Florence, Italy is home to a lot of the world’s greatest artworks.
Much of that is due to Florence being the birthplace of the Renaissance, which brought to life an artistic culture that has never died.
However, there are also many ways to see modern art – and indeed meet the artists too – around Florence.
Some artists in Florence set up little stalls on the streets and in the piazzas of Florence. They sit out in the Tuscan sunshine, painting splendid views of the cityscape or dreamy Tuscan landscapes, stopping to chat with passers-by and to sell their wares.
There are also many open studios that look like mini-museums in themselves, where local artists paint and sell their works directly to those who wander in.
Art is a great thing to buy in Florence, and one of our favourite ways to buy artworks is directly from the artist, an experience that adds extra significance to the work.
Lots of local coffee shops and bars also regularly host exhibitions of local artists. There is normally a launch party for the exhibit, where the artist is usually also present mingling amongst the guests.
In the many markets in Florence, you may find stalls from which to buy artworks and oftentimes meet the artist too. There are also occasionally second-hand paintings available, some already in lovely frames.
Once you have your artwork hung on your wall, looking at it brings back wonderful memories of your trip to Florence.
And who knows – in decades to come, you may just discover the artworks are worth more than just sentimental value.
Like the Italian factory worker who bought two works at a lost-property auction in 1970 for around 23 euro (19 pounds) and hung them on his kitchen wall for the next 40 years. Just this week, it was discovered that they were long-lost artworks by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard.
It turns out they were works stolen from a London home in 1970, only to be left on a train in Italy, before ending up at auction. Today, these works have been valued at around 10.6 million euro (£8.8m).
For now however, our own kitchen wall boasts a collection of works that hold not only aesthetic value, but also sentimental value. And if life in Florence, Tuscany, teaches you anything, it’s the difference between value and price.
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