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“L’Estate di San Martino” in Amalfi

During breakfast this morning, I heard the weatherman on the TV talking about the “Estate di San Martino,” which means the Summer of San Martino. This is similar to what we call an Indian Summer in the USA. It’s when the weather is particularly nice after a cold spell, but it refers specifically to this period since the festival for San Martino takes place today. I looked out the window and it was a gloriously sunny day. A true and proper L’Estate di San Martino! We spent the morning running some errands before stopping at the Gran Caffè, which has outdoor seating overlooking the beach. You can spot the umbrellas in the upper right of the photo above. It’s one of my favorite spots in Amalfi for a Spritz or a light lunch. Today, with the sun shining down, it was perfection.

After lunch we took a leisurely stroll along the waterfront in Amalfi all the way to the end of the town’s largest pier and then back again. One of the things I love about Amalfi is that even though it’s small there’s a wonderful passeggiata if you walk from one end of the town to the other.

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The harbor still feels empty after the busy summer months, but the winter is my favorite time of the year for taking photos along the waterfront. There are still a few gozzo boats and the usual cast of colorful fishing boats that stick around all winter.

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Although the piazza was surprisingly busy, the waterfront was very quiet. It’s especially nice to walk along here after lunch, when many people are still resting. You can sit on a bench, take in this view below and for just a few minutes feel like you have it all to yourself.

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The sun was deliciously warm today, and a few people were even taking advantage of that on the Marina Grande beach. I would have loved to have spent a little bit more time in the sunshine. More rain and clouds are in the forecast for the week ahead – all the more reason to enjoy the sun today!

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I hope you enjoyed this quick update from a beautiful day in Amalfi. In this world of social media, it’s a pleasure to get back to my blogging roots. However, if you’d like to join me for more daily updates from the Amalfi Coast, you can find me on Instagram @ciaoamalfi.

 

Rough Seas in Amalfi

November 1st arrived this year with maltempo, or bad weather, all across Italy. We woke up the morning of the first to a strong, warm scirocco wind blowing from the southeast. The wind brought with it a sudden spike in temperature and a very rough sea in Amalfi. The waves were crashing on the Marina Grande beach and against the rocks along the town’s three piers that define the port. We had parked the car in Amalfi’s main parking area behind the largest port, and on the way back to the car we made a last minute decision to stop for lunch at the Ristorante Lido delle Sirene behind the port. The waves were making quite the display, sometimes crashing as high as the restaurant, which you can see on the right in the photo below.

From their glassed in terrace we had lunch with a spectacular view of the waves crashing against the rocky beach. The sound and power of the sea was tremendous! Here are some shots I took during lunch while we enjoyed paccheri con gamberetti. It felt like the waves were coming right at us!

 

 

 

After some delightful and sunny November days last weekend, the bad weather has returned again this week. The seas are rough and the winds intense. But that’s just November on the Amalfi Coast! Head over and check out my recent post on the Amalfi Coast Local Flavor Blog for NileGuide to see more photos of the maltempo and huge waves crashing on the rocks in Amalfi!