Every summer on July 22nd, the small town of Atrani celebrates Santa Maria Maddalena, or La Maddalena, with an evening of festivities that includes a religious procession, band concerts and a wonderful fireworks display over the sea after dark. Last year I followed the procession of the statue of La Maddalena in Atrani, but took few pictures after dark of the celebrations and the fireworks. This year, armed with a new point and shoot Nikon I always carry with me, I was able to take some fun photos of the festivities to share. The sun has set and the marching band is already playing Puccini in Atrani’s crowded central piazza. Come along and enjoy this lively summer night in Atrani!
As the hour for the fireworks display nears, the road through Atrani becomes crowded with people jostling for the best spot. The fireworks in Atrani never fail to impress, and it seems like they come up with something to surprise me each year. This year they launched fireworks from the beach that glowed a funny green under the sea, while others exploded directly out of the water casting a beautiful light across the sea!
The finale was a striking event, with fireworks shot off from the jetty and from a boat nearby. A bright and extravagent ending to a beautiful summer evening in Atrani!
Annette Freeman says
Hi Laura – I spent a month on the Coast in July/August, including 2 weeks living in Atrani – it became, for a short while “my” village. I was in the Piazza when you took these photos, sipping prosecco and people-watching. I watched the fireworks from the solarium/sun deck of the Palazzo Ferraioli (where Carmine and his staff gave me a lovely couple of weeks). Atrani is delightful!
Ciao Annette! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment. Sounds like you had a fabulous time on the Amalfi Coast!! Atrani is such a sweet little town as a home base, and I’m so happy you were here for the festival!
Annette Freeman says
I’ll be back in October, Laura. And doing a little blogging myself about my experiences…at http://lavieboheme2010.blogspot.com/ I see that you’ve been there for a few years and are building a life on the Coast. Hmmm…..tempting!
LindyLouMac in Italy says
One of my favourite events on the Amalfi coast, so thankyou so much for sharing with us this year Laura.
So happy you enjoyed, Linda! 🙂
Barbara Albright says
Ah such beautiful pictures. Looks like a lovely event and I don’t think there’s anything more splendid than summer nights! Thank you for sharing these.
You are so very welcome, Barbara!