At the end of the summer, around the second half of August, John David and Anthony contacted us asking about our availability to photograph their elopement on the Amalfi Coast.
As September approached we decided to tell them bookings had closed for the season.
In hindsight, it’s hard to describe how happy we were that John David and Anthony ignored our lack of response and sent another email.
The result was an arrangement to perform the wedding within the walls of the impressive Basilica of Sant’Eustachio in Scala, a magical place suspended in time.
The romantic atmosphere of the Basilica of Sant’Eustachio for an elopement on the Amalfi Coast
Considered to be one of the most beautiful in southern Italy, the Basilica of Sant’Eustachio dominates the land surrounding the small villages of Pontone and Monte Aureo.
The Basilica is actually located in the municipality of Scala, the oldest village on the Amalfi Coast.
In medieval times it was a bishop’s seat and therefore played a role of great importance. It is among the many monuments, churches, monasteries and palaces of undisputed historical interest which includes the striking Basilica di Sant’Eustachio.
The church that was built in the twelfth century by the family of Afflitto. Today there are the remains of the apse wall, columns and arches of marble and pieces of architrave. You can still admire the architectural skills in different coloured stones set on the apses high above.
From the top of this place suspended between the sea and the mountains in the golden hour of the sunset it is possible to admire one of the most evocative panoramas of the whole Amafitan Coast.
Ceremony among the ruins of Sant’Eustachio
Crossing the hamlet of Minuta with its silent square where even today the pack- mules stop and rest by the central fountain we descend the ancient steps and arrive at the ruins of Sant’Eustachio, where our celebrant was waiting.
There was a hiatus while our couple dressed for the occasion before proceeding to the romantic and intimate symbolic ceremony among the ruins of the basilica.
After the ceremony, we stayed for a while to enjoy the magic of this place, which at sunset is coloured with a mystical twilight. Then we returned to the path which took us back to Scala and then to Ravello.
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