For many people escaping to another city isn’t just about getting some much needed chill out time or indulging in a change of scenery, it can be an opportunity to immerse yourself in a whole new culture. In particular, a great number of cities boast a thriving arty vibe that attracts thousands of visitors each year. For the arts lovers amongst you, here are a few cities that can’t be beaten.
Art abounds on every corner in this Italian city, the hometown of Michelangelo. Whether you just wander the streets and savour the sights, from spectacular architectural buildings such as the Duomo, to sculptures, frescoes and statues, art lovers will be in heaven. Aside from all of the outdoor splendors, art buffs should head to the Uffizi gallery where fantastic paintings can be seen by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Botticelli and, of course, Michelangelo.
Rome is a magical city that’s abound with stunning architecture and works of art. It’s hard to know where to start with this gem, as the city is awash with must-sees, many dating back thousands of years, from galleries, to museums, basilicas, villas, piazzas and gardens.
Unmissable highlights include the Vatican Museums, Borghese Gallery and the National Gallery of Modern Art. But you don’t have to spend all your time inside; just wandering the streets of this enchanting city will enable you to soak up the art-drenched atmosphere.
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Spain’s cultural capital is a haven for art enthusiasts, but much of it is best seen just wandering the streets, soaking up the architecture, historical buildings and taking in the artists and street entertainers along La Rambla, a famous boulevard in the center of Barcelona.
The Parc Guell is a public area where you can capture the essence of artist Antoni Gaudi. Must-visit attractions also include the Picasso Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum.
This city of romance is also a city of art, so anyone interested in art of any kind should make a visit to the French capital. With so many top attractions, it could take a couple of weeks to make the most of this city, but art lovers should head for the famous Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay.
Many museums exhibit the works of the great artists such as Monet, Picasso and Rodin, so shouldn’t be missed. But aside from galleries and museums, Paris is an outdoor arts fest, so take in the delights of wonderful architecture and parks, such as the Jardin de Luxembourg.
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London boasts some of the top museums in the world for art, whether you find yourself in the Tate, British Museum, or the National Gallery, you won’t be disappointed in the collections on offer. Aside from London’s indoor treasures, you can find an interesting and eclectic mix of art in various parts of the capital, so do a little wandering or tube-hopping and you’ll be surprised at the gems that London has to offer.
It might not rank up high with the top art capitals in the world, but surprisingly, Chicago has a lot to offer the art enthusiast. The fantastic Art Institute of Chicago is not only the second largest museum in the USA, but it also boasts some enviable collections of art from lesser known artists to the elite such as Picasso, Pollock and Warhol.
If this museum leaves you aching for more, then head over to the Museum of Contemporary Art, where you can soak up a wide range of artistic masterpieces.
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