Last week we left the rain and clouds of the Amalfi Coast for a little vacation in Paris. (Pictures and stories coming soon!) While we were disappointed to return to still more rain Sunday evening, Monday morning greeted us with glorious sunshine. In Amalfi, the water shimmers in beautiful shades of sea green and bright turquoise during these cold and clear days of January and February.
This is certainly one of the treats of being on the Amalfi Coast during the winter months!
Today we’re enjoying another day of sun (I’m getting caught up on vacation laundry!), and I’m ignoring the news that more rain is in store for us this week. Today it’s all sun!
Last weekend we took a morning drive up to Tramonti, one of the Amalfi Coast’s lesser known towns. Driving into the mountains from Ravello toward the Valico di Chiunzi and the pass that takes you over the mountains and down to Naples, you will drive past the town of Tramonti along the way. It is not one centralized town, but a series of villages tucked here and there around a valley. The name stems from the Latin phrase intra montes, or “between the mountains,” which is the perfect description for Tramonti. This is a wonderful time of year to visit Tramonti to try its local DOC wines and the autumn food specialties in this mountain town. Think wonderful meats, cheeses, fresh porcini mushrooms all washed down with the novello wines from this year’s harvest. If you think the Amalfi Coast’s cuisine is all about lemons and seafood, you simply must visit Tramonti!
This time of year is also perfect for a drive up to Tramonti to see the beautiful fall colors. While the sky was a bit overcast, I still was able to snap a few good shots while we zoomed around the corners.
Oranges, yellows, reds!
The road ahead
A mountainside of color!
We’ve been out driving and exploring the mountains recently, and boy do I have some pictures to knock your socks off coming up this month. Stop back by again soon!
Photo courtesy Chef Chuck’s Cucina
One of my favorite things about blogging is the great dialog that comes about when readers leave comments here on Ciao Amalfi. Recently, my post about Campania’s Melannurca apples started a fun conversation where Chuck from Chef Chuck’s Cucina mentioned baked apples. Oh, yum! But more than just mention them, he included his own recipe for Chef Chuck’s Baked Apples on his blog. Head on over and check out this lovely fall recipe. Grazie mille Chuck!