My Amalfi Coast Love Affair Photos

Positano Photo by Margie Miklas

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

My Amalfi Coast Love Affair by Margie Miklas

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.

Margie in Italy View-of- Vesuvious Photo by Margie Miklas

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.

Margie in Italy Approaching Naples Photo by Margie Miklas

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.

Margie in Italy Amalfi-Coast Photo by Margie Miklas

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.


Photo by Chris Sampson (Flickr)
Photo by Chris Sampson (Flickr)

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 in Italy Photo by Margie Miklas


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.

My Amalfi Coast Love Affair book cover Photo by Margie Miklas

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.

Grazie and Ciao

5 Responses

  1. Sonali Chawla

    Hello! That’s a great blog with such beautiful pictures. I have never been to Florence and all these amazing pictures inspire me to plan my trip soon. I have been to Rome and Venice. I have shared my Venice Experience as well. Hope you enjoy the read

    • margieinitaly

      Thank you so much. I love Venice as well, and hope you get to Florence soon. Thank you for sharing your blog here

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