is famous for the depth of its local culture
like no other country in the world. Particularly well known, however,
is the range of art in Italy,
the quality of its private collections and galleries, and the talent
of its local artists. Thousands of tourists and visitors every year
pour into public and private art galleries, go on structured and
unstructured art tours, and soak in the best of Italy’s arts.
Famous Italian painters include Fra Angelico,
Caravaggio, Carpaccio, Botticelli, Canaletto, Donatello, Michelangelo,
Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. Many of these painters are considered
Old Masters, and their works of art are among some of the most famous
in the world.
A typical art tour in Italy will involve a lot
of walking and travelling through cities,
as guides and operators point out special buildings of interest,
ancient sites, and historical establishments. Going in and out of
numerous art galleries is normal, although with some tours, queuing
up and tourist crowds are comfortably absent.
Specialized art tours in Italy are easily available
to visitors. For those wanting to look at the country’s finest
art works, several tour operators offer packages that include private
viewings of galleries, home galleries, and collections, and art
lectures and talks. As an example, Fine Art Travel, located in the
UK, offers a good selection of these art tours and services, although
prices can run to several thousand pounds for a seven-night tour.
Tourists can also draw up and arrange their
own art tour with certain tourist businesses. For example, you can
choose which cities to explore and mix them in with other thematic
tours such as cuisine and gastronomy,
archaeology, and music
festivals. This all depends on how much you want to spend for the
tour and how long you’ll want to do it.
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