Finding Serendipity with A Venetian Artist

In Venice for a too-quick two-day visit in late June, my husband and I struck up a conversation with an architect and artist named Adrian Tuchel. He was in Venice for a short stay also, completing some artwork for a show that is running right now. Deep into a conversation sharing our love for the city, he offered to walk …

Italy: A Painter’s Paradise

Guest blogger Pat Fiorello and the artistic attraction to Italy: Why do so many people dream of traveling to Italy? The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)  ranks Italy as one of the top five most visited countries in the world.   And this fascination with Italy is not new. From about 1660’s thru 1840, Italy was part of a traditional trip …

How to Visit the 2013 Venice Biennale

If you’re visiting Venice in 2013, you can’t miss the celebration of contemporary art that is the 55th International Art Exhibition (Biennale), the world’s largest art event. Who: This year’s Biennale is curated by New York City-based critic Massimiliano Gioni, who chose the theme“The Encyclopedic Palace” in honor of Italo-American self-taught artist Marino Auriti who “on November 16, 1955 filed …

Tips from An Insider: What to See and Do in Pisa Italy

Pisa is so much more than a tourist city BUT you have to know where to go. That’s why we asked Pisa resident Gloria Capelli to share her insider secrets for the best sites (besides the tower), restaurants, shops, day trips and more. (Dream of Italy subscribers can save 10% on Gloria’s Pisa apartment rental, Behind The Tower. ) Here …

MAXXI Museum Finally Opens in Rome

The ancient city of Rome, a place that has continuously impressed its inhabitants, visitors, and distant admirersfor centuries with its mastery of antiquity now presents us devotees, with something veramente nuova, truly new. With the inspired help of London-based architect, Zaha Hadid the decaying military barracks of Flaminio, in northern Rome, have been whipped into modern, artistic and architectural shape. …

A New Kind of Art Vacation in Rivello, Italy

Calling all artists in need of a cheap, productive, and possiblylucrative vacation in beautiful San Costantino di Rivello, Italy. Located in the region of Basilicata, just 15 minutes from the beach the tiny and unique town of Rivello is trying something new, according to Springwise.com. Until the 10th of June the UHM (Unconventionall HolidayMarket) will be accepting applications from artists …

Get to Know The Enigmatic Italian Artist Giorgione

Little is known about the life and work of illustrious Renaissance artist Giorgione Barbarelli, but what survives lingers in a small museum in the artist’s hometown of Castelfranco Veneto, just under 25 miles west of Venice. The painter, known as Giorgione, was born around 1477 and died from the plague in Venice in 1510. His studies with renowned artists Giovanni …

Italian Art News

Lots of art news coming out of la bel paese these days. Here’s a quick summer of art news you should know about: You may have already heard that art experts think they have discovered a previously unknown ink and pencil drawing by Leonardo da Vinci. And they figured it out in a most modern way – through fingerprints. They …