Have Art, Will Travel! Destinations for the Art Lovers

What’s your idea of a great vacation? Some people do it for fun and relaxation; others travel just to get away from it all. I see. You’re traveling for the love of art. Great news, there are places around the world that are sort of made especially for you.

Berlin, Germany

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Two words — Museum Island. From this alone, you can pretty much surmise why you should travel to Berlin. The Museumsinsel, as it’s called in German, is home to five museums — Altes Museum (Old Museum), Neues Museum (New Museum), Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), Bode Museum, Pergamon Museum — all of which have something creatively mind-blowing to offer. The Old National Gallery, for example, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage arts center for its German and French Impressionist paintings.

Florence, Italy

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As home of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence has attracted millions of visitors every year, most especially art enthusiasts and artists. The gallery holds some of the best Italian Renaissance art that you can see in this lifetime. But art in Florence isn’t just contained on canvas or sculptures; it’s also evident in the architecture that can be seen all throughout the city. So, if you’re looking for some inspiration, be in the midst of it all. Travel to Florence.

Cordoba, Spain

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Here, the artistry is built into the walls of its churches, convents, hermitages, palaces and other buildings. A must-visit is the Mezquita-Catedral (mosque-cathedral), a symbol of how religion changed in Cordoba over the centuries. The mosque-cathedral features the work of Islamic architects who originally built it as a mosque. It was later changed into a Catholic Christian church, thus the name.

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There are plenty of art destinations all over the world, not just in Europe. This is especially true, if you add a twist to your travel plans. That is, you travel to places that served as inspiration for a masterpiece. The landscape in Mount Fuji, for instance, inspired Hokusai, an 18th century Japanese artist, to create one of the best-known Japanese art pieces — The Great Wave.

Photos by: Jean-Pierre DalbéraGiuseppe MoscatoElliott BrownGreg Bishop

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