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 14, 2009


The Island of Ischia is located in the Mediterranean Sea 21 miles west of Naples. Also known as the Emerald Island, Ischia is bathed in radiant light and surrounded by luminous waters. The island, studded with pine groves and ablaze in vibrant bougainvillea, poses abundant subject matter for artists.
The easiest access is from Naples, where you can take a hydrofoil or ferryboat, depending whether or not you’re taking a car. Even though during the summer months traffic and parking can be a challenge, I recommend bringing a car to facilitate travel throughout the 18 square-mile island.
If you spend the day painting in Forio, a favorite among artists, stay for sunset and witness the famous “green flash” over the Gulf of Gaeta.
Even with a car, you’ll still be doing a fair amount of walking and hiking, so pack your art supplies on the light side and don’t forget to bring water and snacks. Note to oil painters: Dispose of your mediums responsibly. The Ischitani will slap a hefty fine on any artist who dumps turpentine or any other chemical medium no matter how minute the quantity.
Buon Viaggio!

The painting above is a watercolor of Sant’Angelo, which is joined to the “Mainland” of Ischia by a 300-foot-long lava and sand isthmus. The painting can be viewed at my website:

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