Listen to a Sound Clip from The Venice I Know

Narrated in my own voice, The Venice I Know is now an audiobook.  Listen to this 2 1/2- minute audio clip about food and drink in Venice, from chapter 4 of The Venice I Know. Margie Miklas · The Venice … Continued

Visit a Forcola Workshop in Venice

  I’m always in favor of supporting local artisans, and if you want to experience something different, something only found in Venice, visit a forcola workshop. Very few of these woodcarving workshops remain today. Their specialty is to make oars … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day – Venice

  “Far from perfect, this island shaped like a fish entices me, despite today’s numerous issues and infrastructure difficulties that appear to worsen every year. There’s just something special about Venice, making it unique and unlike anywhere else I’ve been.” … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day – Amalfi Coast

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  By geography and topography alone, most Amalfi Coast towns are built into hills and cliffs. This fact necessitates narrow winding roads cut out of the rock and, in some instances, steep staircases to navigate through the towns. Positano definitely … Continued

New Audiobook Release – The Venice I Know

June is National Audiobook Month, and I’m thrilled to announce that my latest book on Italy,  The Venice I Know, is now an audiobook, narrated in my own voice. Click here to listen to a sample narrated in my own … Continued

New Book Release on Venice Travel

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my newest book, The Venice I Know, dedicated to the resilient people  of Venice, whom I have come to know and love. Ranking as #1 in Venice Travel Guides on Amazon’s Hot New … Continued

The Venice I Know

    My newest book is about Venice, and it’s currently in the editing phase. Despite the fairy-tale-like scenes in Venice portrayed in Hollywood movies, and the romantic photos posted on Instagram, Venice is much more than just another beautiful … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day – Venice

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Beneath us is the beautiful Piazza san Marco, and I can also see far beyond it. So many red rooftops create a sea of buildings, and the panoramic views of Venice are more than I could ever hope to see. … Continued

Limoncello – Drink of the Amalfi Coast

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Almost synonymous with the Amalfi Coast is limoncello, the refreshing liqueur, aperitif, and digestivo made from the large lemons grown in Campania. While controversy exists regarding the origins of this popular drink, limoncello prevails as the drink of choice anywhere … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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The island of Murano in the Venetian lagoon has ranked as the world’s finest center for glass making since the thirteenth century. Have you been to Murano? I love feedback, so please feel free to share your thoughts. Ciao and … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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  I love watching Antonio, almost fourteen, as he walks arm in arm with his dad in the streets of Sicily. This scene is not one commonly seen in America, which is why I appreciate its meaning. If you are … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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“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.” – John Steinbeck A jewel of exquisite beauty on the Amalfi Coast Steep streets with endless … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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The view of the town of Maiori from the top of the mountain is magnificent. Life here seems simple, and yet, at the same time, it is difficult. By geography and topography alone, most Amalfi Coast towns are built into … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day – Napoli

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A pasticceria is a dream come true for anyone with a sweet tooth. I cannot walk past Leopoldo CafeBar without satisfying my craving for dolci in Napoli. A dessert restaurant since 1940, this establishment is named after its founder, Leopoldo  … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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Venice possesses a charisma I can’t resist. These gondolas lined up on the Grand Canal are the universal image of Venice. I wait for the day I can return to La Serenissima. How about you? Have you experienced a gondola … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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Lake Como seems magical to me, and this scene in the small village of Varenna needs no words. Have you traveled to Varenna on Lake Como? I’d love to hear your about your experiences, so please leave a comment. For … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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The seaside town of Scilla  is a beautiful and delightful fishing village in Reggio Calabria. Have you visited Scilla or driven past this picturesque town on your way back from Sicily? I’d love to hear your your thoughts. Please leave … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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I loved watching this gondolier in Venice before I snapped this photo. The life of a gondolier in Venice may seem romantic, but specific requirements must be met before one attains this title. In the 16th century, over 10,000 gondoliers … Continued

Siena’s Fountain of Joy

  Anyone who has visited Siena couldn’t miss the famous  Fountain of Joy, also known as Fonte Gaia. Situated on the high side of Piazza del Campo, this fifteeenth-century white marble sculpted fountain and pool is one of a few … Continued

Italian Lifestyle Photos – Only in Italy

I take photos everywhere I go in Italy. I find beauty on a narrow street and tranquility in the setting sun, but I also  seem to be drawn to unique circumstances, which are part of the Italian lifestyle. These situations … Continued

Rome Colosseum Underground Tour

When an opportunity arose for me to experience a Colosseum Underground Tour, including a walk through the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum with The Roman Guy, I was elated and wasted no time making arrangements. It’s been years since I’ve … Continued

Return to Italy

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Travel is an integral component of my DNA, or at least it has been, ever since I became an adult. I’ve been fortunate to be able to visit Italy almost every year, beginning in 2007, when I fell in love … Continued

Vietri Ceramics Artist

In Vietri-sul-Mare I don’t think I can walk five feet without hues of blue, yellow, red, and green showering my senses. Brilliant colors blast my eyes like a kaleidoscope, and I love it. At a little workshop, I have the … Continued

