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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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Vienna: elegant beauty

Destination Vienna. The Austrian capital is a city where I go always with pleasure because it gives emotions. I have always positive feelings and surprises. It is a place where I usually go for work reasons. So I don’t have so much time for tourism. That’s maybe why I can have each time surprises.

My last time I had the chance, at my arrival, to walk around. This is what I like. Walk and discover monuments, attractions, and hidden corners. Yes, I love to explore the places where I go in the less known points. 

I have to say that traveling for work gave me the chance to visit places where only locals go. Anyway, in Vienna I could mix, so I saw the main attractions plus something that is usually not part of the tourism itineraries.

In this post, I am going to give you some descriptions and opinions about the main things I visited. I also share here some of my pictures. But keep in mind that I took them in different seasons and I selected the bests. Then I hope you will enjoy my short guide of Vienna, you can get inspiration for your trip.

Vienna: around the center

The city offers you a huge variety of monuments and museums. To visit them I suggest you use the Vienna City Card. It is valid for one (€ 17), two (€ 25), or three (€ 29) days. It includes the free use of public transports. Plus you have discounts on the entrance fee of a big variety of museums.

There is also a card called Vienna Pass, made by a private company for different cities. They propose also the fast track inside museums. I wrote this because I highly recommend you purchase the card. You will save money and time during your stay. Also if I go there to work, I buy the card for one day. Because I have the chance to see something for cheaper prices and move easily.

I also suggest you walk, because in downtown it is full of beauties. The buildings and the parks deserve to be seen. There are also very nice churches. The architecture shows the prestige of Habsburg. The shopping street, the main square, the park, and a lot of museums are located in downtown. Everything is within walking distance, that’s why my advice is to visit the main part of the city on foot.

It is also easy to find some small events on the streets, many of them are reminding classical music. Vienna is a temple for that. And it has also a lovely museum, called Haus der Musik Museum, where you can interact with Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. It is not only made to explore the world of classical music, but also to learn how to listen to it.

Vienna: some information about the city

Vienna is the capital of Austria and the littlest of the nine government territories as districts. It is home to 23 regions and was first archived as a city in 1137. In 1155, it turned into the home of the dukes of the House of Babenberg, trailed by the House of Habsburg which ruled for no under 640 years. The city is a magnificent ornate city, which is outstanding for Maria Theresa’s rule just as Emperor Franz Joseph I and his cherished spouse, Empress Elisabeth of Austria (otherwise known as Sissi).

There are a couple of things you have to think about when visiting Vienna. The city is sheltered, with an incredible foundation of transports, cable cars, trains, and metros which are running on time and can take you essentially all over the place. This makes discovering convenience in Vienna a lot easier. Because regardless of where you are. There is extraordinary open transport accessible inside minutes stroll from your home.

Vienna has a huge measure of eateries and cafés. Practically all extensive metro stations have pastry shops for a speedy lift me a tidbit. For something valid, ensure you attempt different customary dishes and beverages. We prescribe the Viennese Schnitzel, the Sturm (Federweiss in Germany), Apfelstrudel (apple strudel) and obviously, the omnipotent Viennese Coffee. There is a must: Sacher Torte. You have to taste it if you are in Vienna. It is a chocolate cake with jam.

Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna

Out of the city center, there is the Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site. It is one of the most visited attractions. What’s that? Amid Maria Theresa’s rule turned into the majestic summer home. The Schönbrunn is a Baroque castle and has 1,441-rooms. It is a standout amongst the most essential engineering, social, and authentic landmarks in Austria. I highly recommend visiting it. It’s very well laid out and interactive, with a free audio guide with your ticket.

The palace and museum focus on the royalty who lived here. Particularly it is about Franz Joseph. He, at 18, became ruler and survived the suicide of his son and the murder of his wife Sisi. He was beloved by the country for his hard work ethic. The baroque beauty is inside and out of this lovely palace. You can even spend the night there. You can easily see that this is why Mozart was invited to perform here at age six. Don’t forget to check out the beautiful gardens and head up for a view. There is a zoo inside the palace grounds.

