About Laura Thayer

Writing, photography & tales from daily life on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, through the eyes of an American writer and art historian. Currently co-writing a novel with my mother, Sandra Thayer, set on the Amalfi Coast.

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A Sunday Drive to Salerno

Zooming along the Amalfi Coast curves looking toward Amalfi

The first sunny weekend on the Amalfi Coast and everyone … and I mean everyone … hits the road for a drive. When there’s only one road, that can be problematic. But with the Amalfi Coast road, it’s always best to pack a little extra patience … and your camera! Fortunately, there are the views and the sheer magnitude of this road carved out of the mountainside to keep one company. The colors in the springtime are a nice touch, too!

Bright colors of spring along the Amalfi Coast Road

A couple of . . . → Read More: A Sunday Drive to Salerno

Photo Friday: The Fearful Fountain

Usually, the photos I pick out each week for Photo Friday jump out to me. Often they’re nice memories from an event or something that I’ve done over the past weeks or months. Other times I scan through my photos and nothing seems quite right. This one, however, is perfect for this week. It’s been one of those kind of weeks when a face like this feels just about right. I took this photo at the Villa Guariglia in the frazione of Raito in Vietri sul Mare. Fans of the TV series Capri would love exploring this villa because this is . . . → Read More: Photo Friday: The Fearful Fountain

Spring Cleaning on Ciao Amalfi!


With the sun shining and summer right around the corner, I’ve been having feelings of “out with the old and in with the new” – the classic spring desire to freshen things up that brings on spring cleaning. Those of you who have been following Ciao Amalfi! over the past year probably remember that I planned a big overhaul of the blog last winter. Well, you probably also noticed that it didn’t happen. With a busy work schedule and nice weather coming, I can guarantee it won’t be happening until this coming winter. But, in the meantime, I wanted to freshen . . . → Read More: Spring Cleaning on Ciao Amalfi!

Vietri sul Mare Travel Guide on ItalyItalia.com



Vietri sul Mare is often called “The Gateway to the Amalfi Coast,” as it is the first city you meet when you drive the Amalfi Coast Road starting in Salerno. While it has a few popular hotels for conventions and groups, it is town few people get to know when they visit the Amalfi Coast. Vietri sul Mare is famous for its tradition of ceramics and its colorful streets lined with endless temptations for lovers of ceramics.


Church of San Giovanni Battista, Vietri sul Mare


Vietri is the town I stayed in during my first visit to the Amalfi . . . → Read More: Vietri sul Mare Travel Guide on ItalyItalia.com

News: Rocks Collapse on Beach in Vietri sul Mare

Yesterday evening my boyfriend came home with a newspaper and said, “You have to see what happened in Vietri.” When I first came to the Amalfi Coast in February 2007, I stayed at the Lloyd’s Baia Hotel in Vietri sul Mare. Like many hotels along the Amalfi Coast, it is attached right to the cliff side above the sea. When you enter the lobby of the Lloyd’s Baia at street level, you are at the very top of the hotel. My Mom and I were amused when we were given our room number on floor negative 4. The hotel has a . . . → Read More: News: Rocks Collapse on Beach in Vietri sul Mare