An Interview with Chef Dawn of B&D Culinary Sensations

I am honored to interview my friend, Dawn DeStefano, whom I first met while taking Italian classes. I knew then that Dawn had a special talent, not only in her skills with the Italian language, but in her ability to … Continued

Live Like an Italian |Reposted from Rick’s Rome

Rick Zullo is an American who now lives in Rome. I met him through Twitter, and discovered his blog, Rick’s Rome:Help and Advice for Expats and Travelers. He is also the author of two books about Italy. I recently read … Continued

10 Top Tips for Solo Travel – Guest Post by FlavoursHolidays

Today I am honored to feature a special guest blog post  from FlavoursHolidays. 10 top tips for solo travel Some years ago I was planning a family trip to Italy. The kids were in their late teens, my husband was … Continued

Mother’s Day in Italy is Festa della Mamma

Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms and Auguries to Mammas in Italia on Festa della Mamma! Happy MothersDay to everyone who has the full-time job of being a mother. I realize how fortunate I am to have a loving mother. … Continued

Giro d’Italia Stage 3

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I was supposed to be in Italy today watching Stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia. As you know the trip is postponed till September when hopefully my brother will be able to go and run circles around me. The next … Continued

Recent Travel News from Italy

Sorry I have not posted here lately.I didn’t even realize it has been ten days. I have been doing a lot of editing of my book and have been busy with other things, like everyone else. No excuses. So many … Continued

Lake Como, Italy Photos

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Lake Como is one of the most beautiful places I have seen and lends itself to some opportunities to capture gorgeous photos. Enjoy some  Lake Como, Italy photos, from  scenes in Varenna, Bellagio, Pescallo, and Menaggio. Varenna Steep Staircase in … Continued

Italy in Pictures – Photos from Small Towns in Italy

My brother Rick says thank you to everyone who has sent him get well wishes and he reports that he is walking three miles at a time now. You know he is gearing up to put me through the paces … Continued

What I Love About Italy

Where do I start? There are so many reasons I love Italy, and if you have been following my blog you probably know most of them. The people, the little villages built into the hillsides, the architecture, the art, the … Continued

Italian Salaries Among the Lowest in Europe

Italy is not a place to get rich quick, in terms of salary. Although their socialistic government compensates workers with pensions and health care as well as their form of unemployment, the average salaries in Italy are among the lowest … Continued

Photos from the Amalfi Coast – My Favorite Place in Italy

Italy has so much to offer and there are many places that I would always want to return. Venice is one. Sicily is another and the Amalfi Coast is another, just to name three. I have thoroughly been taken by … Continued

Scenes from Italy – A Short Movie

I am supposed to be writing today according to my own self-imposed agenda, and I did write this morning. I still have to finish two articles by  tomorrow afternoon, but somehow got sidetracked looking through my photos of Italy. Imagine … Continued

Writing Update and Hotel Bookings

I have had quite a few days off from the hospital and it has been wonderful because I could use that time to write. In the past week I wrote five articles for a travel website that I write for … Continued

Sicily Photo Scenes

Now that I am making plans to go back to Sicily in less than four months I decided to share some photos from Sicily. Not that many travelers to Italy make it to Sicily and yet there is so much … Continued

Happy New Year 2013

I think this may be my longest period between blog posts. The main reason I was not posting anything is not due to slacking, but because I was sick. Although I had a wonderful time in NYC , when I … Continued

A Little Bit of Italy in New York City

Last weekend I went to New York City and had a great time. Everything was all decorated for Christmas and the streets were crowded with excited travelers who  were there for the same reason that I was. Despite the rain … Continued

More Flooding in Italy

I feel badly for the Italians as many areas have recently been hit with severe weather and flooding. Here is a video showing the rising waters of the River Tiber in Rome. More and more it seems that this time … Continued

Italy News – Venice Flooded Again

I love Venice and it is a city that I would always love seeing again. This weekend though Venice was hit with heavy flooding with water five feet above the level of the Adriatic Sea, resulting in 70 percent of … Continued

Photographic Memories from Italy

It seems that the photographs I post here are always a big hit so I decided to do a post of more photos from Italy.  Enjoy!

Daylight Savings Time Ends this Weekend in Italy

Italy turns their clocks back one hour this weekend, and in the U.S. we do not adjust our clocks until next weekend. This is not that interesting unless you are making a phone call to Italy or traveling to or … Continued

My Sicilian Friend Teresa

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Meet my Sicilian friend, Teresa Savoca.This is a recent photo of her as she celebrated her 50th birthday! I love the cake! Teresa is the older sister of Angela, who I have mentioned before in this blog, and we have … Continued

Golden Day Eighty-One: Portofino with Margie Miklas

Thank you to Susan Van Allen for offering me this opportunity to write about one of my favorite places in Italy!

