Antwerp was Peter Paul Rubens’s home. After training in Italy, he returned to his birthplace. He then bought a house and proceeded to transform it into a city palace of his own, complete with studio, garden pavilion and sculpture museum. He was to live there for half his life. The stately palazzo still honours his memory. It has been turned into a museum. It is now known as the Rubens House, and several of his masterpieces can be admired here. Where else can you get this close to Rubens’ life and work? Please note that you will need to plan your visit. The Rubens House will close its doors for a thorough renovation in early 2023.It will not reopen until 2027, 450 years after Rubens’s birth.