Many people only think of visiting the Amalfi Coast during the summer months, and it is hard to deny that the warm months are the best time of year to visit this beautiful part of Italy. However, after spending my first Christmas on the Amalfi Coast last year, I can now say that we’re coming into one of my favorite times of year to live in Italy. I love the Christmas lights, the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping along the narrow streets of town and, above all, the feeling of being so far away from the crush of summer tourism. If you want to see real daily life on the Amalfi Coast, off season is the best time to travel.
November is an excellent month to visit Amalfi, especially if you can make it for the Festival of Sant’ Andrea on November 30th. Amalfi celebrates its patron saint and protector, St. Andrew, with special masses and a grand procession of a statue of the saint through the town. While a similar celebration takes place during the summer on June 27th, the November festival is truly an Amalfi experience and one of deep religious importance to the people of Amalfi. On the day before the grand procession, there is a special mass in the crypt of the Duomo in hopes that the Manna of Sant’ Andrea will appear miraculously, just as it has for centuries. It is a sign of good fortune for the city throughout the year if the manna appears.
Here are some photos I’ve taken over the past two years as a little preview of what is coming. Stop by at the beginning of December for more photos and videos from the Festival fo Sant’ Andrea in Amalfi this year!