Florence, unanimously recognized as the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’, is the perfect choice for an art and design tour. With a plethora of museums, palaces and churches housing some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world, it will not only educate and inspire your students, but offer numerous sketching and photographic opportunities.
This enchanting Tuscan capital is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with historical relics and artistic masterpieces by the greatest masters of Humanism and the Renaissance. These creative geniuses made an indelible mark on the world’s architecture and art: Giotto and Brunelleschi, Michelangelo and Vasari, Michelozzo and Leon Battista Alberti, just to mention a few.
The beating heart of Florence is the Piazza del Duomo, with its monumental complex of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore surmounted by Brunelleschi's majestic dome; the San Giovanni or St. John’s Baptistry, a magnificent example of the Florentine Romanesque; and Giotto’s Campanile or Bell Tower, a Florentine Gothic architectural master work. Behind the Duomo stands the Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore. With various works from the Cathedral on display; your students can admire pieces intended for all the structures of the complex, from the Baptistry to the Bell Tower.
Piazza della Signoria represents the historical hub of civil and political life, and hosts the 13th century Loggia dei Lanzi, the Fountain of Neptune and the Palazzo della Signoria or Palazzo Vecchio, one of the city’s most symbolic monuments. In front of the Palazzo, statues, including a copy of Michelangelo’s famous David, stand tall. Next to the Piazza is the popular and impressive Uffizi Gallery, home to works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and numerous other master artists. A remarkable architectonic element of the Uffizi Gallery is the kilometre long Vasari Corridor, designed by Giorgio which connects the Gallery to the Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti.
Heading outside of the museums and galleries, cross over the city’s famous bridge, Ponte Vecchio which leads the way to Palazzo Pitti, an imposing, sumptuous palace where the Medici and Lorena families resided in the Oltrarno district. The Pitti boasts the glorious Boboli Gardens, a fine example of Italian garden landscaping and the Piazzale Michelangelo which offers a panoramic view of Florence and the surrounding hills.
Inspire your students with visits to world-class galleries and to some of the most impressive architecture in the world reflected in the design of the city’s museums and iconic landmarks. Being able to gaze upon works of art created by famous artists and admiring the unique architecture helps to generate discussion, debate and the opportunity to sketch and improve artistic and drawing skills.
What the price includes
- Return flights to Florence (Pisa)
- Return airport to hotel coach transfers
- 2, 3 or 4 nights’ accommodation in a selected hotel with private facilities
- Continental breakfast daily
- Meet & Greet Tour Manager Service in Florence
- Individually tailored itinerary
- Educational Visits and Attractions Guide
- 1 Free Staff Place for every 10 students
- All Government Taxes, City Taxes, Service Charges & VAT
- 24 hour emergency cover and support