Be sure to tick these sensational Italian art galleries off your list if you are visiting Italy this year?
Built in 1581, the Uffizi gallery, one of the world?s oldest, is regarded as Italy?s finest collection of Renaissance art ? and with over 40 rooms stocked full of masterpieces, it?s reason enough alone to visit Florence. It?s well worth the fight with the crowds to soak up Botticelli?s Venus, Da Vinci?s The Annunciation, and Michelangelo?s Doni Tondo. Top tip: pre-book in high season to avoid disappointment, and remember to take a well-earned break in the rooftop caf?. For opening times, visit www.uffizi.com
A far cry from the historical offerings of Rome and Florence, Turin?s Castello di Rivoli Museo d?Arte Contemporanea boasts a breathtaking collection of modern art, housed in a contrasting 17th-century castle. Collections include pieces by Gilbert and George, Frank Gehry and Francesco Vezzoli. The museum aims to promote young Italian artists as well as international work. The stunning castle is perched on the hill outside Turin, and it?s well worth the trip to marvel at true contemporary Italian elegance. www.castellodirivoli.org
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is among the most iconic museums in Italy for European and American art from the first half of the 20th century. It is located in Peggy Guggenheim?s former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal in Venice, and features her personal collection as well as masterpieces and temporary exhibitions. She first opened her art collection to the public in 1949, with a display of sculptures in her garden. Today her grave also lies in the green space. www.guggenheim-venice.it