Restoration Begins on the Duomo of Amalfi Facade

“It has been said that, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future.”

– William Murtagh, first Keeper of the National Register for Historic Places

The Duomo of Amalfi is sporting a drastically new look these days. Over the last few weeks, scaffolding has been slowly rising up the facade of the Duomo and is now covering nearly all of Amalfi’s cathedral. A much-needed restoration project is underway on the Duomo’s facade, which will repair damage as well as protect it for the future. And before you ask, the project is estimated to last around 9 months. So, yes, this means the scaffolding will be up through much of 2020. Although it’s hard to see it covered, our beloved Duomo of Amalfi is in need of a good dose of attention, which makes this important news on many levels.


Ask Me Your Amalfi Coast Travel Questions!


Welcome to 2017! It’s a new year, and I hope one that brings you to the Amalfi Coast. I have a lot of exciting projects planned for 2017, but I would love to jump start the year by helping you out. Are you planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast this year or one day soon? Curious about where to stay or how to get around? Thinking of a romantic getaway or family holiday? Maybe you’d like to know the best time of year for chilling at the beach or you have some burning questions about life on the Amalfi Coast. Well now is the perfect time to ask!

What questions do you have about the Amalfi Coast?

Just leave me a comment below with your questions! I’ll answer as many as I can right away and use your questions to build custom features coming up soon on Ciao Amalfi that will help with your Amalfi Coast travel planning. I look forward to reading and answering your questions!

Ravello Festival Program for 2016

Amalfi Coast Travel Ravello Festival Pino Izzo

One of the signs that summer is arriving is the announcement of the program for the Ravello Festival. Earlier this week at a press conference in Rome, the full program for the 64th edition of the Ravello Festival was announced. It’s time to get out your calendars and start planning that summer trip to the Amalfi Coast!

The Ravello Festival 2016 promises to be another great event from beginning to end, with concerts covering a vast range of musical genres from classical to folk music by Tim Robbins. There’s also theater performances celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare and ballet from noted companies around the world. I’m looking forward to seeing the exhibit by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto. Looking for some inspiration? This video will transport you there!

Tickets will be on sale online shortly. In the meantime, browse the Ravello Festival 2016 program and have fun picking out what you’ll see this year!

(Photo courtesy the Ravello Festival, Photographer Pino Izzo)

10 Amalfi Coast Instagrammers to Follow

10 Amalfi Coast Instagrammers To Follow Now

10 Amalfi Coast Instagrammers to Follow

When I started sharing photos last summer on Instagram, little did I know I had joined such a wonderful community where I would make new friends and connect with Amalfi Coast lovers from around the world. Along the way Instagram became my favorite social media channel for sharing beautiful little doses of the Amalfi Coast throughout the year. Naturally, some of Instagram users I enjoy following the most are also devoted to the Amalfi Coast. From luxury hotels to fellow expats, these are the Instagrammers to follow for Amalfi Coast travel inspiration and daydreaming – wherever you may be!


Villa Tre Ville

#Villatreville #positano #amalficoast #villabianca #biancabar #ottomanterrace #viewtodiefor #luxury #boutique #hotel #panoramic (2 of 3)

A photo posted by Villa Treville, Positano (@villatreville) on

The most beautiful spot on the Amalfi Coast been found. No need to look any further. Have you heard of the Villa Tre Ville? Once the private villa of acclaimed Italian film director and producer Franco Zeffirelli, the villa boasts an exclusive setting with postcard perfect views of Positano and the most remarkable décor and setting. It’s the place for a romantic Amalfi Coast getaway. If you can’t get there soon, then head over to @villatreville to settle in for a good dream. Just save me a spot on that sofa!    


An unforgettable view of the Mediterranean #VillaCimbrone #Ravello #AmalfiCoast #Italy A photo posted by Ravello (@ravello) on

If your Amalfi Coast crush is the mountain village of Ravello, then let me introduce you to the @ravello Instagram feed. (You’re welcome.) The daily doses of Ravello beauty will brighten any day and give you plenty of travel inspiration for your next Amalfi Coast trip.


Exclusive Cruises

Quiet #inspiration #exclusivecruises #positano #paradise   A photo posted by Valeria Exclusive Cruises (@exclusivecruises) on

It’s easy to imagine sailing off into the Amalfi Coast sunset following the @exclusivecruises Instagram feed as they share photos of their private boat tours and charters. While the dreamy photos make me wish I spent more time out boating, what I particularly enjoy is the mix of photos, great dining spots and lifestyle experiences on the Amalfi Coast.    

Le Sirenuse

I would expect nothing less than spectacular from the luxury hotel Le Sirenuse in Positano, and their Instagram account @lesirenuse constantly has me dreaming of Positano. I love seeing the photos they share from guests and reading the comments from previous guests and travelers counting down the days until their arrival at Le Sirenuse. They’ve built a great community!


