Does your idea of a holiday in Italy involve immersing yourself into its famous works of art? If the answer is yes, you are in luck, since there is plenty of museums you can visit to do exactly that! One of the best destinations within the country is certainly Tuscany, an area usually known for its rolling hills, petite villages and great food. To the art and history enthusiast, it offers the chance to experience some of the most important art pieces in the whole of Italy. What follows is a list of places where you can go to get the most out of your time in Tuscany.
Being the most important city of Tuscany, Florence boasts a number of famous works of art. If you are spending time there, you should definitely go and see some of Michelangelo’s sculptures. One of the most important ones is the Florentine Pietà, a work depicting Christ, his mother Mary, Mary Magdalene and a man by the name of Nicodemus. The next work of art you shouldn’t miss is a painting done by a relatively unknown artist by the name of Masaccio. The painting is called the Holy Trinity, and it depicts Jesus Christ being supported on the cross by both God and the Holy Ghost. And last but not least, you should definitely visit Filippo Brunelleschi’s Dome of the Duomo of Florence, which is a stunning octagonal structure placed on the top of the Cathedral.
When it comes to art in Pisa, the Leaning Tower is something that cannot go unmentioned. But there is a lot more to do there than to stand at the bottom of a single building, however impressive it may be. The city boasts a large number of very interesting museums, such as the National Museum of St. Matthew. Located in an ancient convent, this place stores an impressive collection of sculptures and paintings, the oldest of which dates back to the 12th century. Lungarno Simonelli Museum is also interesting, especially because it gives you the opportunity to see some very old Roman ships and artifacts. Our third option would be the Cathedral Works Museum, which is a beautiful place packed with 12th-century carvings, engraved glass objects, frescoes and even a wooden crucifix that originated from 12th-century by Borgognone.
Just like the above-mentioned cities, Siena could be considered one of the art capitals of Italy. As a city of artists, it flourished during the Renaissance, which made it one of the most desirable destinations in the area. Its churches and galleries still hold some of the most important works done by Duccio, Simone Martini, Martino di Bartolomeo and Pietro Lorenzetti. One of the sights you shouldn’t miss if you ever find yourself in Siena is the Cathedral. It holds Donatello’s the Feast of Herod and Martini’s The Annunciation between St. Ansanus and St. Margaret, as well as a variety of works sculpted by young Michelangelo. All of this makes the Cathedral the ideal destination for any tourist interested in immersing themselves in the masterpieces of Italian sculpture.
If you ever find yourself in the charming city of Lucca, you will probably take time to check out some of its churches and piazzas. But apart from that, the place offers a lot to a curious tourist, especially to those who are more interested in art and culture than in nature and outdoor activities. The best way to explore the artistic scene of this part of Italy would be to visit some of the many museums that are available to the public. The most interesting ones include the National Museum of Villa Guinigi and the Museum of the Archaeology of the Lucca Cathedral. The former boasts a great collection of works dating back to the eight century BC and continuing to the masterpieces of the 18th century. The latter is a museum created somewhere in the 1990’s and it holds late medieval works of art, including both paintings and sculptures.
Tuscany is not just a place where you can see classic works of art – it has a lively contemporary art scene as well. In Florence there is a Centre for Contemporary Culture known as Strozzina, and in Lucca, there is a similar center by the name of LU.C.C.A. San Gimignano is one of the places to visit if you like contemporary art. If that is the case, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit the Galleria Continua. Apart from all of this, you can also see some interesting works of art while taking a walk through the park. If this sounds like something you would enjoy doing, simply head to the Tarot Garden in Capalbio or Forte Belvedere in Florence. Unmissable are also Centro Pecci in Prato, which collects and promotes contemporary art, Il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri, an artistic park located in Seggiano, and Fattoria Celle at Pistoia, an environmental art garden, where artists have been inspired by nature while creating their works.