Florence Art Tour
School Art Trip To Florence
Since the early days of the Grand Tour of European cities during the Victorian era Florence has been an essential visit for lovers of Italian Medieval and Renaissance art. The city’s museums are repositories of some of the most important works in Western civilisation including Michelangelo’s famous statue of David and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. Any tour to Florence and Tuscany should not miss a visit to the nearby city of Pisa where you can climb to the top of the unmissable Leaning Tower.
The itinerary featured here is intended to give you inspiration and an idea of what you could do on your tour. Your trip will be created individually by one of our travel advisors to match your requirements and budget.
Flight to Pisa - Transfer to Florence
Pisa & the Leaning Tower: On arrival you travel into the city where you visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa. After time for lunch, you transfer to the city of Florence. In the afternoon you visit the Piazzale Michelangelo which offers a wonderful panoramic view across the city.
Florence Walking Tour: There will also be a walking tour of the city centre including the Ponte Vecchio. This iconic bridge and one of the enduring symbols of the city dates from the fourteenth century and is the only bridge in the city to have survived the Second World War.
Uffizi Museum & the Duomo
Uffizi Museum: This morning you visit the Uffizi, the most famous gallery in Florence originally built for the Medici family as a private repository of art. Situated near the Arno River and the Ponte Vecchio, the building became a public gallery as long ago at 1765 and today houses an incredible collection of paintings including artists such as Bellini, Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
The Duomo: In the afternoon you visit the Duomo, the famous Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. You can climb the 463 steps to the cupola. On the interior of the dome, you can admire Giorgio Vasari’s frescoes of the Last Judgment, and from the top you have a spectacular view across the red-tiled roof tops of Florence.
Accademia Museum, Campanile and Palazzo Pitti
Accademia Museum: The Accademia is famous for the magnificent giant marble sculptures created by Michelangelo, and above all, the glorious David which stands in a position of prominence at the end of a long gallery. There are also works of art by several famous Italian artists including Botticelli, many of which were commissioned by the Medicis.
Campanile: You can climb up to the top of the adjoining bell tower. Giotto’s Campanile is a splendid example of Florentine Gothic architecture from the 1300’s.
Palazzo Pitti: The Palazzo Pitti was the last residence of the Medici Family and now a museum housing a large collection of art. The Palatine Gallery includes works by Raphael, Titian and Rubens. The palazzo lies adjacent to the beautiful formal Boboli Gardens whose origins date back to the sixteenth century.
Leonardo Museum & Prato Textile Museum
Leonardo Museum: At the Leonardo Museum you can discover full-size replicas of many of his most famous machines which were built based on careful studies of his drawings.
Prato Textile Museum: The Prato Textile Museum documents the history of Prato as a textile producing town. There are interesting displays of different textiles produced from animal, vegetable, and artificial sources, as well as a collection of lace and fabric making machines including spinning and weaving looms.
Fly Home: In the afternoon you transfer back to the airport in Pisa for the flight back home.
Excursions in Florence
Florence is generally recognised as the birthplace of the High Renaissance. Leading artists of the period such as Botticelli, Michelangelo and Raphael worked on commissions for both the church and the wealthy of the city including the powerful Medici family. As well as the city’s arts museums, which are a veritable treasure trove, the incredible architecture of Filippo Brunelleschi can be seen in the duomo of Santa Maria Del Fiore and the Pazzi Chapel at Santa Croce.
Florence is best explored on foot, so a hotel conveniently situated within walking distance of the city centre and its museums is essential. Many such central hotels are situated in historic old palazzos where the reception area is located on the first floor accessed by a staircase or small lift. This is only a small sample of our range, so for expert advice on accommodation to suit your group’s specific needs, speak to one of our Educational Travel Advisors.
Alba Palace Hotel
The Alba Palace is a delightful 3-star hotel set in a beautiful Florentine mansion on a quiet street in the Santa Maria Novella district. There are a mixture of rooms from single to quad, all with private bathrooms, and the breakfast is served in a characterful room with a glass atrium.Read More
Hotel De Lanzi
Location is what really makes the 3-star Hotel De Lanzi such a good choice. At a very reasonable budget you can stay within minutes of the Duomo and all the tourist highlights of central Florence. Like many similar hotels in Florence, reception is located on the first floorRead More
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