Art and history in Vienna

Vienna is full of art and history everywhere, in each corner. Anyway, there are some places in the city where you can see amazing artworks. And you can get in touch with the most important stages of local and European history. Among the museums and spaces, I suggest you visit the Albertina Gallery. But it is not the only one. Let’s proceed step by step.

State Hall Of The Austrian National Library

The State Hall of the Austrian National Library is one of the world’s most lovely noteworthy libraries. Today, the State Hall houses 200,000 important books distributed somewhere in the range of 1501 and 1850.

Albertina

Situated in the core of the city, Albertina is the biggest previous private Habsburg living arrangement. Today Albertina houses a stunning cluster of workmanship. It is included changeless and impermanent shows. On the off chance that I could prescribe one single activity in Vienna. What? Visit the Albertina would be it. I cherished the accumulations to such an extent. I got the opportunity to see Monet and Picasso (perpetual), just as the Raffaello (transitory) and the Bruegel accumulations (brief). Many times they run temporary and thematic exhibitions.

Hundertwasser Haus

Just a couple of avenues from the Kunst Haus Museum, the Hundertwasser Haus is an excessively vivid condo. You can’t visit it, yet you can take pictures from outside. Inside the house, there are 53 lofts, 4 workplaces, 16 private porches, 3 collective patios, and a sum of 250 trees and brambles. It is viewed as a social legacy.

Majestic Burial Vault

Otherwise called the Capuchin Crypt. It is the majestic entombment vault that is the resting spot of the sovereigns and rulers of the House of Habsburg. It is intriguing to visit, as the Crypt itself has differently designed pine boxes. At the end of the day, it is somewhat dreary. I felt as I was in a memorial park. In any case, to be there was like to be part of the historical event described by this attraction.

Leopold Museum

The Leopold Museum is situated in the Quarter Museum. And it has some critical Viennese Art Nouveau, Wiener Werkstätte, and expressionism. I found interesting to explore the art evolution in the country. Vienna is well known for the ancient architecture and all the artistic expressions of the past. But it is also important for modern and contemporary art.

Mumok Museum

Mumok is the biggest gallery of present-day and contemporary craftsmanship in Central Europe. On the off chance that you like Pop Art, Cubism, Futurism and Surrealism, at that point this is the spot for you. I love art and even if I prefer the ancient artworks, I am so curious to see all the expressions. This museum is well organized and it helps the visitor to accomplish a journey into the art, passing by the different periods.

History Museum

The Natural History Museum opened in 1889. It has an astonishing gathering, including the celebrated “Venus of Willendorf”, a 29,500-year-old ancient rarity. It additionally houses the biggest and most seasoned shooting star accumulation on the planet. Some of the finds are surprising to me. Because you expect the usual things that tell how was the evolution of the animals, or how changing nature in the country. In Vienna, there are spectacular objects. That’s why I suggest you visit it.

Upper And Lower Belvedere

The Belvedere is a UNESCO Heritage Site. It highlights wonderful greenery enclosures that interface two castles. The Upper Belvedere is home to the world’s biggest accumulation of Gustav Klimt’s craft. Instead, the Lower Belvedere highlights numerous brief craftsmanship shows. This marvelous site will leave you speechless. It is so amazing.

Bank Austria KunstForum

Another must in Vienna for art lovers is the epic Bank Austria KunstForum. This place is incredible for exemplary innovation, impressionism and vanguard darlings. I was so amped up for seeing some mind-boggling accumulations. You can see artworks by Van Gogh, Cézanne and Toulouse-Lautrec. It is an uncommon and precious collection.

Hofburg Palace

The Hofburg is the former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers. Today it serves as the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. If you are not a friend of the President, you can’t enter, but there are some wings open for visits because they are not part of the institutions. It is the case of the Sisi Museum, Imperial Apartments, and Silver Collection. You can relive the glories of Sisi age. 

