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Discover Ciociaria IV: Fully booked, ready and waiting for October!

20 Apr

home page DC IV la polledraraWe’ve got a great group travelling with us in October!  A artist from the Sacramento Bee, a toy designer from Southern California, a gourmet chocolatier from Saugerties, NY, two artists/retired educators from Woodstock, NY and an Italophile landscape painter/printmaker from New York’s Catskill Mountains.  We’re keeping our group to this half dozen…good things happen in small packages!

Our home in Ciociaria will be the Agriturismo La Polledrara, which sits on a hill commanding incredible views of the surrounding countryside including the hilltop town of Paliano. We anticipate rolling out of bed, enjoying breakfast and getting to work on the lawn each morning when we aren’t visiting other local painting spots.G and N for testimonial page

Lucky guests who so desire can learn Italian in the afternoons from Giulio who’ll be conducting impromptu language lessons. We’re considering adding another workshop…an Italian language immersion experience for the future.

Stay tuned for updates as the time for our trip gets nearer, and we’ll try to keep you posted as our DC 2015 adventure unfolds.  Arriverderci!

Giulio & Nancy

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A Musical Welcome to Ciociaria

2 Oct

We spent our first morning (Saturday, Sept 28) painting at one of Italy’s national monuments, La Selva di Paliano…which, roughly translated, means, the wild place, or the natural place. La Selva is a bird refuge, with several small lakes.   After  a few hours taking in and translating the scenery on to our paper or canvas, the six painters were joined by the rest of our Discover Ciociaria colleagues and friends, as well as “amici” from the town of Paliano for a picnic with music.  Thanks to Simone Marucci, one of Paliano’s town councilmen, for arranging a “welcome to Ciociaria concert” by a group of musicians whose specialties are “salentina” music.  “Compari delle Cantine” of Paliano comprises a group of beautiful young Ciociare (Cho-CHAR-rey) determined to keep the traditions of Italian country music alive and well.

Here’s a slightly choppy video of the group performing for us.  Enjoy, Campari delle Cantine, from Paliano, Italy.

We’re ready! Discover Ciociaria II is set!

17 Oct

Painting of Trevi nel Lazio village scene, by Carol Slutsky-Tenerowicz, from Discover Ciociaria I, July 2012.

Plans are finalized for our second Italian adventure in the beautiful land known as Ciociaria.  As “ourcarolinafamily” writes about their Italian family in their blog, “Lurking within this undisturbed territory is, of course, the real Italy. People from all over the peninsula lay claim to living in the real Italy, but they are wrong. The real Italy lies here, in the Comino Valley, north of Naples, south of Rome, high in the mountains, surrounded by the Apennine peaks.”  Our own guests last year felt as though they became part of an extended Italian family.  Mady, one of our workshop participants wrote, “Thanks for a wonderful workshop experience.  Ciociaria is a beautiful region filled with amazing scenery, food, wine and people.   You and Giulio made us feel part of your “family.”  This was a magical experience that I shall never forget.”

Come join us and see for yourself the magic of central-southern Italy.  Only a stones throw from The Eternal City, step back in time, drink the same wine favored by Popes and Roman legions, still produced on small family farms, and rarely enjoyed outside of Italy!  We’ll be in town for the celebration of the grape harvest in Piglio, during the Sagra dell’uva Cesanese.

Visit our website to learn the details of Discover Ciociaria II.  Our adventure begins on Sept. 27 and ends on Oct. 7, 2013.   http://www.halfmoonartstudio.com

DISCOVER CIOCIARIA II! SEPT. 27 – OCT. 7, 2013

4 Sep
Uliveti, near Bellegra

Uliveti, roadside view near Bellegra

Plenty of time to plan for our next Italian adventure. With this year’s great experience under our “berets” we’re ready to organize Discover Ciociaria II (DC II). Staying just outside the beautiful hill town of Serrone at Belsito, Serrone, a hotel/restaurant with swimming pool. We’ll keep you posted, naturally. Our aim: to provide our guests with a genuine experience of Italy, off the beaten tourist path. We work with family and friends in Italy to ensure the best possible value for our guests. You’ll feel like you’ve found your Italian home! (I have!) Painting, cooking class, excursions, incredible food (and wine), all inclusive. Details will be posted in a few weeks, but if you’re interested, send me a note and I’ll make sure you’re notified.

Paliano

27 Jun

View from Paliano. Weather inFields near Paliano the 80’s, breezy and warm at night. Jon arrived today from Berlin. Tomorrow to Acuto, Trevi nel Lazio, to look for more painting spots.