads to the front of the boat to take in this view. I see Ravello. Do you?


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There it is! This rocky ledge is the tip of the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, offering hands down some of the most spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast. That white villa just under the edge is known as the Villa Rondinaia, or the Swallow’s Nest, and it belonged to Gore Vidal until a number of years ago. No, I couldn’t imagine living there!


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Looking to the left you can see how beautiful Atrani is in the morning sun. Do you see the way the bright colors of the buildings are reflected in the water? And just to tease you all, you can see my house from here, but I’m not going to tell you where!


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Just around the corner from Atrani, we find beautiful Amalfi waiting for us. The beach umbrellas are starting to appear for another sunny day, or from Amalfi you can hop on a boat to Capri, Sorrento or Naples.


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But I wouldn’t blame you if you stayed right here in Amalfi for the day! Buon divertimento! Have fun!



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Something Fishy in Atrani


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Today I went for a beautiful swim in Atrani, and while I was there the city was setting up for the Festa del Pesce Azzurro, or the Festival of the Blue Fish, which takes place tonight. The city is covered with fishing nets like a haunted house might be with spider webs, and there are beautiful little fishing boats everywhere. It looks like a fun festival, and it has been recommended by my readers Una and Maria from Ireland who visit Atrani every year. The Festa del Pesce Azzurro is one of the many food festivals, or sagre, that are common all across Italy. They are usually a very tasty way to experience local specialties that vary from town to town and village to village. I was hoping to go to Atrani tonight, but other plans have come up for the evening. However, I just can’t resist sharing some photos of the fun decorations that I took this morning. Here you go:


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Hitting the Beach in Atrani


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Ever since jumping on the boat for the Sant’Antonio procession and seeing the festival for Santa Maria Maddalena in Atrani, I have been wanting to visit this city’s charming little beach. I’m not even sure why I haven’t ever been swimming there before, but last Saturday morning I decided that should change. Hoping to avoid some of the summer chaos in Amalfi just next door, I jumped off the bus in Atrani instead and found the beach quite peaceful and relaxing.


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The more time I spend in Atrani, the more I enjoy this little city for it’s beauty, quiet setting and friendly people. While there are an abundance of beach chairs for a reasonable price, I took advantage of the soft, black sand beach (yes . . . sand!) and nestled down next to this charming and colorful fishing boat.


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The lifeguard was nearby with a striking red umbrella. I enjoyed watching the boats going back and forth connecting the Amalfi Coast with Salerno.


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You  just can’t beat the views of the Collegiata di S. Maria Maddalena from the beach where I was sitting!


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Now that I’ve been to the beach in Atrani, I know I will certainly be going back again soon. It was a beautiful and relaxing day! If you are visiting the Amalfi Coast and staying in Amalfi or Ravello nearby, stop by Atrani for a lovely day and a bit of an escape from the summer crowds.

A Day of Celebration in Atrani


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Today is the feast day celebrating Saint Mary Magdalen, or Santa Maria Maddalena as she is called here in Italy. On the Amalfi Coast it is the biggest celebration of the year for the city of Atrani, just a hop, skip, and a jump from Amalfi. The Collegiata di S. Maria Maddalena sits proudly atop the city of Atrani with its beautiful and distinctive 16th-century campanile. 


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The city of Atrani has been setting up lights and preparing for the celebrations all week. The fireworks started yesterday. Tonight I will experience this festival and visit the inside of this important church for the first time. Photos and videos to come!