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

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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The stunning Rialto Bridge at night. At the mere mention of Venice this memory floods my senses. An iconic landmark, the oldest bridge in Venice is also one of the most photographed. At night it’s almost magical. Have you experienced … 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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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

Italy Photo of the Day

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St Mark’s Square in Venice is arguably one of the most romantic and beautiful piazzas in Italy. Venice at night seems even more magical, especially with the dulcet sounds of love songs filling the air. These professional musicians entertain until … Continued

Venice by Night

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Venice by night is magical. Traveling on a vaporetto along the Grand Canal, I’m mesmerized at the sight of all the architecture lit up against the night sky. The air is still and the wind blows just enough to cause … 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

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

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

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

Burano – A Colorful Gem in the Venice Lagoon

On your next trip to Venice, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the unique island of Burano. This community has charm of its own with its brightly painted small houses that  artists and photographers dream about. Located in the Venetian … Continued

Architecture of Italy

One of the many highlights in Italy is the spectacular architecture. Not only the age of some of Italy’s monuments but the style and sheer beauty is what strikes me. Spanning almost 3000 years, Italy’s diverse architectural styles reflect the … Continued

A Trip to the Hospital in Venice

I recently retired from a lifelong career as a critical-care nurse and I have always been curious about hospitals in foreign countries. Often I have been tempted to walk inside and have a look around. Usually there isn’t enough time, … Continued

Italy Travel – Photo of the Day

I always enjoy watching local artisans and artists at work. I came across this artist on a footbridge in Venice. She was so focused on her painting that I dared not interrupt. Do you notice anything particularly interesting in this … Continued

Meet Marco Jovon – Authentic Artisan in Venice

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One of the benefits of social media is the ability to connect with people from other parts of the world. And one of the benefits of traveling to other parts of the world is the chance to actually meet one … Continued

Countdown to Italy

Of course it’s no surprise to anyone who knows me or is a follower of this blog, that I am always looking for opportunities to return to Italy. The time is fast approaching when I will be leaving for Bella … Continued

An Interview with a Mosaic Artist and Designer – Meet Felicia Funderburk

Today I am  truly honored to introduce you to Felicia  Funderburk, creator, designer, and owner of  Fragments Mosaic Studio in Los Angeles.  Felicia is a  mosaic artist with a love and passion for Italy, and it certainly can be felt … Continued

Venice Proposes Noisy Luggage Ban for Tourists

Italy has always had some weird laws, but the latest one proposed seems over the top to me., so much so that I feel compelled to write about it today. The city of Venice has just proposed a “noisy luggage … Continued

Luxury in Venice at Luna Hotel Baglioni

As many of you may or may not know, I manage the Twitter account and the blog for Italian Talks, whose parent company is Baglioni Hotels. I was privileged to spend one night as a guest in the Luna Hotel … Continued

Shopping Rialto Market in Venice

Rialto Market in Venice attracts over 20 million tourists every year. This centuries-old marketplace has been serving Venetians since the year 1097. One of the benefits of social media is meeting people with similar interests from all over the world. … Continued

Venice by Boat

Venice is a city full of history, art, culture, and rich traditions. I was fortunate enough this trip to be a guest of Context Italy on their “Venice by Boat” tour. Context Italy has been doing walking tours all over … Continued

How to Plan for a Trip to Italy

By now you must know that I enjoy travel planning almost as much as I enjoy traveling…well, not quite. But I do like figuring out my own itinerary when I go to Italy, and I also like the idea of … Continued

I'm Going Back to Italy~Are You Really Surprised?

I am excited because I am planning another trip to Italy!  This one will be this fall, just after I retire from my nursing career. What a treat not to have to request time off and wait for it to … 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

Italy News – Another Transportation Strike in Italy

What’s new in Italy? Another 24 hour scheduled transportation strike today has affected travel in Rome, Venice, Naples, Palermo, Bari, Torino, and other cities across Italy. Seventy-five percent of Italy’s buses ground to a halt this morning, and even some … Continued

Venice’s St. Mark’s Square Inundated Again with Flooding and Ice

I love Venice but I am glad I am not there now as the city and visitors have to deal once again with flooding and this time with ice too. Intrepid pedestrians navigate ice floes in Venice’s St. Mark’s Square … Continued

Some News from Italy

I thought I would write about Italy and specifically mention some of the topics making news there. A few of these will definitely affect sightseeing agendas and travel plans especially in Rome. It is no secret that Italy’s economy is … 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

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

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

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

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