✔ Museums in France — France is synonymous with art and culture. It boasts some of the best museums on the planet. The finest museums preserve and showcase artistic legacies and expose the public to exciting contemporary work. The breadth and historic importance of the works are incredible. Even outside Paris, you can find stunning museums like, for example, the Musee Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi.
✔ Museums in Italy — Italy is one of the most popular art countries on earth — with a rich ancient and Renaissance culture and museums galore. In Italy, you can visit the world class Vatican Museums, the Borghese Gallery, and the Uffizi Gallery, along with dozens of beautiful small museums. And one of Italy’s most prized destinations? A ticket to see Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper in Milan.
✔ Museums in Spain — Spain is chock full of historic art and teeming with masterpieces of both Spanish and international art. From the Prado to the Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain is a veritable art lover’s paradise, a treasure trove of gorgeous art from north to south. Here’s my guide to the best museum in Spain.
✔ Museums in Paris — Paris is overflowing with fantastic museums, both large and small. There’s the big three — the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay, and the Pompidou Center.
But Paris also has some fantastic small intimate museums where you can escape the crowds and and still admire high quality fine art.
✔ Museums in Rome — Rome is truly blessed with a veritable plethora of amazing fine art museums, with an incredible mix of ancient Roman ruins and Renaissance and Baroque art. Here’s where you can follow the trail of Bernini and Caravaggio, two of the greatest artists of the Baroque period. And gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s work in the Sistine Chapel and in Rome’s beautiful churches.
There’s much more to Rome than the Vatican Museums. There are wonderful hidden gem museums with enchanting art everywhere and no crowds. Some of my favorites are the Doria Pamphilj, Villa Farnesina, and the Palazzo Barberini.
✔ Museums in Florence — Florence is an overwhelmingly beautiful city, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” With the best Medieval and Renaissance art in Europe, Florence is a veritable art lovers paradise. There are countless important artistic masterpieces in Florence. You can be seduced and awed by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, etc. Florence is headlined by the Uffizi Gallery.
But there are real treasures at some lesser known hidden gems like the Bargello Museum, the Duomo Museum, and the San Marco Monastery Museum (a Fra Angelico haven). And no trip to Florence is complete without touring the sumptuous and art filled Medici palaces, the home of Florence’s centuries-old Medici dynasty.