Going to Italy to Write

Writing _ Photo by Margie MiklasI will be leaving for Italy in less than a month and my main purpose in going this time is to spend time in a beautiful peaceful setting to relax and to write. The Amalfi Coast, and specifically, Positano is that place where I feel most relaxed and inspired. For me this special place on the Tyrhhenian Sea is magical and like a Paradise. When I am there I wish I could stay forever.

So this trip I am indulging my dreams and am staying in a beach side hotel where I have a balcony that opens to the sea and I can hear the sound of the waves as they roll against the shore a few hundred feet away.

Fornillo Beach in Positano Photo by Margie MiklasI am not going here to play tourist or to run around sightseeing every day. Instead I am going here to write, to be inspired to work on my novel that I began two years ago and hope to complete and publish in early 2017.

Stairway in Positano - Photo by Margie MiklasWhile I am dedicating most of my time there to writing, I am not going to be a hermit and never leave the hotel. I plan on walking every day, and staircases like this one are the only way to reach the center of town. So I will be sure to get my daily dose of Italian exercise.

I do plan on a few things while I am  there, so stay tuned. I am intent on hiking the Path of the Gods, an activity that I never would have even considered a few years ago. I am a little more fit and in better shape now, so I am eager to experience this walk high above the town. In case you missed my post about it, you can read more about this here. I will definitely be posting photos on Facebook from that hike, even though I may not have time  to write about it until after I return home.

I’m interested in your thoughts, so please leave a comment.

Grazie and Ciao.

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53 Responses

  1. fairyweds

    What a great idea 🙂 I wish I could do the same but I would go to Italy and stay there 🙂 Hope you had a great time

  2. Taking to the Open Road

    What an AMAZING plan! Good luck with the book. I’m sure you’ll finish it in such inspired surrounds. Love everything you’ve described about your pad overlooking the water.

  3. Lora by Lora

    This is my favourite part of Italy. Hope you get all the inspiration your are looking for. Looking forward to your novel too. X

  4. dollygoolsby

    I will look forward to your posts from Positano. Best of luck on your writing. I would love to do what you are doing.

  5. Sherry

    Margie, I wish I could visit you there. I can’t wait to read this novel. I know it will be inspired! Have a wonderful trip, be safe and I can hardly wait to hear more of your adventures.

  6. annepflugcom

    Lucky, lucky you!!
    I still remember a time when you did not speak Italian and had no thoughts of writing. Now you have several books under your belt and are finishing a novel, no less. LADY, YOU HAVE COME FAR!!!
    You are certainly following your dreams and I look forward to reading your novel!

    • margieinitaly

      Thank you so much, Anne…One never knows what the future holds, and I know you believe it too, that we each can do whatever we set our minds toward!!! Your blog is just a start too…I look foward to your book one day soon!!

  7. Tony

    I imagine you will be quite inspired to write staying in such a beautiful place ! Looking forward to the posts on Facebook and the posts once you are back home. Enjoy and be inspired!! 🙂

  8. Lois Patton

    All good wishes for a happy, productive time in this special place. I will look forward to your report when you return!

  9. robinblocker

    That looks like a spectacular hike. I’m anxious to follow your experience and use it as a guide. Are there places along the way to stay perhaps.

  10. stephanie710

    Wow. Good for you, Margie. I’m glad you’re following your dreams, and in the place that inspires you most. I wish you great success on your creative journey. I know you’ll do great things.

  11. Janey

    I wish I could remember the name of the book I read that made me fall in love with Positano! A sweet love story that had such detailed descriptions of the landscapes and culture, that I knew I had to see it one day. I will!
    I did do the hikes at cinque terre and loved it all. Tho the day after we did it was the day of the landslides at the “walk of lovers-the walk of locks”, and it was a sad day for all there.
    Cannot wait to read about your adventures! I’m not on FB so I do hope you post some images here as well!!
    Thanks for the memories this morning…

    • gracerocco

      I first fell in love with Positano and the Amalfi Coast when I saw the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun. I never dreamed that I would actually see it. My opportunity came several years later when I took a trip with my Italian studies teacher to study at Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento! Well, needless to say, I fell in love! I found a little studio to rent in Sorrento and I have been going back ever since. It’s an easy trip to Amalfi from Sorrento! I always try to explore more of the Amalfi coast every time I go back. Last May it was Cetara, Maiore and Vietri sul Mare…love!!! I will also be back at the end of September and I know I will be doing more exploring! Buon viaggio a te!

    • margieinitaly

      Thanks Janey..Was the book Love on the Rocks:A Positano Tale by Catie Costa? I read it and really enjoyed it…I particularly liked the descriptions that were so accurate of Positano.

  12. Andrew Petcher

    Following in the footsteps of Steinbeck – “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone”.

  13. gracerocco

    Ciao Margie,
    I really enjoy your blog! I spend a lot of time in Sorrento, so I relate to your writing. This trip will be wonderful because you are doing what you have been dreaming of doing. You will enjoy the hike. Two friends of mine did it last May. They were tired but loved it! I’ll be in Sorrento in October. I rent a cute little studio near Piazza Tasso. It’s perfect for me, nothing fancy. I’ve been going twice a year for 5-6 weeks at a time. I’m becoming part of the fabric of life there. I love it! I make more friends each time I go. It feels like a second home. Enjoy your trip. I can’t wait to see your pictures and read your blog!
    Saluti e buon viaggio!
    Grace Rocco

    • margieinitaly

      Thank you Grace for stopping by and sharing your experiences…We have much in common…My parents live in Naples, Florida and I visit often. I agree Sorrento is a perfect spot to stay and travel along the Amalfi Coast from there… Have a wonderful trip!!! It is great that is has become your 2nd home.

      • gracerocco

        Hi Margie,
        When you come to visit your parents here in Naples we should meet at Dolce & Salata for caffe e dolce! Actually my new favorite is a cup of espresso laced with a splash of Sambuca black! Yummy! Thanks for your good wishes! I hope you have a wonderful trip, too. I look forward to hearing all about it on your blog. I’ll be posting all about my adventures in Sorrento and there a outs on Facebook.
        Abbracci e Baci a te!!! ❤️🇮🇹😊❤️

      • gracerocco

        Hi Margie,
        Let’s meet for caffe e dolce when you come to see your parents here in Naples FL. Dolce & Salata is nice! My new fav is espresso laced with a little Sambuca black…yummy!
        Thanks for the good wishes on my trip! You enjoy your trip, too. I’m looking forward to reading all about it and seeing your pictures! I share my adventures on Facebook (Grace M Rocco). My friends love to hear about Italy! We’re all Italophyles!
        Abbracci e baci a te!

  14. Archana

    I went to Italy recently and would love to go back again to See Amalfi coast and southern italy. Enjoy your trip! Look forward to reading more

    • margieinitaly

      Thank you so much. I hope you ahd a great time in Bella Italia and that next trip you get to the Amalfi Coast..There is always so much to see and never enough time

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