Cheap Trip

Visit an Italian palazzo—without leaving town.

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ho doesn’t want a trip to Europe on the cheap? When you’re peeking through the cloisters at the greenery and statues in the courtyard, and looking up at the three-floor Venetian palace, you may forget that you’re not in an Italian palazzo on a canal. Really you’re at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, touring the 19th-century socialite’s collection of more than 2,500 objects, including works by Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Raphael, Botticelli, John Singer Sargent, and more. So what’s the secret to this reasonably well-known museum? If your name is Isabella you’ll get free admission—and if it’s not, you can still get in free on your birthday and receive a discount with a student ID or for wearing Red Sox garb. Moskal

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When you’re finished touring Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Venetian palace, you can take a gondola ride on the Charles. Click here to find out how.

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