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Peggy’s Place: The Guggenheim in Venice

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March 21, 2022 by Andrea Szyper

Peggy Guggenheim was an American heiress and eccentric who made a name for herself by amassing one of the broadest and most important private collections of modern art in the world. Born and raised in New York, she moved to Europe and spent time with her first husband running in the bohemian circles of the…  

Provence in Primary Color: Matisse and the Art of Cut-Outs

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February 22, 2021 by Andrea Szyper

From his mid 60s to the end of his life in his 80s, Henri Matisse worked in paper. After a long and illustrious art career as a painter, his move into this new art realm pushed modern art and design forward. He cut forms from brightly painted and colored paper and worked with gallery assistants…  

Barcelona’s Colorful La Manzana de la Discòrdia, the Block of Discord

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January 25, 2021 by Untours Staff

On the Passeig de Gràcia in the Eixample district of Barcelona is quite possibly the most famous block in Spain. The Block of Discord is an architectural mishmash of ostentation and color. We’re looking at some of Barcelona’s most colorful architecture as we get ready for our upcoming Virtual Weekend in Barcelona and Madrid. Barcelona’s…  

Stendhal Sydrome: The Florence Condition

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January 12, 2021 by Andrea Szyper

You might have heard of the Stendhal Syndrome, or the Florence Syndrome. You may have even experienced a mild case of it yourself. It is the feeling of being overwhelmed by too much art: too many beautiful paintings, sculptures, frescoes, mosaics, architectural wonders. It is a particular physical and mental response to art that was…  

Matisse in the South of France

Arts France Provence

January 6, 2021 by Special Guest

One of modern art’s best known and loved artists, Matisse was critical in the development of art. His innovative use of color, line, and form were. He was also a big part of the story of art in Southern France and will be included in our upcoming series of Saturdays in Europe. Here our host,…  

The Artists of the Uffizi

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December 29, 2020 by Andrea Szyper

When we say Renaissance, what is the first city that comes to mind? For us, and for most, it is Florence. A cradle of architecture and artistic growth under the patronage of the Medici, Florence was seminal in the development of western art and culture. On our upcoming Virtual Weekend in Tuscany, we will explore…  

Plague Church Glory: Tintoretto and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco

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May 6, 2020 by Andrea Szyper

The Scuole Grandi (Great Schools) of Venice were fraternal organizations, established between the 13th and 16th centuries. They operated as charitable and social organizations for non-noble Venetian citizens of standing and wealth.  They played an important role in their communities and in the arts. The schools were normally associated with a church and built nearby….  

What’s on in Europe: 2020

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January 22, 2020 by Andrea Szyper

So much to see and do in Europe already, but why not plan your trip around some of the season’s special events? Festivals and fairs are a window into a culture, a signifier of what is important to a community, and an excellent way to rub elbows with the locals. Here is your 2020 trip…  

8 Reasons to Visit Budapest Off Season

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December 23, 2019 by Untours Staff

We have just extended our Budapest Untour season to go year round. Europe’s cities can be especially appealing in the off season. Plan to visit in the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas to enjoy festive outdoor Christmas markets. Or brighten the new year with a low-cost getaway. Budapest can feel just exotic enough to be…  

Day Trip to Seville, the Perfect Spanish City

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November 11, 2019 by Untours Staff

Sevilla is a fascinating city, a superb day trip from both our Andalusia Untour and our new Cordoba Untour. Packed with splendid architecture and beautiful lanes for strolling, Sevilla never disappoints. Lose yourself in the maze of intimate barrios that make up this magnificent city. Though it is a relatively large city, at its heart…