Life on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

Life in Italy - Maiori, Amalfi Coast Photo by Margie MiklasDaily 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 high above the town of Maiori.

The ancient steps are uneven, built by hand with rocks of diverse shapes and sizes. In many places they are covered with grass and dirt, and in some instances, the staircase consists of tiers of dirt bolstered by stones. No handrail exists to aid in the uphill hike.

Crescenzo grins as he turns and gazes down to find me twenty stairs behind him while I pause to catch my breath. This lofty landscape is rugged, yet spectacular, and the panoramic view from the top is the ultimate reward.

The words here are from a page in Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast, my recently published photo book.

Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast by Margie Miklas

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Ciao and grazie.

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Bougainvillea in Capri on the Amalfi Coast Photo by Margie Miklas










About Margie Miklas

An award-winning author, Margie Miklas writes medical thrillers and travel memoirs about Italy, a place which has captured her passion for travel. She is also the creator and owner of the travel blog, Margie in Italy, and a contributing writer for an Italian-American newspaper. A retired critical-care nurse, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her three cats. Her favorite place is the beach, and she likes learning new computer skills, when she is not writing. A member of the Florida Writers Association, Margie makes her home in Florida.
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11 Responses to Life on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

  1. Lovely words and book, Margie! Crescenzo must know every slanted step of that staircase.

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  2. Bonnie Davis says:

    I love the ancient steps and the people who still use them. I wonder if they ever think of their parents and grandparents walking those same steps.

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  3. Tony says:

    I’m so excited to witness this for myself in just 16 weeks!

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  4. Beautiful post, Margie!

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  5. Vino Travels says:

    Amazing this is part of his daily walk. Guess there is no need for exercise ; )


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