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If you follow my blog from before, you know that I am a great admirer of the fine arts and of (almost) any artistic expression. One of the things that motivated my trips is to see art and culture closely. In particular, I’ve had an interest in knowing the history of art in Europe. If you are also attracted to arts and travel, you might like these 10 ideal destinations to see art in Europe.

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10 Cities to see art in Europe

1. Rome

Rome is a city that stands out for its history, its wonderful monuments and its artistic wealth. It is one of the main cities to see art in Europe. The main galleries are The Borghese Gallery and the Capitol Museums. In these museums, you can see works by renowned artists such as Caravaggio, Titian, Rubens, and Tintoretto.

TheBorghese Gallery is one of the best options to see art in Europe
The Borghese Gallery in Rome

Rome, besides having great pieces of Baroque, Renaissance and ancient art, also houses the National Gallery of Modern Art. In this gallery, you can enjoy paintings by Cézanne, Monet and Van Gogh. Besides, there are many palaces with important art collections open to the public.

As if that were not enough, in the neighboring Vatican you can visit the famous Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums which also have great masterpieces.

If you travel to Rome you'll have the chance to visit the Vatican Museums, some of the most amazing art in Europe
Vatican Museums

2. Paris

Paris is a city famous not only because it’s the city of love but also due to its art and culture. The Louvre Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world, and the Da Vinci’s Gioconda one of its stars. But it is not the only place where you can experience art. In Paris, there are important modern art museums such as the d’Orsay and the Pompidou Gallery.

A fleeting romance: 3 days in Paris + my first impression.

Other interesting museums in the French capital are the Quai Branly Museum that exhibits ethnic art and the Guimet Museum with Asian art. If you are a fan of Picasso they also have a gallery dedicated only to this painter.

You can also visit the Montmartre quarter, famous for being the neighborhood of artists. On the famous Place du Tertre you can see the painters in action and why not? Let them paint your portrait if you want a unique souvenir.

If you want to know more about this neighborhood check out this post: Montmartre, the bohemian quarter.

The Louvre Museum is one of the most famous museums in the world and an ideal place to see wonderful art in Europe
The Louvre Museum

3. Florence

It’s not a secret that Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and that is why it’s an ideal city to see art in Europe. For starters, its cathedral, Il Duomo, is considered a masterpiece, but there are also many museums and galleries that you should not miss.

12 famous masterpieces not to miss in Florence

In the Accademia Gallery, you will see one of the celebrities in Florence, David by Michelangelo. Another must-see is the Uffizi Gallery. It houses works of great importance created by masters such as Botticelli, Filippo Lippi, Raphael, Da Vinci, and Michelangelo.

Also, there are several other museums and galleries that you should visit if you have time. For example the Palatine Gallery, the Bargello Museum and the San Marco Convent.

The most popular palaces and museums in Florence.

In this city, you will also find many art shops where you can find interesting materials or souvenirs. From now I tell you that if you enjoy art you will love this city as much as I do.

If you want to know more, check out this post: Advice about what to do in Florence: Art and shopping

 

The Uffizi gallery in Florence is where you can find italian renaissance art in Europe

Uffizi Gallery in Florence

4. Madrid

The capital of Spain is another great city with an important collection of art in Europe. Here you can visit the golden triangle, made up of the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and the Reina Sofia National Museum.

The Prado Museum houses the largest collection of Spanish painting, as it must be. Its collection includes masterpieces by Italian painters such as Botticelli and Tintoretto. It also has art by Flemish painters such as Rubens and Rembrandt.

Other museums, less visited but no less interesting, are the Sorolla Museum (with paintings of Joaquín Sorolla), and the Cerralbo Museum. The last one has an interesting private art collection.

Del Prado Museum is part of the golden triangle which makes of Madrid an ideal city to see art in Europe
Del Prado Museum

5. London

The National Gallery is one of the most important art museums in Europe and is located in London. Its collection consists only of paintings. Stand out works by artists such as Michelangelo, Titian, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh.

If you prefer ancient art and antiques then you should visit the British Museum in London. This museum has an extensive collection of objects from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Middle East, and America.

The capital of the United Kingdom offers many other options for Art lovers. Another gallery to consider is the Victoria and Albert Museum with a collection of decorative arts. Other options are the Tate Modern with modern art, the Tate Britain and the Wallace collection.

