Landscape Painting in Tuscany

Many of the posts on this blog are about my travels, as I find it more interesting. However, I do live in one of the more picturesque places around and paint here quite often. The problem with plein air painting in Tuscany is that the Chianti region, where I usually stay, is actually terrible as far as subject matter goes. The small olive trees are fine if painted up close, but the little blue blobs are really unsightly when seen from afar. And don’t get me started on vineyards… parallel lines from a distance?

That said, Tuscany also has some of the best plein air subjects in the world, especially the rolling hills and wheat fields south of Siena. My other favorite spots are the Mugello, north of Florence, and Maremma, along the coast to the southwest.

Here are couple from a trip to the Val d’Orcia:

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Vineyards at Poggio alle Mura. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

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The Old Station at Bibbiano. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

The Gulf of Baratti has to be one of the more beautiful bays in Tuscany, though it can be a bit too pretty.

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The Chapel of San Cerbone at Baratti. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

We stayed with friends on a couple of July weekends and I ended up painting around the house a lot to avoid the crowds.

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Barbeque and Well at Torrenuova. (Needs to be cut down still).

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The Bridge at Torrenuova. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

I also painted a bit further north, on the coast near Bolgheri.

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White Road at Palone. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

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Stone Pines at Palone. 30 x 40 cm, oil on panel.

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Palone, the Beach. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

And lastly, I painted a bit in the hills above Lucca, which was new to me this summer and is an area I would love to paint more thoroughly.

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Bagni di Lucca. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

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Clothes Hanging at Benabbio. 20 x 25 cm, oil on panel.

Landscape Painting in Tuscany was last modified: February 2nd, 2013 by Marc Dalessio


  1. Try to paint the Dutch landscape…that’s a chalange.

    I do like the Stone Pines painting, among the others, it gives the feeling your under them realy well.

  2. Beautiful work! I was wondering what you mean that the BBQ and Well painting still needs to be cut down? Is it canvas? Or panel? I can’t see the way the picture’s cropped. Just curious.

  3. Thanks Brad, I meant that I had painted two small paintings on the same panel and need to cut them into separate pieces. I was posting pre-caffeine…

  4. Love all of them, especially The Old Station at Bibbiano. And the BBQ, who would have thought it could be such a great subject. An ideal present for many men that I know :-)

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