I just finished the next Italy paintings. The subject of this one is Riomaggiore, Italy. It’s the southernmost of the “five lands” that make up the region collectively known as Cinque Terre. It’s about two and a half hours away from Florence by car and well worth the trip.
We rented a car at the airport outside of Florence, because there was no way I was driving in the middle of the city. Google Maps and I handled the drive from the airport to Cinque Terre without major incident. The drive was beautiful, especially as we got closer to Cinque Terre.
We drove to Monterosso al Mare first with a brief stop in Pisa for my kids, which is on the way from Florence to Cinque Terre. Monterosso al Mare is the northernmost of the five villages of Cinque Terre. The road from the main highway to Monterosso al Mare is winding, steep and narrow. The views from the turn-outs were stunning. Given how steep the hillsides are in the image, you can imagine what the road was like that brought you down that hillside to the little village below.
When we got down to the village, we parked and wandered by foot. Cars were prohibited in town. We got lunch at one of the local restaurants, and then kept wandering around the town and down to the beach and the ferry.
We took the ferry from Monterosso al Mare to Riomaggiore, passing the other three villages by boat. They were very picturesque, nestled by the ocean, with their terraced hillsides.
As the ferry pulled in to Riomaggiore, the view was stunning. You could see the atmospheric perspective of the coastal cliffs fading into the distance, the turquoise rocks below the water, and the town looming tall above the shoreline.
Ascending from the ferry and then back down into the village, I found the view that inspired this painting. I loved the colors of the buildings, the water, and the cliffs as they receded down the coastline.
This time the subject matter demanded a bit bigger study piece. The study, entitled “Riomaggiore Minore,” is 9x12″. I wanted to make sure I figured out the composition, colors, and values before going to the bigger piece.
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Finally, I’m looking for feedback on the next piece in the series again. I’m leaning towards doing the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence, but I have reference photos from Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Cinque Terre, Milan, Verona, and Venice. I’d really love to know what you’d like to see. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think!
Without further ado, here’s The Making Of: Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre. Enjoy!