The days may be getting shorter and the nights longer – but that’s the perfect opportunity to stay cozy in a gallery and snuggle up to some unmissable art!

Beat the winter chill, and check out our picks of the hottest exhibitions in Italy.

Hokusai – Rome

  • Ara Pacis Museum
  • 12th October 2017 – 14th January 2018

Katsushika Hokusai is one of the, if not the, most famous Japanese artists of all time – but there’s more to this manga-styled master than his iconic Great Wave.

With over 200 works (and Hokusai’s original sketchbooks) on display, it’s a comprehensive overview of his life’s achievements, and a fascinating insight into the culture of 1800s Japan.

Il risnacimineto Giaposese – Florence

  • Uffizi
  • 3 October 2017 – 7th January 2018

Keeping things Eastern, Florence’s Uffizi celebrates 150 years of diplomatic relations between Italy and Japan with a special display of 39 traditional artworks.

The beautiful folding screens and sliding doors are sourced from Japan’s own renaissance, from the 15th to 17th centuries.

Garden Fracture / Mirror in Vapour – Venice

  • Glass Museum
  • 30 September – 3 December 2017

Rosslynd Piggott is famed for her use of diverse materials, and peerless attention to pattern and texture.

Venice’s glass museum presents a special collection of her most notable works with glass, exemplifying her trademark qualities of mystery and intrigue.

Ambrogio Lorenzetti – Siena

  • Santa Maria Scala Sienna
  • 22 October 2017 – 21 January 2018

Ambrogio Lorenzetti was arguably one of the greatest, yet least-known painters of the 14th century.

Siena’s Santa Maria della Scala is hosting a major retrospective of this forgotten genius’s  life work, and showcasing several of his stunning frescoes.

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