Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast ~ $20 and free shipping

Buongiorno and Ciao! All of you who follow this blog know I have a passion for Italy and all things Italian. In the pursuit of that passion, travel to Italy becomes a way for me to satisfy that urge. My … Continued

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

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

New Audiobook ~ My Love Affair with Sicily

I’m pleased to announce that MY LOVE AFFAIR with SICILY is now also available as an audiobook! Available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. Narrated by me, you’ll be able to listen to my voice as I recount experiences in this … 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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One of the most beautiful places on Italy’s Ligurian coast is the village of Vernazza in the Cinque Terre. Seen from above, this view of Vernazza, with its pastel houses lining the marina, can be a postcard. Have you been … 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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My maternal grandparents were born in the small village of Cesarò, located in the Messina province of Sicily. I sense a real emotional connection here and truly feel at home. I cannot describe this wonderful feeling except to say that … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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I love wandering through these piazzas in Italy, where a photo opportunity appears around every corner. The beautiful Piazza Vecchia is the heart of the old town in Upper Bergamo in northern Italy’s Lombardia region. In the center of this … 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

A Few Words from the Heart

  It’s been seven weeks since I posted anything here. I simply haven’t been inspired to write. In early March, when Italy’s coronavirus outbreak escalated to large numbers of cases and deaths, predominantly in the northern regions, I felt an … Continued

Only in Italy

      After reviewing some of the tens of thousands of photos I have taken in Italy, a few interesting ones make me laugh and say, “Only in Italy.” Two things prompted me to take each photo. One  is … 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

New Amalfi Coast Book Coming Soon

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  I’m excited to announce that my fourth book on Italy is nearing completion. Since I returned from Italy, I wrote the final chapters about a place near and dear to my heart. Anyone who has been reading my blog, … 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

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

People of Italy – Photo of the Day

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This couple in Sorrento touched my heart, like so many people of Italy do. They owned and operated this shop in Sorrento, and were so kind to me, allowing me to photograph them and look around their workshop. The expressions … Continued

Borghese Park in Rome

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  In a city of almost three million people, I always enjoy finding a place to get away from it all. When I needed a break from the fast pace of sightseeing in Rome, I made my way over to … 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

Italy Travel – Photos from Portofino

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I fell in love with Portofino when I had a chance to spend a day there a few years ago on a Mediterranean cruise. This charming town on the Ligurian coast is one of the places I’d definitely plan to … 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

Walking in Italy – Streets, Staircases and Hills

Most of Italy is  mountainous or hilly at the very least, so plan on walking a lot when traveling to Bella Italia. On average, I walk a minimum of five miles a day and many times it’s closer to eight … 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

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

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

Airfare Travel Deals to Italy 2017

Airline travel deals to Italy continue to  make news. Have you heard that now is a good time to fly to Italy? It’s true. The airfare travel deals are amazing, since the airfares are among the lowest they have been … 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

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