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21 July 2014

From Chateaux to the Sea: Favorite Daytrips from Paris

Our Paris docents detail their favorite excursions from Paris, including unique castles, artist villages and seaside towns.

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23 June 2014

Cutting Edge Design Barcelona: A Chat with Suzanne Wales

We recently sat down with our docent and design journalist Suzanne Wales, who leads our Made in Barcelona walk, to learn more about the Barcelona “school” of design, its roots and the current trends of today.

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16 June 2014

The Truth Behind Skip the Line Tickets in Rome

Many companies promise “skip the line” tickets for the city’s top sites, the Vatican, Colosseum, and Galleria Borghese. We get to the truth behind what “skip the line” really means.

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10 June 2014

How to Tour the Top Sites Around the Globe

From Beijing to Berlin, from Rome to Istanbul, we’ve pooled our collective local knowledge to put together definitive guides on how to tour some of the top sites around the globe.

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The more than 8 million visitors annually, the Forbidden City is Beijing's most touristed site. 

Top tip: Avoid weekend and holiday visits, particularly October 1-3 (China’s National Day is Oct. 1), when the Forbidden City is at its most crowded as visitors also flock from China’s countryside to take in the site.

10 May 2014

Practical Facts: Visiting the Vatican with Kids

Visiting the Vatican with your kids? Make sure you have our handy list of tips to help make the experience easier.

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22 April 2014

Vienna’s Unofficial Mascot: Dürer’s ‘Young Hare’

Vienna docent and art historian Lisa Regan, reports on the Albertina’s new exhibition, which has one of Dürer’s iconic images on display through June 29th.

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Albertina, via Wiki Commons

6 April 2014

Inside Slow Art Day, an Interview with Claire Bown

Slow Art Day is a global event that has taken place annually for the last five years across the globe. We interview Amsterdam Docent Claire Bown to find out more.

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Cathedra by Barnett Newman, via Wiki Commons

24 March 2014

Five Reasons To Visit Greenwich…and Maybe Skip the London Eye

Skip the more conventional sites in London and venture out to the green oasis of Greenwich.

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Canaletto. 'A View of Greenwich from the River'  (Tate, London)

18 March 2014

Exploring Liulichang

Beijing docent Claire Cuccio shares the secrets of Luilichang, a thriving enclave of artisan culture close to the Forbidden City.

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15 March 2014

Closing the Circle: Oltrarno Artisans

We talked with two former winners of the Context apprenticeship program in Florence to see how things have come full circle since it began in 2008.

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1 March 2014

Philadelphia: Five Reasons to Skip the Liberty Bell

Philadelphia is more than the Liberty Bell for those wanting to delve into American history. Our docent give their list of what to visit in lieu of the crowded monument.

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25 February 2014

5 Venetian Painters You Need To Know

We’ve asked art historian Susan Steer to share the 5 Venetian painters you should know before your next visit to the lagoon.

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Giandomenico Tiepolo, Peasant family at table, 1757

12 February 2014

Romantic Passageways of Paris

The unique covered passageways of Paris are a perfect place for a romantic stroll, in the chilly month of February.

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8 February 2014

Top Three Artworks for Families at the Prado

We discover the top Three Artworks for families at the Prado museum in Madrid with docent and art historian Alma Cross.

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5 January 2014

Papal Crest Symbolism in Rome

Ever wondered why the grand Palazzo Barberini is decorated with bees? We share the secrets of Papal Crests in Rome.

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Palazzo Farnese

8 December 2013

Context’s Ultimate Gift Guide

Ready for the holidays?  So are we!  We’ve surveyed our docents and city managers across the world to put together…

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