Views of Italy – Photo of the Day

 

View from Hotel Villa Schuler in Taormina Photo by Margie MiklasItaly is a photographer’s dream, with views to die for everywhere I go. So to choose one place where the view is a favorite is impossible…Enjoy just a few of my most memorable scenes from my travels to Bella Italia. Can you guess where they are? If you scroll to the end, I’ll share the locations.

View from the Top of St Peter's

View of St Mark's Square from aboveVerona Photo by Margie Miklas
Perugia Photo by Margie Mikls

Teatro Greco in Taormina View of Ionian coast Photo by Margie MiklasThe ebach in San Remo Photo by Margie MiklasView from Anacapri Photo by Margie Miklas
Sunset at Hotel Pupetto in Positano Photo by Margie Miklas

Sicilian countryside outside Caltagirone Photo by Margie Miklas

Okay, here are the locations. How many did you get right?  What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment. Grazie and ciao.

Photo 1. View from Hotel Villa Schuler in Taormina, Sicily

Photo 2. View from the Top of St Peter’s  Basilica at the Vatican, Rome

Photo 3. View of St Mark’s Square in Venice from the top of the campanile

Photo 4. View of Verona from Piazzale Castel San Pietro, the highest point in Verona

Photo 5. View of Perugia

Photo 6. View of the Ionian coast off  Taormina, Sicily from the ancient Greek Theatre

Photo 7. View of the beach in San Remo  ‘

Photo 8. View of the marina at Capri from Anacapri

Photo 9. View of the Tyrhennian Sea at sunset in Positano from Hotel Pupetto

Photo 10. View of the Sicilian countryside outside Caltagirone

If you enjoyed these photos, you may like my photo book about Naples and the Amalfi Coast, available on Amazon.

Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast by Margie Miklas

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Travel to Italy – Images from Lucca

Lucca window Photo by Margie MiklasWhenever I travel to Italy, my camera is a necessity, to capture the memories of a place and its photographic images forever.  The images are from Lucca, a delightful city in Tuscany not far from Pisa or Florence.

If you want to spend a day off the beaten path in Italy, make time to enjoy the quiet Tuscan town of Lucca. Lucca is easily accessible by train from Florence or Pisa, and once you arrive at the train station in Lucca, it is less than a 10-minute walk to the town.

lucca-train-station-photo-by-margie-miklasLucca’s uniqueness lies in the fact that this historic center is completely encircled within intact medieval walls. These walls, which date back to the Renaissance measure four kilometers in distance, are 40 feet high and 100 feet wide at their base.

Lucca walls photo by Margier MiklasYou can’t miss seeing the wall, and walking or bicycling along it is the best way to begin your experience in Lucca. On top of this promenade are trees and grass and the area has a park-like appearance, with plenty of spaces to walk, ride, or sit and enjoy the scenery. The views are phenomenal, and at various points along the walkway, you will find entrances that lead down into the town inside the walls.

Lucca wall Photo by Margie MiklasInside the walls the streets are basically pedestrian except for those who live here. A few hours in the lovely town of Lucca left me wanting more. I’ve only visited twice, but know I will return. We take what we can get. Enjoy these images of Lucca.

Outdoor restaurant in Lucca, Italy Photo by Margier MiklasOne of the  many outdoor restaurants in Lucca

20141016-224429.jpgI love these smart car postal vehicles, perfect for maneuvering the narrow streets.

Lucca pet sign Photo by Margie MiklasThe town of Lucca is exceptionally clean, and you will even find that the residents take responsibility for cleaning up after their dogs. By installing reminder signs (Fido Lindo) with bag dispensers, at intervals along the walls, Lucca encourages pet owners to clean up after their animals.

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The Cathedral of San Martino is located in Piazza San Martino, a main square in Lucca. Founded by San Frediano in the 6th century, the church was rebuilt  in 1060, and rebuilt again between the 12th and 13th century.

20141016-224737.jpgInside the walls of the city of Lucca, the homes, buildings and 100 churches date back to the 16th century, and no modern or new construction exists here. You truly feel as if you have been transported to another time, especially as you see gelato vendors on bicycles, Lucchese men playing chess outside, and Italian women dressed in long skirts, pushing bambini in their strollers.

