Impressions of Italy: Back Streets, Little Bits

Some of my favorite things to do is wander through little streets without a map. Every once in a while, you walk into amazing places. Like the ironwork workshop of Giacomo Giachetti in the artisan quarter of Florence. We didn’t speak a common language but he invited me in to watch him work and I sketched while I watched ofcourse.artist_metalwork

Or the restorer’s workshop down the street. It was 10 minutes to lunch and siesta time,a really important break in the day, but he let me come in and watch him work on what he described as a not-very-old instrument (“Only 200 years old”).

Il Canovaccio is a beautiful mask shop in venice. Stepping into it is like stepping into another world.

Sometimes even the most ordinary things make for a fun capture. On the Spanish Steps in Rome I spotted this guy selling very colorful sunglasses.rome-steps_goggles

A quick sketch at an outdoor market I came across when I was lost in the back lanes of Rome…vege_market

And the fish market in Venice, early one morning, as it opened up for business.

One of the loveliest things about wandering the little lanes of Rome is that you never know when they will suddenly open up into a vast plaza. Like this one with the Basilica de Santa Croce.basilica_santa-croce

Sketches of a city just aren’t complete without sketching vehicles. The police car in Rome caught my eye.

And there’s no way to miss all the Vespas in Italy.


About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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16 Responses to Impressions of Italy: Back Streets, Little Bits

  1. Kirk Whiteside says:

    Great sketches! Love following your sketching blog; also like your Craftsy course! Keep trucking!


  2. miatagrrl says:

    This is such a wonderful collection of the lesser-seen parts of Italy! I hope you’re planning to post these on the USK blog — they are such a refreshing change from all the majestic architecture that we usually see in posts about famous Italian cities. Maybe I’m just prejudiced — these are scenes I would love to sketch!



  3. Kate Burroughs says:

    I’ll be following in your footsteps, starting on Sunday. Thanks for sharing your sketches!


  4. rosjenke says:

    These are fabulous, vibrant and alive!


  5. Phoebe says:

    Oh, Suhita, these are so lovely and lively!! The mask shop captures the essential mystery of carnival in Venice since the Renaissance. And the cello repair… ah. In ten minutes! Thank you for these. (I remember in Paris coming across a shop with paper made from (among others) cucumber slices. I think I spent five minutes staring at it. Oh, what would it have been like to draw on it.)


  6. Shelley says:

    Love your sketches – and seeing the police car was an instant flashback to the constant sounds of those sirens in Rome!


  7. Great sketches!
    Liebe Gruesse Monika


  8. TheArtistOnTheRoad says:

    Really great work here Suhita! Love the mix of people and urbanscape.


  9. And did you sit down for even one minute all day?!! So much energy pouring off these sketches – full of life.


  10. geoch1 says:

    Very nice sketches!
    They give a perfectly good impression of the mood and Italian style!
    … and I am Italian, so I often like good things about Italy 🙂
    All the best!


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