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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Friday, December 23, 2011



In 2000, written by Luciano Somma, we feel the sentimental spirit of one of Italy’s foremost poets. The theme of unity among all the citizens of Earth is as timely today as it was in the year 2000. When I set out to paint my “Citizens Of Earth” (as seen above) I remembered Luciano’s poem 2000 that I had translated in that year. Luciano and I share the same vision of world peace and unity. In this holiday season, if our message can melt even one bigoted heart we will be grateful.
You can find Luciano Somma at:

Nella poema, 2000 scritto di Luciano Somma, sentiamo lo spirito sentimentale d’un poeta molto noto in Italia. Il tema d’unità per tutti gli abitanti di mondo è tempestivo come quando ha scritto nel anno 2000. Quando ho cominciato dipingere “Citizens of Earth” (che si può vedere qui sopra) ho ricordato la sua poema 2000 che ho tradotto in quel anno. Luciano ed io siamo d’accordo la visione d’unità e pace dapertutto il mondo. In questa stagione di natale, se il nostro messaggio potrà intenerire mica uno cuore fanatico saremo grati.
Si può trovare Luciano Somma a:

Alle soglie
del nuovo giorno
dal cielo terso
un volo di speranza
diretti verso il sole
dove il Cristo
dei giusti
attende i fratelli
d’ogni razza e colore
dove Dio-padre buono-
vegliera` sui suoi figli
la macchina-uomo
fermera` i suoi ingranaggi
a suonare le campane
e la preghiera
sara` uncanto d’amore
per l’umanita`.
Luciano Somma


At the thresholds
of the new day
a sunrise
from the clear sky
will welcome
a flight of hope
great eagles
directed towards the sun
where the Christ
of the just
waits for brothers
of every race and color
where God-good father-
will watch over his children
the human-machine
will stop it’s engines
they will return
to sound the bells
and the prayer
will be a song of love
for humanity.
Pamela Allegretto (translation)

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