Christmas is a magical time to visit the Amalfi Coast. Many of the towns along southern Italy’s famous coastline celebrate with colorful displays of Christmas lights, concerts, grand firework displays for Capodanno (New Year’s) and events throughout the holiday season. Christmas centers around the family in Italy, and if you’ll be traveling to the Amalfi Coast with kids this season there are plenty of events to keep the whole family entertained. Here are some suggestions for family-friendly Christmas activities on the Amalfi Coast.
- Take a night drive to see the Christmas lights in the towns up and down the Amalfi Coast. You’ll find Christmas decorations wherever you stop, but some towns really go all out. This year the lights are particularly beautiful in Maiori, Minori and Amalfi.
- Go ice skating on the Amalfi Coast. (Yes, you read that right!) This year the town of Maiori has built an ice skating rink as part of the Maiori Winter 2010 festival. Bring the camera as this is bound to create lasting memories from your Christmas holiday on the Amalfi Coast!
- See the fantastic Luci d’Artista Christmas lights in Salerno. Walk through the medieval center of Salerno and see the Enchanted Garden light displays. Children will delight in the dragons, flowers and fantastical shapes. This year the theme is Stars and Planets and the Enchanted Garden.
- Learn about the Neapolitan nativity tradition in the L’Arte del Presepe exhibition in Cava de’ Tirreni. Making a presepe, or nativity scene, is one of the most important Christmas traditions in Italy. Learn about the art and craft of the presepe at this exhibit. Located not far from Vietri sul Mare, Cava de’ Tirreni also has a wonderful historic center with arcaded shopping streets. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy some holiday shopping!
- Go Christmas shopping at Salerno’s Mercantini di Natale. Ever wonder where Italians by their Christmas decorations and do holiday shopping? This year you can experience this holiday tradition at the first Christmas Market in Salerno from November 27th to December 19th.
- Go hiking and enjoy the views in Amalfi and Ravello. When the family gets “cabin fever” (called “Mediterranean villa fever” in these parts) consider hiking up in the Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Mills) above Amalfi. See the ruins of town’s once-prosperous paper mills and enjoy the fresh air while hiking in the mountains. On a clear day, a winter stroll through the beautiful gardens at Ravello’s Villa Cimbrone is a great family activity. Everyone will marvel over the views from the Terrace of Infinity!
- See the fountain nativity scenes in Amalfi. The town of Amalfi has two fountains decorated with intricate presepe scenes each year in the Piazza dello Spirito Santo and the Largo Scario. Young children will enjoy seeing all the little figures and representations of daily life.
- Celebrate the holidays at the Positano Christmas Time 2010 events. Events this year include concerts, sports themed events on the beach, art exhibits, films and activities for the whole family.
- Enjoy the Christmas concerts, exhibitions and events in Naples. If your travels will take you to Naples during the holidays, visit the Napoli Unplugged website for all the latest information on Christmas Fairs, Markets and Events.
Happy Holidays from the Amalfi Coast!