Explore The Art Scene In Tuscany
Posted by Ruth (08/07/2016)
Considered the birthplace of the renaissance, Tuscany has played host to the riches of all art history tapestries that go far beyond picture postcards and paintings. From the Apennine and Roman civilisations to the Medicis and popular Renaissance heroes, if you’re an artist or art lover, Tuscany should be first on your travelling bucket list.
Whether you’re looking for a long weekend or a couple of months travelling, there’s so much to see and experience in Tuscany that you simply can’t see it all. So where do you start?
If it’s a quick break you’re looking for, why not try Florence? It’s Tuscany’s biggest city and although you’ll never be able to cover everything, staying in one place will mean that you don’t waste valuable time travelling around.
Florence itself is a living breathing museum of Renaissance art and architecture, so it’s advisable to start by taking in the full scale of its wonder at the Forte di Belvedere. You’ll be able to see the rolling city beneath you while taking in the latest sculptural exhibition in the gardens.
While you’re there why not pop next door to the vast Palazzo Pitti, and it’s Palatine Gallery? This main gallery contains upwards of 500 paintings from the Medici family’s private collection including breath-taking works from Raphael, Caravaggio and Correggio among others. The rooms within the Palazzo Pitti have even been decorated by Pietro Cortona. Cortona was responsible for some of the most remarkable frescoes such as the Four Ages of Man and the planetary rooms at the front of the palace depicting Venus, Apollo, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
If you have more than just a long weekend, where to next? Siena! Now you’ve seen some of the most amazing examples of Renaissance art and artistic décor, take a trip to Siena to reflect on the heart of Tuscany’s medieval heritage.
Start by walking around the city to see the ancient remains of the old city necropolis Poggio del Sole. Then, go to the Piazza Grande, of all the Medieval Squares, this is the one to see. From the Gothic floors of the Palazzo di Fraternita dei Laici to the Vasari Loggia Mannerist artwork and the interior frescoes of the Episcopal Palace there is so much to see.
Siena is awash with churches filled with painted walls, sculptures and paintings. If you have time, visit the Casa Vasari with its decorated rooms, the Civic Museum to sample some of the more contemporary Italian masterpieces and the UnoAErre Jewellery Museum if you’re a magpie too.
Having spent some time landlocked, hop in the car and take in the scenery while heading down to Livorno. This massively underrated city boasts more than it first seems. Visit Venezia Nuova, built by the Venetians (hence the name). Whether you enter by boat or you stroll through the winding canal paths this is a fantastic place to kick start your time on the coast.
This area gives you a real insight into the city’s history. You’re able to observe the brightly coloured buildings and see the new fortress in the city. Early evening is the perfect time to take in the vast Terazza Mascagni, with its checkerboard floor and fantastic views reminiscent of the Great Gatsby, you’ll struggle not to feel transported into an art deco montage.
Then, in the morning why not pop to the Sanatoria di Montenero. You’ll be greeted with spectacular views to the coast and towards Pisa. The altar in the church is magnificent and you can soak up the stunning paintings depicting miracles and stories of the Virgin Mary and region. You can drive there but why not really experience the ascent to the church without the hassle on the funicular railway.
Wherever you decide to go in Tuscany, you will instantly come to appreciate the art scene and the amazing architecture and cultural buildings throughout the region. Click here to book a private villa in Tuscany.