Gelato vendor in Lucca Photo by Margie MiklasLucca is an easy town to navigate either on foot or by bicycle, and you can rent bicycles at various locations within the city. The only automobiles that you will see in Lucca are registered to the residents, but there are some areas of the town that are closed to automobiles completely

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Sights not to miss

*Guinigi Tower
You can climb the stairs to the top of Torre Guinigi for a breathtaking view of the entire city and Tuscan countryside. The tower is 44 meters high, with oak trees growing on top of it.

*Casa di Pucini
For anyone who is a lover of opera, you will be thrilled to visit the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini, famous composer of the well-known La Boheme and Madame Butterfly.  His 15th century home is now a museum, where you can view his Steinway piano, which he used while composing his last works.

*Piazza San Michele
This is the city center and it is situated in the area of the ancient Roman forum. This is also the home to the financial and trade meetings of local Italian businesses. If you are an architecture lover, you will easily be able to spend many hours in this piazza alone.  The 15th and 16th century banks in the piazza are former palaces, and the Church of San Michele is a 12th century cathedral which dominates the piazza.

Lucca Photo by Margie Miklas

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You can easily spend a few hours or a few days in this Tuscan city of 85,000 inhabitants, but you will undoubtedly treasure the experience for a much longer period of time. I know I’ll return to Lucca, since a few hours is simply not enough…

Have you been to Lucca? I’d love to hear your feedback, so please leave a comment.

Grazie and Ciao

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Why I Love Italy

Vietri sul Mare on Amalfi Coast Photo by Margie MiklasWhen someone asks me why I love Italy, I can’t believe they even have to ask. All you have to do is see a few photos and your heart will melt at the sheer beauty of this amazing country.

But it’s not just the beauty, the rugged coastlines, the verdant green hillsides in Tuscany, the diverse architectural styles, the delicious food, or  its many iconic monuments. No, it’s the people that really make this country special, and I’ve been lucky enough to meet many special Italians during my eight trips to Italy these past ten years. A smile from an elderly gentleman, a wave from a cyclist, a handshake from a vendor, and an invitation to join them for lunch are just a few memories I have from my visits to Italy.

So sit back and enjoy these photographic memories and travel vicariously  back to Italy with me.

Now the destinations are impressive too, like these…

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Portofino harbor

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Carrara Marble Quarries

Pescallo on Lake Como Photo by Margie Miklas

Pescallo on Lake Como

Photo by Margie Miklas

Varenna on Lake Como

St Peter's Basilica Photo by Margie Miklas

St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican

Photo by Margie Miklas

The beach at Cefalu`

Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal Photo by Margie Miklas

Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal

Temples at Selinunte Photo by Margie Miklas

Temples at Selinunte

These are just a sampling of reasons why I love Italy.  Check out my previous blog posts for more stories and photos all over Italy.

Why do you love Italy? I’d love to know, and you don’t have to choose just one reason. So please leave a comment and share your own reasons for loving Italy.

If you enjoyed this post and want to read more about my love affair with Italy, please check out my books, available on  Amazon and Amazon UK.

Memoirs of a Solo Traveler - My Love Affair with ItalyMy Love Affair with Sicily Photo by Margie Miklas

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Sailing in Sicily Around Taormina

Sailing in Taormina, Sicily photo by Margie MiklasWho hasn’t dreamed of sailing around Sicily? A few months ago, at the end of my Sicilian road trip with Victoria De Maio as #2SicilianGals,  I had the opportunity to enjoy the scenic coast of  Taormina from the Ionian Sea on a beautiful 42-foot sailboat.

Victoria De Maio and Margie Miklas Taormina Photo by Margie MiklasMargie and Victoria (#2SicilianGals)

Thanks to the  generosity of Simona Ferro from Tripping Sicily,  this day of sailing around Taormina was a highlight of my trip in Sicily.

Simona Ferro from Tripping Sicily Photo by Margie MiklasSimona Ferro, Owner of  Tripping Sicily

Simona’s company provides personal custom luxurious cruises on yachts and sailboats, Jeep expeditions to Etna, wine tastings and cooking classes, and much more. It was after reading about this excursion on the blog, White Almond  Sicily, by Sarah Kearney, that prompted me to dream about experiencing Taormina from the vantage point of the Ionian Sea.

Victoria and I  were ready for some R&R after driving through Sicily on a fun  whirlwind 10-day road trip. Having only interacted with Sarah and Simona online, this day we would finally meet in person in Sicilia!

