Winter Weather Layers

Amalfi Coast Travel Winter Weather Ravello

A grand sky scene in the above Ravello

The first week of this new year has come and gone seemingly in a haze. Mostly because it has been rainy and grey with low lying clouds that actually do make it hazy. At least outside my house! As I write, big clouds are blowing by thanks to strong winds from the sea. Classic winter weather on the Amalfi Coast. Winter also means big, dramatic skies, which is quite a sight to see. Here are some of the scenes that caught my eye this week.

Amalfi Coast Travel Winter Weather Clouds

A mix of sunshine and clouds above Amalfi

 

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It’s not very often that the sky above Amalfi steals the show

 

Amalfi Coast Travel Winter Sunset

A cloudy winter sunset in Amalfi

 

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Walking along the pier in Amalfi at sunset

 

Amalfi Coast Winter Travel Scala

Looking down on Amalfi from Scala with big clouds and a spotty sea

Nicki down the coast in Positano has shared some beautiful winter weather photos here. What is winter like where you live?

Amalfi Coast Travel November Walk

Home Again

Amalfi Coast Travel Welcome Home

Last week I landed back in Italy after nearly a month spent traveling in America for work and to visit my family in Nebraska. (Helloooo early Thanksgiving gatherings!) It was a whirlwind trip with stops in New Orleans and New York City before heading to Nebraska. I found there’s still a wee bit of jazz on Bourbon Street if you know where to go and spent an incredible day wandering through Central Park surrounded by autumnal splendor. But there’s nothing quite like arriving back home on the Amalfi Coast.

Amalfi Coast Travel San Biagio

My husband had been regaling me with tales about how beautiful the weather had been all of November. Sunshine, unseasonably warm temperatures and crisp colors. So when we saw that the weather was going to change at the end of last week, we took the chance – jet lag and a head cold and all – to enjoy lunch out by the water in Amalfi.

Amalfi Coast Travel November

And of course my favorite winter pastime – a stroll long the long pier that juts out into the port of Amalfi. From there you have an incredible view back to Amalfi and the surrounding mountain valley. What I love best about this walk in the winter? Non c’è nessuno. There is no one. Sure you’ll pass a few locals out for a healthy walk, but that’s about it. But it’s basically just you, the water on both sides and Amalfi as the backdrop. Perfection.

Amalfi Coast Travel November Walk

After lunch the clouds started to arrive, which was the first sign of the change of weather to come. But there were still a few people scattered across the beach. The temperatures have dropped and it has been windy and rainy since Friday. Forget about making hay, you have to go to the beach when the sun shines.

Amalfi Coast Travel November Beach

With the Festival of Sant’ Andrea next week, soon Amalfi will take on a festive holiday atmosphere. It felt like I arrived back home just in time to catch the last glimpse of summer before it slips away into winter.

Amalfi Coast Webcams

New Live Streaming Webcams of Amalfi!

Amalfi Coast Webcams

If you’re like me and miss the Amalfi Coast all the time when you’re not here, then I’ve got exciting news. The Lega Navale Amalfi webcams are back! They’re not only back, they’re better than before. There are three new HD live streaming webcams located around Amalfi and the images are much clearer than they used to be years ago. There’s even a new webcam, pictured above, that looks down over Amalfi and shows the entire port. Click on any of the images in this post to go to the webcams page where you can watch live. Or click here to see the Lega Navale Amalfi webcams.

Amalfi Piazza Duomo Webcam

After my first visit to Amalfi in 2007, I spent over a year going back and forth as I finished my Masters in Art History in Minnesota. I spent a lot of time missing Amalfi and watching the webcams. It felt like a small connection! With late hours studying at night, I often watched the sun rise over the Amalfi Coast with the webcam (below) pointed toward Salerno. It’s also fun watching the hustle and bustle of Piazza Duomo from morning until late at night.

Amalfi Webcam Live Streaming

With the live streaming you can even watch the sunlight sparkle across the sea. That’s the stuff travel dreams are made of! I hope you enjoy catching a glimpse of daily life in Amalfi with these new webcams. A huge thank you to Lega Navale for hosting them!

Amalfi Coast Travel Ferry Sorrento Positano

Take the Ferry from the Amalfi Coast to Sorrento!

Amalfi Coast Travel Ferry Sorrento

I’ve received tons of questions after I shared my Amalfi Coast Ferry Services post earlier this year, especially about whether or not there would be a ferry service connecting the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. While there was a delay earlier this summer on the start of the service, it has officially begun. The company Alicost is running the ferry service connecting Amalfi and Positano to Sorrento. I even got my hands on a printed schedule!

Alicost Schedule Amalfi

As you can see, ferries will be departing Amalfi for Sorrento at 11:35 and 16:35, with a stop in Positano along the way. Departures from Sorrento to Amalfi are at 10:30 and 14:45. However, I can’t emphasize enough that you need to check the website or directly at the ticket booth at the pier in Amalfi, Positano or Sorrento for the exact times as they can change from what I have shared here. You can find out more about the departure times, stops and prices on the Alicost website.

Amalfi Coast Travel Ferry Sorrento Positano

The Amalfi Coast to Sorrento ferry service doesn’t have a set end date, but it’s fairly safe to plan on it running through August and perhaps the first week or two of September. Again, you’ll need to confirm that with Alicost to be sure. But I know for many travelers this will save hours of bus rides and make arriving, departing and traveling around the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula much easier!

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Ready for Spring

Amalfi Coast

The first signs of spring are starting to arrive on the Amalfi Coast, and yet even more visible is the yearning for the spring everywhere you look. After the cold, humid winter months there’s a physical need for warmth. When the sun shines it’s almost too much to resist. The locals in Amalfi are “street people,” as my husband describes them, and even in the middle of winter you’ll find people out and about walking and talking. However, there’s a palpable sense of joy this time of year when the sun shines, especially on a weekend morning.

Spring on the Amalfi Coast

Everyone seems to find a way to enjoy the sunshine, whether it be taking the grand kids for a walk along the harbor, walking and talking with friends, having a picnic on the beach or a bit of fishing. My favorite way is a leisurely walk from the center of Amalfi along the port to the very end of the pier looking back on the village. With my husband (and camera) of course!

Spring Swimming Amalfi Coast

There are some people a little more eager than I am to go swimming. I must admit the water is so clear and tempting this time of year. There’s no need to rush though. The beach days of summer are sure to come, and for now I’m content with the spring sunshine, soft colors and time to watch the reflections in the sea.

Amalfi Coast Travel Spring Reflections