Traveling is the best way to nourish your soul. A right journey at the opportune moment can reinvigorate your life and change your outlook on various life issues that are troubling you. This change can be especially potent if you decide to go on a trip comprised of backdrops containing sublime art. If you want to relish in the unimaginable aesthetic beauty and have your life changed forever, here are the best travel destinations for art lovers around the world.
When it comes to art, Paris is the first destination on everyone’s list, and it’s no wonder why – the gaudy baroque architecture and the sprawling urban landscape that unfolds along these facades is only one of many faces this city has to show. It is a metropolis fashioned by the muses of hedonism to satisfy your every sense. The beautiful cityscape, incredible procession of music, smells, decadent food and tactile texture of every architectural crevice are bound to leave you reeling. It’s no wonder Hemingway dubbed Paris “a moveable feast”. Once you hit the town, you can start off a tour of 150 museums with a visit to the Louvre and just take it from there. There are no wrong answers in Paris.
It’s tragically unfair to single out any of Italy’s iconic cities, but if we were absolutely forced at gunpoint to make a choice, Florence would take the lead. Why? Simply speaking, the city itself is a guided meditation through one of the civilization’s most artistic periods in terms of art – the Renaissance. The stone paved streets twist and wind through history and along the steps of incomparable polymath Leonardo Da Vinci. The statues adorn its squares and charming cafes and boutiques fill its passageways. Visiting Florence on a sunny summer day when the warm colors of the surrounding really begin to pop is truly an experience like no other.
If you want to mix up your journey through destinations rich in art history with something more modern, you will create an eclectic assortment of aesthetics that can alter your tastes radically. There is no better city to travel to for such an artistic adventure than Sydney, Australia. The artists of the Harbour City walk the very cutting edge of latest art trends – in fact, it would be fair to say they create the trends. The secret of this climate lies in the fact that Sydney is open for all people who are encouraged to express themselves without inhibitions, in their idiosyncratic ways. As a multi-cultural city where countless nationalities mingle, it’s no wonder the most vibrant art statements come from this city. If you are to truly enjoy everything Sydney has to offer as an artistic community, stay in a sublimely tasteful apartment in one of the most popular hotels in Randwick. It can truly be a case of mixing life and art.
Mexico City, Mexico
Latin America has some of the most effervescent cities in the world that offer an impossible range of colors and oases of splendor. Of all of those, Mexico City is not necessarily the most beautiful one – after all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder – but it is definitely a sensible introduction to the art of this part of the world. For starters, it hosts Zona Maco fair of contemporary art every February – an occasion that draws in thriving artists from every corner of the world. You can also marvel at the renowned La Casa Azul where Frida Kahlo used to work and enjoy a “shrine” to her life and work the interior of this building has been turned into. It is positively brimming with both her art and personal effects. Stand on the Palacio de Bellas Artes and take the surroundings in before you’re off to contemporary museums like Soumaya and Museo Jumex.
Naoshima Island, Japan
It would be really unfair to discuss the best travel destinations for art lovers around the world without going to the very edge of the world – the gorgeous and diverse country of Japan. The land itself is like a work of art – a staggeringly condensed landscape of diverse topography – but it is the famed Naoshima Island that will steal your pleasure-seeking heart. Hidden in the Seto Inland Sea and guarded jealously by the surrounding landmasses, Naoshima is truly a heaven for the artistically inclined. In 1987, a billionaire Soichiro Fukutake turned the weathered fishing island into a museum laden playground. It’s an ethereal mise-en-scène of contemporary art pieces and inventive art installations. From the I Love Yu bath house to the Chichu Art Museum, every landmark on this island is meant to surprise you and please you in equal measure.
In order to get a true feel of a location’s history and culture, you’ll need to dig deeper and truly inspect every artfully produced nook and cranny of period pieces, preserved buildings and rich museums. A prolonged visit to these stunning destinations is worth every penny if you are looking for a life-affirming journey filled with gaudy architecture and transcendental works of art.