One of my favorite Christmas traditions in Amalfi is the creation of the elaborate presepi, or nativities, in two of the town’s fountains. Following Amalfi’s main street from the Piazza Duomo up toward the mountains, you’ll find the little Piazza dello Spirito Santo, which is named after a church that used to be located nearby. The pleasant little piazza is popular with locals and is surrounded by shops and the excellent Taverna del Duca restaurant with outdoor seating. Next to the restaurant is a fountain made from dark volcanic stone with water spouting from two 18th-century carved marble faces. Every Christmas a charming presepe is built in this fountain with tiny figures above and below the water. Here are a few photos I took recently of this year’s presepe in Piazza dello Spirito Santo.
It’s fun to look closely and see what all the little figures are doing. There are shepherds tending their herds of sheep underwater, bakers with baskets of fresh bread balanced on their heads, musicians, farmers carrying goats and pigs, men collecting firewood, fishmongers and even charming young boy selling watermelons. Children love peering into the fountain and finding all the figures.
Stop back by next week when I’ll share photos of this year’s fountain presepe in Amalfi’s Largo Scario!