Subject: Re: Italy Advice: Golfo Tigullio
Hi Debbie,

Thanks for this additional information about the Gulfo Tigullio. I really enjoyed reading your article, too, about the area and your experiences. I guess at this point I should explain a little more about my motives. I was drawn to the CT because of it's dramatic coastline, with its colorful buildings perched along the seaside cliffs. My ulterior motive is that this area would allow for great compositions for paintings. I am less concerned about resort spots, sunbathing, etc. Of course I want to hike, take pictures, and see and do (and eat!) all that the region has to offer as well, but this trip (and most of my travels) is tied to gathering source material for paintings, and maybe even doing a little on location painting as well.

For that reason, your suggestion of Portovenere looks like another attractive alternative to CT. Or, it may be possible, depending on where we stay in Tuscany, to use an inland Tuscan spot as a home base and just take excursions to the coast. Do you think that would be feasable? For Tuscany we're looking at Montepulciano or Monatalcino or near Siena. From the pictures I have seen the landscape looks to be the quintessential Tuscany I have always pictured.

Another option altogether different would be the Northern lakes and Venice. AHH! Obviously we're still formulating our ideas so we're in the pre-planning stage. But this advice that I'm gathering is helping immensely. Thanks!

Best, Jennifer from Virginia