Where to Find the Best of Italian Art

Italy is a country that is synonymous with art – practically every city, town and village boasts examples of the great and less well known beauty of its many beautiful expressions of art.

The whole country is a wonderful, breath-taking treasure trove of some of the finest works of art in the world. And since the best of it is spread about through various galleries and museums, your challenge is to see as much of it as you are likely to want to see.

Individually tailored Italy multi centre holidays from us here at Bellarome are designed to open up just these opportunities – why restrict yourself to the masterpieces displayed in one city or region when you could see several iconic artworks by visiting several different destinations in a single holiday.

But where to go?

Where to find the best of Italian art might be a question best answered by your own personal tastes, but we’re sure you’ll love the galleries that can be found in some of the following cities:

 

Florence

If Italy is synonymous with art, Florence is its very heart and soul. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is home to the Uffizi Gallery – or the Galleria degli Uffizi, to give it its full name – which is probably one of the best known galleries in the world. It houses works from a roll-call of all the great masters such as Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Raffaello and Cimabue, and the list goes on.

 

Venice

First thoughts about Venice might turn to the art of its magnificent architecture, interwoven with its network of canals.

But the city is also home to more than its fair share of the works of great masters. In the Gallerie dell’Accademia alone, for example, are hung works by the Renaissance artists such as Tintoretto, Carpaccio, Giorgione, as well as works from the masters of the 18th century such as Canaletto, Longhi, Belloto and Guardi. But the same appreciation of all works of art is reflected in a host of other galleries, too, brought up to date by modern masters such as Dali, Picasso, Mirò and Pollock, which can be found in the Guggenheim collection.

 

Rome

Visions of the eternal city have been captured by painters and sculptors throughout the centuries and their works continue to breathe life into the magnificence and majesty of all that is Rome.

Some works are truly iconic – Michelangelo’s painting on the ceilings of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City offers just one example. But there are plenty of others too – works by Bernini, Caravaggio, Bramante and Raphael to name but a few.

 

… and not to forget

The big names and the big cities of course draw the biggest crowds of art lovers, but there are many hidden gems too.

Take the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, just 30 miles from Venice, say, where in 1305 Giotto painted a series of frescoes depicting the life of Mary and Jesus, one of the first uses of art as narrative in the Western World.

Or travel to Siena to visit the Piccolomini Library, which contains the Renaissance fresco painted by Pinturicchio in the early 1500s.

 

If you love art, then a holiday to see the priceless masterpieces that can only be found in Italy will be an experience that you will surely treasure. If you would like to enjoy a multi-centre art tour in Italy, please contact us to find out more about our specialised service.

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