Feast of Saint Andrea

Feast of Saint Andrea

Amalfi is celebrating a great feast in honor of St. Andrew, patron saint of the city and protector of fishermen and fishmongers.

The feast is in honor of the miraculous storm of 1544, that was unleashed by the saint according to legend, which prevented the Saracen pirate Kair-Ad-Din to conquer the city.

The festival begins with a procession of members of the various religious congregations that lead down to the beach the statue of the saint, affectionately called "o' viecchio"(the old one).

Here the fishermen take it over and lead it by ride to the Duomo climbing the stairs with a rush.

When night falls the festival explodes with fireworks over the sea of the Amalfi Coast.

 
Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics

Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics

Every four years, from May to July, Amalfi houses the Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics, which also involves Pisa, Genoa and Venice, the city that during past centuries competed for supremacy over the Mediterranean.

The race takes place on galleons with 8 rowers, reconstructed models of the twelfth century and it is preceded by a procession of people in historical costumes.

In Amalfi the race starts from Cape Vettica and ends in front of the Marina Grande, amounting a total distance of approximately 2,000 meters.