Italy: Culture and Arts

Way more than just good spaghetti bolognese.

For centuries, it was customary for the upper classes of Europe to take the “grand tour”, when they would trek across the great cities of the continent to see its finest works of art. Italy was the highlight of the grand tour, and with good reason. Visit art galleries in Florence to see some of the best collections of Renaissance art in the country; you could spend an entire city break in Rome just seeing the great archaeological sites and museums, but still never find time for everything; and Venice is a work of art itself. Check online for guided art tours of Italy and other escorted cultural pursuits, including wine tasting holidays and art study retreats.