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

It is not only the main Catholic church in Vienna. But it is a superb example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. The religious building is also an important piece of Austrian and European history. Habsburg’s family had many events inside the Cathedral. I suggest you enter and see the marvelous artworks.

Opera

I have never had the chance to enter. But also from outside the Opera building deserves some pictures. The architecture and the decorations of one of the most important constructions in Vienna are amazing. It is in downtown, so you don’t have to walk too much to reach it. Of course, if you love classical music, ballet or this type of art, you will be in the temple of it. So don’t miss the chance. On my wish list, there is the New Year’s Concert…

Attractions

In Vienna there are not only art and history, here you have some other suggestions. One of the pillars of the city, so you should attend a concert. Then enjoy the view from the top. Let me describe a few more places where you have to go to the Austrian capital.

Traditional Music Concert In Vienna

You are in the capital of traditional music. So getting tickets to an established show is a flat out must. I had an experience listening to Mozart Requiem at the St. Charles Church. It was a great concert, in a sublime atmosphere. The congregation was staggering, looked glorious, particularly around evening time. You can easily verify online events and concerts. Also on the official Vienna website. Purchase the tickets in advance because they are limited and many people want them.

Giant Ferris Wheel

The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel has been turning since 1897. It offers a perspective on Vienna from above: extraordinary! The wheel pivots gradually which empowers you to get relentless photos of the city. Have a tour, you will be happy.

What else?

No, don’t worry, it is not George Clooney’s question for Nespresso. I want to give you a little more advice about what to see in Vienna. Something may be less common. I discovered some nice places thanks to my contacts. But of course, I listed them according to my taste. Try to read and get inspiration. You know, I love to know better the real cities. The itineraries for tourists are interesting therefore they are somehow a must, but those places are not part of real life. That’s why I have to go around where only locals go.

Naschmarkt

According to my opinion, this is one of the coolest approaches to begin the day. The market offers intriguing sustenances and flavors from all around the globe, just as extraordinary leafy foods. There are a few eateries where you can appreciate informal breakfast. It can get a little occupied throughout the end of the week. Yet it’s a fun spot in any case. I prescribe attempting the gigantic green olives and feta cheddar with some newly heated bread. You will be delighted.

Lainzer Tiergarten (Hike)

If you are sick of historical sites, I propose an alternative. Because you may need a break from all that art. A short climbing outing. Take the U4 tram as far as possible of the line (Hütteldorf), at that point pursue the signs to Lainzer Tiergarten. Once you are there go to the Rohrhaus by following either the red (longer course) or orange (shorter course) signs. En route, you will have a lot of photograph openings. Appreciate all-encompassing perspectives on Vienna, climb through thick woodlands and deeply inhale outside air. Nature is great over there. 

The Globe Museum

This is one of the exceptional accumulations of the Austrian National Library (however in an alternate space). It is the Globe Museum: the main exhibition hall on the planet with globes. Counting globes both earthly and divine (in the prime of globular maps, they regularly came in sets) the accumulation holds more than 600 examples. With 200 or so in plain view at some random time. There are inflatable texture globes, small handheld globes, and goliath globes as expansive as an individual. It is an amazing place, especially if you love geography.

Esperanto Museum

The second remarkable gathering supervised by the Austrian National Library is the Department of Planned Languages And Esperanto Museum, or the Esperanto Museum for short. This one of a kind accumulation gathers relics identified with the built language that was created during the 1880s as a conceivable all-inclusive tongue. While it never truly got on in the manner in which its creator would have loved. It remains the best-made language ever. The accumulation holds such peculiarities as soft drink jars written in Esperanto just as a huge number of books, flyers, and bits of ephemera identified with the language. 

Gasometer Town

Four round structures, used in past for gas depressurizing, are now buildings for people. In 1984 the company closed them down. Because of the new gas control systems. Those buildings were out of date. So the city of Vienna transformed the group of four of delightful structures into lodging networks. Notwithstanding the living spaces, there are workplaces and retail stores. The gas houses keep on being utilized as lodging right up ’til the present time and have built up an astonishing feeling of a network.

