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Art of Romanticism

The magnificent Art of Romanticism. In 1861 Italians united Italy. After some battles. Thanks also to a great engagement of artists. All the kingdoms disappear to let space to a unique country. The process that brought all the country under the same king started in 1815, after the Congress of Vienna. We call this period Risorgimento (Resurgence). It gave the chance to Italy to change its shape. People worked hard to reach the goal and art gave an important contribution to it. Art of Romanticism became the flag of the movement.

The ability of the art to make a revolution impress me a lot. This happens many times, in almost all the eras, especially in the last centuries. Anyway, who loves art has an interest in analyzing the historical context. Not only. Who loves art want to pay attention to the techniques. It’s amazing how artists changed the way to paint in the 19th century. I like a lot of painting and sculptures and going around the Italian museums and exhibitions I saw the evolution of the style. Also the differences among the artworks of the various artists of the same period.

Art of Romanticism: the 19th-century revolution

Romanticism started at the end of the 18th century. When the new generation of artists understood that Neoclassicism wasn’t influencing anymore the society, they started to search for something new. They changed completely the way to express their ideas and point of view. The art of Romanticism has various features. Romanticism canceled the Neoclassical reasoning, control, geometric perfection and, above all, imitation of the art of the ancients.

Not all the artists of the period made a radical change, but most of them yes. They wanted to draw a line to separate the past from the present. Their style was dominated by unbridled passion, strong feelings and a renewed fervor for the religious world. Moreover, if the neoclassical artist was convinced that the perfection of art had been reached by the ancients, the romantic drew, instead, inspiration from the dark and mysterious world of the Middle Ages. That period until then had been considered a period of no importance and purely negative.

Art of Romanticism in Italy

Who loves art can easily understand how nice is a journey into the art of Romanticism. That period is really amazing because it takes people into modern art. The paintings are not only a representation of a view, but there is a sign, something more. I think the feature of the style is visible in the vigorous brushstrokes capable of interpreting reality. Color and not too defined signs tell a story.

This is what I like about the art of Romanticism. Then, of course, there are many elements related to the history of that period. I love to explore the most important event of Italian unity. Also, I like to see in the paintings how Italy was at that time. The same feelings, especially talking about techniques, come from the sculpture. If you want to see art in Italy you have a lot of opportunities. But I recommend you to explore the artworks of the 18th century.

Romance artists

If you like art visit Italy. Art of Romanticism has a huge collection spread in all the country. There are many museums that offer the view of great artworks to the visitors. Time to time in various Italian cities there are thematic exhibitions. I like them because they collect paintings and sculptures also from foreign museums and private collections. So it’s easy to see some artworks that are usually not visible to the public.

I will write more about some art galleries and museums. Because Italy can show you the best examples of the art of Romanticism. But now I want to share some pictures I took during my visits. So I let you enjoy them. Before I remind you that after finding a flight, maybe using some free miles obtained with your credit card, you can reserve a hotel and buy the tickets to enter the museum. Planning in advance will be useful especially if you want to see some temporary exposition because you will check the place and the dates.

Paintings

                                          One of the famous “kiss” of the painter Hayez

 

In the painting, you can see the famous writer Alessandro Manzoni, one of the Italian literature icons

 

                                     This young girl represents Italy, that was born in 1861

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My best travel tips for you now

My dears I want to share a new experience. I want to give you my best travel tips now. It is not a new post on my blog, but an article published by Triptipedia. It is “a free collaborative encyclopedia of travel tips, where everyone can browse, save and share tips for better travel“. Clem & Xim created it to enclose the travel experiences from who wants to share them, in order to help others in their visits. This is surely a website that I read when I want to find the best travel idea. The contributors are genuine with real experiences and well selected by the site promoters.

I became their contributor as well, preparing a post about Macedonia. Using my recent and previous jounerys through the Balkan country I listed the best place to visit. Also I created some tips for who wants to go around. Macedonia is a beautiful country and it is still out from the tourism circuits. I am going to prepare more posts on my blog and on Triptipedia, because I think that shares my direct experiences is useful. It can inspire the travellers when they search for new ideas.

