ART & DESIGN

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July 25, 2017

Architecture & Design Touring in Vienna

 Vienna, Austria’s stylish and sophisticated capital, is one of our favorite destinations for design and architecture touring. The compact city is a veritable open-air museum of fascinating buildings that reflect its changing styles and power structure over the centuries. As the former capital of the Habsburg Empire, Vienna has a wealth of Baroque architecture, including beautiful churches […]

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May 2, 2017

Favorite Shop: Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm

For travelers interested in Scandinavian design and textiles, the Svenskt Tenn store in Stockholm is a must. Founded in 1924, Svenskt Tenn began as a pewter shop run by local art teacher Estrid Ericson and has since grown into one of Sweden’s most highly regarded design and textile shops. The store received the “Purveyor to […]

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April 7, 2017

Volubilis: An Ancient Roman City outside Fez, Morocco

One of our favorite excursions in Morocco is to the ruins of Volubilis, an ancient Roman city founded more than 2,000 years ago. Located outside Fez and more than 1,000 miles from Rome, the ruins provide a tangible sense of the impressive scale of the Roman Empire at its height. The best-preserved Roman ruins at […]

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March 13, 2017

Dambulla Cave Temple in Sri Lanka

It’s a bit of a climb to reach Dambulla Cave Temple, a Buddhist complex atop a monumental rock outcropping in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. But the abundance of ornate wall paintings and hand-hewn rock sculptures inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site make the effort worthwhile. According to tradition, King Valagamba (Vattagamini Abhaya) of Anuradhapura built […]

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January 24, 2017

Ceramics in Japan: Robert Yellin’s Yakimono Gallery in Kyoto

If you’re interested in Japanese pottery, we highly recommend having Artisans of Leisure arrange a private meeting with Robert Yellin. Considered a foremost authority on Japanese yakimono (ceramics), Yellin has lived in Japan since 1984 and has written and lectured extensively both in Japan and abroad. Yellin runs Yakimono Gallery from an early 20th-century teahouse steeped […]

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January 9, 2017

Decorative Arts at the Opulent Palace Residences of Seville

Artisans of Leisure arranges visits to private homes and important, formerly private residences in destinations around the world. Such visits are a great way to learn about local history, experience exceptional architecture, and see impressive collections of art and decorative arts–they also often provide a fascinating peek into the lifestyles and personal whims of their inhabitants. A […]

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January 6, 2017

Oplontis: An Undiscovered Archaeological Gem in Southern Italy

Close to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Oplontis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the most interesting yet least known ruins in southern Italy. Oplontis was once a cluster of villas on the outskirts of Pompeii and was also buried under ash after the infamous 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Though […]

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