The very accommodating and friendly Sarah offered to arrange a car and very attractive driver to “collect” us (as Sarah says – she’s British) at our hotel in Taormina and whisk us off to the nearby port of Giardini-Naxos.

TGiardini-Naxos group at port. Photo by Margie MiklasAt the port in Giardini-Naxos ~
Margie,  Don Nunzio, Vincenzo, Victoria, Simona, and Sarah

We thought this was great, as we had navigated enough narrow streets by this time, and our car was safely tucked away in the hotel parking garage. Thank you, Sarah.

When Sarah arrived, her smile immediately created  a sense of friendship, as if we had already known each other. Did I mention that the driver from Franco Group was a drop-dead gorgeous guy named Vincenzo? He  looked as if he walked straight out of GQ magazine!

Vincenzi and Sarah - Photo by Sarah Kearney

Photo by Sarah Kearney

Once on the sailboat, I also met Adriana Bosurgi from Kimi Sicilian Gourmet. Little did I know that she would treat us to her very own specialty “Sicilian comfort food in a jar.”

Kimi Sicilian Gourmet Photo by Kimi Sicilian GourmetAlong with some delicious prosecco, we enjoyed a variety of these delights like pate di caponata, pistacchio, and sundried tomatao served on bread, bruschetta!  Absolutely delicious!

Adriana Bosurgi photo by Margie MiklasAlthough I have had few sailing experiences, I love being on the open water and feeling the wind against my face. This fabulous sailboat was a 42-foot Sun Odyssey, Carolina,  owned by Maria Letizia and Giovanni Musmeci, and they were both there as well. What nice people!

Maria Letizia pouring prosecco while sailing in Taormina Photo by Margie MiklasMaria Letizia pouring prosecco…This is the luxury lifestyle!

photo by Margie MiklasWe had such a wonderful time listening to stories and learning about the history  of Taormina from Simona and Adriana, who have both lived here for most of their lives.

Sailing in Taormina Photo by Margie MiklasSailing in Taormina Photo by Margie MiklasSimona, Adriana, Margie, and Giuseppe

Photo by Margie MiklasAdriana serving her specialty gourmet food for us

Photo by Margie MiklasAlthough it was cloudy, it was a great day on the sea.

Photo by Margie MiklasMargie, Victoria, and Sarah

And if this wasn’t enough, the next day, Simona picked us up and drove us to Villa Britannia, a boutique, historic, restored B&B, where we met the owners, Louisa Vittorio and her partner Marco.  Here we had more food of course and toured the lovely property where Louisa hosts cooking classes and wine tastings.

Photo by Margie MiklasAdriana, Louisa, and Simona

Photo by Margie MiklasAdriana, Louisa, Margie, and Simona

The property is beautiful, and the location and view are amazing.

Photo by Villa Britannia

Photo by Villa Britannia

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Photo by Villa Britannia

I’ll never forget these wonderful friends I made those two days in Sicily. They made me feel at home, and that’s what Sicilians are all about. Grazie mille for a wonderful time that I will always remember! I hope to return soon!

Photo by Margie Miklas

I’d love to hear your feedback, so please leave a comment.

Grazie and Ciao

If you enjoyed this, you may like My Love Affair with Sicily, available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon and AmazonUK

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Airfare Travel Deals to Italy

feature-imageAirline deals to Italy are making news. Have you heard that now is a good time to fly to Italy? It’s true. The airfare travel deals are amazing, since the airfares are among the lowest they have been in some time. I wanted to see for myself, and so I did some checking, just plugging in random dates and departure cities.

Alitalia plane Photo by Kayak.comAlthough the flight prices are of course, subject to change, this is what I found today.   Alitalia has roundtrip  nonstop flights from Miami to Rome for less than $600.

alitalia-miami-to-romeEmirates will fly you nonstop from JFK in NYC to Milan for $518 roundtrip.

jfk-to-milan-emiratesIf you are traveling from the West Coast, British Airlines has you covered for the unbelievable price of $494 from LAX to Rome with a stop in London on the outgoing itinerary and a stop in Chicago on the return flight.

If you can be flexible with dates, you can get to Italy and back  this year for less than you think. Again, on Alitalia, a roundtrip flight from Miami to Florence is only a little over $500. I have no connection with Alitalia. It’s just that right now they have a sale that ends Jan. 23, 2017. But I have found flights on KLM and Air France from LAX to Rome round trip for under $500. You just have to keep researching and be flexible with travel dates.

aliatalia-all-flights-florenceStop dreaming about going to Italy. Check the airfares for yourselves and make  it happen.

