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.

~Excerpt from Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like my photo/coffee table book featuring images and correlating stories about Naples and the Amalfi Coast.

Each photograph tells its own story, enhanced by the lively and insightful narrative that accompanies it. If you’ve visited this special area of Italy, you will want to return once you’ve turned the pages of her book. lf you’ve never traveled there, you will put a trip to Naples and the Amalfi Coast at the top of your bucket list.” – Recent Amazon review

Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast by Margie Miklas

Available on Amazon in hardback $24.99

Have you visited Naples or the Amalfi Coast? Did you love it as much as I did?ย  I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment.

Grazie and ciao

12 Responses

  1. I’ve never visited the Amalfi Coast (in Italy I’ve only been to Rome and it was eons ago) but you sure give me reasons to add it to my wish list ๐Ÿ™‚
    Turtle Hugs

  2. Bon giorno, Margie. Oh how much I enjoy reading your articles, it always makes me feel I am there in this beautiful country. Grazie. And then the photographs, a feast for my eyes. Never been to the Amalfi coast etc but would have loved to, of course. Now sadly I never will. Although I have been to Italy countless times, never been south of Rome. Now we are just flying into Venice, bus to Padua (day visits to Venice and Torcello) ๐Ÿ˜ƒand after a week or so of P. On to Roma by train for another week or so. We now skip Firenze completely. We miss being in Italy very much. Ciao, Carina

    • I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your comment, Carina. I hope you have a wonderful time in Padua, a place I actually have not yet visited. Enjoy Rome and your days in Bella Italia!! Grazie, Bella.

  3. Not yet, but next Spring I am hoping! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your post today, a welcome change from what has otherwise been a sad day.

  4. Love this picture and your observations. I often noticed how well-shaped old women’s calves are in Italy. I imagine this man also has a nice pair of legs under those jeans. With the women it’s a bit more obvious with a skirt and a pair of shoes with a sensible heel. We have our one-story houses, elevators and parking close to where we need to be, but our legs? And as you say, our stamina?

    • Thank you so much Karen…I too often wonder about the people and their lives…One thing for sure though, they do have stamina!!

  5. Gloria Walsh

    Love love love the book!

  6. Anonymous

    I remember this picture! One of many!

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