Final thoughts

Vienna is an elegant city, full of things to do and to discover. It is safe. I have to say that walking in the late evening you might be in some dark and empty streets, but never in danger. You can spend there a few days or a week. More time you will stay in the Austrian capital, more chances you will have to see the surroundings. I can’t say how much time you need to see all the listed places. Because I saw them in many different breaks, in various seasons. Anyway, you will be happy to have a long holiday in Vienna. It is full of opportunities for travelers

You will have many options on where to sleep if you want my advice, read about the boutique hotel I have tried. It is the same for meals, you can easily find all that you want. There are Michelin star restaurants, fast food and so on. In my opinion, you should consider a dinner at the famous Hotel Sacher’s restaurant. Are you searching for traditional food? Don’t miss the Wiener Schnitzel and the Sacher Torte. I don’t know your taste, but I think they will make you happy, especially dessert. 

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Wiener Schnitzel luxury

For some Italians, the traditional recipe of Austria is somehow a copy of “cotoletta alla milanese”. That is one of the most famous dishes in Italy. This is wrong because Wiener Schnitzel is made in a different way. Not only the preparation is different, but also the type of meat used. That’s why I was really happy to taste it during my trip to Vienna. I am not going to explain the recipe. Because I am not a food blogger, but I want to focus on my experience.

I had a Wiener Schnitzel luxury, in a superb hotel’s restaurant. The Austrian capital offers many great places where to eat. From the budget level to the top. I want to write about the restaurant in the Hotel Sacher. The five-star accommodation is in front of the Opera. It has a luxury and elegant restaurant where they offer superb food. Among them also the meat prepared in Vienna style.

Wiener Schnitzel in Restaurant Grune Bar

The setting is very elegant, with wooden decorations, 19th-century paintings, and refined textiles. It has a majestic ambiance where the guest feels like a king. As a luxury restaurant, it counts on very professional staff. Maitre and waiters are kind, precise, and fast. Those elements are really important, but never as the menu. The food is the main feature, also when it includes a Wiener Schnitzel.

It looks a simple recipe, but this means that it has to be cooked very well. Anyway, the cook combine tradition and innovation, experimenting and presenting every recipe with creativity. The Wiener Schnitzel is only one of the various proposals of the menu. In the middle, they bring to guests some specialty to taste. Also at the end of the meal, they give some sweets to conclude the dinner.

The Hotel Sacher is historical and its Restaurant Grune Bar gives a unique gastronomic experience. To gladden the people there is a pianist that play all evening. If you want to taste a gourmet and elegant dinner in Vienna, or to try one of the best Wiener Schnitzel, don’t miss the chance to visit this restaurant. The prices are well related to the quality offered.

Get more tips about Vienna’s restaurants with traditional recipes here.

 

Boutique hotel in Vienna: 1 amazing place for your stay

My trip to Vienna (it wasn’t the first one) was very nice. My experience was great thanks to the superb city and also to a boutique hotel in Vienna called Altstadt. It is located in the central area, 400 meters to the historic old town. That’s the perfect position to go around by walk but also to enjoy more peace during the night. It is not my first time also in this hotel, because I like it a lot. Not only the setting and the location but also the concept.

I want to start to talk about my recent trip to Austria describing a boutique hotel in Vienna. It is not only about accommodation. Since the city is one of the favorite destinations in Europe, it is easy to find any type of hotel. I was searching for something unique, not too big and of course luxury, as usual. Altstadt Hotel satisfied all my criteria. Let me write the reasons, one by one. I had really a unique experience there.

A boutique hotel in Vienna: place and staff

I will post more about the city of the Habsburg royal courtbut now I want to focus on my accommodation. When the driver took me to the place, Spittelberg quarter, I saw a renovated historic building. One of the elegant constructions of the city. At the entrance, there was a plate with the name of the hotel, but no reception. Upstairs, there is a small office with the reception and the staff ready to welcome. This is becoming quite common for many small hotels, located on a few floors of a building.

