This is especially for all art lovers out there….
Lets head to Europe and firstly stop off in Paris from where we have the chance to travel to Normandy and visit the pretty village of Giverny and Monet’s home and garden. Giverny was home to Claude Monet lived from 1883 to 1926 and it was his garden which you will see on this tour that inspired the master of Impressionism.
The Giverny and Monet tour takes in Monet’s restored home, garden and workshop at Giverny, where the famous Impressionist artist lived from 1883 to 1926. A particular highlight is the water-lily pond with its famous Japanese bridge which featured in many of Monet’s masterpieces.
Next stop is Barcelona for the Salvador Dali Museum, Figueres and Cadaques day trip from Barcelona
This is probably one of the most complete Salvador Dalí tours available. The tour starts at the Dalí Museum in Figueres and ends either on his beloved Costa Brava, visiting his home in Port Lligat and the magnificent Cap de Creus, or at the castle that he built for his wife.
After spending the morning at the Dalí Museum, the small group will set off for Figueres, birthplace of Dalí and home to the world famous Dalí Museum-Theatre. Step inside the surreal world of Salvador Dalí and find a museum like none other. Dalí wanted visitors to see his massive collection as a ‘whole’ work, and for this reason he wanted no catalogues and refused to have his works placed in chronological or subject order. Inside is a world of fantasy mixed with architecture mixed with paintings and sculptures. Be prepared for a complete surrealistic experience.
From Barcelona we head to Rome for the chance to join the Rome art history tour- Walking in Caravaggio’s Footsteps
This walking tour starts at Piazza del Popolo, Rome’s famous city square with its many Roman churches, fountains and monuments. After meeting your local guide, you will visit the Augustine church of Santa Maria del Popolo — an excellent example of Italian Renaissance architecture which boasts some striking Baroque artwork. Inside the church’s Cerasi Chapel you will see two famous Caravaggio paintings: the Crucifixion of St Peter and Conversion on the Way to Damascus.
From Piazza del Popolo, the tour continues through some of Rome’s most elegant streets, including the fashionable Via Margutta, a narrow, picturesque street lined with interesting art galleries and boutique hotels. At the Spanish steps there is a photo opportunity. The tour continues past Piazza San Lorenzo on the way to a hidden gem, the Church of Sant’Agostino. Here you will see works by Raphael before viewing Caravaggio’s Madonna del Loreto in the church’s Cavaletti Chapel.
Spend the last hour of your tour at a local wine bar, where you can relax with your guide and discuss Caravaggio and other Baroque artists whose work you have seen during the tour. Enjoy two glasses of wine (white and red) and a platter of local cheeses, meats, olives and bread as you sit back and contemplate the rich art that you have seen.
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