Italy is a hub for some of the world’s greatest artistic masterpieces. Many of country’s historic cities feature remarkable museums that are among the best on the planet. If you have any interest in Renaissance to contemporary art, a trip to “the boot” should be on your bucket list. Even if you don’t know much about art history, gazing upon this rich cultural heritage is always an uplifting experience. Here are 11 must-see art museums in Italy.
1. Uffizi, Florence
The acclaimed Uffizi is one of the oldest and most revered museums on the continent of Europe. Construction of the museum began in 1560 by Giorgio Vasari for Cosimo I de Medici, one of the primary benefactors of Renaissance art. Artists like Michelangelo and da Vinci once strolled this museum for inspiration. Today, the Uffizi features works by artists like Fra Filippo Lippi, Rembrandt, Titian and Caravaggio. Don’t miss Bottecelli’s The Birth of Venus.