World Traveller September 2019

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2019. Photo by Cassander

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Panzano Arte

AMSTERDAM VS TUSCANY

We shine a light on two artsy destinations competing for your attention this month

EXHIBITION

Opening on 20 September, the second chapter at the

Het HEM – the hot new art institute on the fringes of the

city – will see composer Nicolas Jaar create a piece of

experimental music and accompanying artwork inspired

by the venue's history.

EXHIBITION

View contemporary art in the rolling Tuscan hills at the

Panzano Arte contemporary art showcase in Panzano.

Running until 18 September, the trail features 30 sculptures

by French artist Nathalie Decoster. The large bronze works

explore concepts of the human condition.

DON'T

MISS

Conversations

by the fire in the

Living Room

WHY WE

LOVE IT

Each exhibition

is totally unique

and immersive

WHY WE

LOVE IT

Ideal for teaming a

love of art and the

great outdoors

DON'T

MISS

Enjoying a meal at

Antica Macelleria

Cecchini

THE VENUE

A former ammunition factory, Het HEM utilises its 10,000

square metre space to host visual art exhibitions named

'chapters'. The creative venue showcases modern concept

art, the first chapter of which saw the exhibition, 'Can't be

greedy...You gotta take some, and leave some' explore the

concept of culture with a live boxing gala.

THE VENUE

Nestled between Florence and Sienna, the trail begins in

the heart of the charming village of Panzano, and runs

through the surrounding rural landscape before leading

into four vineyards. Besides the impressive art structures,

the rolling Chianti hills are a beautiful sight to behold in

their own right.

WHILE YOU'RE THERE

The Golden Age saw many acclaimed Dutch artists residing

in Amsterdam. Today, the likes of Rembrandt and Van Gogh's

work lives on, attracting art lovers from all over the world. The

Rijksmuseum holds the country's largest collection of art and

artefacts, while the Van Gogh Museum is purely dedicated to

the artist's post-impressionist paintings.

STAY

A 10-minute drive from the Het HEM, in the town of Zaandam,

is the quirky Inntel Hotel, where the fun higgledy-piggledy

facade of the building sets its upbeat feel. For something

a little more central, the Art'otel Amsterdam blends great

rooms and a trendy art gallery.

WHILE YOU'RE THERE

Along with a slew of traditional shops and eateries, the main

square in Panzano, Piazza Bucciarell, is host to the Aprilante

market on the first Sunday of every month. It's where over

100 local artisans flock to sell their goods. While exploring the

quaint mediaeval charm of the village, stop off at Jan Praet

Art Gallery to view some local art.

STAY

Amid the stunning Chianti landscapes, 16th-century Villa

Le Barone is a charming boutique hotel with a heated saltwater

pool. If you're staying in nearby Florence, bed down at

Porcellino Gallery Art Boutique; each of the decadent rooms

are kitted out with artworks and luxury finishings.

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