Enjoying the beach to yourself at Positano


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Positano Beach


Last weekend on the way to Capri, the boat stopped first in Positano. It was a beautiful and bright morning, especially warm  in the sun for the last day of October. As the few late season tourists got off and on the boat, I couldn’t help but notice the empty beach that during the summer months is absolutely packed to the edges. Look at all that space!


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If you don’t mind brisk water temperatures for swimming, the water is remarkably clear this time of year. There was only one person I could see enjoying the sun and the space on the beach. He had exactly the right idea for how to spend the morning!


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Buon Ferragosto!


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Festival Lights for Ferragosto in Positano


August 15th is an important holiday here in Italy called Ferragosto, which celebrates the Assumption of the Virgin into heaven. One of the most important holidays of the years and a bank holiday, Ferragosto is a day usually spent with family and friends enjoying the warm summer weather. One of the busiest periods of the year for Italian tourists, the Amalfi Coast is regularly packed during the Ferragosto holiday. While it is a crowded time, a visit to the Amalfi Coast during the Ferragosto holiday offers more than just sun and beautiful beaches. Ferragosto is also an important religious holiday in both Positano and Maiori, where there are elaborate festivals in honor of the Virgin Mary. These celebrations are a great chance to see firsthand the significance of Ferragosto as a religious holiday.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Positano Night Positano with Ferragosto lights


Positano’s picturesque church of Santa Maria Assunta is located just steps from the beach and is home to an important 13th century Byzantine icon depicting the Black Madonna. On Ferragosto this icon is taken from the church and carried on an elaborate procession through the city. The beaches and harbor of this famous seaside town are packed with visitors and boats that come to see the splendid firework displays that takes place at midnight on the water. Just down the coast to the east, the city of Maiori celebrates their patron saint and protector Santa Maria a Mare on August 14th and 15th. A beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary is processed through the town ending with a dramatic procession of the statue up the 127 steps to the church. In both Positano and Maiori, Ferragosto is one of the biggest celebrations of the year.


To read more about Ferragosto, head over to Becoming Italian Word by Word where Dianne Hales has a great features today about the holiday. Brush up on your Ferragosto vocabulary and have yourself a wonderful day. Buon Ferragosto!

Taking the boat to Positano




The easiest and most scenic way to move about on the Amalfi Coast is certainly by boat. You avoid the sometimes crowded public SITA buses, the traffic jams or periodic road blocks, and you get to see the beautiful Amalfi Coast from the sea. Yesterday I hopped on the 11:30am Travelmar boat from Amalfi  and I was in Positano just a few minutes past noon. It was a relaxing and lovely trip, and well worth the €6.00. While there are a variety of boat and jet options (depending on how fast and when you want to go) connecting the Amalfi Coast to Salerno, Sorrento, Capri and Naples, I highly recommend checking into the affordable Travelmar linea intercostiera.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Alicost Arriving in Positano



Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Chiesa Positano

Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Positano


The blogger/ expat meet up was lovely! I met Scintilla from Bell’Avventura, Leanne from From Australia to Italy, and several other expats living on the Amalfi Coast. We had lunch right near the beach at Le Tre Sorelle, where we sat and shared our stories, adventures, and dreams of living in Italy. I look forward to meeting up with these lovely ladies again in the near future!


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog View toward Praiano


On the pleasant boat ride back from Positano on the Maria Madre, I thought back to Scintilla’s post about the funny signs on the boat and chuckled. No firearms, check. Turn lights on to flush toilet, check. Don’t throw anything overboard unless a certain number of miles from the shore, check. Too funny! If this post has made you desperate for more Positano, head over to Bell’Avventura where you can find out about three new webcams in Positano. 

Off to Positano!


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Today I am very excited to be heading to Positano for a meet up with fellow bloggers and expats based here on the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento arranged by Scintilla over at Bell’Avventura. How fun! Positano is such a  beautiful city, and I am happy for a lovely excuse to head that way. What will I be doing? After lunch, I might just be up to some of the things I talk about in my most recent travel guide for ItalyItalia.com on Positano. Fun day ahead!

Spreading the Love: Saponissimo in Positano

Photograph: Saponissimo on Etsy

This morning I am dreaming of luxurious handcrafted soaps made with the fresh scents of Positano – citrus fruits, rosemary, mint, figs, and honey from Positano bees. Is there a more perfect way to start the day? Head over to Bell’Avventura and read about locally made soaps by Saponissimo. I am dreaming of the Crema di Limone above, and I will place my order before I head to Positano next. Everyone in my family can expect soap for the holidays this year! If you are in Europe, you can order here, or click on the banner below to go to Saponissimo’s Etsy shop:

Many thanks to Scintilla at Bell’Avventura for sharing her beautiful photographs and the information about Saponissimo!