Christmas Lights

The Streets of Italy

Big cities or small, Italy has interesting streets. I love walking the small streets as they wind through a city. Some are pedestrian only which means people and scooters, Scooters are everywhere in Italy. It is a way of life. As you walk along a small street, especially in a small town, you see other small streets off to the left or right. Some curve and disappear out of sight. Others are steep or turn into a set of stairs. You don’t have to be in Positano to find stairs. Italians love them. It is what keeps them in shape as they walk their cities (passeggiata).

It appeals to my sense of adventure to follow these small streets. I love to find out where they go. I also love just getting lost on my small adventures. Don’t worry, we have modern technology in our pockets that can GPS us back to our cars or hotels. I think getting lost is a primordial need we all have. Just give in an do it. You know you want to find out where that street goes to.

I have been in small towns where most of the streets are stairs. You climb and climb until you get to the top. There you usually find a church or a castle. No matter how small a town you are in, you will always find a bar. You can stop for a cafè, drink or sandwich. This is Italy. This is how life is lived. Enjoy it!

Along your adventure look at the doors, the windows and the laundry. It is colorful and photogenic. There is always a new surprise just around the next bend. Discover it.

George

 

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Amalfi Coast – Salerno

Salerno is a large city on the eastern end of the Amalfi Coast Highway. It is known for its history in medicine and it is the location of the Allied invasion on Mussolini in WW2. Today Salerno is a modern city with fast trains south to Sicily and north to Naples, Rome and all of Europe. The A3 Autostrada runs through it on its way to the ferry docks to Sicily. Salerno boasts a major port. During the Christmas Holidays, it has a magnificent light display done by local artists.

Salerno

 The Salerno tourists guide gives a lot of information on this beautiful city. Castello di Arechi (a hilltop castle) is worth a trip to. It is nearly 1,000 feet above sea level and dominates the city view.

Castello-Arechi

The walk up this mountain is very strenuous. You can take public transportation or drive and park at the castle. The other major attraction is the Salerno Cathedral with its beautiful bell tower designed by Ferdinando San Felice. Head to Lungomare Trieste, the city’s promenade and stroll this tree-lined street. Here is a great place to people watch and enjoy the spirit of Salerno.

Monday we will look at some smaller towns along the Amalfi Coast Highway.

George & Jo Anne

 

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Lights, Lights and more Lights

I hope everyone had a great holiday and a happy New Year. This is a season when friends and family get together for meals and to spend some time together. It is a festive season that makes most people happy but some very sad. If we let go of the commercialism and the fact that many large chains are forcing their workers to work on holidays, we can enjoy the holiday spirit behind it all. We love lights at this time of year. Many people light of their homes but a few go all out and create a magical spectacle. Just watch the eyes of small children looking at a house full of lights. They can still see the magic! Can you?

Lights are a big custom in Europe as well. These ancient towns go modern with electric lights for a short time. The colors are magnificent. People gather in groups to sing carols. Why are we so drawn to these lights like moths? I think there is magic in the lights. Just allow it to happen.

Italy Chrismas Tree on Mountain

George & Jo Anne

 

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Christmas in Italy

Italy has a wonderful celebration for the Christmas season. Many towns light up streets in elaborate lights. There are Christmas markets to buy things and religious ceremonies at local churches. Non are better than midnight mass at the Vatican. If you are going to Italy during Christmas season click here to see a list of towns and what they have to offer. Page 2 of the above site has Christmas markets by city.

In the north of Italy you may get a white Christmas to celebrate. These cities are cold and may have snow on the ground but the stores, bars and restaurants are warm and inviting. Stroll the streets and take in the lights and decorations. Stop in a bar for a hot coffee or chocolate. Warm up and then continue your light tour.

In the south of Italy things are warmer but the Christmas spirit is strong. Naples has wonderful mangers. You may not see snow but it can rain in this season so be prepared. Stopping at a bar for a refreshment is mandatory here. Don’t forget Naples is home of the pizza. Enjoy the thin crust pizza here.

Shopping all over Italy is wonderful. The stores are crowded but it is the season to be in crowded and shop. Enjoy your trip. Buon Natale!

George & Jo Anne

 

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Luci d’Artista Salerno Italy

It’s Christmas Time and Italy celebrates its towns with lights as we do. Rome is beautiful with miles of lights along its major streets. No town does it better than Salerno with its “Luci d’Artista” (Artist lights). This is a magical place with fairy tale like lights. It will delight both adults and children. You can not help be transformed into a magical place with these floats and lights all around you.

luci artisti 1 luci artisti 2  luci artisti 3 luci artisti 4

It does get crowded so go early. Enjoy the lights and enjoy Italy.

Naples and the Amalfi Coast (Positano, Amalfi and Capri) are close by. Naples you can go by car on the autostrada or by train. The Amalfi coast you will need a car, ferry, bus or driver. This is an area of Italy that you can spend several weeks enjoying.

George & Jo Anne

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