Nicki in Positano

#positano #amalficoast #hiking #seaview #italy

A photo posted by nicki (@nickiposi) on

For a glimpse of daily life in Positano, follow @nickiposi to see beautiful views from Nicki’s walks high up in the mountains, kayaking on the sea with the ever so cute Holly and Positano charm throughout the year.


Hotel Caruso

Zipping back down the coast to Ravello, follow @hotelcaruso to escape to a dreamy world of luxury Ravello-style. That infinity pool. Oh that infinity pool. There’s so much more, but that infinity pool is enough to stop my Instagram feed scrolling to a grinding halt every single time.


Instagram Amalfi Coast Community

One of the best spots for daily does of Amalfi Coast beauty in your Instagram feed is to follow @ig_amalficoast. They share images all along the Amalfi Coast from users around the world, and I look forward to seeing what they’ll share every day. If you’re fond of a particular village, you’ll find Instagram communities for most of them, including ig_atrani, ig_ravello and ig_positano. (Yay … bonus Amalfi Coast Instagrammers to follow!)  

Bell’Avventura in Positano

Don’t you just want to join Rosa Bella at that table and chat about life in Positano as the wisteria petals flutter to the ground? Follow her on Instagram at @bellavventura for beautiful moments of daily life from one of the prettiest terraces in Positano.


La Selva, Positano

High in the mountains above Positano with an enviable view, La Selva shares everything good about life that I love: fresh food, yoga and the Amalfi Coast. Follow them @la_selva_positano to share the goodness.  

Ciao Amalfi

Buon giorno from a sunny and windy Amalfi Coast!

A photo posted by Laura Thayer (@ciaoamalfi) on

To wrap up this Amalfi Coast Instagram love letter, I’d like to invite you to join me on Instagram to discover the authentic Amalfi Coast throughout the year. You can find me @ciaoamalfi. See you on Instagram!

Amalfi Coast Travel Ferry Scedule

Ferry Service on the Amalfi Coast Begins for 2015

Amalfi Coast Travel Ferry Scedule

– Seeing the Amalfi Coast by ferry is an experience you won’t want to miss!

NOTE: Please visit my more recent blog post Amalfi Coast Ferry Schedule 2016 for updated information.

Spring has arrived and Easter is just a week away, which means it’s time for the ferry service to begin along the Amalfi Coast. The company Travelmar runs the ferry boats that connect Salerno with Amalfi and Positano, and service begins on April 1st, 2015. Getting around the Amalfi Coast by ferry is not only more convenient but also a great way to see the beauty of the coastline from the sea. No matter how many times I’ve made the trip up and down the coast, I still get out my camera and take photos. It’s just too beautiful to resist!

Amafli Coast Travel Boat from Amalfi to Positano

– Catch the ferry to Positano or Salerno right in the center of Amalfi

If you’re staying in Amalfi and would like to see Positano or the other way around, it’s just a 30 minute ferry ride between the two villages. All of the boats have an open seating area on the upper level, which is great for taking photos. Just be sure to bring a hat and your sunscreen as the summer sunshine doesn’t feel as warm as it is with the nice sea breeze. A little tip for taking photos: From Amalfi to Positano you’ll want to sit on the right side of the boat to be on the side closest to the land and the left side from Positano to Amalfi.

Amafi Coast Travel Positano Boat Schedule

– A fabulous view arriving by ferry to Positano

Besides avoiding the eternal issue of where to park the car or scooter, taking the ferry also means you arrive right in the heart of Positano. Once you step off the boat you’re just steps from the beach and the shops and restaurants are moments away. When the ferries arrive in Positano they turn shortly before the dock and back in. So if you’re sitting on the top level you’ll get a great 360 view as the boat turns! Do keep in mind, however, that since the dock in Positano is open to the sea that for safety the ferries are not able to stop here if the sea is rough. While it rarely happens during the summer, it can happen more often during the shoulder season. This is less of an issue in Amalfi, Salerno and Sorrento where there are ports.

Amalfi Coast Travel Ferry from Positano

– Catching the ferry in Positano

Travelmar has launched a free app that includes their schedule (linked to the website) and the ability to book tickets on a smartphone or tablet and pay with Paypal.

Travelmar App and Schedule

Infants ride free on the ferries and there are reduced fares for children under the age of 10. Don’t forget that if you’re traveling with luggage on the ferry you will have to pay extra, usually about €1.50 per suitcase.

Travelmar App Book Tickets

Visit the Travelmar website to find out all the details, see the latest schedules and book your tickets online in advance. I hope you’ll have a chance to take the ferry on the Amalfi Coast this year!