Since I mentioned the staff, I want to say a few words about the people who work there. The group is made by young people, mainly female (I guarantee that this is not the reason why I booked a boutique hotel in Vienna). They are efficient, very kind and innovative. Yes, they built a real network with the shops and various activities of the area to give to the guest a complete experience. The staff answers easily and fast to the requests of the travelers

The rooms

Altstadt Hotel offers a modern setting in the common spaces and also inside the rooms. The style is one of the strengths of a boutique hotel in Vienna, that makes the structure unique. This is especially the case of this small luxury hotel. To describe the furniture and the decorations I can use two words: art and design. They are very well combined.

Thanks to the windows and the color of the furniture and of the walls, around the common spaces the light is really a lot. Meanwhile, in the rooms, the light is softer. But it depends on the type of room. The Italian Matteo Thun is one of the famous architect involved in the creation of this hotel.

I stayed in a single room. It is not that big, but space is more than enough. The bed is a double one, the wardrobe has no doors and umbrellas inside, and the bathroom is a good example of how a tiny space can become comfortable. The equipment includes WiFi, cable TV, cordless phone, parquet floors, and a mini-bar.

You can see some of my pictures to have an idea about the room. Also, I can add that the room of a boutique hotel in Vienna needs to be quiet. You can’t hear any noise. To reach the room you can go up by elevator or stairs in the building as a local who has a flat. Then you enter in big and long corridors with an elegant upholstery. Each detail is tidy.

Breakfast and services

I already wrote that the services are well organized and complete. Let’s see the main ones. Starting from breakfast. The first meal of the day is served in an elegant dining room with a very good buffet well combined. There are food and drinks for different tastes.

The same space is used in the afternoon. In fact, guests can have a cup of tea and a slice of cake at around 5 p.m. Something good for a sweet break during the tour. You can have it for free and seat in front of a fireplace. A boutique hotel in Vienna can’t exist without a bar. They have and it is a lovely place where to drink a glass of wine before dinner.

The staff can provide specific services, organizing a tour, suggesting where to eat or buy something and of course to prepare for meetings inside the hotel. I am not talking about a conference room, but about a room where to stay while eating or drinking with some outside guests.

It is also good to welcome some local friend or guest with a contemporary art setting, close to the main attractions of the city. Before to let you see the pictures I have to say that the prices of this boutique hotel in Vienna are not so high, especially compared with the treatment received.

Are you ready for your holiday in Vienna? Altstadt Hotel is a luxury stay. So if you are searching for a budget place or other solutions, you can check TEZ Tour. Their guide will help you to find a good hostel around the world, also in Austria. If you want to know more about the city, stay tuned. Meanwhile, check out my post about Graz.

 



Next trip: Vienna

2019 started and for me, it is a new year of travels. Now I am organizing my next trip: Vienna. The capital of Austria is already on my agenda with some work meetings. It is not my first time there. I have already been there and I hope to find a bit of time to see what is missing on my list. My love for Vienna is really big, because of its elegance, the huge variety of attractions and classical music.

Each step in the city is a jump into the history. If you have already read other posts, you know it. I have a big passion for history, I like to study it and learn more about the history of the places. So I am really glad about my next trip: Vienna is the right place for me. Since I have been there I know what to do and where to go in my free time. But in the past, I didn’t have much time to explore the city bars and restaurants.

Next trip: Vienna. Did you visit it?

I will spend in the capital of Austria only a few days, but I want to try to find time for a couple of museums. Also, I would like to eat in some special place and maybe go out to explore the city in the night or at least late evening. Have you ever been to Vienna? Do you have some advice for me? I am asking about your experience. Since I established my next trip: Vienna.

When I visited Malmö some of you gave me great suggests, maybe you can do the same this time. I will appreciate it a lot. This travel blog shares my experiences, but the best part is obviously sharing. So we can exchange information and opinion about the places we visit. What do you think? Can you help me for my next trip: Vienna? I wait for your comments.