7. Paint in Florence, Italy
Michelangelo, Donatello, da Vinci — the hometown of some of history's greatest painters lures thousands of aspiring visual artists (pictured) each year with its glorious churches, palaces, squares and the medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Tuscan capital caters to this crowd with a host of art schools for professionals, amateurs — and even those of us who can't get past stick figures. For the latter, the Accademia d'Arte AD'A offers an "ancient techniques" basic painting course that can last up to four weeks ($500) and covers renaissance techniques using egg tempera, gold leaf and oil paints.
* Video: Eye to eye with Florence's frescoes
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