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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Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Artists who relish painting the diverse Italian architecture and want to step into the pages of a children’s fairytale, should venture to Alberobello in the Deep South near Bari on the Adriatic side, (heel) of the country. The villagers are especially gracious to artists who sit with sketchpads or set up easels in the maze of cobblestone streets that curve through Italy’s most magical village. There are more than 1,000 beehive-shaped trulli, some dating back to the 13th century. These unique limestone structures with conical roofs promise to not disappoint any artist eager to capture a sliver of fantasy on his or her canvas.
Hotels in Alberobello are limited, so either book in advance, or plan to stay in nearby Bari or Taranto. Transportaion? I highly recommend renting a car, but train service is available from Bari.
The painting above is an example of a “Trullo” that I painted in watercolor. The original and limited edition prints can be found on my website:
Buon Viaggio

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