The first signs that Christmas is just around the corner are starting to appear on the Amalfi Coast. I’ve already spotted panettone, a traditional Christmas bread, in a few stores and earlier this week I overheard children singing Christmas songs as I passed the elementary school in Amalfi. But the surest sign that Natale is coming is when the Christmas lights start to appear. If you’ve traveled in Italy during the holidays before, you’ve surely experienced the colorful and festive Christmas lights in just about every town – big and small. And the Amalfi Coast is no different. Soon the Christmas lights will be installed in Amalfi, because they are always up before the Festival of Sant’ Andrea at the end of the month. While the Christmas lights in the towns along the Amalfi Coast are festive, if you’re in the area you’ll want to plan a special trip to Salerno to see the beautiful Christmas lights this city organizes each year.
This year the installation of the Christmas lights in Salerno started in October. Last year Salerno wowed visitors with a beautiful display of artistic lights that attracted about a million and a half people. The theme was “Il Giardino Incantato,” which translates as “The Enchanted Garden,” and the streets and parks of Salerno were transformed into a whimsical garden paradise of colorful floral lights. This year for the “Luci d’Artista 2010” many of the same lights are being used, but the new theme will be “Stelle e Pianeti,” or “Stars and Planets.” I was in Salerno last month and snapped a few photographs of the lights being installed near the Porta Nuova, which you can see below.
The “Luci d’Artista 2010” is a night time event you won’t want to miss if your travels bring you to Salerno or the Amalfi Coast this year. Here are a few photos I took of the lights last year in the Villa Communale Gardens and walking through the historic center of Salerno. It was a festive and magical experience!
Details: The “Luci d’Artista 2010” were inaugurated on November 5th and can be enjoyed every evening through approximately the middle of January. Salerno is approximately one hour by car or public SITA from Amalfi.