LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2012) - In exciting news for the art world, Florentine archaeologists have uncovered the bones of a woman they believe to have been the model for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
The woman with the enigmatic smile has been a source of fascination for hundreds of years, and the discovery of these remains is likely to spark a renewed interest in the painting, sending families flocking to Paris and the Louvre to examine the masterpiece. And there are plenty of other equally awe-inspiring artistic sights to be seen this winter as part of a family getaway.
Jetting off to Spain offers another opportunity to see world-class art from some of the greatest European painters. Spain boasts El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, Miró and Dalí as part of its artistic heritage, and paintings from all these artists can be seen in Spain's major art galleries. Fans of modern art should be particularly tempted by the chance to explore Barcelona, where the Catalan National Art Museum has wonderful exhibitions of sculptures, paintings, engravings and photography - well worth a long visit.
For a chance to see traditional artwork and handmade crafts that can also be purchased, some collectors will want to head to Germany this Christmas. Intricate wooden carvings, hand-blown glass bowls and chunky, brightly coloured toys are all standard fare at the many charming, traditional German Christmas markets.
For an unforgettable cultural experience, travel to Egypt - any trip has to include a visit to the great pyramids, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and an extraordinary human achievement. Egypt is rich in history, and a visit to its National Museum and its collection of mummies, hieroglyphics, ancient jewellery and precious artefacts is likely to keep children and adults alike engrossed for the better part of a day.
The added bonus of heading south this winter is the chance to beat the chilly weather and catch some sunshine and warmth after what has been an unusually wet summer for the British Isles. Art and history lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to options for winter breaks, so why not beat the winter blues by booking an affordable getaway with Cosmos this year?
Book cheap flights to these and other top holiday destinations online with Cosmos holidays. On the Cosmos website, you'll find lots of helpful information about worldwide destinations, as well as pricing for great value package deals.