While there are about as many museums in Italy as pieces of art, there are more than a few you should add to your must-see list ahead of your next (or first!) trip. Work your way through the country’s rich history in the arts with this list of suggestions.
Located in the Historic Centre of Florence, right along the Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery houses must-see masterpieces from Michelangelo, Botticelli, Buontalenti, Simone Martini, Leondardo da Vinci and Raffaello — just to name a few.
While you’re still in the Tuscan region of Florence, as we suspect you will be for awhile, make your way to the Bargello National Museum. Known by many other names, including the Palazzo del Bargello, Palazzo del Popolo and Museuo Nazionale del Bargello, the Bargello was once prison barracks with tall, looming archways reminiscent of a church. The museum is home to many sculptures, paintings and a network of important buildings, including the Medici Chapels.
While not the most alluringly Italian name, the Academy of Florence Art Gallery has one of the best-known pieces in all of Italy: Michelangelo’s “David.” The sculpture is world-renowned and on view along with countless other master works.
Over in Venice, make your way to the Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace, for incredible Gothic architecture and history.
Another stop in Venice, the Gallerie dell’Accademia boasts many Italian artists from Paolo Veronese and Gentile Bellini to countless others. Exhibits change regularly, so check to see who is on view.
Finally, in Rome, head to the Castel Sant’Angelo located in Parco Adriano. The impressive structure was commissioned as a mausoleum for the emperor and his family, but was later used as a fortress, castle and now museum. The artwork housed inside lives up to the hype of the exterior.
Santa Monica, California, has such an incredible array of restaurants and bars, it can be difficult to choose one. Rustic Canyon on Wilshire Boulevard makes it easy to decide; the restaurant manages to clearly set itself apart from the rest.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Many travelers are exchanging their regular home lives for a more exciting life abroad. However, no matter where in the world you visit, money is needed to live a comfortable life. Gaining work experience abroad can diversity a resume and open opportunities worldwide. For travelers who wish to live a more nomadic lifestyle, getting a short-term job in a country is also a great option. This will ensure travelers have enough money to get by and give them experience. Before leaving for a country or while in a foreign land, travelers can use the internet to find jobs or local resources.
One of the best ways to experience and learn more about a culture is by looking for and picking through the local markets. Depending on the destination, markets can be found in the out-of-the-way nooks and crannies of larger cities or can function as attractions on their own merit.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.