I’m home now. Time for a summary of my travel sketching experiences, but then….I find myself telling you about the bars.
My catch-cry was ‘find me a bar!’ as I headed out the door right after breakfast. Of course, a bar in Italy isn’t quite the same thing as it is in Australia. In Italy it can be a place to drink coffee, eat gelato, have lunch, and most of all….to sit in the sun and sketch. But then, yes, later in the day, a glass of red wine.
Shortly before leaving home I was reading Mathew Brehm’s book
Sketching on Location. In it, he said he doesn’t carry a sketching stool; he always finds somewhere to perch. So I feel vindicated. I perch on a chair in a bar.
Some of my favourite sketching bars in Italy are:-
Gran Caffe del Duomo, in Piazza del Duomo, Siracusa, Sicily.
That’s it on the left there, right opposite the Duomo. So much to sketch from that one spot. I need to go back and spend a month there.
Caffe Vasari, Piazza Grande, Arezzo, Tuscany
This is one of the views from Caffe Vasari, but there are more. Just hit Arezzo in the tag cloud.
Piazza Maddalena, Rome, Lazio.
I really like this bar. It is called the Bar della Maddalena. It is between two white-tablecloth restaurants, and is a lot less fancy. But the staff are really friendly and the bar manager is 100% on top of whatever is happening. And this amazing church opposite to sketch. It’s just one block north of the Pantheon.
Piazza Maggiore, Bologna.
This a wonderful place to sketch. At present a lot of it is under wraps for restoration, but last year I sketched from this bar on the left with the red table-cloths. But there are others in Piazza Maggiore also. While the restoration is going on, it could be good to go to Piazza Santo Stefano.
Il Caffe delle Sette Chiese, Piazza Santo Stefano Bologna.
(That’s the Cafe of the Seven Churches.) There are seven churches inside that one church, and you must go inside.
Piazza San Domenico, Palermo
This church, seen close, is amazing with wonderful flying angels on the front. I didn’t have much time and only sketched an angel from the fountain, but there is plenty to sketch there. At least one bars and best gelato shop in the area, as recommended by Palermo Urban Sketchers.
So many bars, so little time.