The current stay-at-home-situation makes us longing for experiences from the world outside. Thank goodness for the technology! As we list six Italian museums worth a virtual visit.
- Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan
Pinoteca’s 669 masterpieces are available to the virtual visitor, complete with the history behind the works. An extra plus for the fact that the collection can be filtered by date, artist and material and more. The online catalog is really high-tech and chances are you will notice details that would have been difficult to detect during IRL.
- The Uffizi Gallery, Florence
"Although the museums have been forced to close their doors, the art doesn't stop," says the director of Uffizi Galleries, Eike Schmidt, and invites you to make a virtual visit to one of the world's finest collections of Italian and Florentine art. Here you can enjoy fine art by masters such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and many more.
- Triennale, Milan
Drawing inspiration from Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron, about a group of young people who stayed outside Florence for ten days to escape the Black Plague in 1348 and took turns in telling stories to pass the time, Triennale Milano has invited artists, designers, architects, intellectuals, musicians, singers, writers, directors and journalists to "inhabit" Triennale Milano’s empty spaces in order to develop a personal story. Every day at 5.00pm the stories will be broadcast live on the Triennale Milano Instagram channel.
- Forte di Bard, Aosta Valley
The Fortress of Bard, located at the entrance to the region of the Valle d'Aosta, has a long and glorious history. It is situated in a strategic setting which originally served as a control point of the Alpine routes leading from France to Italy. The military reinforcement of these Alpine crossings or "chiuse" [from 'locks' = 'fortifications used to block roads'] began in the early 4th century AD and continued for many centuries after that.
The fortress we see today is a perfect example of military architecture of the 19th century with a powerful artillery (guns, mortars, howitzers and cannons) housed in bunkers placed on different levels. It could accommodate about 400 soldiers and had stocks to resist a siege of three months. The fortress was never the scene of clashes and as a result it is virtually intact.
From the end of the 19th century the fort gradually lost its military importance and was assigned first to be a military prison and then as a munitions depot. Today the fort houses the Museum of the Alps that is a prestigious cultural center, with realistic multimedia simulations and audiovisual presentations of many faces of the small town: from winter sports to the flora, fauna, languages, and traditions of the place
Make a virtual visit to the fort and follow them on Instagram where they highlight a new art-work every day.
- The Egyptian Museum, Turin
The Egyptian Museum in Turin is the second largest in the world after the one in Cairo. An exciting exhibition that impresses with its 36,000 objects. Papyrus rolls, mummies and sarcophagi right in the center of Turin and in your living room. Museum Director Christian Greco guides you on YouTube
- Musei Capitolini, Rome
The Colosseum and Forum in all respect, what you might not know is that many of Rome's outstanding antique artifacts are hidden at the Capitoline Museum. Take a virtual tour yourself.
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