Contest Results and Winner Announced

As promised after 5pm today I would post the results of the photo locations and announce the winner of the contest, who will receive an autographed copy of “Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy.” One … Continued

Italy Photo Contest – Win an Autographed Copy of my New Book

Let’s have a little fun with photography and Italy. I am going to post some photos that I shot in Italy and I wonder who will know the locations of the photos. Please leave your comments listing the photo numbers … Continued

Venice Rallies for Independence from Italy

Thousands of protesters assembled for a rally on October 6 in Venice to demand independence from Italy. Predominantly for economic reasons, the separatist group, Independenza Veneta, wishes to create their own country which would be called “Repubblica Veneta,” and would … Continued

Sorrento – Great Location on the Amalfi Coast

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Sorrento is a wonderful place to use as a base on a visit to the Amalfi Coast. Not only is Sorrento a beautiful city with picturesque marinas, lively piazzas and magnificent churches, but its location is central for day trips … Continued

Writing, Books and Other Good Things

Lately I have been concentrating on promoting my book about my solo travel adventure to Italy and learning some marketing tips from the expert, Melissa Foster.  It has been nice having the days off to focus on this, but it … Continued

Memoirs of a Solo Traveler Hits #15 in Amazon Kindle Solo Travel Category

I want to say thank you to anyone who has bought my book, Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy. It has hit the #15 spot on the Amazon Kindle solo travel category. The numbers update … Continued

More Italy News – Protester on Dome at St Peter’s at the Vatican

This week at St Peter’s there was more drama than usual when a protestor scaled the dome after climbing over a railing around the cupola.

My Solo Travel Adventure in Italy Has Been Featured in La Gazzetta Italiana

As you may or may not know I am a contributing writer for the  Italian-American newspaper, La Gazzetta Italiana, which is based out of Cleveland, my home town. My editor, Gabriella Mileti recently gave me the opportunity to write an … Continued

News in Italy – iPhone 5

Sometimes I think the news in Italy is more interesting than the news in other places, especially when I hear about some laws that seem foreign to American standards. Other times the news is very similar to what we have … Continued

Driving Along the Amalfi Coast – A Video

One of my favorite Italian blogs, Once in a Lifetime Travel, featured this great video today about driving in Italy and particularly along the Amalfi Coast, so I am reposting it. It really shows it exactly how it is. And … Continued

Venice News – Rialto Bridge Restoration Plans

The Rialto Bridge is undoubtedly the most famous bridge in Venice and has joined other monuments in Italy for needing restoration work. A few months ago the Venice city council approved a study as to whether it would be feasible … Continued

Photo Collage – Church Interiors in Italy

I have been so preoccupied with editing my book and getting the word out that I sort of slacked off on posting anything about Italy, and frankly doing much of anything else. So today I worked outside a little in … Continued

My Solo Travel Paperback Book Now Available on Amazon

Wow things are moving much faster than expected and the paperback version of my book, “Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy,” is now available on Amazon. Click here to order and see the details. The … Continued

Italy’s “8 per mille” religious tax

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I have commented previously about my observations while in Italy regarding the collections taken at church. I had noticed on every occasion that during the Mass the collections consisted solely of change. Later I learned that the churches are “paid” … Continued

Photos from Rome – Italy Travel

I have been to Rome five times and still have not seen all of it. The first time was for six days and it was exhausting since we were on the go continually. There is just so much to see … Continued

Interesting Italian Facts and Trivia

I always knew some of these things to be true and some of the others took me completely by surprise. See how many of these you know.  I must give credit to David Hoffman, who is the author of “Little … Continued

Italy Photos – Street Scenes

Italy is full of interesting people and places and naturally I see these as photo opportunities. Enjoy. These cats look pretty healthy and I guess if I hung out near the water on the Amalfi Coast I would have a … Continued

News from Italy

It seems like Italy is desperate to find ways to make money. Now they are fining dog owners in Molise if their dogs bark between certain hours. Molise is the region where my paternal grandparents were born, although not this … Continued

Italy Travel – Venice – St Mark’s Square

Anyone who has been to Venice has been to St Mark’s Square but have you seen it from above? These are the views I had from the top of the Bell Tower. Totally awesome!

New Fiat Commercial “Immigrants” and Amalfi Coast

I absolutely love this new commercial from Fiat! As you can probably tell this commercial was most definitely filmed on the Amalfi Coast, particularly in Maiori, where I have stayed and also the towns of Positano, Atrani, Maiori, Minori and … Continued

Sicily Art Studio in Caltagirone

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I had written an article for the Italian-American newspaper, La Gazzetta Italiana on the art in the Sicilian city of Caltagirone, and I was pleasantly surprised a few days ago to see that my article was featured on their online … Continued

Italy Travel Photos – More Random Street Scenes

I knew I had some other great street scenes that  I  wanted to post so here they are. This first one was not far from my friend Teresa’s house in Sicily. At first I thought these dogs were statues but … Continued

Italy Travel Photos – Random Street Scenes

I love taking random photographs of people in the street. I found these taxi drivers waiting for their next fare at the Verona train station. Here is a typical scene in front of a newspaper shop or tabacchi. You can … Continued

Cesarò, Sicily – Birthplace of my Savoca Grandparents

I have been practicing with these Google Maps and created a map of the village of Cesarò in Sicily, where my maternal grandparents were born. I have visited this village three times and it is like stepping back in time. … Continued

Photo Collage of Food in Italy

Back by popular demand are some photos from food in Italy. For some reason everyone loves to see the food. I guess if you can’t be there the next best thing is  a photograph!

Margie in Italy
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