While there are about as many museums in Italy as pieces of art, there are more than a few you should add to your must-see list ahead of your next (or first!) trip. Work your way through the country’s rich history in the arts with this list of suggestions. Bringing the kids? Get your mature, artsy brood ready for a walk through ancient Roman history, old-world order and a whole lot of biblical imagery.
Located in the Historic Centre of Florence, right along the Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery houses must-see masterpieces from Michelangelo, Botticelli, Buontalenti, Simone Martini, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello — just to name a few.
While you’re still in the Tuscan region of Florence, as we suspect you will be for awhile, make your way to the Bargello National Museum. Known by many other names, including the Palazzo del Bargello, Palazzo del Popolo and Museo Nazionale del Bargello, the Bargello was once prisoner barracks with tall, looming archways reminiscent of a church. The museum is home to many sculptures, paintings and a network of important buildings, including the Medici Chapels.
While not the most alluringly Italian name, the Academy of Florence Art Gallery has one of the best-known pieces in all of Italy: Michelangelo’s “David.” The sculpture is world-renowned and on view along with countless other master works.
Over in Venice, make your way to the Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace, for incredible Gothic architecture and history. Once inside, you’ll be mesmerized by the blend of bright, optimistic pieces and dark, ominous works — all much different than the next.
Another stop in Venice, the Gallerie dell’Accademia boasts many Italian artists from Paolo Veronese and Gentile Bellini to countless others. Exhibits change regularly to check to see who is on view. Originally created as a school for the arts, the lavish building offers a peek into the complicated work of art buyers, patrons and creativity.
Finally, in Rome, head to the Castel Sant’Angelo located in Parco Adriano. The impressive structure was commissioned as a mausoleum for the emperor and his family, but was later used as a fortress, castle and now museum. The artwork housed inside lives up to the hype of the exterior.
United Airlines officially became the only major U.S. airline to own a flight training school with the opening of United Aviate Academy on Jan. 27. The moment was made even more historic with its inaugural class, which is 80 percent women and people of color.
As ecotourism and responsible travel become more popular, destinations look for ways to promote their rural and natural areas and preserve local ways of life. Agritourism — staying in farms or rural houses — is perfect for family travel, offering a chance for children to meet and interact with local people. It is not only a highly sustainable form of tourism, but also a more relaxing vacation compared to trips trudging through cities with children in tow.
Australian adventure travel company Aurora Expeditions announced its partnership with Australian-based education platform UpSchool on an Arctic education program, perfect for family travelers. The 10-week course explores the importance of the Arctic region. The program encourages children to create a plan for how their community can contribute to positive environmental change.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
About 80 percent of adults in the United States said they want to take some sort of road trip this summer, whether it be a quick one-to-one destination or a longer one with multiple stops. WalletHub released a report on 2022’s best and worst states for a summer road trip.