These cities top the charts when it comes to culture and should be on every self-respecting art lover’s bucket list.
Don’t miss: world-renowned artists like Warhol, Hockney and Dalí at the Tate Modern, landscapes by Gainsborough and Turner at The National Gallery, and face-to-face encounters with the likes of Elizabeth I and Shakespeare at the National Portrait Gallery.
Don’t miss: Michaelangelo’s iconic statue of David at the Galleria dell’Accademia (book ahead), Renaissance masterpieces by the likes of Botticelli and Raphael at the Galleria degli Uffizi, and the gardens and array of museums contained within the Pitti Palace.
Don’t miss: the Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile at the Louvre, contemporary works at Galerie Daniel Templon, the architecture and modern classics at the Centre Pompidou, and impressionist and post-impressionist masters at the Musée Marmottan Monet.
Don’t miss: the permanent collection of more than 2 million works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the modern art Mecca that is MoMA, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim, and a trip across the bridge to browse Brooklyn’s lesser-known contemporary galleries.
Don’t miss: the world’s largest collection of work by Picasso at the Museu Picasso, Gaudí’s unmistakable modernist architecture at the Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell and Casa Batlló, and Miró’s surrealist paintings, sculptures and drawings at the Fundació Joan Miró.
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