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Montefalco, Umbria, Italy
Neil Moore BA (Hons) is a painter and etcher of exceptional ability who has lived with his family for the last twenty years in the Umbrian countryside.
Interests: Having graduated and then taught in the Department of Fine Arts at Sydney University, he made a second career as a newspaper illustrator for Australian newspapers and magazines, winning a Walkley award in 1980. Now an established artist in his own right who exhibits in Europe and Australia, he moved to Italy in 1988 and divides his time between creative work and operating the Living Italy program together with his wife Carol Searle. Within an unrivalled enthusiasm for all things Italian he is fascinated by its southern regions, so rich in history and authentic local culture. Umbria, where they live and Sicily in particular, with its extraordinary mix of Greek and Carthaginian, of Roman, Arab, Muslim, Norman and Spanish, provides fertile territory for this passion which combines a profound knowledge of the historical background with a keen appreciation of the island’s beauties and the various pleasures it offers.
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Our Mysteries of the Mezzogiorno itinerary begins in the small port town Giovinazzo in Puglia.The ancient town sits perched on the edge of t Can't See This Message? View in a browser If you feel you received it by mistake... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Italian Confessions
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Driving along dirt roads with a view of Spoleto to one side and the Appenine mountains leaning over us straight ahead we are approaching the biological farm and farm house of ettore Benedetti del Rio and his lovely wife Lorella.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2015 at Italian Confessions
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Within days we were sitting toasting the deal in the dining room of the Celesti family who owned the tower, or “la torre” as they called it, and had in fact lived in it until 27 years before. Since then it had been used as a place to keep sundry livestock, and in recent years had become the workshop for a local carpenter called Isauro. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Italian Confessions
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Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Italian Confessions
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Rome for Elih I've just been asked by two sweet young travelling friends for some suggestions about what to do in Rome, It is a fascinating, mesmerising place. So here goes. Elih and Jenayde this is for you. These are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Italian Confessions
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PALERMO In it's 3000 or so years of history, the port city of Palermo has had three golden ages: the Carthaginians, Arabs and Normans all found glory there. And now, after decades of post-War neglect and mafia corruption, the Sicilian... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Italian Confessions
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Nov 2, 2014
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The Hunt for Truffles in Umbria It is beautifully remote up on Monteluco. The drive has taken us nearly an hour, but for most of that hour we have been in a reverie with the winding dirt road and the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at Italian Confessions
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Sometimes, a journey is a quest for enlightenment. Other times, you just want a recipe for tomato sauce. When I signed up for some cooking classes in Italy, my goals were utterly prosaic. If I came home knowing how to make perfect pasta, I would be happy. Throw in some tips for a top tiramisu, and I would be thrilled. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Italian Confessions
Neil Interviewed My earliest and strongest memories of art are of paintings by various “old masters” on display at the National Gallery of Victoria. The level of technical skill evident here was of the highest level but it wasn’t so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Italian Confessions
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History & Intimacy What stays in the mind after travelling in Umbria is that extended, medieval vernacular style of simple yet elegant stonework that seems a natural geological extension of the ground itself. The countless hilltowns, monasteries and isolated castles... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Italian Confessions
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In Matera we stay in an incredibly characteristic accommodation in caves in the 'sassi' area of the city which forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The accommodation here, we think, is one of the highlights of the tour.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Italian Confessions
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We stop first at the town of Ostuni, known as the “white fortress”, one of the most stunning cities in southern Italy famous for the dazzling effect of its whitewashed houses set against the sea. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at Italian Confessions
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Neil Moore, an Aussie Renaissance Man ...by Penelope Barker - Published in Vuoi Tutti - 2007 Thousands of Italian emigrants and their descendants have imprinted an indelible mark on Australian culture since the mid-20th century. Rarely, however, does it work... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Italian Confessions
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Polignano a Mare is our second stop on the Mysteries of the Mezzogiorno tour. A small seaside town with a slither of a beach running between the cliffs into the Adriatic sea, it is the perfect Italian setting and an excellent base for our trips inland to Alberobello and Locorotondo as well as down the coast to the white towns of Ostuni and Martina Franca. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2013 at Italian Confessions
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Buona Festa - Ognisanti - All Saints Day On 1st November every year Italian families and friends gather to celebrate and feast in remembrance of their dearly departed. The festival weekend is elaborated with traditional recipes and in Umbria where... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at Italian Confessions
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We have chosen Giovinazzo as a base away from the huge bustling Bari, Puglia's provincial capital, just 18 KM away, in order to settle in immediately at the beginning of the tour to a local pace and southen Italian lifestyle. The main piazza Vittoria Emanuele II here is one of our favourite in Italy and a delightful space to stroll in or hang around in cafes. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Italian Confessions
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via livingitaly.typepad.com The Scarzuola THE 'CITTA' BUZZIANA' St Francis allegedly stayed here in a straw hut, returning from Perugia ; on the spot where later Nerio di Bulgaruccio would build a small church. In 1400 the area was enlarged by... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 24, 2013 at Italian Confessions
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The years just before and after 1500 were a magic and never to be repeated moment in painting and there are three masterpieces from that period in my part of Umbria. The middle Renaissance is now at its peak where effortless draughtsmanship, beautiful colours and a seemless fusion of christian and pagan subjects all come together in a style of richness and apparent simplicity. The paradigm breaking effects of Leonardo and above all Michelangelo were not yet in evidence when Perugino helped by his fatefully brilliant pupil Raphael decorated the modestly scaled Collegio del Cambio, or money changing room, in Perugia's main street next to the Palazzo Communale. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2013 at Italian Confessions
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Tricia Welsh 2001 There can be few guided tours of art-rich central Italy that profit from a guide as skilled and knowledgeable as expatriate artist Neil Moore (www.neilmoore.it) (www.neilmoore.it). For 12 years, he and his musically-trained wife, Carol Searle, have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2013 at Italian Confessions