Culture and the arts are among many cities’ top attractions. And whether by choice or happenstance, you are likely to come across cultural masterpieces and landmarks – from ancient artworks to architectural feats that reflect the city’s tradition and heritage. Here are some of the world’s best cities for art and culture trips that you would not want to miss.
Florence is home to a wealth of artistic treasures. Just head out to the Piazza Duomo and you will find a wide array of art and architecture to marvel at including the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistery of St. John) and its Gates of Paradise. Other attractions not to miss include Boboli Gardens and Palazzo Pitti, Galleria dell’Accademia, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and the Neptune Fountain, Ponte Vecchio, San Lorenzo, and the Uffizi Palace and Gallery.
Controversies aside, heritage permeates in the city of Jerusalem. One look at the place and you can see awe-inspiring architecture including mosques, churches, and synagogues. The city is home to some of the most sacred sites of three religions and a place of pilgrimage for people from these different faiths. Its top attractions include the Armenian Quarter, Christian Quarter, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Citadel (Tower of David), Dome of Rock, Haram Al-Sharif, Jewish Quarter, Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Muslim Quarter, Old City, Old City Walls, Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), and the Wailing Wall (Western Wall) among others.
Kyoto served as the heart of Japan’s culture and politics for over a thousand years before Tokyo became the country’s capital city. It is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, hundreds of temples and shrines not to mention several stunning Zen gardens. At the central part of Kyoto you will find some of the city’s best attractions like the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kyoto Manga Museum, Kyoto Station, Kyoto Tower, Nijo Castle, Nijo Jinya, Nishiki Market, Sento Palace, and more. In the eastern part of the city you will find the famous Kiyomizudera, Eikando Temple, Ginkakuji, Gion (Geisha District) Heian Shrine, Higashiyama, Maruyama Park, Nanzenji Temple, and the Philosopher’s Path among many others. The southern part of Kyoto boasts of attractions like the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Daigoji Temple, Tofukuji Temple, Toji Temle, and the Fushimi Sake District. Must-see places in the north include the popular Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavilion), Ryoanji Temple, Daitokuji Temple, Hieizan, Shugakuin Villa, Ninnaji Temple, and Kurama. And to the west lies Arashiyama, Kokedera, Katsura Villa, Toei Eigamura, and more.