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Best Cultural Centres To Explore On Post-Covid Local Tour

saint-pierre-1633682_640.jpgCross-border travel isn’t allowed yet, but soon you’ll be able to start exploring your own country again. Where should the arts-and-culture starved start?

Post-Covid Art Tourism In Italy - Where To Start

One of the saddest things about the ongoing Covid-19 lockdowns has been our limited access to cultural experiences and travel. While cross border travel may be off the menu for a while to come, once the government has reached a stable level of vaccinations, local travel will once again be a reality and there’s a lot to explore in the wonderful nation of Italy.

The country’s history extends back through centuries rich in architectural, artistic and cultural value - from the time of the Roman empire to the Italian Renaissance and through the troubled years of the 20th century, there is so much to explore. We’ve put together a list of must-see locations and artefacts for your first post-Covid trip.

  1. The Vatican

Although one would assume most of Italy has visited the Vatican City at some point in their lives, now is the time to go and see it as it once might have been before it became one of the top tourist destinations in the world. If you’ve ever been, you’ll probably remember the hordes of people pulling you past some of the most interesting historical artefacts from world history - from Ancient Egyptian sarcophagi to famous works by the likes of Picasso and Matisse - barely having a moment to take it all in. While Covid regulations mean your entry and exit times must be strictly adhered to, at least you’ll have a little room to breathe.

  1. The Gallerie dell'Accademia

This Venitian gallery boasts some of the most famous renaissance artworks of all time, with pieces by Giorgioni, Bellini, Carpaccio and Da Vinci. Da Vinci’s most famous work, the Vitruvian Man is on display on rare occasions but is usually hidden from the public. Venice is another place that will be beautiful to visit in these next few months of relative quiet, and to be in the company of such momentous, old artworks will be something to remember.

There’s also the nearby Guggenheim for if you have any further bandwidth for viewing art. Many people, myself included, find hours of viewing art a little exhausting, so maybe take a break to stroll next to one of the canals, nurse a cup of coffee, or explore the maze of piazzas and side streets bursting with history and texture.

  1. The MAXXI Museum

Rome’s MAXXI museum, apart from being filled with modern art and looking a bit like the best gaming site, is itself a work of modern art. Designed by Dame Bella Hadid and completed only 6 years before her death, the Guardian has described the MAXXI as “a masterpiece fit to sit alongside Rome's ancient wonders.” A large outdoor area provides room for large-scale pieces, while the museum is also partially dedicated to modern architecture. Rome is absolutely rife with cultural centres focusing on fashion and film as well as the plastic arts, so while you’re there be sure to research the variety of arts foundations based in the city.

So, if you want to journey through some of Italy’s iconic artistic history - you know where to start. Don’t wait, go now in this once in a lifetime moment of quiet!