Shhh… the lemons are sleeping


As the snow is falling in Rome and much of northern Italy, we woke up to few traces of snow around the garden and white tops on the mountain peaks along the Amalfi Coast. If it had been just a few degrees colder, we would have woken up to discover a winter wonderland outside! 


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Last week on a day that it didn’t rain (remarkable!), I went out for a nice walk to enjoy the sun and the blue skies. The ancient stone paths connecting Pontone and Amalfi take you through steeply terraced lemon groves. This time of year you’ll find the lemon trees covered in black mesh covers. I like to think of them as the lemon blankets. It’s as if the lemons have been covered up and are resting during the cold and damp winter months. But one peek underneath and you’ll see that they’re not really sleeping after all. Bright yellow lemons poke out from under the covers here and there, providing a welcome reminder of the warm sun and summer days ahead.


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I asked some locals recently about the covers. They are used to protect the leaves and fruit on the tree from the freezing rain that we sometimes get on the Amalfi Coast. But it was also interesting to learn that they are primarily used to protect the roots of the lemon trees. The roots are not very deep, making the trees perfect for growing on the rocky terrain and small terraces on the Amalfi Coast, and they are particularly susceptible to freezing.  So those “blankets” do keep the lemons nice and protected during the winter. Shhh . . . keep on sleeping lemons. The weather this morning was a reminder that it’s not quite time to wake up!


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A winter stroll through Ravello’s Villa Cimbrone


One of the pleasures of visiting the Amalfi Coast in the winter is the rare chance to visit some of the most beautiful spots without having to wonder how many tourist photograph albums you might have ended up  in around the world. Sunny winter afternoons are one of my favorite times to stroll through Ravello and enjoy the views from the Villa Rufolo and the Villa Cimbrone.  This coming summer when the gardens are in full bloom I promise I’ll take you all on a proper tour through the Villa Cimbrone. But in the meantime, grab your cameras, wrap a scarf around your neck, and let’s head down the Avenue of Immensity . . .


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At the end of the long pathway is a beautiful building with a statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of the harvest. At sunset the view is absolutely striking. 


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Ceres watches over the steeply terraced land surrounding Ravello where grape vines and lemon groves bask in the warm sun.


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Just steps beyond Ceres is one of the most spectacular views you’ll find on the Amalfi Coast. This terrace is very appropriately named the Terrace of Infinity. And it really feels like you can see forever . . .


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Returning back in the gardens, you’ll soon find this charming Temple of Bacchus.


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While the gardens in January pale in comparison to their splendor during the spring and summer months, there were still a few bursts of color dotting the landscape.


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Little reminders that spring is coming soon to the Amalfi Coast!



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The other day the wind was howling and the rain was coming down hard. I opened the window to close the outside shutters and this fellow walked right in. I don’t remember seeing an insetto stecco, or what we call a walking stick bug in English, since I was a little kid. He must have been blown up to the second storey window by the strong wind. We gently picked it up and returned it to a protected spot in the garden so he could continue his walk in a more appropriate environment. Although I’m sure he was pleased to find a dry spot indoors!

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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Out & About: More Mystery Flowers on the Amalfi Coast


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The last time I posted a photo of some mystery flowers here on Ciao Amalfi several of my lovely readers quickly came to the rescue with the name of the flowers (Bottle Brush) and some great stories. Welcome to round two!


The other day I was dashing through the gardens at the Villa Rufolo when these strange red flowers stopped me in my tracks. As you can see, they are growing from one very large bulb. (Click on the image to view it larger.) Any ideas what these are called in English or Italian?