Via Comunale Torricella
84011 Amalfi, Italy
NileGuide Expert tip:
An exciting time to be in Amalfi is for the Festival of Sant' Antonio on June 13th. Watch the elaborate procession through Amalfi and Atrani on land and on sea, and enjoy an dinner outside under the fireworks after dark.
Located next to the historic convent of San Francesco, now the Hotel Luna Convento
, the Church of Sant' Antonio da Padova was founded in 1220 as a church dedicated to San Francesco. Tucked into a small spot in a quiet residential area in Amalfi, this church is the center of a popular celebration each year on June 13th, the feast day for St. Anthony of Padua. A statue of the saint is carried in one of the most elaborate processions on the Amalfi Coast, which leads down a narrow staircase from the church to the neighboring town of Atrani where the religious procession with the statue (and marching band!) get on boats. The boat procession continues down the coastline to the town of Conca dei Marini to salute the Church of Sant' Antonio from the sea before returning to Amalfi, where the procession continues on foot through Piazza Duomo
before finishing. The interior of the Church of Sant' Antonio features one nave decorated in the Baroque style with paintings depicting Sant' Antonio and San Francesco.