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Check out the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice

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Check out the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice
Art lovers that have never been to Italy should be ashamed of themselves, especially if they have never visited the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, which I did after someone in my hostel in Venice recommended it to me.

I still thank them to this day – that's how impressed I was with the museum! It had an array of wonderful exhibitions and collections to take in and really was a superb tribute to the late woman herself.

According to her website, she used to say that it was her "duty to protect the art of her own time, and she dedicated half of her life to this mission". That is true dedication to what she loved.

Guggenheim's personal collection makes up a large part of the building and rightly so. There is everything from European abstraction to surrealism, as well as futurism.

But one of my favourite parts was the ethnic art section, with pieces on Africa, such as masks and headdresses and various animals from the continent.

One fan of the place is Ashley Jardine, writing for the Scotsman, who believes people should check out some art at the venue which was also the American collector's famous home.

However, there are other things to get up to in Venice besides getting all cultured up and Ms Jardine reckons jet-setters might also be interested in getting stuck into a bit of window shopping in the Calle delle Mercerie, unless they have some extra money to spend in the likes of Gucci and Louis Vuitton.

She said: "Confine yourself to window gazing – or just buy a souvenir mask to take home."

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