Photo Collage from Venice ~ Italy Travel

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Italy travel is on the rise and Venice is a favorite travel destination. Its beloved nickname of La Serenissima, seems to be going by the wayside though, as the city becomes congested with tourists. Venice is one of my favorite … Continued

Life in Italy in Photos

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    Life in Italy is not always easy. This photo is typical of many places where staircases, steps, and inclined walkways are the norm. The first set of steps is in Positano on the Amalfi Coast, and the next … Continued

Favorite Instagram Photos from Rome

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    Rome is a place I can visit over and over, and experience something new every time. Enjoy some of my favorite Instagram photos from Rome. View this post on Instagram A welcome sight on these hot days in … Continued

Making Charcoal in Italy – A Lost Art

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One of the highlights of my visit to Le Marche is an authentic Italian experience with the coalmen or carbonai in the Metauro River valley of Borgo Pace. These charcoal burners are the last of a generation to make charcoal … Continued

My Favorite Instagram Photos from Venice

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Venice is a favorite place in Italy for me. Enjoy some of my favorite Instagram photos from Venice.   View this post on Instagram One of the most photographed sights in Venice ~ The Bridge of Sighs ##Travel #Italy #Venice … Continued

A Flower Vendor in Naples

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On a side street in Naples across from a church a flower vendor sets up shop every day. The street might be dirty and graffiti may cover the side of his three-wheeled Ape vehicle, yet he tends to his plants … Continued

Authentic Artisan Experience in Le Marche

Tucked away in a village in Le Marche is the workshop of Emanuele Francioni, a talented young artisan who is the sixth-generation to carry on an age-old family tradition. This special method of printing with handmade stencils and paint comes … Continued

Life in Italy – You Gotta Love the Italians

  Life in Italy is beautiful Yes, for sure,  I love traveling to Italy whenever I can. The more I visit Italy, the more I learn from the Italian people and their beautiful lifestyle. You gotta love the Italians. I … Continued

Exploring Rome with a Local

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Although I’ve visited the Eternal City on five previous occasions, I never had the opportunity to explore Rome with a local, until now. I yearned to be in the city again, since my last time in Rome was four years … Continued

A Luxury Villa in Tuscany

Close your eyes and imagine yourself on a hillside in Tuscany, surrounded by the beauty of nature, a  feeling of serenity, and a gorgeous terra cotta tinted villa. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?  This was my reality as I … Continued

Mammoni and Mammismo – An Italian Lifestyle

Six years ago I wrote a post  about an Italian lifestyle titled Mammoni – Mamma’s Boys in Italy and today it ranks as my most popular post.  Mammoni, a term applied to single Italian men who live at home with their … Continued

Video View of the Amalfi Coast Road

For all the times I’ve tried to describe the Amalfi Coast road, I could never really adequately explain what this short video shows so clearly.  A classic example of “show, don’t tell.” Thank you, Coastal Living Instagram, for posting this … Continued

25 Favorite Photos of Tuscany

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  Tuscany is one of the most popular destinations in Italy, and these photos easily explain why.   Located in central Italy, Tuscany  stretches from the Apennine Mountains to the Tyrrhenian Sea. From the rolling hills with scenes of serene … Continued

Surviving an Airport Strike in Italy

Last week travelers were affected by an airport strike in Italy.. So what’s new, right? Strikes in Italy are commonplace, part of the lifestyle. They can occur with all modes of transportation, and they do, on a regular basis. During … Continued

Italy Travel Tips – What I Learned from Experience

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You know, you can do the same thing ten times and still learn from your experience. And this certainly holds true for travel. No matter how many times I travel to Italy I learn something new, sometimes through challenging experiences. … Continued

The Faraglioni Rocks of Capri

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Emerging out of the depths of the Tyrrhenian Sea are mammoth rock formations. I experience a magical moment when I first see the towering “sea stacks” located at the southern end of the island of Capri. They cause me to … Continued

Views of Italy – Photo of the Day

  Italy is a photographer’s dream, with views to die for everywhere I go. So to choose one place where the view is a favorite is impossible…Enjoy just a few of my most memorable scenes from my travels to Bella … Continued

Travel to Italy – Photographic Images from Lucca

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Whenever I travel to Italy, my camera is a necessity to capture the memories of a place and its photographic images forever.  The images are from Lucca, a delightful city in Tuscany not far from Pisa or Florence. If you … Continued

Why I Love Italy

When someone asks me why I love Italy, I can’t believe they even have to ask. All you have to do is see a few photos and your heart will melt at the sheer beauty of this amazing country. But … Continued

Sailing in Sicily Around Taormina

Who hasn’t dreamed of sailing around Sicily? A few months ago, at the end of my Sicilian road trip with Victoria De Maio as #2SicilianGals,  I had the opportunity to enjoy the scenic coast of  Taormina from the Ionian Sea … Continued

What Have I Learned From the Italian People

Every time I visit Italy I learn something new from the Italian people.  Certain aspects of  life in Italy  have made an indelible mark in my mind, changing my perspective on life in many ways. Maybe more than anything else, … Continued

Life on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

Daily 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 … Continued

Happy New Year 2017 – Some Thoughts

As I look back on 2016, I feel blessed and thankful for so many reasons. First, and most important, I am thankful to have my health, as I realize that others battle with physical and mental health challenges daily. I … Continued

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