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ATTN Art lovers: You NEED to add these galleries to your bucket list

Got a client who’s mad for art?

Or are you yourself a budding art enthusiast looking to up your knowledge?

Either way, you’re going to want to take note of these standout galleries and museums.

Vatican City – Vatican Museums

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The Vatican Museums within Vatican City displays works from the immense collection amassed by Popes throughout the centuries beginning with Pope Julius in the early 16th century.

There are well over 70,000 pieces of art in the collection, of which only 20,000 are ever on display.

With Insight Vacations, guests can receive special VIP entry to avoid the crowds and behind the scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a marvel of Renaissance architecture normally off limits to normal visitors, before a visit to the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s famed ceiling.

Rome – Galleria Borghese

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The Galleria Borghese in Rome is a highlight for art lovers the world over. Housing major collections of Roman sculptures, works of the Old Masters as well as many modern art masterpieces this collection is a homage to the Roman arm of the exceedingly powerful, prominent & wealthy Borghese family.

Begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese – a major patron of the arts, this collection boasts works such as Boy with a Basket of Fruit & St Jerome Writing by Caravaggio, Sacred and Profane Love by Titian and Raphael’s Entombment of Christ.

Florence – Uffizi Gallery

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The Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest, largest and most famous art museums in Europe located adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria in the Historic Centre of Florence.

The Uffizi Gallery is, in fact, the most visited gallery in Italy! And no surprise as it holds a collection of priceless works, particularly from the period of the Italian Renaissance from such amazing artists as Michealangelo, Botticelli and Raphael including The Birth of Venus, Primavera and Venus of Urbino.

Milan – Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

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The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan may not be on everyone’s bucket list, but it is one not to be missed! An archaeological marvel in of itself this Church is one of the Renaissance Arts most important testimonies and is a UNESCO world heritage site.

The Church is appreciated across the world for housing perhaps the world’s best-known fresco – Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper stands proudly within the walls of this Church in the dining hall.

Basel – Foundation Beyeler Museum

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Founded in 1997 this museum houses the collection of Ernst and Hildy Beyeler.

The collection houses over 300 pieces of art including works by Cezanne, Picasso, Rousseau, Mondrian, Klee, Ernst, Matisse and Newman.

A museum not to be missed by true Art Lovers travelling through Europe.

Paris – Louvre

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The World’s Largest Art Museum and arguably the most famous, a former royal palace and a historic monument of the city of Paris.

The Louvre is one of the greatest museums in the world, home to such works of art as the Mona Lisa, the Winded Victory of Samothrace and Venus de Milo. The Louvre has embraced the history of France for over 8 centuries and features work admired across the globe.

On a specialist trip guests with Insight Vacations, will visit the renowned Museum at night, free from crowds and from a totally different perspective.

Paris – Musée D’Orsay

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Joined by a local expert guests will visit Paris’s Musée D’Orsey museum, home to the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world.

Be enthralled by the works of Monet, Manet, Degas, Cezanne, Van Gogh and more. Following this guests can choose to embark on an optional experience and visit Monet’s garden in Giverny to see the inspiration for some of his most famous works.

Travellers can visit these museums in 2019 on Insight Vacations’ 15-day An Art Lover’s Taste of Europe itinerary. Go here for further information.

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