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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Monday, March 16, 2009


Here’s a fun little proverb to dissect: "Mangia questa minestra o ti getto dalla finestra! "
Literally, this means: "Eat this soup or I’ll throw you out the window." That doesn’t sound like a proverb; it sounds like a threat from one angry cook. Does it mean: I slaved over the stove all day stirring this bleeping soup; so like it or not, you’d better eat every last spoonful, and do so with a smile on your face, or out the window you go? No, that’s not it. Let’s go back to the eater. If you demonstrate good manners, you eat whatever you’re served. That tells us this proverb is about good manners not soup. So you could say: "If you don’t show good manners, I’ll throw you out the window." Or, you could simply say: "Shape up or ship out."
Buon appetito!

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