My wife and I just returned from 16 days in Italia. We flew in to Milan, then did a loop through Varenna, Castelrotto, Venice, Florence, Assisi, Tivoli, Rome, the Tuscany region, Cinque Terre, and back to Milan. Wonderful country and I would highly recommend making the trip. The scenery we passed through left me with enough source material to paint for the rest of my life. However, the paintings, sculpture, and mosaics we saw made me feel like an insignificant speck as a mere painter. We took in a few galleries and cathedrals while we traveled, and the sheer volume of incredible artwork was mind-numbing. The cathedrals are literally encrusted with art. Pictures cannot do complete justice to these locations, but I would like to share a few.
San Marco mosaics in Venice.
The Doge's Palace in Venice. Each room was more spectacular than the last. The paintings measured in tens of feet.
The Gallerie Dell' Accademia in Venice. I didn't photograph much in here, but was enthralled by the amount of ornamentation they put on this 3 foot tall crucifix.
Two newer sculptures out on the Punta Della Dogana in Venice.