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Italy 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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