Best Cities in the World for Culture Lovers
Breathtaking architecture, museums and world-class art galleries a prosperous literary scene, with a rich history, a source of performing arts and for musical creativity these are all the trademarks of a great cultural city. Here is a list of one of the best cities in the world for you to explore, from north to south and east to west.
In London there is always something to suit everyone. Literary sites like the Keats’ House in Hampstead and the Baker Street are worth seeing. Then for fans of the performing arts, the London Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera and West End theatres at the Barbican are great places to explore. For more modern-day or contemporary acts, have a look at what is on at the Earl’s Court, the O2 Arena or the Brixton Academy. Finally, art lovers are handsomely catered for with the National Gallery, British Museum, Tate Modern, Royal Academy, Tate Britain and the Saatchi Gallery.
There are 27 in total national museums in Shanghai more than anywhere around the world. Then there are the iconic landmarks like the Yuyuan Gardens, The Bund on the Huangpu and those museums. Two of the best are the Shanghai Museum and the China Art Museum that is full of ceramics, ancient bronzes and calligraphy.
Walking around the Rome you can admire the classical ruins and the masterpieces of the Baroque and Renaissance eras built by the popes. The palazzos, churches, piazzas and fountains are by master architects like Michelangelo, Borromini and Bernini. The Vatican Museums are like culminate in the Sistine Chapel. For film aficionados, Rome was the home city of the director Fellini and the setting for La Dolce Vita, one of the leading classics of the European cinema.
The City of Art, identical with culture and beauty, Paris was home to immeasurable leading artists in the early 19th and the 20th centuries. You will find their graves in the cemeteries of Père Lachaise, Montparnasse and Montmartre, and their works in galleries like the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre. A great writer’s city too, Paris was home to Baudelaire, Maupassant, Flaubert and Proust, whose cork-lined room on the Boulevard Haussmann has been restructured at the Musée Carnavalet. Then there are the jazz clubs, the haute cuisine of the bistros and brasseries to explore and the historic Palais Garnier opera house.
Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, home to poets like Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, and once ruled by the Medici family, the patrons of Michelangelo, Botticelli and da Vinci. There is a breathtaking architecture abundantly to enjoy like the the iconic Duomo of Brunelleschi and the Campanile of Giotto, and then few of the finest galleries in the world to explore. The collections of the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi show off many works of the Florentine School of painters like Fra Angelico, Donatello and Botticelli amongst others, while in the Accademia Gallery, you will find Michelangelo’s David.