Articles by Laura Thayer

Happy 150th Birthday Italy!

Happy 150th Birthday Italy! March 17, 2011 | Events | Read More
This year March 17th is a national holiday celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy in 1861. Happy birthday to Unified Italy! The 17th will be a bank holiday and since it falls on a Thursday may turn into a “ponte” – or long weekend – for many Italians. With...

Getting Ready for the Regatta!

Getting Ready for the Regatta! February 21, 2011 | Events | Read More
Every summer the town of Amalfi competes in the Regata Storica delle Repubbliche Marinare, an annual boat race with teams from Venice, Pisa and Genoa. Along with Amalfi, these cities represent the four historic sea republics of Italy in the Middle Ages. Last year the race took place in Genoa and the...

Cioccolato Andrea Pansa – Amalfi

Cioccolato Andrea Pansa – Amalfi February 13, 2011 | Food | Read More
What better day than Valentine’s Day to tell you about the Ciccolato Andrea Pansa chocolate shop in Amalfi? If you’ve been in Amalfi’s lively Piazza Duomo, then you’ve likely spotted the Pasticceria and Café Andrea Pansa, which has been a fixture in the town’s piazza life...

Early Spring Beach Day in Amalfi

Early Spring Beach Day in Amalfi February 10, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
The water in Amalfi is beautiful throughout the year, but for me it always seems the clearest and most tempting in the early spring. Last weekend was splendid weather, warm enough even to have a sandwich outdoors and spend a few hours at the beach in Amalfi! The water temperature is only around 14°C...

Amalfi’s Top 5 Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

Amalfi’s Top 5 Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day February 4, 2011 | Food | Read More
Valentine’s Day, or San Valentino as it is called here in Italy, is just around the corner. Do you have a date yet? How about a romantic dinner spot? If you’ll be traveling in Italy during San Valentino this year, the romance of Amalfi might just draw you to the Amalfi Coast to celebrate...

Winter Light in Amalfi

Winter Light in Amalfi February 3, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
The winter is one of my favorite times of the year to talk a walk along the port in Amalfi. Everything is so still and quiet. The light is so very different from the summer months, espeically late in the day. It’s like you can see everything in greater detail because it is so still. I love these...

Where to Eat in Amalfi

Where to Eat in Amalfi January 29, 2011 | Food | Read More
I’ve been hard at work customizing the Amalfi Restaurant Guide on NileGuide with the best restaurants in town, from fine seaside dining to great spots to pick up a quick and delicious lunch while out and about. There are so many wonderful restaurants to choose from … and I’ve only just...

Fun Facts About Ravello

Fun Facts About Ravello January 25, 2011 | What's New | Read More
Curious to learn more about the beautiful town of Ravello on the Amalfi Coast? Check out the new Fun Facts page for 12 Interesting Facts About Ravello. Find out which famous books were written in Ravello and the artists that have been inspired by the natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast. Enjoy!

A Night at Ravello’s Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer

A Night at Ravello’s Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer January 21, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Earlier this month I attended a concert at the Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer, which was the first time I was inside Ravello’s new modern auditorium. Designed by the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Auditorium just might go down in history as one of the most controversial architectural...

A Winter Day in Sorrento

A Winter Day in Sorrento January 18, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Last week I wrote about Visiting the Amalfi Coast in the Winter, and how the cool, clear air makes for fine views. I had a reminder of that when I spent a lovely afternoon recently with friends in Sorrento. This photo was taken from the beautiful terrace of the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento...