|Lake Garda, Italy|
If I had to pick the most beautiful place I've ever been, it would be the lake region of Northern Italy. I've been there 4 times to paint and will be returning later this year.
Despite being in the northern part of Italy, not far from Switzerland, the climate is quite mild. The lakes create a microclimate where the weather conditions are more like the Mediterranean. They grow lemon trees, palm trees , bougainvillea, lots of lush foliage. Charming towns and elegant villas on the lake with a backdrop of majestic and even sometimes snowcapped mountains of the Alps take your breath away. Incredible inspiration for painting. And it's fun to go on a quick boat ride across the lake to visit neighboring towns.
San Tomaso in Gargnano is our home base
These are some photo's I took when I taught a workshop at Lake Garda in 2010. I am arranging another workshop for this fall. If you'd like to explore and paint this lesser known area of Italy, you are welcome to join in the fun. There is a flyer with the details at http://patfiorello.com/italianlake_fiorello_fall2011r1.pdf or just get in touch with me. It's open to painters of all levels and mediums. a painter's dream come true.