Christmas Sweets at Pansa in Amalfi

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel Pasticceria Pansa Christmas Panettone

Artisan panettone at Pansa this Christmas

The holiday season has arrived in Amalfi! The Christmas decorations are simple this year, but they add a bit of a festive touch to the town. The shop windows of the pasticcerie, or pastry shops, are always the most colorful and tempting. I stopped in Pasticceria Pansa right in Piazza Duomo the other day to get some of their torroncini, one of our favorite Christmas desserts. They’re a nougat with almonds that’s scented with cinnamon and covered with Pansa’s deep, dark chocolate. Fabulous! They produce a host of seasonal cookies, biscuits as well as various types of panettone, too.

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel Pasticceria Pansa Christmas Chocolate

A chocolate moka pot – perfect for those chocolate lovers in your life!

Pansa has an artisan chocolate production right in Amalfi and they create all kinds of treats for the holidays. I got a kick out of the different and fun shapes on display in the windows.

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel Pasticceria Pansa Amalfi Christmas Chocolate

Chocolate Babbo Natale anyone?

Inside they had a unique display made of branches decorated with candied orange and lemon slices, cinnamon sticks and even their esse di miele and roccocò cookies – both traditional sweets eaten after Christmas lunch.

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel Pasticceria Pansa Christmas Decorations

Christmas decorations in Pansa using the scents of the season – candied oranges, cinnamon sticks & cookies

If you simply can’t resist, Pasticceria Pansa does ship all around the world!

5 Holiday Gifts for Amalfi Coast Lovers

Amalfi Coast Holiday Gift Guide

December has arrived! It’s that time of year to make your holiday shopping list, check it twice and find special gifts for your loved ones. If you have someone on your list who loves the Amalfi Coast, here are a few ideas — big and small — to put a little piece of this beautiful place in Italy under your Christmas tree. If that person is you, then here’s a list you can oh so subtly share to, ahem, get the point across. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season from the Amalfi Coast!


Last Voyage of the Valentina

Last Voyage of the Valentina Santa Montefiore

Recently re-released with a gorgeous new cover, Santa Montefiore’s novel Last Voyage of the Valentina is a mesmerizing read for anyone who enjoys getting lost in a good story and a beautiful landscape – all at once. Originally published in 2005, the new release has shot to number 4 on the Sunday Times Bestsellers List. Yes, it’s that great of a story! Find out more about Last Voyage of the Valentina here.


Gelato Sisterhood on the Amalfi Shore

Take a trip along the Amalfi Coast with Chantal Kelly in her lovely book Gelato Sisterhood on the Amalfi Shore. Chantal beautifully interweaves history and sightseeing tips with stories of her travels leading small group tours in Campania and on the Amalfi Coast. Informative, fun and with plenty of gelato … what’s not to love?  Find out more about Gelato Sisterhood on the Amalfi Shore here.


Amalfi Coast Travel Essentials App

Amalfi Coast Travel Essentails

Rome based writer Gillian Longworth McGuire’s handy app Amalfi Coast Travel Essentials is a great stocking stuffer for the Amalfi Coast lovers on your list. A fabulous deal at only $2.99, it’s packed full of great tips for shopping, sightseeing and accommodation on the Amalfi Coast and Capri from an insider. Find out more about the Amalfi Coast Travel Essentials App here.


Sole Yoga Retreat in Positano

Sole Yoga Holidays Positano Rretreat

If you have any yoga lovers that you want to spoil with, well, seriously the best present ever, then a yoga retreat on the Amalfi Coast it is! Sole Yoga Holidays has put together a gorgeous yoga retreat based in a glorious spot high in the mountains above Positano. Expand your yoga practice while also exploring the Amalfi Coast and enjoying the finest aspects of area, including locally grown fresh food, hiking on the Amalfi Coast, a boat tour and great fun along the way.  Find out more about the Sole Yoga’s Positano Yoga Retreat here.


The Mamma Agata Cookbook


An Amalfi Coast icon and one of the most popular cooking schools, the Mamma Agata Simple and Genuine cookbook is a wonderful resource for recreating the traditional recipes of the Amalfi Coast in your home. All the recipes have photos of the steps making them easy to follow, and the cookbook shares the stories of Mamma Agata and her family as told by her daughter Chiara Lima. They also sell a selection of beautiful products, too! Find out more about the Mamma Agata Cookbook here.