I’d love to hear your feedback, so please leave a comment.

Have you visited my Instagram page lately? Please stop by and check out some of my images from Italy.

Grazie and Ciao. 

 

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What Have I Learned From the Italian People

Venice Hotel owner photo by Margie MiklasEvery time I visit Italy I learn something new from the Italian people.  Certain aspects of  life in Italy  have made an indelible mark in my mind, changing my perspective on life in many ways.

Maybe more than anything else, I have been inspired by the hardiness of the older Italian men and women. No wonder Italians average lifespan is longer than that of  Americans.  According to the 2015 statistics compiled by the World Health Organization, Italians rank #6 in the world with life expectancy at age 82.7 years for both sexes.

An Italian woman in Colle d'Anchise, Italy Photo by Margie MiklasItalian people know what hard work is and are not afraid or unwilling to do whatever it takes to function in their everyday lives. In many places of  Italy, their houses are built into hillsides, which might offer great views, but also necessitates walking up hundreds of uneven stone steps every time they go anywhere.

Staircase in Matera - Photo by Margie MiklasIn some small villages, even if they own a car, they may have to park it on a street, 200 feet below their house, and walk the rest of the way.

Woman walking uphill in Dolceacqua, in Liguria - photo by Margie MiklasThis means that they do this every day, in all kinds of weather, and carrying anything they have bought, or needed to bring when they left their homes. In other places, their homes may be along the street, but the street could be on a 30 degree incline or more, as well as the ten other streets they must maneuver to reach a bus line, the chiesa ( church) or small alimentari (grocery).

Perugia Centro storico photo by Margie MiklasThis has always been their way of life though, so they know nothing else and do it without complaining or asking for help. Spending time in Italy and observing these older Italians has definitely made me think twice before complaining over trivial inconveniences, such as not having a close parking spot at the supermarket.

Woman in Longano Photo by Margie MiklasAnd the other thing I’ve noticed after talking with them, is that they are very proud of their age. When I saw an elderly woman dragging a grocery cart up the steps behind her in La Pigna, the historic center of San Remo. I stopped to talk to her. “Quanti anni hai?” I asked her. “How old are you?” With a smile, she proudly answered, “Ottant’anni,” “Eighty years old.”

San Remo in La Pigna photo by Margie MiklasI love learning about the Italian people, and whenever I visit Italy, I have to say that aside from Italy’s natural beauty, its historic monuments, the amazing food, and the authentic “made in Italy” articles, for me, the main attraction are the people.

What about you? What have you learned from the Italian people? Has it changed your life? I’d love to hear your feedback, so please share your own experience and leave a comment.

Grazie and Ciao.

If you like this, you may be interested in more stories about the Italian people in my books about my travels to Italy. Check them out on Amazon. Grazie.

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Life on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

Life in Italy - Maiori, Amalfi Coast Photo by Margie MiklasDaily life on the Amalfi Coast can be challenging, but this robust Italian smiles as he easily climbs more than three hundred steps to and from work every day. Seventy-three years young, Crescenzo is the caretaker of an abandoned castle high above the town of Maiori.

The ancient steps are uneven, built by hand with rocks of diverse shapes and sizes. In many places they are covered with grass and dirt, and in some instances, the staircase consists of tiers of dirt bolstered by stones. No handrail exists to aid in the uphill hike.

Crescenzo grins as he turns and gazes down to find me twenty stairs behind him while I pause to catch my breath. This lofty landscape is rugged, yet spectacular, and the panoramic view from the top is the ultimate reward.

The words here are from a page in Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast, my recently published photo book.

Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast by Margie Miklas

If you like this post, you may be interested in my book, available either on Amazon.com, or directly through me. I’d be happy to send you an autographed copy for the same price ($24.99) plus shipping ($5.01). International shipping costs are higher. Contact me at margieeee@comcast.net

Have you ever paid it forward? I’d love to hear your feedback, so please leave a comment.

Ciao and grazie.

If you haven’t been to my Instagram page, please check it out…Lots of photos from Italy there, like this one.

