6. Admire historic works of art
When we talk about Italy, our imagination quickly takes us to significant and important works of art and great names that, due to their talent and life’s work, are known throughout the world. Italian art has influenced several important movements over the centuries and has placed Italy at the centre of the international arts. From painters to architects and sculptors, many artists have left a significant mark on the art world. Nowadays, it is easy to see this for yourself: just visit some of the many art galleries, churches, palaces, museums and exhibitions around the country. Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper”, one of the most famous paintings in the world, can be seen on the wall of the refectory in a former Dominican convent, next to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, in Milan. It is probably the most sought-after work by art lovers visiting Italy. Indeed, there is no shortage of art treasures in this country. In Florence, for example, one of the highlights is the “Birth of Venus” by painter Sandro Botticelli, commissioned by a member of the Medici family. It is also one of the most familiar and appreciated works of art in the world. You can admire it at your leisure in the Uffizi Gallery, which houses many other excellent works of art, including “Primavera” (Spring) by the same painter. In the Sistine Chapel within the Vatican City, you can marvel at the fantastic decorative work by Michelangelo, his extensive ceiling fresco, which is considered a very important landmark of Renaissance painting. The Sistine Chapel is located in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the city-state. As you might expect, there are also many other internationally recognised works in the Italian capital that deserve your attention. Caravaggio’s paintings can be found in churches, palaces and museums throughout Rome. “Narcissus”, for example – one of the best-known works of art by the Baroque artist – is housed in the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica in Rome, while “The Calling of Saint Matthew”, another equally famous artwork, can be found in the San Luigi dei Francese Church.