Tempting Tuesday: Morning Boat Trip from Salerno to Amalfi


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Salerno Port


As much as I love being out on a boat and watching the sun set along the Amalfi Coast, one of the most beautiful times to see the Amalfi Coast from the sea is early in the morning. The sun is bright and strong this time of year, but the cool evening breezes have blown away the humidity in the air. Everything seems just a bit clearer and brighter this time of year. Last week I took the boat from Salerno to Amalfi on one of those picture perfect days. Want to come along? Sure thing! I’ll be your guide and point out a few things along the way. Just make sure you bring a light jacket or sweater since the morning sea breeze can be a bit nippy. I’ll meet you at Salerno’s Porto Turistico, located in the center of teh city along the palm tree lined waterfront. In the mornings you see a mix of fishermen, locals on their way to work, and tourists heading off to Amalfi and Positano.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Salerno Porto Turistico


We’ll buy our tickets at those white tents with the pointy tops over on the left. There’s even a little bar down there if you missed your morning caffè or cappuccino and cornetto. Pretty soon we’ll board and leave the port of Salerno behind. It’s hard to look back, however, since the view ahead is so gorgeous! The first town we’ll see is Vietri sul Mare, the Amalfi Coast’s famous town of ceramics. This is where I stayed the first time I visited the Amalfi Coast with my Mom. See that big white building on the right clinging to the cliffs with the elevator down to the beach? That’s the Hotel Lloyd’s Baia where we stayed.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Vietri sul Mare


Next up is the fishing village of Cetara, with one of the most picturesque beaches on the Amalfi Coast. If you are looking for an authentic view of life on the Amalfi Coast, I highly recommend stopping and spending some time in this charming seaside village.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Cetara


Just around the corner from Cetara is an even smaller village called Erchie. What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of Erchie on the Amalfi Coast before? That doesn’t surprise me since I know many people who have lived here their entire lives and haven’t been to Erchie. If you’re looking for a quiet spot with a beautiful beach, definitely consider giving Erchie a visit.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Erchie


Coming around the cape after Erchie everyone heads to the front of the boat to take in this view. I see Ravello. Do you?


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There it is! This rocky ledge is the tip of the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, offering hands down some of the most spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast. That white villa just under the edge is known as the Villa Rondinaia, or the Swallow’s Nest, and it belonged to Gore Vidal until a number of years ago. No, I couldn’t imagine living there!


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Ravello


Looking to the left you can see how beautiful Atrani is in the morning sun. Do you see the way the bright colors of the buildings are reflected in the water? And just to tease you all, you can see my house from here, but I’m not going to tell you where!


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Atrani


Just around the corner from Atrani, we find beautiful Amalfi waiting for us. The beach umbrellas are starting to appear for another sunny day, or from Amalfi you can hop on a boat to Capri, Sorrento or Naples.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Amalfi with sailboat


But I wouldn’t blame you if you stayed right here in Amalfi for the day! Buon divertimento! Have fun!



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The Red House Next Door


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Next Door


The other day while doing dishes, I was interrupted by a loud and persistent cat meowing outside. I live on the second level of a house, so it was a little strange to hear a meow from outside so clearly. I opened the window to find one of our outdoor cats named Broke looking at me from next door. (Why Broke? It’s a long story, but let’s just say it has something to do with the fact that I was a little concerned to find him peering over the edge of a second level window. “Grace” is not Broke’s middle name.) He seemed quite pleased to discover that he could talk to me from the new window he had just discovered in his explorations next door.


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I know the cats spend a lot of time poking around what we call “the red house” next door. One day in the garden I saw Puffy on the roof! A proposito (by the way), if you know anyone  looking for a dream property on the Amalfi Coast with un sacco di soldi (boatloads of money) to spend on a restoration, I know just the house for them. Just make sure they like cats first!

Sunday Shout-out: italyMONDO!


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It  is with great pleasure that I introduce my last Campania blogger as part of this September’s Sunday Shout-out feature. Did you think you had discovered all the Campania bloggers out there? Think again! Let me introduce you to the italyMONDO! Blog, where you can read about Italian lifestyle, culture, news, traditions, food, wine and so much more. Let me also introduce you to Peter, the president of italyMONDO! and truly one of the most passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated people I have ever met. After an unforgettable and rewarding experience researching his family roots in the Basilicata, Lazio and Molise regions in Italy, Peter founded italyMONDO! in 2006. His dream, as he describes it,

…is to help everyone with Italian ancestors to reconnect with their heritage – to find that missing piece of their puzzle. You may have thought your family’s unique story was forever lost – but it’s only hidden, and you and your family deserve the experience of discovering it together.


