So many of my readers tell me they wish I included photos in my books. The reason I chose not to do so, is because they don’t show up well in paperback books. So I’ve decided to post an excerpt and several Amalfi Coast photos to accompany it.
From My Amalfi Coast Love Affair
An excerpt from
Chapter 1 Traveling to the Amalfi Coast – It’s a Process
“One hundred forty-four miles and an hour and twenty minutes later, we arrive at Napoli Centrale, the main station in Naples. The real highlight of this scenic journey is a view of the larger-than-life Vesuvius volcano, a decidedly different change of scenery after miles of rolling hills with grazing sheep.
On the approach to Naples, though, the landscape deteriorates as the train glides by the slum-like apartment houses and graffiti-laced stations. Not a great PR pitch for this old city in the south of Italy. On to the next leg of today’s trip.
Today is my first visit to the Amalfi Coast. This thirty-three-mile stretch of rugged winding coastline in southern Italy is not such an easy destination to reach. No trains or airports service this place in the Campania region of Italy, and the available travel options consist of buses, ferries, and private driver services.
Even though three of us are traveling together, our budget doesn’t allow for the costly option of a private driver. So, today’s transportation of choice becomes the regional narrow-gauge train known as the Circumvesuviana. This is basically a commuter train which local residents use to get to and from their jobs for an affordable fare.
The train line is aptly named because its twenty-nine-mile itinerary connects the city of Naples with no less than thirty individual towns around Mount Vesuvius before it reaches its final destination of Sorrento; hence, circum (around) and Vesuviana (Vesuvius). Although Sorrento is not actually part of the Amalfi Coast, it is a lovely city which serves as an excellent hub and gateway to the Amalfi Coast.
“Margie Miklas writes from her heart and soul. While providing much valuable practical information on “must see” locations, she makes the reader fall in love with this very special place through her vivid and heartfelt portrayal of her multiple travel experiences here. “
The people of the Amalfi Coast left indelible memories with me. Have you had similar experiences on the Amalfi Coast? I’d love to hear about them, so please leave a comment and share your story with me.
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