Bougainvillea in Capri on the Amalfi Coast Photo by Margie Miklas

 

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Winter Storms Blanket Italy in Snow

Photo by @giovannicappuccino https://www.instagram.com/giovanninocappuccino/Snow at Greek Theatre in Taormina, Sicily by @giovannicappuccino

Winter has definitely arrived in Italy, and the frigid temperatures and yes, even nevicata, snowfall, has reached the mezzogiorno, as far south as Sicily, even at low altitudes, along the coast. The Amalfi Coast had snow and Lecce and other towns in the Salento of Puglia were snow covered.

Enjoy these photos posted on Instagram, and other social media venues, of the snow in Italy.

Photo by Giuseppe Famiani  https://www.facebook.com/giuseppe.famianiSnow-covered Cesaro, Sicily, by Giuseppe Famiani

Snow in Taormina Photo by @sciva89 https://www.instagram.com/sciva89/Snow in Taormina by @sciva89

Snow in Taormina Photo by @villabritannia https://www.instagram.com/villabritannia/Snow in Taormina by @Villabritannia

Snow in Posto Vecchio, Puglia Photo by Giulia VadacaSnow in Posto Vecchio, Puglia  by @giulia.vadacca

 Snow in Mottola Photo by @domenicodeliaSnow in Mottola, Puglia  Photo by @domenicodelia

Snow in Bari Photo by @bariailoviuSnow in Bari Photo by @bariailoviu

Snow on prickly pear in Sicily Photo by @logifranSnow on prickly pear in Sicily  by @logifran

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Snow in Giardini Naxos, Sicily Photo by @whitealmondsicilySnow in Giardini Naxos, Sicily  by @whitealmondsicily

Snow in Matera by Francesco Morelli https://twitter.com/teorema57mSnow in Matera by Francesco Morelli

Snow in Alberobello Photo by Solanda Tours https://www.instagram.com/solanda_tours_dmc/Snow in Alberobello, Puglia by @solanda_tours_dmc

Frozen fountain in Rome Photo by http://roma.repubblica.it/cronaca/2017/01/07/foto/roma_lo_spettacolo_delle_fontane_ghiacciate-155561536/1/#8Frozen  fountain in Rome at Piazza Barberini by Angelo Franceschi

Snow in Collesano by Cinzia Cirri https://www.instagram.com/cinziacirri/Snow in Collesano, Sicily by @cinziacirri

Snow in Cesaro` Photo by Giuseppe Famiani https://www.facebook.com/giuseppe.famianiSnow in Cesarò,   Sicily, (where my grandparents were born) by Giuseppe Famiani

Any thoughts? I’d love to hear your feedback, so please leave a comment, and if you have snow pics from Italy, feel free to share the link.

Grazie and Ciao.

I loved seeing these photos of snow from all parts of Italy. Check out my Instagram page for more photos from Italia like this one from Positano.

Positano Photo by Margie Miklas

 

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Happy New Year 2017 – Some Thoughts

Happy New Year As I look back on 2016, I feel blessed and thankful for so many reasons. First, and most important, I am thankful to have my health, as I realize that others battle with physical and mental health challenges daily. I am grateful for my wonderful family, amazing friends, and the opportunity to live my life to the fullest.

I particularly would like to mention a few friends who have made my travels in Italy very special. Each of them works hard to share their talents and love for Bella Italia in their various businesses. This list  just  barely scrapes the surface of all who have impacted my life and my Italy experiences.

If you are even considering travel to Italy in 2017, I highly recommend all of these.

In no particular order…

A few months ago I had the opportunity to relax on a 42-foot sailboat and enjoy the scenic coast of  Taormina, thanks to  the  generosity of Simona Ferro from Tripping Sicily.

Simona Ferro from Tripping Sicily Photo by Margie Miklas

Simona’s company provides personal custom luxurious cruises on yachts and sailboats, Jeep expeditions to Etna, wine tastings and cooking classes, and much more.

On one of the last days of my month-long trip to Italy, this day was  one of the  highlights of my trip. Victoria De Maio and I  were ready for some R&R after driving through Sicily on a fun  whirlwind 10-day road trip. I made several new friends this day, since Sarah Kearney from White Almond – Private Sicily arranged a car and very attractive driver to “collect” us (as Sarah says – she’s British) at our hotel in Taormina and whisk us off to the nearby port of Giardini-Naxos. Sarah rode along too. It was after reading her blog about an excursion with Tripping Sicily that prompted my dream to see Taormina from the vantage point of the Ionian Sea.

taormina-allOnce on the sailboat, I also met Adriana Bosurgi from Kimi Sicilian Gourmet. Little did I know that she would treat us to her very own specialty “Sicilian comfort food in a jar.”  Along with some delicious prosecco, we enjoyed a variety of these delights like pate di caponata, pistacchio, and sundried tomatao served on bread, bruschetta!  Absolutely delicious!

img_5612The next day, Simona picked us up and drove us to Villa Britannia, a boutique, historic, restored B&B, where we met the owners, Louisa Vittorio and her partner Marco.  Here we had more food of course and toured the lovely property where Louisa hosts cooking classes and wine tastings.

