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Category Archives: Italian Art

Must See Attractions at the Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums are a necessary stop for any trip to the Vatican. These art and Christian museums are visited by millions of people annually and is collectively considered the 6th most visited art museum in the world. With 54 galleries and about 20,000 works on display, merely exploring can take hours if you do so without a plan. It’s even possible that you may not be able to view everything due to time constraints. Below is a list of the highlights – not including the Sistine Chapel – you shouldn’t miss out on. The Vatican Pinacoteca This is an art-lover’s dream: the Vatican Pinacoteca contains several masterpieces that previously belonged to different popes, all collected under one roof. There are 460 paintings here, as well as tapestries, icons, and sculptures, all spread out over eighteen rooms and displayed in chronological order. In addition to Caravaggio’s Deposition and da Vinci’s […]

5 Popular Works of Literature Set in Italy

As a global center of culture and the arts, it is no surprise that many works of literature have been set in Italy. Since we’ve previously talked about Roman landmarks captured on film, it’s now time to look at Italy as featured in famous works of literature. Rome from Angels and Demons Dan Brown’s popular mystery-thriller, Angels and Demons, is extensively set in the eternal city of Rome. And there’s no reason that it wouldn’t be set there. As one of the oldest cities in the world, Rome’s iconic structures have stood for more than two thousand years.Despite being constantly inhabited, most of the ruins from Ancient Rome have stayed in pristine condition. On top of that, the city is home to around 900 churches, making it an ideal place for a pilgrimage.The most famous of these churches are the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of Saint Paul […]

5 Interesting Museums in Italy

When going on a trip to Italy, one of the first things that’s on your itinerary are its most popular museums. So enjoy these 5 interesting museums in Italy! These include the Galleria Borghese in Rome, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice. But with over 3,000 museums and galleries spread out across the country, it’s easy to miss some interesting sites. Hence, here are 5 unique museums that you may want to visit during your trip: Centrale Montemartini, Rome The phrase deus ex machina, or god in the machine, may be a cliché. But it is a fitting description for this museum. Once the first public electricity plant in the area, it is now a museum housing various ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. Yet despite being a museum, many of its machinery remain installed inside. This creates an interesting contrast between old and new, mythology […]

3 Important Tips for Appreciating Italian Architecture

For its size, Italy has such a wealth of art that people from all over the world visit it to see these works. And by art, we’re not only referring to paintings and sculptures displayed in its museums. We’re also referring to its stunning architecture that basically has transformed entire cityscapes into outdoor galleries. Just like other forms of art, you can better appreciate Italian architecture by learning more about it. But with the wealth of information out there, where do you start? Here are 3 tips to get you started: Get a basic understanding of Italian architectural styles. From the ancient Roman style of architecture, to the Byzantine, Romanesque, Renaissance, Gothic, Neoclassical and eventually Modern architecture, Italy sure has them all. That’s why it’s helpful to learn more about these specific styles so you can properly identify them when you come across them—and understand the mindset of the architects […]

7 Masterpieces of Italian Art You Have to See Before You Die

With so many works of art found across Italy, even an art aficionado can get overwhelmed. But even if you’re just an average Joe with a general interest in art, you’ll get to appreciate the wealth of beauty Italian art has to offer. Here are 7 masterpieces that you should not miss when you start your journey across the country: Arch of Constantine (AD 315) The Forum, Rome Erected to commemorate the victory of Constantine I at the Battle of Milvian Bridge, the Arch of Constantine is the last existing triumphal arch in Rome. It is considered the most impressive surviving civic monument from Rome, as the design of many monuments and buildings worldwide are influenced by its style. These include everything from the façade of the Union Station in Washington DC to the Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang. The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (c. 1486) Uffizi Gallery, […]

How to Buy a Great Venetian Mask in Italy!

I’m Josh, founder of VIVO Masks. We specialize in beautiful, handcrafted masquerade masks made in Italy, and want to discuss how to buy a venetian mask in Italy. I’m here because many people may wonder what the difference is between an authentic venetian mask versus an imitation mask that you can find at most local party stores in the months leading up to Halloween and Mardi Gras. Here’s what to look for to help you distinguish between imitation and authentic masks, whether you’re shopping at home or are lucky enough to get to go to Italy! Uniqueness – Imitation masks are made in factories hundreds at a time. One mask will look exactly the same as the next. The workers who create these masks often times have little to no knowledge of the history of venetian masks and therefore is very unlikely to look like a real venetian mask. Authentic […]

A Quick Guide to Expo Torino 2015

A Quick Guide to Expo Torino 2015 For those who are planning to travel to Italy soon, it’s a great time as any to head on over because from now up until the end of 2015, it is promising to be a very busy, bustling year for this lovely country. In case you weren’t aware yet, Italy will be hosting a number of major international events, including the Expo Milano 2015, the Giro d’Italia, and the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix, to name just a few. One of the many events to look forward to would be Expo Torino 2015 which will be happening at the same time as Expo Milano. As the two cities are mostly considered as sister cities in all but name, these expos are meant to further strengthen the Milan-Turin partnership and at the same time, to increase tourist activity in the area by providing visitors […]

Bandierai degli Uffizi of Florence: Raising the Flags High

About the Bandierai degli Uffizi If you have ever been to Italy and managed to attend a major event such as the Palio horse races in Siena, or perhaps the colorful Historic Football (or Calcio Storico) in Florence, then you may have had the pleasure of also witnessing the costumed processions that precede the main events. The procession is normally composed of locals in period costumes, marching down the main road while beating drums, waving heraldic flags, and performing colorful stunts. These men are known as the Bandierai, or “flag-wavers”, and what they do is considered an art form that requires years of training to perfect. While there are many such groups throughout the country of Italy, the biggest and one of the oldest of these groups is the Bandierai degli Uffizi of Florence who officially represent their home city, and hold performances during important celebrations, giving people the chance […]

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