Travel tips

The best travel tips for you are my goal, but of course you need to catch what exactly you need. Only an idea about the destination or all the information about the place. I suggest you, when you want to know more about a city or a region to visit to focus on your objectives. The question is always the same one: What I want to get from my journey? The answer is totally personal.

If you don’t have ideas or you have some doubts, I can reveal something that I like to do. I love read and for this reason I buy travel books quite often, also when I am abroad. Some stories are very interesting because there is a particular and well described setting. So you can read about a city or a place and find connections with the story, the history and with real facts and people. It is funny to plan a trip to see the localities written in a favourite book and explore the locations.

My advices

The best travel tips are made by real travellers, but to be sure it can be useful to be in touch with the author. If you get them from a blog, ask some more questions to the blogger. So you can easily find more infos and to know more about her or his point of view. Each experience is based on specific standards that might be different from yours. Another important element that make a tip useful is the replicability. Infact the described story has to contain steps that you can follow and make yours. If you search for an hostel, a review on a five stars hotel is not interesting at all for you.

Check the details and ask for them in case, because something too general will not help you to realize your trip. Compare the positive and the negative feedback on a place, especially if you use a review site. Maybe something very bad for a person isn’t so bad for you. Too much positive impressions can be written by the owner of a structure or by a tourism office. Keep in mind these facts when you search for tips.

In my next posts I will go deep in my tips for you, so follow me and stay tuned!

The best travel idea now

I mostly organize trips for business reasons, but when I want to move for leisure I need to find the best travel idea at the moment. What changes betweent the business and the leisure? For me the goals. Moving for meetings means to search for specific services and treatments, everything related to a tight agenda. If the trip is a pleasure, I need to be free and to enjoy the place. I like luxury and this means that I have to check a marvellous destination with good hotels as well.

First of all to find the best travel idea right now I start to make a list of my interests. What I really want from the holiday?

First of all I decide the period, in order to focus on the season. I love to see the sea during winter time, but in summer it is easier to swim and enjoy the place. Also the entertainment is better during the warm season. I also calculate the available days in my agenda. Then I need to search among my wish “right now”, so when I do my research.

 

Online

 

I start to check travel blogs and the booking, hotels and airlines websites. They offer experiences and advices. Certainly I don’t have to follow step by step their tips and suggestions, but use them. Exactly, their posts are useful to find good destination and see what the place can propose to a traveller. Difficulties, opportunities, popolarity of the attractions. For instance if I want to relax, I search for a less know place. If I want to increase my “culture” I will decide for a city full of art and museums. I did it also for my trip to Malmö.

I generally compare the sources, using Wikipedia, the mentioned sites and also some official guide. Why not read the tourism office web page. I also check the online pictures of the place, today it is easy using hashtags. In this way I have a real image on how it is the place. If on some website there are great pictures as advertisements, in some others there are the pictures of tourists. I like to compare the reviews as well, but I do not trust them so much, because they are sometimes fake.

Meanwhile I check prices starting from my loyalty cards. Infact travelling a lot I earn miles and points using airlines companies, hotel chains and related services. So I can spend them for my holidays. I can pay less for a specific destination. So the amount of miles earned can influence my choice as well.

 

The decision

How I can find the best travel idea now? Well, I resume the steps.

  1. Decide the period and how many days to spend on holiday
  2. Define the goals of the trip, according to the wish at the moment
  3. Do a research online with my personal criterias (most interesting attractions, most luxury resorts, less known destinations, cheaper places… this depends on you)
  4. Find and compare reviews and offers
  5. Catch ideas from bloggers and travel websites, including offers able to inspire
  6. Check loyalty programs to use miles and points to redeem them in a profitable way

These are the main elements that I consider to find the best travel ideas to decide where to go. What about you? How do you proceed? I will back to the topic with some other posts in next days, because I want to share some other hints, so stay tuned and follow me.