Naples is a popular destination in Southwest Florida. It’s also popular for its spas, fishing, sailing, and long beaches.
Naples Museum of Art
One of the most popular attractions in Naples is the Naples Museum of Art. The Naples Museum of Art is situated on Pelican Bay Blvd., next to many shops and restaurants. This three-story museum is spread out over 30,000 square feet, and houses unique art collections from around the globe.
The Naples Museum of Art shows temporary exhibitions from galleries around the world, and also has many permanent collections. From sculptures to paintings, drawings and lectures, the Naples Museum of Art is a first class museum.
Many eye catching chandeliers hang from the ceilings, including the remarkable Red Chandelier by Dale Chihuly, which has over one thousand pieces of individual glass. You can view this piece in the museum’s Figge Conservatory. The Red Chandelier has been on display since the museum opened its doors in 2000.
Between October and May, the museum offers free guided tours from Tuesday-Sunday. You can also reserve group tours of 15 people or more at just about any time of the year by phoning (239) 254-2620.
The Naples Museum of Art also has a gift shop located on the first floor, where it is possible to purchase various souvenirs. It’s not necessary to purchase a museum ticket to visit the gift shop.
Philharmonic Center for the Arts
The Philharmonic Center for the Arts showcases some of the world’s top opera, orchestras, singers, musicians and speakers.
The 2011 calendar spotlights the top Broadway musicals, Dreamgirls, and 9 to 5. Comedian Bill Cosby heads a list of comedy entertainment, while Bill Clinton Steve Forbes and Jane Goodall head an A-List of speakers. Soul crooner Michael Bolton is also slated for concert.
For Latin music lovers, Gilberto Santa Rosa is scheduled to perform in 2011. Whether you like cabaret, soul, jazz, or rock and roll, the Philharmonic Center for the Arts has something for your musical ears.
Naples Philharmonic Orchestra
Under the direction of Mexican born, Maestro Jorge Mester, the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra has been recognized as one of the best regional orchestras in the U.S for nearly 30 years.
The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra has twice appeared on PBS music specials, and has played with tenor legends, Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli, and soprano great, Kiri Te Kanawa.
The orchestra is comprised of 49 world class musicians. Their interaction with their audiences and their stylish elegance has made them not only popular in Southwest Florida, but around the state and region.
If you take your holiday when they are scheduled to play, don’t miss out on their performance.
As you can see, the Naples Museum of Art and the Philharmonic Center for the Arts offer a lot for this quiet town. If you are headed to Southwest Florida, it would be a good idea to book your tickets well in advance, because many events are sold out months in advance. Welcome to Naples, Florida.
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