We had the chance to write about the Trivago survey about Italy’s most popular museums last week, but today we have the full list; read below for details:
1° Vatican Museums. More than 4,5 million people every year visit the museums
2° Palazzo Ducale, Venice’s romantic beauty is still a great favourite with tourists from all over the world.
3° Uffizi Gallery, Florence. The museum is the home of masterpieces from the Renaissance period (Botticelli, Da Vinci and Raffaello are all there).
4 ° Museo del Bargello, Florence. The place houses priceless old jewels from the Middle-East.
5° Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence. It’s main attraction the famous David by Michelangelo one of the greatest geniuses of the Italian Renaissance.
6° Egyptian Musuem of Turin. With its 30,000 artworks from Egypt is one of the world’s most important Egyptian museums.
7° Borghese Gallery, Rome. A great favourite with American and English tourists at the turn of last century’.
8° Galata, Museo del Mare. Genoa. It’s a new entry. This museum entirely devoted to the sea and its mysteries was inaugurated in 2004.
9° Archaeological Museum of Naples; an amazing museum housed in a beautiful 16th century palace and built upon an ancient necropolis.
10° Scuderie del Quirinale. It was open to the public only in 1999, its popularity among tourists is on the rise, thanks to a series of prestigious art -exhibitions including the one dedicated to Caravaggio and his art.
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While waiting for the Museum by night event to take place here in Europe, Trivago has just published a list with the most popular museums in Italy. Rome and Florence top it with their most famous museums (i.e. the Vatican Museums, Borghese Gallery, Scuderie del Quirinale and the Uffizi) but the Trivago list also includes less well known museums such as the Egyptian Musem of Turin, Galata Museo del mare (Genoa) and the beautiful Museo Palazzo ducale in Venice.
After Rome, another Italian city, Florence, will celebrate the 400th anniversary of Caravaggio ‘s death with an interesting exhibition called Caravaggio e Caravaggeschi The exhibition, which will take place at the famous Palazzo Pitti and Uffizi Gallery from 22 May to 17 October, features more than 100 paintings and a series of documents (with new attributions) that will cause a stir in the art world!
The Grand Dukes of Tuscany were all great art collectors and bought several Caravaggio’s paintings, including The Bacchus and the Medusa; moreover the presence of important artists - in the city such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Battistello Caracciolo and Theodoor Rombouts, and the direct dealings with artists like Gerrit Honthorst, Bartolomeo Manfredi and Jusepe Ribera gave rise to an intense Caravaggesque “season” which left an extraordinary number of paintings at the court and in the city that after Rome still today boasts the largest collection of Caravaggesque paintings in the world (source: Un anno d’arte)!
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From 16 December to 31 January the city of Florence will host an exhibition called Santi, Poeti, Navigatori; partly dedicated to Amico Aspertini, one of the most enigmatic and controversial artists of the Renaissance period, this amazing exhibition - which is part of the Mai visti prima project - comes on the heels of another art show dedicated to the painter and which took place in Bologna (Amico Aspertini’s hometown). Thanks to this new exhibition, visitors wil have the unique opportunity to see the masterpiece which the artist painted for Alessandro Achillini; the painting which was purchased for 300,000 euros by the association Amici degli Uffizi has now been donated to the Florentine museum. 2009 has undoubtedly been a great year for Amico Aspertini’s admirers!
Florence is known as the cradle of the Renaissance; its streets, its palaces and its historic monuments have no parallel in the whole world; from Palazzo Pitti to the Uffizi and the famous Galleria dell’Accademia just to mention a few; but the city has plenty to offer even when it comes to fashion and shopping. Now thanks to a series of events called Percorsi di Moda a Firenze tourists will be able to visit shops and ateliers and get a closer look at artisan crafts. This very interesting initiative aims to show the multifarious aspects of the city, including art and fashion.
For more information on this free guide to art sites, boutiques and ateliers please click here and here. And remember, tourists will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of art and fashion itineraries (including menswear, bridal collections, underwear, perfumes, jewellery, shoes and bags) two days a week: Tuesday and Friday from 15:30 to 18:30. The initiative will run until 16 June.
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On the occasion of “Un anno ad arte” , A year in Art, Florence will host two very interesting art exhibitions; the first dedicated to Giotto, the second one to Giovanni da Milano. L’eredità di Giotto. Arte a Firenze 1340-1375 (Giotto’s Heredity. Art in Florence)will be on display at the Uffizi. It tells rather a fascinating story.
Through Giotto’s works we come to see the drama the city was then living; the economical crisis, the Black Death which was wiping out the population and the intestine wars between Guelphs and Ghibellines which were literally pulling Florence apart. Cristina Acidini, Superintendent of Antiquities, reminds us that those were very hard times indeed.
Thousands of people had died, dread and horror were hovering over the city like an immense black wing, but this, strangely enough, brought about a change, paving the way to Renaissance and the rebirth of a whole continent .
Florence is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world; according to Travel & leisure no other city can be compared to it. So if you arrive in Florence and you are in a hurry, maybe this article can help you optimise your time.
Thanks to it you should be able to see all there’s to see, even if you stay in Florence for just a couple of days or maybe less.
The list is from Italy Travel Notes by Rachel Deutsch:
1 Go to the top of Giotto’s Campanile
2 The doors of the battistero
3 The top of the Dome
4 The Uffizi
5 Palazzo vecchio
6 Ponte Vecchio
8 Museo Dell’Opera del Duomo
9 Wine tasting
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