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Vienna and Beyond: A Cultural Journey through Austria and Slovenia
June 3–11, 2018
Central Europe is known for its stunning natural beauty as well as its vibrant cultural, musical, and artistic traditions. Join the Art Institute on this never-before-offered, custom-designed journey through the enchanting countries of Austria and Slovenia. Begin your journey in Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana. Take a walking tour of the old Baroque city center, stop by the grand St. Nicholas Cathedral, visit the home of famed national architect Jože Plečnik, and take a guided tour of the National Gallery of Slovenia. Gain a greater understanding of the current art scene with visits to local galleries and artists’ studios. In Vienna, learn of the historic treasures related to the Habsburg dynasty, with visits to legendary Belvedere Palace, the Albertina, and the State Hall of the Austrian National Library, and part of the grand Hofburg Palace. Examine the importance of Vienna’s most renowned artist Gustav Klimt at the Secession Building, the Leopold Museum, and the Bergtheatre. Visit an 1888 villa, designed by the great architect Otto Wagner, that is now the private home and gallery of a leading Viennese artist, and take in an opening of the priceless private collection of a Liechtenstein family, one of the wealthiest Viennese noble houses for centuries.
Step into a world of unparalleled artistic beauty, from the lauded works housed in the city’s world-renowned galleries to the little-known gems tucked into neighborhood churches and private homes. At the Uffizi Gallery, view masterpieces by Raphael, Botticelli, Caravaggio, da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Titian. Climb the staircase of the iconic Duomo—a Gothic masterpiece completed in 1436—with its famous Brunelleschi dome. Tour the Bargello, the former prison and headquarters of the Florentine police force that now houses one of the greatest collections of Renaissance sculpture. Visit the restoration labs of the city that have taken on the herculean task of restoring Europe’s great masterpieces. Take in the sun in the gardens of expansive villas and private palaces. Walk the path of the Palio, Siena’s legendary horse race, and discover the fraught history of the divisions of the city’s contrade, or neighborhoods. Immerse yourself in the wonders of Italy’s shining gem on the Arno. Finally, no trip to Florence would be complete without a visit to the prestigious Accademia, home of Michelangelo’s David.