Europe is like a massive open art gallery. From the haunting beauty of paintings by the Old Masters to the incredible and unique architecture, art lovers will be in heaven on a journey through this continent. Every city in Europe has something breathtaking to offer its artistic visitors. However, most of us don’t have the luxury of endless time and money, so here are the cities that should be at the top of every art lovers must-see list.
Michelangelo’s David at The Galleria dell’ Accademia
Florence is synonymous with art. It draws art lovers in, like a moth to a flame. The city itself is like a beautiful painting. In summer, the streets are lined with budding artists painting the intricate architecture and the faces of the many interesting people that live and visit the city. Throughout the city, you will find one breathtaking church, bridge and monument after another. Inside the architecture, you will find paintings, frescoes and sculpture from some of the most oldest and celebrated artists the world has ever seen. On a trip to Florence you must not miss:
The Galleria dell’ Accademia – a large square in the heart of the city where you will find sculptures including Michelangelo’s David.
Il Duomo – you can’t miss it; the Gothic cathedral dominates the city’s skyline. The interior is just as magnificent as the exterior.
The Uffizi – the famous art gallery where you will see artwork from many of the great, including Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli.
Interior of La Sagrada Familia
Barcelona is another paradise for artistic types. In fact, there is so much to see in this city that it’s probably worth looking into holiday apartments in Barcelona so that you don’t miss out on any of it. Much of the city’s art is in its streets, so do be prepared for plenty of walking. Barcelona is well-known for it’s vibrant architecture, a lot of which is the work of the world-famous architect Antoni Guadí. On a trip to Barcelona, be sure not to miss:
La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and Casa Batlló – to see Guadí’s lasting stamp on this city.
The Picasso Museum – where you will find well over 3,000 works of art from the master himself.
Tàpies Foundation – here you will be spoiled by a huge collection of contemporary works.
And how could I not include the city of Paris in this list. Home to over 250 art galleries and museums, it often referred to as the art capital of not only Europe, but of the world. On a trip to Paris art lovers must see:
The Louvre – not only does it hold the most famous painting in the world, but it also has a huge number of exhibits that will keep you occupied for days and days.
Musée National d’Art Moderne – modern art enthusiasts will not be disappointed by this attraction which happens to be the largest modern art museum in Europe.
La Tour Eiffel – it is one of the most iconic structures in the world, but nothing beats seeing it with your very own eyes.
It’s all there waiting for you – go and see it!