Holidays for art lovers

Crack open the cultural treasure trove

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Jules Pearson

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert

LouvreRevered writer Thomas Merton once famously stated that art enables us to find ourselves, yet lose ourselves at the same time. Profound words indeed, and ones that will no doubt resound prominently with anyone who considers themselves an enthusiast of one of life’s great cultural offerings. Significantly, though, these same sentiments are widely echoed by those looking for something a little more meaningful from their holidays than simply lazing on a beach: those who prefer to greet their friends, upon arriving home, with tales of spirituality, having gained a fresh outlook on life as a result of their adventure.

The term “art” is open to interpretation, depending very much on the perspective of the individual in question. For some it means paintings, sculptures and the like. Others consider their favourite architects to be purveyors of art. And, of course, the term is now globally associated with more reputable musicians too. Regardless of your personal viewpoint, there is no shortage of destinations across the world to enjoy the perfect cultural getaway. And wherever you choose, HomeAway has your accommodation covered, with a host of rental properties across the continents. To get you started, take a look at our top five holiday suggestions for art lovers.


Top five destinations for art lovers


Paris Art holidays to Paris

An obvious choice, but there’s no denying the artistic pedigree of the French capital. Aside from the dazzling architecture that is evident at virtually every intersection, the city boasts one of the world’s finest selections of art galleries and museums. Take the Louvre, for starters. Two of history’s most important works reside within its colossal confines; namely Da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, and the beautiful Venus de Milo. In stark contrast to the classical displays, just across the bridge is the Musee d’Orsay, home to the country’s most important collection of impressionist and postmodern exhibitions.

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Barcelona Art holidays to Barcelona

Perhaps more so than any other place in the world, Barcelona is essentially alive with examples of art through architecture. This is Gaudi’s creative playground, a veritable outdoor museum to Catalonia’s famous son brimming with his finest works. Take perpetually unfinished masterpiece Sagrada Familia, for example, one of the most recognisable buildings on the planet, towering above the city. You can take the architectural side as read, but more conventional art is also represented in Barcelona, with the likes of the Picasso Museum and the Joan Prats’ contemporary gallery.

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Florence Art holidays to Florence

Much is said about the artistic merits of Rome and, to a lesser extent, Turin and Milan; but the true creative hub of Italy can be found in Florence. The Tuscan city was the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, a cultural event that some believe moulded the world of art as we know it today. Some of history’s greatest artists were of the Florentine School, most notably Donatello, Botticelli and Michelangelo. The latter’s most famous work, the Statue of David, is the key attraction at the Accademia di Belle Arti. Elsewhere the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo hosts a fine selection of original works.

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Chicago Art holidays to Chicago

The Windy City is in a league of its own as far as artistic merit Stateside is concerned. The Art Institute is home to the finest collection of impressionist paintings in the country, with works from the likes of Dali, Picasso and Warhol present within the beautiful building. One of the most appealing aspects of the Chicago art scene is its diversity; an array of cultures is represented in specialist museums and galleries, most notably the Vietnam Veterans Art Museum and the National Museum of Mexican Art. Aside from all of this, even an aimless stroll through the city will afford you the opportunity to see some first-rate outdoor public art.

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Vienna Art holidays in Vienna

Where to begin with Vienna? Renowned throughout the world for its lasting contribution to classical music, the Austrian capital truly is a pivotal location for cultural activity on every level. The downtown region is within itself something of a museum, indeed declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its numerous buildings of historical and architectural significance. Simply strolling through the city is worth the trip, but be sure to spend a day or so in the Museum of Fine Arts to see an expansive collection of galleries and exhibits. For the full experience, take in a symphony concert at one of the numerous music halls that populate the city.

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Holiday Rentals in Paris

City Hall, a former convent sixteenth s 'Classified', typical of the Marais, Grand 2P

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Paris 04 Le Marais: Studio Heart of Paris - Pompidou - Marais - Châtelet - Notre Dame de Paris

Ideally located in the center of Paris (100m Centre Pompidou, Châtelet and 200m Seine, 300m City Hall, 400m Notre Dame de Paris). Beamed studio, located in a pedestrian street in a quiet courtyard. Bed 2 places, dining table with 4 chairs. Full...

Smart And Large Studio, Amazing Views, Modern, Sunny, Comfortable, Best-Located

This very smart Parisian studio is located in the heart of Paris, in a typical Parisian building from the late XIXth century. In front of the Sorbonne University of Paris, five minutes walk away from the Jardin du Luxembourg, Notre-Dame, the Insti...

Nice apartment of 80 m2 at Porte de Versailles, with a box

EXHIBITOR OR PERFECT FOR TOURISTS. Super nice and sunny apartment comfortable for your stay in Paris close to the fairgrounds. Rental located at the entrance Issy les Moulineaux 's, close to the exhibition center 100 m from Paris XV (Porte de Ver...

Apartment Paris Porte de Versailles 2-room apartment 46 m2. With a box

Rental located at the entrance Issy les Moulineaux 's, close the fairgrounds 100 m from Paris XV (Porte de Versailles Metro line 12). Taxi, tram, bus, Velib 'and Autolib' nearby. Apartment very well located close to the exhibition center, calm...
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