The Tate Modern museum in London is a good place to visit if you want to see modern art in Europe
Tate Modern in London

6. Vienna

When we hear the word Vienna, the first thing that comes to our minds is Mozart and classical music. However, this capital has much more to offer. Of course, if we want to attend a good symphonic concert or an opera, Vienna is an ideal city. There are many theaters and venues where you can find concerts for all budgets.

But on the visual arts side, Vienna also has interesting options. One of them is the Museum of Art History known in German as the Kunshistorisches Museum. Here they exhibit an attractive collection of Egyptian and Asian art. They also have some masterpieces by artists such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Caravaggio, and Velázquez.

Check out about my experience visiting Vienna and the Museum of Art History.

If you are interested in modern art, you can take a look at the Albertina Museum or the Leopold Museum. The last one displays some work by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Another option to see art in Vienna is to visit the Belvedere Palace which has a gallery with the best of Austrian art.

7. St. Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is a city with an immense cultural and artistic offer. Here you will find one of the biggest art museums in Europe and the world. I’m talking about the Hermitage Museum. This museum has almost 3 million pieces of art and cultural objects. As it’s impossible to see it all, you have to decide which collection and rooms you prefer to see if you visit it.

It has the second largest collection of Spanish painting, as well as important paintings by Flemish and Dutch painters. They display art by Italian painters such as Caravaggio, Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, and Leonardo Da Vinci.

Other museums to consider are the Russian State Museum and the ERARTA Museum of Contemporary Art. In St. Petersburg is possible to find a street Art museum, the only of its kind. Also in this city, you can attend Opera and Ballet shows at the Mussorgsky theater. And you’ll have the chance to visit a museum which displays old musical instruments.

The Madonna Benois is in The Hermitage Museum, one of the top museums to see art in Europe and you can find it in St Petersburg, Russia
Madonna Benois in The Hermitage Museum

8. Amsterdam

Amsterdam is famous for its picturesque buildings, but it’s also a city with much art in Europe. For starters, they have the Rijksmuseum, in which they exhibit more than 8,000 artworks. Paintings by masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van Gogh stand out.

The milkmaid by Vermeer, a masterpiece that you can find in the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands
The Milkmaid by Vermeer

Besides you can contemplate expressionist art, pop art and abstract art in the Stedelijk Museum. And if you are a fan of Van Gogh or Rembrandt, or just curious about their lives, do not miss visiting their museums.

The Van Gogh Museum is very popular because it has a large collection of paintings by this genius. The Rembrandt House dates from the 17th century and it’s the place where this master created some of his most important works.

The right place to see Van Gogh's art in Europe is the museum of his own name in Amsterdam, one of the most visited in the country
Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

9. Berlin

Berlin is a city so rich in art museums, antiquities and culture that it would need a full post to mention them all. Its most famous and visited museums are the Pergamon Museum and the Neues Museum. The collections of these museums contain mostly Ancient and Asian art. They have Persian, Islamic and Egyptian art objects to name a few.

Neues Museum in Berlin is an interesting museum to see oriental and ancient art in Europe
Neues Museum in Berlin

If you are more interested in paintings then the Gemäldegalerie should be your choice. This art gallery has European art from the 13th to the 18th century. Here we can find works by famous artists as Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt and, Van Eyck.

The Old National Gallery (Alte Nationalgalerie) shelters above all nineteenth-century art. Some works by Cézanne, Renoir and Friedrich stand out. The Berggruen Museum contains modern art but above all an extensive collection by Pablo Picasso. So if you like this painter you should not miss this gallery.

The Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin exhibits an interesting collection of 19th century art
Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin

10. Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most cultural cities and with diverse art expressions in Europe. And not only because of its many museums and galleries but because of its peculiar architecture. It was the modernist architect Antoni Gaudí who created many of its buildings as truly art pieces.

One of the most visited museums in Barcelona is the National Museum of Art of Catalonia. Among its collections highlights the Romanesque art of the 11th and 12th centuries. It also includes Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and modern artworks, as well as many engravings and drawings.

Another interesting gallery to visit is the European Museum of Modern Art. It exhibits contemporary works but less abstract and more realistic. Besides, Barcelona has the largest collection of works by Picasso in the museum of the same name.

Barcelona has many galleries of active artists which make it an attractive city to see art in Europe. So if you visit Spain and enjoy art, include Barcelona in your itinerary.

The Catalonia museum is one of the most important and complete in Spain
The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona

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