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 23, 2009


Here’s another food-related Italian proverb:
"Il Pane diviso è la salute dei denti. "
The literal translation is: "Bread that’s broken into pieces is healthy for the teeth."
So are they advocating eating bread to prevent cavities? Maybe only bread broken into pieces prevents cavities, while biting into a larger piece of bread or a slice of bread might be harmful to your teeth. Those of you who have read earlier posts I’ve written regarding Italian proverbs and food, know that the proverb has nothing to do with bread or any other starch. Well then, that leaves newlyweds. Newlyweds? Sure, why not? If newlyweds break their bread into pieces will they or their future children have healthy teeth? Not likely, but what if newlyweds live apart (like breaking bread into pieces) from parents and in-laws? Since bread is considered the "staff of life," and since parents and in-laws "create life," then the proverb means: "A separate household for the newlyweds prevents quarrels."

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