Foto Friday: The Duomo in My Dreams

Ciao Amalfi Coast Travel Cathedral of Amalfi

Not a dream at all …

I woke up this morning just after sunrise but before the alarm beeped the beginning of a new day. I’m a morning person, even on the mornings when my body feels like starting a little bit slower. Even before I had moved, my brain was fighting its way through the fog of sleep and when I woke up it was full of words. It was crafting a piece on the Duomo of Amalfi that I hope to share soon on Ciao Amalfi. I jumped out of bed, hurried to my desk and began scribbling on all the little scraps of paper I could find to get it all down. When I finished the 7am church bells rang. I wonder just what had I been dreaming about?

Foto Friday: Up the Ancient Staircases in Amalfi

Amalfi Coast Travel Steps in Amalfi

Follow the suggestion of this little sign to discover another side to Amalfi

Just like all the top travel destinations in Italy and around the world, there are certainly times during the year when Amalfi can be quite a popular spot. But I feel sorry for the people who say things like, “Venice is too touristy” or “Amalfi is too crowded.” Those people miss out on so much. I remember getting lost during peak travel season in Venice, wandering not too far from Piazza San Marco, climbing over bridges and meandering along canals and finding it so utterly tranquil that the local cats seemed pleased that someone had finally discovered the little sunny piazzas they called home. Along with the light gleaming on the golden mosaics of San Marco, this is the Venice that I’ll always remember.

Amalfi is very much the same. Even when Piazza Duomo is teeming with people during hot summer days, all you have to do is wander a street or two into the maze of Amalfi staircases to find a very different atmosphere. You can call it the “real Amalfi,” or whatever you want, but that’s really too superficial of a way of seeing a place. The bustling piazza and shop-lined streets are just as much a part of Amalfi as the quiet streets with laundry hanging in the sunshine and the scent of home-cooking lingering in the air. But, I think visitors should see both sides to feel Amalfi, and I’m most definitely not alone there. Any good local guide will take visitors on a walk through the side streets and up and down the steps of Amalfi. I love this hand-painted ceramic sign that encourages visitors in Italian and English t0 go explore the ancient steps of Amalfi. Go on … and have fun!

Foto Friday: Gone Fishin’

Amalfi Coast Travel Fishing

Gone fishin’ on a sunny day in Amalfi

No, not me! I’m not cut out for fishing. Sitting by the sea lost in a book, yes. Fishing, not so much. But I like to watch other people fish. It’s fascinating to me to see the focus, the patience and the connection with the sea. I spotted this gentleman in Amalfi wearing a vibrant red sweater and with all his attention on the task at hand. It’s a moment I’m glad I captured as it’s one I’ll treasure for a long time. Wishing you a wonderful weekend with plenty of time to enjoy doing what you love!

Winter Sunshine

Marina Grande Beach Amalfi

Glorious sunshine in Amalfi

There’s nothing quite like when the sun comes out in February after a rainy spell. There’s the warmth of the sunshine to dry everything out, but also that sense of spring on its way. It’s hopeful, warm and irresistible. And not just for the Amalfitani! We took an afternoon stroll in Amalfi this afternoon and had fun spotting all the people out enjoying the sunshine – tourists, locals, fishermen and kids playing soccer on the waterfront promenade.

Sunshine and Shadows in Amalfi

Sunshine and shadows while out walking in Amalfi

When the sun shines the best way to enjoy it in Amalfi is with a walk overlooking the beach and along the harbor. The water was temptingly blue, but still quite cold.

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Playing in the cold mountain stream water

Yet there were people wading along the water’s edge with their winter pants all rolled up. A few people were out on kayaks, too.

Marina Grande Beach in Amalfi February

Testing to see how cold the sea feels

But the really smart people had claimed a spot on the Marina Grande beach and were soaking up the sun. It was strange being dressed in winter clothes looking down on a scene from the summer!

Marina Grande Beach Sunbathing

Early sunbathers on Marina Grande beach

There were more people in Amalfi than in past weeks, perhaps couples taking advantage of the lovely weather for a romantic Valentine’s weekend trip to Amalfi. You’d have to know where to look, but the first signs of the coming busy season are starting to pop up here and there around town.

Sunshine on the Sea in Amalfi

Conversations on the beach

The sunshine on the steps of the Duomo had attracted a nice crowd of more urban sunbathers. It’s a good spot!

Piazza Duomo Amalfi

On the steps in Piazza Duomo

We’re a little starved for sunshine here, but that’s mostly because we’re so spoiled the rest of the year. But once February arrives … spring is around the corner!