About margieinitaly

The first time I traveled to Italy I fell in love with it. I started this blog when I was preparing to go to Italy for the third time. It seemed like I could never get enough of this beautiful place. I thought after that I wouldn’t feel the need to return, but in less than a year I made my 4th trip to this beautiful country of my grandparents.  And the following year, I went back again, making this my fifth trip to Bella Italia. I know that I will always return. I feel at home there!

I am a second-generation Italian-American with a passion for travel, and a particular love of Italy. I am a freelance writer and photographer, and write for La Gazzetta Italiana as well as several websites. I recently published a photo book from the first of three months in Italy, and have just completed  writing my first book, “Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy,” which is based on this blog and my solo travel adventure to Italy.

I am working on a second book, My Love Affair with Sicily, and hope to publish in early 2014.

43 Responses to About margieinitaly

  1. Jill says:

    Margie,
    I just finished updating reading your blog.
    What wonderful Easer experiences you have been having, too!
    I’m looking to hear if you went back to Rome or watched the events on the big screen. I cannot get over all the exercise during the course of a day; and getting drenched in a downpour; and spedning 9 of 13 hours waiting or on trains or buses in a day; or having to hoist luggage to back track from 3 to 68 for the address at the convent! You are one hearty woman, kiddo!! Loved the stories of you giving the woman her photo from 4 years ago, being kissed by those 70 or over, and your experiences with biscotti and wine!!! Making the most of life! what a ball it is reading these!!

    Love You,
    Jill

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hola, Margie!
    Thanks for the kind words. It was equally a pleasure meeting you on Capri, sharing a glass of wine and swapping stories. Your story will always be one of our ‘gems’. Your blog is truly a funderful way of memorializing your adventures, and it is interesting to follow along with you.
    Safe travels, and if you are ever in our neck of the woods, please get in touch with us.
    Cheers from Vancouver (and often Mexico) Brian and David!

  3. premalb says:

    Thx Margie, Awesome blog and nice pics. Thanks for linking my travel writing :)

  4. Anonymous says:

    margie,it was great talking to you today! we have a lot in common besides our ancestors. have great triop to italy and post lots of pic’s . andrea steinel cook 931-381-4370 in columbia tenn

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi Margie!
    Welcome home. As great as it is to travel it’s always nice to come home! Thanks for the photos and commentary. It extended my trip and I enjoyed reading about your travels!
    Have a good summer
    Marita

  6. superphoenix says:

    You are quite an inspiration. So I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award ->  http://superphoenix.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/oh-wow-i-am-an-inspiring-blogger/

  7. julia says:

    Wow, Life really does begin after 50 doesn’t it? I love the way your photographs capture the everyday lives of the Italian people going about everyday task. I second the vote for Very Inspiring Blooger Award to you.

  8. friendlytm says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I love Italy !

  9. petit4chocolatier says:

    Margie, wonderful blog and stunning pictures! I am looking forward to reading through the posts I haven’t viewed yet.

    Sincerely,
    judy

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  11. Scott Erb says:

    Just got your book – I love how you describe your feelings and the scenes. I’ve only started, but having been often in Venice I could definitely imagine the scenes! I was a bit curious why you didn’t just fly into Venice rather than via Milano. Anyway, I’ll keep reading — I’m glad I discovered your blog and book!

  12. AnilCm says:

    Congratulation! I just nominated you for “Wonderful Team Member Readership Award.” Please see my post for your acceptance and participation : http://exxtracts.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1788&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

  13. carol says:

    Marge, You are doing exactly what I am planning on doing. I also am planning on
    an extended length of time in Italy. In the process of getting my Italian citizenship.
    I NEED to go and just live.

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  15. [My little] Margie — I hope you don’t mind, but I just nominated you for an “Illuminating Blogger Award.” Just follow this link for the acceptance guidelines: http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/comment-page-48/#comment-7679.

    Ciao for now.

    TPT

  16. friendlytm says:

    http://speakingabouttravel2.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/year-end-awards-thank-you-my-blogging-friends/

    I have nominated your blog to receive the Blog of the Year 2012 award. Please check it out.

    I wish you a wonderful holiday season, and a happy new year!

    Sincerely,
    Denise, aka friendlytm
    Dec 18, 2012

  17. francesca says:

    hi, I am a painter looking to spend 6+ months in Italy to work and live as cheaply as possible. I have found house and apartments , but I am wondering where I can find a great studio to paint in.
    I have been to Italy twice but never to Sicily
    where 2 ify grandparents are from. I would prefer to be in Sicily this time around as I have some relatives I can look up.
    any suggestions about finding a studio there? I basically need a space with good light, a sink and a toilet, with lots of wall space.
    thanks
    Francesca

  18. Mia Powell says:

    Hi Margie….I just finished reading your book and I loved it! I felt I was right there with you. I’ve now made it my goal to put money back from every paycheck so that one day I will be able to take an extended trip to Italy. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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  21. Enjoyed reading your story & photos of going to the opera & cathedral in Sicily. What an experience!! You are accumulating many wonderful memories for sure.

  22. ishitasood says:

    I love your Blog Margie and I am so happy to have found you!! My love for Italy goes stronger with each passing day. I hope to save up for another trip :) Cheers!

  23. Aldene Harris says:

    Hi folks…. can anyone assist me please. I am travelling to Italy next month, first to Tuscay then to Lake Cannero. I would like to visit Cinque Terre as well and will travel by car from Siena. Please can someone advise me on ‘cute local little bistros’ I want to go local and enjoy the local people and their festivities in Siena and Cinque Terre. Also would like to find a cosy little place to stay overnight in Cinque Terre and just party with the local communities. Help Please

    • Alderney thank you for commenting. Your trip to the Cinque Terre and Lake Cannero after Tuscany sounds great!! I would suggest wandering onto streets away from the main piazzas to find where the locals eat. There is a place in Siena across from St Dominic’s church that was good

  24. ishitasood says:

    Wow you are lucky! You will fall in love with it :) I went to Cinque Terre too. Where will you be staying? Do visit Porto Venere. And spend more time at the less touristy places. Do the blue trail. Eat lots of sea food :D I Stayed in Termonti Hostel in Biasa. The owner has the facility of car and drops you to Riomaggiore in the morning and picks up in the evening. Find my review here :

    http://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Review-g187824-d1069380-Reviews-Ostello_Tramonti-La_Spezia_Province_of_La_Spezia_Liguria.html

    http://ishitasood.blogspot.in/2014/01/the-cinque-terre-cinque-terre-was-place.html

  25. Aldene Harris says:

    Oh my word – thank you for the prompt response. I am going to try and find St Dominic’s and the local Bistros – i love your country and have never been to Siena. We are staying in Pentolina

  26. Aldene Harris says:

    Are there any wine vineyards which we should visit and what else can you suggest we do in the area???

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