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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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Finest boutique hotel in Prague

My break in Prague with my friend took me in the end in the finest boutique hotel. The decision was taken after a discussion between the hotel and the apartment. For a few days of relaxing stay in a luxury place with a familiar stay and all the services won on the independence of the apartment. I am satisfied with the accommodation because it is really a marvelous place that I suggest to go.

In past I used Sheraton and it is a great hotel, not so big and located in a quiet area 15 minutes walking distance from Charles Bridge.  The finest boutique hotel offers anyway a friendly space in a unique setting, not comparable with any other structure. It is called Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa. The furniture, the details, and the staff are surely the strength of this hotel.

The finest boutique hotel and its features

I had really a pleasant stay. What did my opinion very high? There are many elements that I evaluated. This finest boutique hotel is located quite close to Charles Bridge, so to the river. It is like five minutes walking distance. There is a very small square in the middle of small streets whit the hotel entrance. It is almost in front of US Embassy. It appears like a very quiet place. The building is a former-bourgeoise house. The structure perfectly restored and kept became hotel, open to the travelers in 2006.

The setting is in baroque style, reminding the past of the palace. The furniture is very well selected to create a refined ambiance. These aspects are easily visible getting into the finest boutique hotel, but there is something more. The staff, starting from the reception, is very welcoming and they are giving tailor-made assistance. The support to every request looks like to be part of a long relation, also if you booked a room for the first time. Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa offers particular rooms.

The rooms

About the room I had I have to say that it is beautiful, clean with a very comfortable bed. Space is above the usual standards among the hotels and each detail is kept in high consideration. Also, the bathroom was large with a powerful shower. Lovely decor is spread everywhere and to sleep in the finest boutique hotel was an incomparable experience.

The room of the finest hotel boutique in Prague has a baroque style, but it is fully equipped with all the modern amenities and with luxury toiletries. Among the features of each room, there are safe, air conditioner, plasma TV, DVD and CD player, WiFi, Mini-bar. Thanks to the location of the hotel guests can sleep easily because there is no noise from outside.

Food

Included in the rate of the room there is breakfast. Therefore you should enjoy the first meal of the day offered by Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa. It is not only a matter of money but especially it is because of the food. There is a great variety of salty and sweet dishes, prepared according to high-quality standards. You will be delighted, I am sure of it. Do you like to taste local food? If yes try the finest boutique hotel restaurant.

We went to the restaurant one evening and we had delicious traditional dishes. Traditional meal and very good service provided by the professional staff. Aquarius Restaurant is not so big and decorated in perfect baroque style. They offer also Italian cuisine, but as Italian, I want to taste something different. The finest boutique hotel has also the Café Barocco Veneziano, where to taste some hot drink like chocolate with superb sweets during the day.

Spa

One of the amenities of Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa is the spa area, modern and very relaxing. It is in the historical cellars of this finest boutique hotel in Prague. They offer different amenities and also a good variety of treatments for body and face. You can also ask for manicure or pedicure. If you just search for some relax, as it was for us after some parties for the New Year’s Eve, the Health Club is the proper place where to spend some hours. Steam bath, swimming pool with waterfall and the sauna are ready to help you to recover energy.

If you want to enjoy the beautiful city of Prague, the finest boutique hotel Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa is the right place, especially to start your exploration of the capital. There are many attractions to visit, but also cool bars and restaurants where entertainment is an art. Stay tuned to read my next posts about the capital of the Czech Republic.

 

 

The room

Hotels or apartments?

Now it is your turn. I need to decide between hotels and apartments. What is the best? For the New Year’s Eve destination I and my friends decided to go to Prague, but we are discussing the accommodation. I suggested to rent an apartment, but one of my friends insisted that hotels are better. He suggests to book a boutique hotel so someone will clean the rooms, we will have the breakfast included and so on. I wanted to go to an apartment to be more independent.

That is why I am trying to get ideas and suggestions from you. We have the task to decide, but you can be a support. What do you think? Are hotels better? Or are the apartments the best solution? Generally, it is a matter of price, but at the last moment you can’t find cheap rates, so the point is more related to the services and the amenities. To let you help me, I can describe what we found on Booking.com.

Hotels or apartments? The apartment

For our New Year’s Eve, I proposed to rent an apartment in Prague. Checking on Booking.com the different available options, I selected the most interesting one. It is larger than what we need, but we love luxury and comfort. What are the features of it? Simply: a marvelous terrace with a great view of the city. Not only, but there are also more things to mention. This is better than hotels for me.

The apartment, called Luxurious Pařížská, is located 400 meters from the Old Town Square. The position is really very good to see the attractions. The terrace then allows having a superb point of view on the Prague center. Free WiFi is included in the rate. There are hitters and a very big space. Five bedrooms, so one more than what we need, a living room, three bathrooms with a bat and a spacious living room. Plus a seating area and a kitchen equipped with a dishwasher.

Hotels or apartments? The hotel

My friend prefers definitely the hotels so this is our selected option. On Booking.com we found a very good one, but what about independence. It is a boutique hotel, called Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa, and it is located 5 minutes walking distance from Charles Bridge. The place is perfect and it is a very good structure, with even more amenities of other boutique hotels.

What are the features? Free WiFi, reception open for 24 hours and they offer a complimentary welcome drink. Breakfast is included. They have a spa, Ecsotica Spa and Health Club, hosted in 11th-century cellars, you can imagine what a beautiful setting where to relax. The access is free and guests can use the fitness area, sauna, and pool. It looks perfect, but what about the independence?

What do you prefer?

Please help me! I am not asking to support my proposal against the one of my friend, but just to express your thoughts. We have limited time to book and it is necessary to define what we want. I am asking you what would you prefer. Hotels or apartments? What is your choice when you travel? Why? What are the elements that influence your choice? Comment below and you will give me a real help to decide and also to convince myself and my friends. Thank you!