BAY OF NAPLES &
AMALFI COAST Amalfi Coast Traditional Events
The Amalfi Coast's traditions are still alive today as they
were centuries ago. This is due to the long isolation of the
Amalfi Coast, which until the last century could only be reached
by sea. There are many traditional events in the Amalfi Coast
villages especially from May to October. Come with us and
we will show you how the locals celebrate their Protector
of the Village (Patron Saint) as well as other ancient traditions
and festivals. Each celebration is unique to its own village
and has its own flavour.
Explore the Amalfi Coast's traditional events.
The most well-known of these traditional events are held in
Festival of St. Andrew (Festa di Sant’Andrea)
The Cathedral of Amalfi houses the Crypt of St. Andrew, which
contains some parts of the body of St. Andrew, a disciple
of Jesus. It was brought here from Constantinople at the end
of the fourth crusade. Amalfi's patron saint is celebrated
on two separate occasions:
On 27th June every year, is the commemoration of the miracle
that saved Amalfi from the pirate Barbarossa in 1544. St.
Andrew's statue is carried to the sea, where a festival of
music and fireworks awaits the procession.
On 30th November every year, is St. Andrew's
day, the birthday celebration of St. Andrew. St. Andrew's
statue is taken from the Cathedral of Amalfi and carried in
a procession through the streets and squares of Amalfi.
The Historic Regatta of the Maritime Republics -
On the first Sunday of June every year, Amalfi celebrates
its glorious past as a Maritime Republic with a historic regatta.
The celebration includes perfectly recreated period costumes
and sea vessels, called "galleons", which represent
the four seafaring republics. Each is marked by different
colours and figureheads: deep blue with a winged horse for
Amalfi; white with a winged dragon for Genoa; crimson with
an eagle for Pisa; and emerald green the St. Mark's lion for
Venice. A different Maritime Republic hosts it every year.
When hosted in Amalfi, this event starts in Cape Vettica and
ends in Amalfi. This is a special event that draws tourists
from home and abroad.
Byzantine New Year's Day - Amalfi
Around the end of August every year, Amalfi relives its most
ancient history, right up to the proclamation of the Duke
of Amalfi. This three day festival is an event that will allow
you to step back in time and experience the environment, traditions,
music and costumes of this ancient village.
San Luca's Day - Praiano
On the first Sunday of July and on 18th October, every year,
Praiano celebrates its patron saint 'San Luca Evangelista'.
The celebration includes many traditional festivities including
gastronomic delights from the village and market stalls selling
all kinds of local products. It is concluded with fireworks.
Madonna delle Grazie - Montepertuso
On 2nd July every year, Montepertuso celebrates the Madonna
delle Grazie, its patron saint. The procession walks with
candles through the hole in the mountains, high above Positano.
It ends with a beautiful display of fireworks. The event is
very fascinating and different from the others.