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The fires of San Domenico on Amalfi Coast

The fires of San Domenico on Amalfi Coast

A unique event in Praiano: nights of lights and fires for San Domenico!

Amongst the summer events in Praiano, the “Luminaria” of San Domenico is one of the most evocative and fascinating ones.

At the beginning of August, the monastery of Santa Maria a Castro celebrates San Domenico in the setting of one of the most important cultural and historical celebrations of Praiano, linked to the arrival of the Dominican Monks back in the XVII century.

Staying at the Hotel Margherita, a hotel in Costiera Amalfitana, Italy, you will have the opportunity to attend an evocative tradition of Praiano’s where natural lights of all shapes, kinds and sizes are hung on windows, balconies and in gardens.

The climax of the event is reached in Piazza San Gennaro in Praiano, a few steps away from our hotel, where, under the moonlight and in front of the sea, more than 2000 candles decorate the earthenware floor creating a wonderful spectacle of lights, dance and fire that breaks up the darkness of the night.


Fire is the element that truly characterizes this festivity. They say San Domenico’s mother, a few moments before giving birth to her child, dreamt of a dog with a flaming torch who was setting the world on fire and announcing that the baby would spread the word of God.

The chronicles of his faith and his popular representation have been generating the interest of many travellers, who, during a holiday on the Amalfi Coast, never miss this unforgettable event, a sign of a long history and a deep culture and a celebration of such great intensity and power that it will leave you speechless. In this context, Praiano and its outskirts offer some gastronomic events that enhance the local cooking tradition in a triumph of typical products, tastes and flavours of the Amalfi Coast.

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