Educational Trip To Florence For International Schools
A beguiling city full of art, history and culture, this is a great city where you can cover a multitude of subjects or focus on one.
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Explore the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, dedicated to the life and work of the Italian shoe designer. View hundreds of stunning shoes and learn about their production, design. Your students will have time to ask questions about the industry and potentially make a few purchases!
This impressive Romanesque, crenellated fortress-palace is the town hall of Florence, and was the workplace of Macchiavelli when he was Secretary of the Florentine Republic. The frescoes and staircases reveal the connection of patronage and power within art, and show how art is made not only to be hung in galleries, but to be a part of everyday life.
The Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore’s incredible neo-gothic façade is something to behold. Inside are impressive tombs, frescoes and paintings. The Baptistery, a romanesque minor basilica, is one of the oldest buildings in Florence. The external imagery, particularly on the 3 bronze doors, is incredibly intricate.
The Uffizi Gallery – built in 1560 for Cosimo I de’Medici – is one of the most famous museums of paintings and sculpture in the world. Students can trace the progress not only of Italian art but also the art of Western Europe from the 13th-18th centuries. They can view works by Boticelli, Michelangelo and da Vinci among many others.
Here your group can view major religious paintings of the Renaissance, but the highlight has to be the original Michelangelo’s David, a milestone in sculpture and an important symbol of Florence. Students can reflect on the context and the importance of this sculpture to the people of the region.
Tip: Recently the gallery has acquired an important collection of old musical instruments from the Cherubini Conservatory.
The Boboli Gardens are situated behind the Pitti Palace. Over centuries it has become one of Italy’s largest and most elegant Italian style gardens. The garden includes beautiful sculptures, wonderful fountains and amazing panoramic views.
Tip: This visit can be combined with the visit to the Modern Art Gallery and Galleria Palatina.
This medieval arched bridge spanning the river Arno is arguably the most photographed landmark in Florence. Lined with jewelry shops great views can be had from the bridge which gives access to the artisan quarter of Santo Spirito and attractions across the Arno such as the Pitti Palace.
The Franciscan church of Santa Croce was re-built in 1294 and contains notable frescoes by Gaddi and Giotto and a gilded sculpted relief of the Annunciation by Donatello. The church is the final resting place of Florence’s famous sons Michelangelo, Rossini and Machiavelli and the scientist from Pisa Galileo Galilee. There is a memorial to Dante
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