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The Vatican Museums (Italian: Musei Vaticani; Latin: Musea Vaticana) are Christian art museums located within the city boundaries of the Vatican City. They display works from the immense collection amassed by popes throughout the centuries including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The museums contain roughly 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display, and currently employ 640 people who work in 40 different administrative, scholarly, and restoration departments. Pope Julius II founded the museums in the early 16th century. The Sistine Chapel, with its ceiling decorated by Michelangelo and the Stanze di Raffaello decorated by Raphael, are on the visitor route through the Vatican Museums. In 2017, they were visited by six million people, which combined makes them the 4th most visited art museum in the world. They are one of the largest museums in the world. There are 54 galleries, or sale, in total, with the Sistine Chapel, notably, being the very last sala within the Museum.

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Once owned by the Pesaro family, this large Gothic palazzo in Campo San Beneto, was transformed by Mariano Fortuny into his own atelier of photography, stage-design, textile-design, and painting. The building retains the rooms and structures created by Fortuny, together with tapestries and collections. The working environment of Mariano Fortuny is represented through precious wall-hangings, paintings, and the famous lamps – all objects that testify to the artist’s inspiration and still give a count of his eclectic work and of his presence on the intellectual and artistic scene at the turn of the 19th century. The collections within the museum comprise an extensive number of pieces and materials which reflect the various fields investigated in the artist’s work organized under certain specific headings: painting, light, photography, textiles and grand garments.

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The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence, Italy is a fashion museum dedicated to the life and work of Italian shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo and his eponymous company. The museum contains 10,000 models of shoes created and owned by Ferragamo. Salvatore Ferragamo (5 June 1898 – 7 August 1960) was an Italian shoe designer and the founder of luxury goods high-end retailer Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. One of the most innovative shoe designers of the 20th century, Salvatore Ferragamo, rose to fame in the 1930s. In addition to experimenting with unusual materials including kangaroo, crocodile, and fish skin, Ferragamo drew on historic inspiration for his shoes. His cork wedge sandals are considered one of the most important shoe designs of the 20th century.

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La Gondola is perhaps the most famous boat in the world, certainly the most photographed. Its unique silhouette has become the symbol of Venice over the centuries. Carlo Donatelli Passi, a Venetian who grew up among his streets and fields, became an engineer at the Polytechnic in Milan, an officer in the Navy during the Second World War, and he has always passionate about sailing boats and precision naval mechanics. After many years of research and after having built a gondola on a perfect scale 1: 100, he publishes La Gondola: a unique, detailed and historical book, very documented and even fun. It's certainly a book to read before going to visit Venice, and certainly an amazing gift that you may find on the web.  

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The Louvre Museum (French: Musée du Louvre, is the world's largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, contains approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century. In 2017, the Louvre was the world's most visited art museum, receiving 8.1 million visitors.

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The Hermitage, or Hermitage, officially the State Hermitage Museum, is located in Russia in St. Petersburg, on the side of the Palace and houses one of the most important art collections of world; the building was originally part of the imperial royal palace that for two centuries hosted the families of the Romanov Zars, until 1917, the year of the beginning of the October Revolution. It is one of the most visited art museums in the world.

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The urban Ecomuseum of Turin is an ecomuseum concerning the city of Turin. To get to know the history of the districts of Turin, it is possible to take part in the activities offered by the Urban Ecomuseum: present in all the city's boroughs, it tells its story through a rich program of activities organized in exhibitions, theatrical performances and debates.

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Palazzo Strozzi a Firenze è uno dei più bei palazzi rinascimentali italiani. Di mole imponente (furono distrutti ben 15 edifici per fargli posto), si trova fra le omonime via Strozzi e piazza Strozzi, e via Tornabuoni, con tre grandiosi portali identici, su altrettanti lati. Vero e proprio capolavoro dell'architettura civile fiorentina del Rinascimento, fu iniziato per volere di Filippo Strozzi, un ricco mercante appartenente a una delle famiglie più facoltose di Firenze, per tradizione ostile alla fazione dei Medici.

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In 1958 the Museum was opened to the public at Palazzo Chiablese, where part of the extraordinary collection of magic lanterns, objects and machinery of the Prolo collection was exhibited. In the Nineties he gained the choice to enhance the collections, creating a Foundation and above all giving the Museum a new location. The choice finally fell on the Mole and today, thanks also to its location in a building with such a strong visual and scenographic impact, the National Cinema Museum is an unmissable stop for anyone visiting Turin.

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The Galleria Sabauda is an Italian art gallery located in Turin and is one of the most important collections of pictorial art in Italy. Hosted since 2014 in the Manica Nuova dl Palazzo Reale, within the complex of the Royal Museums of Turin, it has over 700 paintings ranging from the thirteenth to the twentieth century. The history of the art gallery dates back to 1497 when the Savoy gathered together the ancient works acquired by the family into an inventory. The first real catalog dates back to 1631 and is carefully preserved in a special case.

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Museo d'Arte Orientale è uno dei più recenti musei di Torino. Ubicato in pieno centro, ha sede nello storico Palazzo Mazzonis e ospita una delle raccolte artistiche asiatiche più interessanti d'Italia. L'Oriente in tutta la sua bellezza artistica: una collezione che racconta alcune tra le più affascinanti culture asiatiche.

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The International Museum of Applied Arts Today is an institution belonging to the Turin museum circuit. It is the only Italian museum dedicated to contemporary applied arts and to the enhancement of manual labor. The Museum was born in the centenary of the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative Arts in Turin in 1902. The gallery on the first floor houses permanent collections: sculptures, ceramics, tapestries, jewelry, design objects, mechanical and light installations, photographs and paintings.

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Palazzo Pitti è stata la residenza del Granducato di Toscana, già abitata dai Medici, dagli Asburgo-Lorena e, dopo l'Unità d'Italia, dai Savoia.Al suo interno è ospitato un complesso museale composto da gallerie e musei di diversa natura: la Galleria Palatina (la galleria d'arte conserva capolavori di Raffaello, Tiziano, ecc.) sistemata secondo il criterio della quadreria settecentesca, gli Appartamenti Reali, l'Appartamento della Duchessa d'Aosta e il Quartiere del Principe di Napoli (ordinariamente non visitabili dai turisti), la Galleria d'arte moderna (con le opere dei macchiaioli) e altri musei specializzati.

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The National Museum of the Italian Risorgimento is the largest exhibition space in Italian history, the oldest and most important museum dedicated to the Italian Risorgimento. The museum, which was completely re-opened and reopened in 2011, dates back to 1878, when Turin, following the transfer of the capital, wanted to underline its contribution to the process of national unification.

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