Monica Cesarato Photo by Monica CesaratoIn Venice, I  had the opportunity to meet  Monica Cesarato from Monicacesarato.com, and learned a  lot about the Venetian tradition and food, cicchetti.

cicchetti Photo by Margie MiklasWhen in Venice, eat like the locals, and Monica is a local. She is a food blogger, a culinary guide, and a cooking instructor, and has even been featured on TV shows!

Victoria De Maio and Margie Miklas TaorminaAs many of you know from reading my blog, I have recently traveled with my good friend, Victoria De Maio, from PostcardZ from Victoria  as part of #2SicilianGals. I also traveled to Puglia with Victoria on one of her small group tours, which more than matched my expectations. You can read about my experience here, and I highly recommend checking out her 2017 itineraries to Puglia and Liguria.

A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Terri Affanato, owner of  Italian Decorative Art by Affanato & Co. in Vietri sul Mare. I had ordered some hand-made ceramic plates this past year,  and thanks to Terri, I was actually able to enjoy a personal tour of the artisans’ studios in Vietri, where I met Anna Rita, the artist who painted my plates!

vietri-anna-rita Photo by MArgie Miklas

Artisans in Vietri Photo by Margie MiklasNothing can compare to a personal experience where you meet the locals and I remember that day fondly. Look for a blog post soon.

Of course you know I spent two glorious peaceful weeks in October in Positano on the Amalfi Coast  at Hotel Pupetto, where I enjoyed the serene surroundings to write and finish the first draft of my novel.

Writing in Positano Photo by Margie MiklasThis family-run 33-room hotel was perfect for me and the view of the sea from my balcony was priceless.  For more about my experience there, check out my blog post. Aside from some Wi-Fi issues, I recommend this pleasant accommodation in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Another place I will always remember because of the friendliness and warmth of its owners is Hotel Villa Schuler in Taormina.

Mr and Mrs Schuler at Villa Schuler in Taormina Mr and Mrs Schuler took time out to share their thoughts about Taormina  with us while were their guests for three days and nights. The special attention made me feel like  a VIP and the view from our balcony was breathtaking.

View from Hotel Villa Schuler in Taormina Photo by Margie MiklasMy special friend Marco Jovon from Eredi Jovon in Venice is truly one of a kind. He learned his talent as a jeweler from his father and grandfather and he creates personal tailor-made cameos by hand.

Marco Jovon - Photo by Margie MiklasPlease stop by his shop in Venice on the Rialto Bridge or check out his website before you go to Italy. You won’t be disappointed. Read more about my experience meeting Marco from my blog post.

And I must mention the family-run luxury hotel company, Baglioni Hotels. Most of you know that I manage the social media for the hotel, and I have had the honor of staying at two of their hotels in Italy.

Baglioni Hotel Luna in Venice Photo by Margie MiklasThey truly do treat every guest as a VIP and make sure you have an unforgettable stay.

2015-05-26-17-33-47They have a promotion right now that is a great deal. For a limited time, until January 6, 2017, you can purchase three of their il Regalo Baglioni options for 50% discount. And the good thing is that the voucher is good for a year. Check it out here.

Another huge thank you to all of you who have been such a source of support throughout the year by reading, commenting, and following my blog, purchasing, reading, and reviewing my books, and liking and sharing my posts and photos on social media.

Margie Miklas Dec 2016 photo by Margie MiklasYou are the best and I am forever grateful! Baci e abbracci!

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Happy New Year! Felice anno nuovo!

 

 

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Italy Travel – Milan – Photo of the Day

Milan, Italy photo by Margie MiklasI love wandering around the streets of Italy and taking in snippets of everyday life. On my recent stay in Milan, I stopped for a moment to capture this scene.

What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your feedback, so please leave a comment.

Grazie and Ciao.

If you haven’t already followed my on Instagram please check it out for more images from Bella Italia.

 

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