Should you make it to the beautiful city of Salerno Salerno, Italy around Christmastime, you are in for an amazing discovery: the Luci d'Artista. It's a particularly artistic Christmas light display that celebrates the season in uniquely Italian style. In city piazzas, down narrow ancient streets, along the waterfront and throughout the city, dazzling colorful displays create a fantastical wonderland that draws visitors to this area of the Amalfi coast from all throughout Europe.
It was by pure accident that my partner David and I ended up in Salerno in January 2014 while the lights were on display; I had no idea about the city's tradition and it ended up being such a wonderful surprise and highlight of our stay in the city. The lights are not just of typical decorations themed around Christmas trees, stars and reindeer; in Salerno's Luci d'Artista you will find Chinese dragons and lanterns, fairy princesses, penguins, butterflies, flying carpets, lizards and even a coral reef! Many of the displays are made from recycled materials and using LED lights as well to conserve energy and resources. We found it incredible fun to simply wander around and happen upon displays we had not seen, but the city also puts out a map every year showing where all the major installations are located.