Photo Friday: A Serengeti Sunrise on the Amalfi Coast

Sunrise Amalfi Coast

With a boyfriend who works as an official tour guide for the region of Campania, our days often start early. Especially when his groups depart from Sorrento or Salerno over an hour away. The bright side is that I get the chance to watch the day begin, as the sun climbs up over the mountains across the Bay of Salerno. Yesterday morning, while I was still puttering around the kitchen making a cup of tea, I noticed the bedroom was lit with a bright orange glow that I hadn’t ever seen before. I grabbed my camera and opened the window to find this glorious sight. The vivid orange and the trees silhouetted by the intense darkness reminded me of images I’ve seen of sunrises on the Serengeti. A deep breath of cool, clear air. What a way to start the day … And the New Year!

Buon Anno & Happy New Year wishes to you!!

Borghi d’Italia – Scala on TV

This weekend the town of Scala on the Amalfi Coast will be featured on the weekly TV show Borghi d’Italia on TV2000. Each week Borghi d’Italia features a small town in Italy focusing on art, history and traditions. For anyone who loves the Amalfi Coast, you won’t want to miss this look at one of the oldest towns on the Costiera Amalfitana – Scala. If you’re in Italy, tune into TV200o (channel 801 if you have SKY), or visit the TV2000 website to watch the show on the wonderful live streaming video on their homepage.


Borghi d’Italia

Sunday, December 26th at 1:30pm (Italy time)

TV2000 Live Streaming Video

Where Woman Cook: Mamma Agata New York City Event!

I have great news to share with those of you reading from the New York City area! My dear friend Chiara Lima from the Mamma Agata Cooking School on the Amalfi Coast in Ravello will be returning to your area on December 10th for an exciting event at Chelsea Market (75 Ninth Avenue, between 15th & 16th) in New York City for the launch of a fabulous new foodie magazine called Where Women Cook. Chiara will be there along with Ree Drummond (the Pioneer Woman) and many other famous cooks! Here’s a peek inside the first issue with a feature on the Mamma Agata Cooking School and Chiara’s lovely Simple and Genuine cookbook:

Mamma Agata Amalfi Coast Cooking School

If you missed Chiara on her book tour last month, this is the perfect chance to meet her and pick up a signed copy of the first issue of Where Women Cook and Chiara’s beautiful Simple and Genuine cookbook. (A great holiday gift idea!!) Here are the details:

Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue, between 15th & 16th, New York City, December 10th, 2-5 PM

For a little sneak peek of what you’ll find inside Chiara’s Simple and Genuine cookbook, check out this wonderful guest appearance Chiara and her husband Gennaro did on ABC 7 News in Chicago where they prepare their Spaghetti del Contadino (Farmer’s Spaghetti). After watching the video yesterday morning I just had to make this quick, easy and delicious pasta dish for lunch. Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Amalfi Coast!

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Autumn Scala

While Thanksgiving Day isn’t a holiday in Italy, many Italians do know about the holiday. Here it is called il giorno del ringraziamento, which literally translates as “the day of  thanksgiving.” As an expat, it is always hard to be away from family on important holidays. I feel this even more so when those holidays aren’t celebrated here in Italy. The first years I was here in Italy we didn’t do much to celebrate Thanksgiving. Why would I go to all the work to cook a big meal to celebrate a holiday that only had significance to me? Last year on Thanksgiving I realized exactly why I would this year – because it’s enough that the holiday is important to me! Part of being an expat is finding the balance between old traditions and new ones, and holidays are some of the most meaningful traditions to remember each year.

This year I’ll be preparing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner … or at least as close as I can make one here in Italy. We’ll be having turkey, cranberries (brought from America!), homemade stuffing,  mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. The pie is a special treat made by some our of very good friends who will be joining us for dinner. And just to throw things off a bit, Thanksgiving this year will be over the weekend. What did I tell you about old traditions and new ones?!

Wishing everyone … in Italy, America and wherever you may be celebrating  … a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Autumn at the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello

It’s been a beautiful autumn on the Amalfi Coast. As I look out the windows at the bright blue sky and the autumn colors dotting the mountainsides in shades of reds, yellows and oranges, I’m inspired to share some photos I took in October at the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello. While the weather can be unpredictable this time of year, when the sun comes out it is glorious. And, even better, you have sights like the gardens at the Villa Cimbrone almost to yourself to explore. I invite you to come along and enjoy the autumn colors and views on the Amalfi Coast!

Happy autumn!