If you’re an avid art enthusiast and love European culture as much as we do, you’ll find that there are thousands of great reasons to travel to Europe. Home to some of the world’s most important works of art, traveling to Europe will give you the chance to discover awe-inspiring treasures and artifacts – some of which date back to ancient times! Here are 4 artful reasons to travel to Greece, Italy, Spain or France for your next vacation in Europe!
1. Athens – Greece
Our Favorite Work: The Caryatids Of The Erechtheion – 5th Century BC
Caryatid is the name given to the famous architectural column that takes the form of a standing female figure. The finest example of caryatids dates back to ancient Greece and can be found on the southern porch of the Erechtheion on the Acropolis. There are six caryatids in total, of which five can be found at the Acropolis Museum in Athens.
Where To Find This Work: The Acropolis Museum
Discover the surviving treasures – in Greek possession – of the archaeological site of the Acropolis at The Acropolis Museum in Athens. A modern museum that was built to house the artifacts found on the Acropolis rock and its surrounding slopes, showcasing collections from Archaic to Roman periods with emphasis on the Acropolis of the 5th century BC.
A landmark in the heart of Athens, the Hotel Grande Bretagne is within walking distance from the city’s most impressive landmarks, exclusive shopping areas, and the world-famous Acropolis of Athens. This multi-awarded hotel will give you the chance to enjoy 5-star luxury in the heart of the city!
2. Florence – Italy
Hotel Highlight: The GB Roof Garden, offering panoramic views of the city and the Acropolis.
Our Favorite Work: La Primavera by Sandro Botticelli - 1477 to 1482
La Primavera, one of Botticelli’s most famous and wonderful paintings was commissioned by Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici, a member of a prominent Florentine family. Described as 'one of the most written about, and most controversial paintings in the world,' this colorful Renaissance painting is full of allegorical meaning.
Where To Find This Work: Uffizi Gallery Museum
Home to a massive collection of unique artworks and masterpieces, the Uffizi Gallery is one of the most famous museums in the world. Most of its art pieces date back to the Renaissance period, and the majority of the collections are by great Italian artists, including Botticelli, Giotto, Cimabue, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raffaello.
True Trips Luxury Hotel in Florence: The Continentale Hotel
Overlooking Florence’s stunning Ponte Vecchio bridge, the Continentale Hotel offers simple, yet elegant design, large spaces, and unique decoration in each room. Enjoy the hotel’s sophisticated elegance, exquisite service, and relaxing ambience during your stay in the historic city of Florence.
3. Madrid – Spain
Hotel Highlight: Stunning sunset views from La Terrazza rooftop bar overlooking the Ponte Vecchio.
Our Favorite Work: The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch – 1490 to 1500
One of the world's greatest works of art, this painting represents a curiosity, a freedom of thought, and the thrill of discovery. Attempting to describe the indescribable, Bosch shows us an exercise in madness, and the modern world before it even existed.
Where To Find This Work: Museo Del Prado - National Art Museum
Housed in a beautiful neoclassical building designed by Juan de Villanueva in 1785, the Museo Del Prado in Madrid holds one of the finest collections of European art in the world. The museum’s galleries are filled with masterpieces by famous artists including Fransisco Goya, Peter Paul Rubens, El Greco, and Titian.
Since its opening in 1912, The Westin Palace in Madrid has become a symbol of the Spanish capital. Ideally located within walking distance from Madrid’s best shopping areas and most important museums, the hotel’s great facilities, attentive staff and excellent location offer a pleasurable and luxurious stay!
4. Paris – France
Hotel Highlight: La Rotonda, the hotel’s stained-glass dome restaurant.
Our Favorite Work: L'Aubade by Pablo Picasso – 1942
Demonstrating his extraordinary artistic talent and dynamic force, Picasso presents the power of music pictured within a dialogue between the artist and model. L'Aubade is an impressive work of art that is characteristic of this influential Spanish painter.
Where To Find This Work: Centre Georges Pompidou - National Modern Art Museum
One of the most prestigious modern art collections is housed inside this quirky and cheerful museum in Paris, holding more than 100,000 works by famous artists including Vassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso.
Imagine a centrally located hotel that combines Parisian chic ambience, with meticulously designed guest rooms, and breathtaking views of the city skyline. With its courteous staff and lovely facilities, the Westin Vendome will become your home away from home in Paris.
Hotel Highlight: Le First, the elegant fine dining restaurant.