Peter and his dedicated team accomplish this by offering services for Family Tree research, help finding relatives living in Italy with their FamilyFinder service, and custom designed Heritage Tours where you can literally walk in your ancestor’s footsteps. If you need help navigating the complicated process of obtaining Dual Italian-American Citizenship, head over to italyMONDO! and they can help you out with that as well.


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While exploring the italyMONDO! Blog, you have to look closely for the Campania connection, because italyMONDO! and the blog are not focused on one particular region in Italy. Some of you, however, might have caught the reference in the recent article on La Festa di San Gennaro about the italyMONDO! Italian office being located just five miles from Mt. Vesuvius. So let’s give a warm welcome to Campania to Peter and the italyMONDO! team! I also want to personally thank Peter for bringing me into the italyMONDO! family as a regular contributor to the italyMONDO! Blog. I am honored to be working with such great people, and in my own small way be a part of inspiring Italians around the world to rediscover their family roots. Many thanks to Peter and italyMONDO! for helping so many people learn about and reconnect with their Italian heritage!



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O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness


This month the wonderful and resourceful Michelle from Bleeding Espresso and Sara of Ms. Adventures in Italy are hosting the 2nd Annual O Foods Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness. The idea is to share a recipe that either begins or ends with an O as a way of bringing attention to Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. I’m coming in at the end of the month, but it took a bit of thinking to come up with a good O food recipe to share here. Here’s one of my local favorites, easy, healthy, fast, and with two Os to boot. Hope you enjoy!



Poll0 con Olive, Capperi & Limone

(Chicken with Olives, Capers & Lemon)

 Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Pollo


This recipe is a traditional Neapolitan method for preparing fish, but I found the suggestion for substituting chicken in one of my favorite cookbooks Naples at Table by Arthur Schwartz. I love how quick this recipe cooks up and how fresh the combination of flavors taste. It is especially nice made with Amalfi Coast lemons!

Serves 2



2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon salted capers, thoroughly rinsed and chopped coursely if large

4 ounces green olives (about 3/4 cup), pitted and finely chopped

Juice of one lemon

2 chicken breasts (butterflied if you prefer)

1 rounded tablespoon finely cut parsley


(1) Mix together the olive oil, capers, olives, and lemon juice in a 10-inch skillet. Cook over low heat and let the mixture warm slowly until it begins to sizzle gently.


(2) Arrange the chicken breasts in 1 layer over the olives. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts, but if using plump breasts (not butterflied), expect them to cook about 4 minutes on the first side and about 3 minutes on the second.


(3) Serve garnished with the olives and capers from the pan and sprinkled with the fresh parsley.


Buon appetito!




O Foods Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and for the second year in a row, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso are hosting the O Foods Contest to raise awareness of this important health issue.


There are TWO WAYS to take part in the O Foods Contest:


ONE: Post a recipe to your blog using a food that starts or ends with the letter O (e.g., oatmeal, orange, okra, octopus, olive, onion, potato, tomato); include this entire text box in the post; and send your post url along with a photo (100 x 100) to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on Monday, September 28, 2009.

PRIZES for recipe posts:

  • 1st: Signed copy of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen by Gina DePalma, Executive Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante in NYC, who is currently battling ovarian cancer, inspired this event, and will be choosing her favorite recipe for this prize;


TWO: If you’re not into the recipe thing, simply post this entire text box in a post on your blog to help spread the word and send your post url to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on Monday, September 28, 2009.

Awareness posts PRIZE:

  • One winner chosen at random will receive a Teal Toes tote bag filled with ovarian cancer awareness goodies that you can spread around amongst your friends and family.



From the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund:

  • Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women; a woman’s lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 67.
  • The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose, but include bloating, pelvic and/or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly; and urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency).
  • There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect ovarian cancer when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms.
  • In spite of this, patients are usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% survive longer than five years. Only 19% of cases are caught before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region.
  • When ovarian cancer is detected and treated early on, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92%.


And remember, you can also always donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at our page through FirstGiving!

Please help spread the word about ovarian cancer. Together we can make enough noise to kill this silent killer.

Out & About: More Mystery Flowers on the Amalfi Coast


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Strange Flower 

The last time I posted a photo of some mystery flowers here on Ciao Amalfi several of my lovely readers quickly came to the rescue with the name of the flowers (Bottle Brush) and some great stories. Welcome to round two!


The other day I was dashing through the gardens at the Villa Rufolo when these strange red flowers stopped me in my tracks. As you can see, they are growing from one very large bulb. (Click on the image to view it larger.) Any ideas what these are called in English or Italian?