Many artists dream about painting in Italy. Now, as retiring baby-boomers are increasingly taking up “brush and pallet knife,” more than ever, painting in Italy is the “thing.” Every day, a new “Artist’s” tour of Italy crops up in travel sections of the newspaper and on the Internet. But there still remains a majority of artists who prefer to “go it alone.” They are independent in their artistic styles, and prefer to be independent regarding their travels in Italy . This blog intends to target these free spirited artists who still need guidance to the best places to paint, especially those idyllic gems that are little known and less traveled. Certainly, independent travelers who are not artists will also benefit from this blog.

With a few exceptions, this blog is not a guide to restaurants, lodging, rental cars, or shopping, (except for art supplies.)

Sprinkled among the posts are: my paintings, and a few Italian proverbs and poems written by notable Italian authors for whom I work as a translator.

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Saturday, March 7, 2009


No visit to Rome is complete without a visit to the Via Appia. Via Appia Antica was built in 312 B.C. It's most famous sites are the catacombs, the graveyards of patrician families. This is one of the most historically rich areas of Rome to explore, and the perfect site for artists to practice painting stones. It seemed to me that the painting above, available for sale on my website: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com/ took me as long to complete as the original road. I love painting rocks and stones, but at first mine were too small, then too large, to bold then too muted. Finally, I believe I captured what I saw. If you go there to paint, which I highly recommend, pack light and bring water and snacks. Nothing ruins a day of painting more than thirst and hunger.
Arrivederci Roma.
Ciao, Pam

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