Whether your favorite piece of art is the Mona Lisa or the graffiti you saw under a bridge the night before, the world is full of cities that cater to artists and aficionados of all types of art. If you want your next trip to open your eyes to the beauty and history of the art world, here are a few cities that you shouldn’t miss.
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Berlin has long been a city where new forms of art have flourished. Berlin is home to more than 400 art galleries, and is also a thriving center of graffiti art. The site of the Berlin Wall has always been a place to go to see the most up-to-the-minute art, sometimes even being created before your eyes. If your taste tends towards galleries, there are enough to keep you busy every day of the year. The Neue Nationalgalerie focuses on 20th century work, while the Gemäldegalerie hosts many Old Masters.
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Florence is a city that was built on the backs of one family — the Medicis. Their patronage led to the creation of thousands of pieces of art, and the invention of many things that are invaluable to our lives today. Just walking through the street you can see gorgeous architecture and beautiful statuary, but the galleries in Florence are where the most sublime art is housed. The Uffizi, the Palatina, and the Bargello all house world famous pieces like Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus or the Madonna of Santa Croce painted in 1285.
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New York City, USA
Home to hundreds of cultural institutions and museums, New York City is one of the finest places to see art in North America. Museum Mile runs from 82nd to 105th Streets, and is the densest display of culture in the world. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is undoubtedly the most famous, although the Neue Galerie New York, the Guggenheim, and the Design Museum all house spectacular year-round exhibits.