As you probably know by now, I love to explore new areas on foot. You see and experience so much more than if you just drive through a place. You get to understand and see how the locals live and notice all the detail. With a camera in hand, the time flies by as I get really good exercise and easily walk five or six miles a day.
Walking through the streets of Gaeta, I became enthralled with the Street art. It is everywhere you go and the artwork is really good, at least in my opinion. You find it in alley ways, on warehouses, ruins, residential homes, commercial buildings, benches, bus stops and really unexpected places. It makes the walks so interesting and since I have always loved graffiti, have thoroughly enjoyed these unexpected visual delights. I started doing some research on it, and found that a gallery had opened up in Gaeta that specialized in having the street artists reproduce their work so that they could be sold as lithographs. They have gathered street art from artists all around Italy, but it seems that most of the best street art comes from Gaeta. My visit to the gallery was a happy moment as I recognized most of the work created by these artists.
One of the things I have always loved about Venice Beach, California is the street art. I love walking and photographing the every changing street art in that area too. There are quiet a few similarities between Venice Beach and Gaeta and it makes me a little homesick for California, where it is not quite so hot.