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

Announcing the New Audiobook, Critical Cover-Up

  Big News! My debut medical thriller,  CRITICAL COVER-UP, originally published in 2017, has just been released as an audiobook! Narrated by the the talented Blair Seibert, my first novel is now also available on Audible, Amazon, and Apple Books. … Continued

A Cure for Deceit by Margie Miklas Wins Silver Award

  It’s official!  A Cure for Deceit  won a prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA). ANNOUNCED AT the 2020 FLORIDA WRITERS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE The Florida Writers Association, Inc., (FWA) has announced that Margie Miklas’ winning entry, A Cure for Deceit, … Continued

Travel, Writing, Quarantine, and Awards

As you know by now, travel is in my blood, and like many of you, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve had to cancel my plans to go to Italy this year. At this point, without a safe … 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

New Release ~ A Medical Thriller

  It’s official!  A Cure for Deceit, a medical thriller,  has been published! I am pleased to announce the release of my latest book, A Cure for Deceit Now available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.   What happens … 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

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

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

Critical Cover-Up is Available Now

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I’m thrilled to announce that the wait is over, and my novel, Critical Cover-Up, has been published and is  available now on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. A psychological thriller where corruptive hospital practices threaten to shatter illusions of … Continued

Seaside Photos in Italy

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Beautiful beach scenes and seaside views abound in Italy. Since Italy is a peninsula with two large islands, Sardinia and Sicily, plus countless smaller islands, it’s not surprising  to discover these beach scenes in Italy.  As you know I love … 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

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

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

A Writer’s Dream and the Writing Process

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Writers all have their own preferences for writing.  Some write early in the morning, some write at night, and most of the good ones write every day. It’s all part of the writing process. Here’s how this  writer achieved her … Continued

Writing Inspiration in Italy

I’ve  thought about coming to Italy to write for a few years now. My dream to spend two weeks alone in a beautiful relaxing place on the Amalfi Coast with the intent to write has come true. I have been … Continued

Travel in Italy – Photos from Positano

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I’ve been in Positano now for five days and I could never get tired of waking up to views like these. I am here to write. I’m hoping to complete the first draft of my novel, Critical Cover-Up, and have … Continued

Going to Italy to Write

I will be leaving for Italy in less than a month and my main purpose in going this time is to spend time in a beautiful peaceful setting to relax and to write. The Amalfi Coast, and specifically, Positano is … Continued

Traveling to Positano

As I mentioned in a recent blog post I am returning to Italy this fall and of course am thrilled making travel plans and just thinking about it.  My destination is Positano, and for the first time, I will stay … Continued

Outdoor Shrines in Italy – Italian Culture

I love noticing the differences in the Italian culture, and one that seems pronounced is the existence of outdoor shrines in almost every city and town in Italy. Despite the commonly-held perception that Italy is a Catholic country, the latest … Continued

The Beach at Amalfi

The Amalfi Coast in southern Italy is known for its undeniable beauty and mind-blowing views. Every time I visit I feel like I’m in heaven.  Most towns have their own beaches and this section of the beach at Amalfi caught … Continued

Learning the Italian Language

Ten years ago I couldn’t understand Italian and I couldn’t speak Italian. I hesitated to travel to Italy because I was intimidated by the language barrier. I am so glad that has changed, because since then, I have fallen in … 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

Celebration Time with a BOOK GIVEAWAY

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Yay! It’s celebration time and I am announcing a BOOK GIVEAWAY as a THANK YOU to all of you! My blog has reached a milestone with over 200,000 hits and almost 9,000 followers now. So to celebrate this, I am … Continued

Daydreaming about Positano

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I find myself daydreaming about Positano sometimes. I’ve been there many times, but this past summer was the first time that I stayed there. And now I  yearn to return. Positano casts a magical spell on anyone who’s experienced her … Continued

A Funny Thing Happened in Italy

I thought it might be time for a little humor, and I have a funny story to tell from my recent trip to Italy. Travel is fun yet flexibility is a necessity. If you can’t be flexible, you may end … Continued

Meet Pamela Carey, Award-Winning Author

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Today I am honored to introduce you to Pamela Carey, an award-winning author. I met Pam a year ago at the Florida Writers Association annual conference in Orlando, and we became friends. Pam has published two books and is currently … Continued

Spaccanapoli – The Heart of Naples

Noisy, chaotic, vibrant, intense, colorful, edgy, and authentic. Naples oozes reality of life in Italy. Hovering over this city from an almost surreal and tranquil place is the hilltop Castel Sant’ Elmo, a medieval fortress offering spectacular views of Napoli. … Continued

Update on Italian Salaries

Not much has changed recently in the average salaries of Italian workers. Italy is by no means  a place to get rich quick, in terms of salary. While it’s true that the socialistic  Italian government compensates workers through pensions, unemployment, … Continued

Author Interview: Catie Costa, Author of Love on the Rocks: A Positano Tale

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Ever since I published my first book, many other writers have helped me out and supported me on their blogs and social media. I like to pay forward  the favor by posting a guest interview from time to time with … Continued

Magical Memories of Positano

“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 Travel – Photos from Ostuni in Puglia

Città Bianca, or the White City, is the nickname given to the Italian city of Ostuni in the southern region of Puglia. All the buildings in its historic district must be painted white and from a distance  the view of … Continued

Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast – Official Book Release

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Ciao amici!  It’s official!  Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast has been published! From the pulsating streets of Naples to the relaxing vistas of the Amalfi Coast, people, places, and traditions embody the spirit of Campania. The distinctive photography … Continued

How an Idea Becomes a Dream – Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast

I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.  Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast is complete and available for pre-order on Amazon! The printing company will not have the books ready until the end of May, but everything else … Continued

Nominate Your Favorite Italy Blog – Italy Magazine 's 2015 Blogger Awards

It’s that time of year again, and Italy Magazine is accepting nominations for their 2nd Italy Blogger Awards. Last year, thanks to all of you, my blog was a finalist in one of the categories – an honor for me. … Continued

Street Scenes in Naples

Naples is a city with a lot of character and all you have to do is walk its streets to feel it. I loved it! The photos speak for themselves. More photos and stories about Naples coming soon. I’d love to … Continued

Meet the Author – An Interview with Victoria De Maio

In the past two years, since I published my first book, I have had the honor to be featured and interviewed on other authors’  blogs and websites. I remember how exciting it felt. I know that my books are doing … 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

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