Ferragosto is an Italian holiday celebrated on August 15. The Catholic Church celebrates this date as a Holy Day of Obligation to commemorate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. Before the Roman Catholic Church, this holiday was celebrated in the Roman Empire to celebarte the gods. The celebration’s name derives from its original Latin name, Feriae Augusti “Holidays of the Emperor Augustus”.
In the past, the businesses were closed and the entire month of August was taken as a holiday and leisure time in Italy. Today, Ferragosto is mainly a short holiday and Italians take brief vacations on the beach or celebrate on the streets in the many Italian cities. On the Amalfi Coast, Ferragosto is celebrated “on the sea”. You can see many religious processions that celebrate the local Saints, following by Spectacular fireworks (The best are in Positano and Maiori). Maiori and its fraction Erchie celebrate the Assumption of Virgin Mary (Madonna dell’Assunta) also known as Virgin Mary on the sea (Madonna a mare). After the celebrations in the town center, people eat the traditional aubergine covered with chocolate and the fireworks preparations take place. The same setting occurs in Positano too. Everything has to be set for midnight and people see the show from their boats and yachts.
We always spend all the day enjoying the beautiful sea of the Amalfi Coast. On Ferragosto, we usually go to our favourite restaurant which is hidden on a coast rock and reachable by boat and it is an incredible scenery to have a dinner by the sea. After dinner, again on the boat. On our way with our heads up, we are astonished by the Positano and Maiori fireworks. Fireworks are consecutive, so you can see them in Positano first, and in Maiori later. It is an amazing show: the sky become colorful with the charming Coast behind. A view that will take your breath away!
BEST TOURS IN POSITANO AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
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INLETS AND CAVES
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