Out & About: More Mystery Flowers on the Amalfi Coast


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Strange Flower 

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? 



Out & About: Riding the Waves in Salerno


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Wild Boat Salerno


Earlier this week I made a trip to Salerno, the city that greets you when you leave the Amalfi Coast road on the Sorrento Peninsula. I like Salerno – it has big city charm, beautiful architecture, a waterfront perfect for an evening passeggiata along the port, and it is much safer and easier to navigate than nearby Naples. I arrived by boat at the Porto Turistico in Salerno just as the sun was beginning to set.  (More pictures coming soon!) As I was heading into town, one fishing boat out of the long line of blue and white boats bobbing along the port caught my attention. What a wild paint job! Do you think it makes it go faster? I suppose that’s one way to make it easier to find your boat!

Out & About: Rainbow over Ravello


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When the rain stops and the sun comes out, the first thing I do is run to the window and poke my head outside. Will there be a rainbow? Today what greeted me was the most beautiful rainbow I have ever seen. So clear, so bright and so close! Che bellissimo arcobaleno!!




I tried to get a photo with the entire rainbow, but without luck. So I settled for making the video above. Did you hear il tuono (the thunder)? You might think the rooster in that video was confused by the sun coming out after the storm, but he actually sings like it’s sunrise all day long. (I’m glad I don’t live within earshot of him!) What a beautiful way to end a rainy and dark afternoon!


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Rainbow Ravello


Pop on over to Positano MY LIFE where you can see Massimo’s  equally wonderful view of an arcobaleno out of his window in Positano. Che bellissimo!!