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

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11 Responses

  1. Lovely words and book, Margie! Crescenzo must know every slanted step of that staircase.

    • Thanks Karen, I am sure he does!! Definitely put me to shame. I like to think that I am in better shape now than I was when I visited this abandoned castle high above Maiori.

  2. I love the ancient steps and the people who still use them. I wonder if they ever think of their parents and grandparents walking those same steps.

  3. must be the lemons!

  4. I’m so excited to witness this for myself in just 16 weeks!

  5. Beautiful post, Margie!

  6. Amazing this is part of his daily walk. Guess there is no need for exercise ; )

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