Tempting Tuesday: Church of Santo Stefano, Capri

 

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Just off Capri’s famous Piazzetta, or little piazza, which is one of the island’s top places to pay far too much to see and be seen, you’ll find the beautiful 17th century church of Santo Stefano. The steps leading up the church are often lined with beautiful flowers forming an idyllic backdrop to the fashionable, elite and hordes of tourists passing through the Piazzetta. The church of Santo Stefano is generally open in the morning, and as chance would have it, I’ve always been in Capri town in the afternoon. Two weekends ago when we visited Capri we skipped going up to Anacapri and went straight to Capri to enjoy the day.

 

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Finally I was able to see the inside of this church that had always intrigued me from the outside. Take a look at those mini-cupolas (is there a technical term for those?) along the roof of the church. It was finally time to see what they looked like from the inside. Beautiful does not begin to describe it!

 

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The nave was lined with elegant chapels, and each arch contained one of these lovely glass chandeliers.

 

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I would love to share more photos with you, but these are the two best that I got of the interior since I wasn’t supposed to take photos inside – and there was a lady circulating the church with a rather stern look on her face. So I am truly tempting you this week, and reminding you to visit the Church of Santo Stefano next time you are in Capri!

 

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Inside you will be treated with an exquisite marble floor, including a fragment of the inlaid pavement from the Villa Jovis. Be sure to walk around the rear of the church, behind the altar, to see the mini-museum with beautiful nativity scenes, the carved wooden choir stalls and to peek out the back windows at the views of the  luxury shopping streets of Capri. Don’t miss the large bust reliquary of San Costanzo, Capri’s patron saint and protector. And after you’ve visited the church, head down to the Piazzetta and enjoy the view of the church, the hustle and bustle of Capri’s busy piazza and the marvelous views down to Marina Grande.

 

 

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Tempting Tuesday: Autumn Colors on Capri

 

I could spend hours wandering the streets of Capri and never tire of the stunning views, the houses draped with beautiful vines, the fanciful wrought iron gates and the endless colors. This past weekend, I noticed autumnal colors on the island, mostly in the form of one type of vine that was turning a brilliant shade of red. While Capri’s famous bougainvillea is still bright and beautiful, I pointed my camera instead to the colors you’ll only find on Capri this time of year. Enjoy!

 

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Looking toward Capri Town … notice the cactus graffiti!

 

 

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Capri Town between red vines and oleander

 

 

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A small street in Capri

 

 

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Overlooking the Certosa of San Giacomo in Capri

 

 

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Marina Grande Beach, Capri

 

During the summer months you can hardly find a spot to lay a small towel here on Capri’s biggest beach right next to Marina Grande. This time of year there were only a few people walking along the water’s edge, and one brave local out for a chilly evening swim. Sunset comes early now, but the last rays of sun hitting the mountains on the island is certainly a beautiful farewell sight as you climb aboard the boat and head home.

 

 

 

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November Banner: Sunset Over Capri

 

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It’s official. There has been a change of season here on the Amalfi Coast. But this time I’m not talking about the weather. The “no tourist season,” as Scintilla from Bell’Avventura calls it, has begun. From the end of October to the beginning of November is one of my favorite periods during the year to go to Capri. The island is m0vingly beautiful this time of year. The restaurants and shops have yet to shut down for the winter and there are far fewer tourists to deal with. This past weekend, we hopped on one of the boats to Capri and spent a beautiful and sunny day just wandering the streets of Capri Town, looking for fall colors and enjoying marvelous views and an exquisite lunch. I’ll be tempting you with those photos all November!

 

The banner photo for this month celebrates Capri in November with a view of the island I took last November on a sunset boat ride back to Amalfi. If you look closely on the left you can see the sun shining through the hole in the Faraglioni rocks. The photo above shows the very tip of the Amalfi Coast on the right. Capri never fails to be a magical place for me, and I hope to share some of that magic with you this month here on Ciao Amalfi!

 

Happy November to all!

Tempting Tuesday: Summer Yellows on the Amalfi Coast

 

It’s cold. It’s officially cold, and I’m not ready for it yet. For a few days it felt like we skipped right past autumn to winter. That’s no good! Temperatures across Italy have been well below the seasonal norm this past week as a nasty cold front swooped down from Russia. This has sent me back to my summer pictures with pleasure! Just looking at the vivid yellow and bright sunny days warmed me up inside. Here are some yellow-themed moments from life on the Amalfi Coast this summer  . . .

 

 

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Broke lounging in the early summer sun

 

 

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Can’t do yellow without including the bright yellow Baroque facade and atrium on the Chiesa della Madonna del Carmine that sits right on Sorrento’s Piazza Tasso. It always makes me smile!

 

 

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If you look in the Italian pictionary under “fruitless endeavor,” this is the image you’ll see.

 

 

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Ravello was covered with beautiful pansies in early spring.

 

 

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This could have gone with pinks last week, but I love how the yellow dress at the end just jumps out!

 

 

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Pale yellow and white interior of the Chiesa Monumentale di San Michele in Anacapri

 

 

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Wild Snapdragons, Scala

 

 

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View looking toward Salerno from the Villa Rufolo, Ravello.

 

 

Stop back by next week for the final color themed summer photo post!

 

 

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Scintilla over at Bell’Avventura picked up on color themed posts around the blogosphere and had a great idea to Think Pink!  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to bring attention to this important cause Scintilla has shared some lovely pink things from her life in Positano. She has encouraged others to do the same, and I thought it was a great idea! So after the Summer Reds on the Amalfi Coast last week, let’s lighten up a shade for a good cause. This week let’s think pink!

 

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Pink Certosa CapriPink touches at the Certosa di San Giacomo in Capri 

 

 

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    The pink and white of Il Faro (lighthouse), Capri

     

     

    Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Pink San Giovanni Battista Pontone

    Baby Pink (and Baby Blue) Baroque at the Church of San Giovanni Battista in Pontone.

     

     

    Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Pink Casa Malaparte

    I’m pretty sure Curzio Malaparte wouldn’t like me calling his house pink, but the Casa Malaparte on Capri certainly looks pink to me!

     

     

    Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Pink Bougainvillea Capri

    Hot pink bougainvillea on Capri

     

     

    Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Pink Window View

    Rose colored glass: View from the window of the Church of San Giovanni dell’ Acqua in the Campidoglio area of Scala. What a view of Ravello and the Amalfi Coast!

     

     

    Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Pink Hydrangea    

    This year I trimmed the hydrangea in my garden too much, and the only bloom that came out was . . . pink!

     

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    Here are some important facts from the National Breast Cancer Foundation about why you need an early detection plan:

    The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. According to the National Cancer Institute:

    • Nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
    • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.
    • Over 30% of women are diagnosed after breast cancer has spread beyond the localized stage.
    • When breast cancer is detected early (localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 98%.
                               

                             

                             

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