Italian Indulgence at Missoni BaiaPosted 01.17.2021
Pining for a cultured vacation to Europe — Italy, perhaps, with its fabled museums and galleries? That trip is not in the works right now, but thanks to a slew of virtual tours on the web, you can explore Mediterranean art and history without leaving Miami. In fact, you needn’t even leave the convenience and comfort of your Missoni Baia condo. Ready to take a trip? Andiamo!
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Florence is usually awash with tourists this time of year, but this summer many will be visiting from the comfort of their armchairs. Rustle up some traditional pizza con patate in your kitchen with its Blue de Savoie marble counters, and serve it alongside a feast of artwork from the Uffizi Gallery. Explore in detail Piero di Cosimo’s “Perseus Freeing Andromeda” — which portrays several scenes from Ovid’s tale, including Perseus in winged sandals and a fearsome beast from the sea. See young Venuses painted by Tiziano Vecellio, sketches and studies by Federico Barocci, and Caravaggio’s infamous head of Medusa. If you don’t catch everything on your first visit, it’s easy enough to return for a second helping.
Pinacoteca de Brera, Milan
The Pinacoteca de Brera is the No. 1 stop for art and culture in Milan — but you needn’t be in Italy to gorge on its treasures. The gallery’s virtual tour invites you to walk its marble floors and drink in what is one of the foremost collections of Italian paintings anywhere. As you make your way around, keep an eye out for masterpieces by Titian, Tintoretto, Giovanni Bellini, and Caravaggio. And because you’re doing this tour from the sun-filled living spaces of your East Edgewater condo, you’re allowed to accompany it with a delicious glass of primitivo. Salute!
Vatican Museums, Rome
There’s no queuing up for the online tour of the Vatican Museums. In fact, thanks to its official website, you can wander the richly painted corridors and rooms of the Sistine Halls, the Chapel of Urban VIII, Alexandrine Hall, and other touristic locations — without bumping into a single soul. The jewel in the crown, of course, is the Sistine Chapel, with its High Renaissance ceiling, painted by Michelangelo in the early 16th century. Take all the time you want to study these heavenly frescoes from the living room of your condo — and look out for those iconic hands from “The Creation of Adam.”
Doge’s Palace, Venice
The Palazzo Ducale — or Doge’s Palace — is one of the great landmarks of Venice, overlooking both the Grand Canal and St. Mark’s Square. Google Arts & Culture allows you virtual access to this Gothic palace, marveling at the likes of “The Apotheosis of Venice” by Paolo Veronese, “The Lion of Saint Mark” by Vittore Carpaccio, and Palma il Giovane’s “The Crusaders Army Attacks Constantinople.” Perhaps you’ll even be inspired to purchase some Renaissance-themed art for your own Missoni Baia bayfront condo, so reach out to our sales team today to schedule a virtual presentation and start your life on the shores of Edgewater today!