Walking into the Louvre feels like you’ve just stumbled across a treasure trove of the world’s most beautiful and intriguing artefacts – and that’s because you have. Yes, you can go straight to the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo and then walk straight out, but I implore you to stay a bit longer and discover some of the more underrated areas of the Louvre.
When I got dreadfully lost trying to find The Winged Victory (which was unfortunately absent on the day I visited), I happened to find the French sculpture rooms – Cour Puget and Cour Marly. They’ve now become my favourite spots in the Louvre! The lighting was perfect, and hit the sculptures in a way that made them come alive. It was amazing!
My main tips for visiting the Louvre are:
#1. Take breaks, or visit over multiple days to rest both your legs and mind.
#2. Buy tickets in advance in the summer months to avoid long queues.
#3. Read up on the history of your favourite pieces/collections before you go, to make the experience even more memorable.
#4. If you’ve got a set ‘to see’ list, try to fit in at least one unplanned collection. You never know, you could just find your next favourite art piece!
I hope this has been helpful, and that you find yourself visiting the Louvre soon!
Until next time, au revoir!