The First of October in Positano

While clearing the breakfast dishes from the kitchen table yesterday morning, I heard on the news that this September was the warmest recorded in Italy in last 150 years. Looking out the window at a slice of vivid blue sea sparkling in the sunshine, I thought that was just about the nicest way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italy that I’d heard of so far this year. By the first of October, we’ve usually changed to our autumn wardrobe and are waking up to a chilly house in the mornings. Fortunately, this year the warmest September in 150 years has decided to spill over into the beginning of October. Yesterday with the sun shining and summer-like temperatures, it was the perfect day to take the ferry to Positano to enjoy this lovely gift – one last taste of summer before autumn arrives!

Church of San Biagio, Amalfi

Beautiful October morning in Amalfi

Amalfi was busy and crowded like a summer day with groups of tourists arriving by boat and bus. I squeezed through a large group of visitors that the Tour Guide was showing around Amalfi and made by way down to the end of the pier to catch the ferry to Positano.

Amalfi from the Sea

View looking back toward Amalfi

While the top of the ferry filled up with tourists, I found my favorite spot on the lower level next to an open window. The same fabulous view without the wind and being baked in the hot sun! I like to watch the rainbows dance on the waves created by the boat. I caught it a little bit in this video, which also shows the pamorama from Praiano on the left to Capo di Conca on the right.

Once around Capo Sottile in Praiano the view opens to Positano in the distance. Set in a steep valley, the town sprawls out in all directions fitting into every knook and cranny of the mountainside.  Always a beautiful sight to see!

Positano from the Sea

View of Positano in the distance

If Amalfi felt like July on the first of October, it was fully August in all its glory in Positano! It is always warmer in Positano than Amalfi, but yesterday the difference was really striking. The beach was filled with sunbathers when I arrived at noon, and the colors throughout town made it feel every bit like summer was holding on strong in Positano.

Positano in October

Hibiscus flowers in Positano

I walked around town just a bit mesmerized by the colors and the beauty of Positano. It always gets me! Even though it’s only a 25 minute ferry ride away from Amalfi, I feel like I can still go on vacation, so to speak, in Positano. The town has such a different feel from Amalfi and Ravello, and a day there away from the cars and traffic is such a treat.

Romantic balcony in Positano

A charming balcony in Positano

I was filled with a bit of nostalgia as I stopped to take photos and enjoy the colors of Positano, because I know that winter will be here very soon. While I love the change of seasons, it is hard to let go of these colors and the warmth until next spring! Pushing thoughts of the cold and damp winter out of my mind, I wandered back through town in the direction of the pier in Positano.

Spiagga Grande in Positano

The Spiagga Grande in Positano on a beautiful October day

The large beach was very tempting in the sunshine, but I had even more alluring plans for the afternoon to visit a tiny beach near Positano where I had never been before. Stop by later this week and I’ll share with you a little secret that a good friend shared with me in Positano. You’ll love it!

Sunday Mornings in Amalfi

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I love Sunday mornings in Amalfi, especially this time of year when the sun warms the promenades along the sea and it seems like the whole town is out for a passeggiata. There’s something special about Sunday mornings that you can feel walking through Amalfi. People are dressed just a little nicer than usual, life moves just that little bit slower and the pastry shops are crowded with customers picking out desserts for the big Sunday lunch. When the sun comes out, it’s even better. Yesterday I was out for a walk through town and it was a beautiful November morning in Amalfi. I couldn’t resist taking a few photos to share with you all. Enjoy!

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Near the church of San Biagio in Amalfi

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A pigeon kiss!

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Marina Grande Beach

Photo Friday: Autumn in Anacapri

Anacapri Capri Autumn Campania Italy

Despite all the recent rain and windstorms, it’s been a beautiful autumn this year on the Amalfi Coast. On a nice day at the end of October, I went to Capri on one of the last days the boats were running from Amalfi to Capri. (Just a couple of days before the rough seas!)  The autumn colors were gorgeous, especially in Anacapri where I took this photo of the Piazza della Vittoria. It brought a smile to my face after four days straight of rain this week. Here’s hoping for a beautiful autumn weekend!

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!

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!