Today is the feast day celebrating Saint Mary Magdalen, or Santa Maria Maddalena as she is called here in Italy. On the Amalfi Coast it is the biggest celebration of the year for the city of Atrani, just a hop, skip, and a jump from Amalfi. The Collegiata di S. Maria Maddalena sits proudly atop the city of Atrani with its beautiful and distinctive 16th-century campanile.
The city of Atrani has been setting up lights and preparing for the celebrations all week. The fireworks started yesterday. Tonight I will experience this festival and visit the inside of this important church for the first time. Photos and videos to come!
Welshcakes Limoncello says
It sounds wonderful and the Colegiata looks so beautiful. Hope you have a great time!
Aaah! We were there last year, Alexander and I took a walk to Atrani and enjoyed the parade and marching band. Have a great time tonight!
Anne in Oxfordshire says
Another wonderful celebration and festival, 🙂 Hope you have a fun fun time ..Enjoy 🙂
Chef Chuck says
I agree Atrani really look very proud on the cliffs edge, I like the tower! Have fun at the festival 🙂
Ciao Welshcakes Limoncello! Thanks! It was a beautiful evening, and the church was incredible on the inside. Can't wait to share photos and videos here!
Ciao Annika! I thought of you last night during the festivities, because I remembered you saying you were in Atrani last year. It was great fun!
Ciao Anne! I did have a great time! Thanks! I will be posting about it soon. 🙂
Ciao Chuck! Atrani is such a beautiful little city. I don't spend as much time there as I should. Last night I walked up and down a lot of little side streets and steep staircases that I hadn't explored before. Beautiful city!
Ciao Amanda! Grazie! 🙂
Hi Laura, we are just back in Ireland having spent a wonderful 2 weeks in our favourite place in Italy, Atrani. We really enjoyed the festival. Great fireworks and the band, from Bari I believe, played favourites from Puccini and Verdi. They were amazing. The procession was also very moving.
Atrani has beautiful people, weather, food, scenery and sea. Greetings to Maria and Salvatori Pinto who rent us a wonderful appartment each year (this is our 7th.) and to all our friends and the gang at La Risacca Bar.
Cant wait to see you all next year.
Una & Maria
Ciao Una & Maria! How lovely that you were in Atrani for two weeks! It is one of my favorite cities on the Amalfi Coast, and it doesn't get nearly as much credit as it deserves. Perhaps that is a good thing! 🙂 The festival was a blast! I wonder if we crossed paths that night? I have pictures and videos to share from the festival, so I hope you will stop back by again soon! Ciao ciao!
Hi again Laura,
Can you tell us what date is the Blue Fish Festival starting this year in Atrani. We really enjoyed it two years ago.
Una & Maria
Ciao Una & Maria! The Sagra del pesce azzurro is from the 15-21 August. I look forward to seeing it for the first time this year!
Grazie Laura, Wish we could come back for the festival. Thought we could organise a return trip but its just not meant to be I'm afraid. Enjoy the festival, especially the delicious food, fireworks and the great music.
ciao Laura, ciao bella Atrani
Ciao Una! I am sorry you won't be able to make it back for the festival. I will take some photos and videos if I make it and post them here!
Anthony Vitolo says
I attended the Feast again this year, and carried the Saint again, this is the fourth year for me, I was also made a member of the committee that sponsors the event, my parents were born there and have many cousins there, I am the past president of the same organization in New Haven, Ct. This is the place most of those people coming to American came to.