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The Uffizi is one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the Western world and showcases Renaissance masterpieces, the work of da Vinci, Titian and Botticelli. The Uffizi was built in 1560 to be the offices of Florentine magistrates, which is where the word 'uffizi' comes from (meaning offices). All the art work is displayed chronologically which makes it easier for students and teachers to appreciate the development of artistic technique and style throughout the ages.
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Originally a 14th-century hospital, the academy was founded in 1784. The Galleria houses a vast collection of sculptures and paintings, including Michelangelo’s 'David.' This famous statue was intended to stand outside Florence Cathedral, but it actually became a symbol of the commitment of the Florentine state to freedom, independence and as a sign of Medici's defeat in 1494. The academy also includes paintings from 200 BC to 500BC, plaster cast collections from Lorenzon Bartolini and Luigi Pampaloni, a collection of Russian icons and paintings from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early 17th century. We recommend you bring a list of names on school headed paper.
Once the home of the infamous Medici family and the Italian Royal Family, this Renaissance palace is now the largest museum in Florence. The Medici apartments are open to the public and organised to exhibit the different Medici collections. The modern art gallery was founded in 1919 and includes works from the 18th to the 20th century. Visit the Palatine Gallery for important Florentine and Venetian art works including Raffaello's 'The Veiled Lady' and several works by Tiziano.
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San Lorenzo and Santa Maria Novella Churches
The Basilica of San Lorenzo is situated at the heart of Florence's main market district and is one of the oldest churches in the whole of the city, consecrated in 393 AD. It has variously been the Medici family parish church and the city cathedral and is now regarded as one of the purest Renaissance churches in Florence. Visit the Sagresta Vecchia ('Old Sacristy'), the oldest part of the church and the Sagrestia Nuova ('New Sacristy'), designed by Michelangelo. The grandest part of the Lorenzo Basilica is the Cappelle Medici, the dome of which is visible from afar.
The Church of Santa Maria is one of the most important gothic churches in Tuscany. The exterior shows off the work of Fra Jacopo Talenti and Leon Battista Alberti, whilst a trip inside will reveal some real artistic treasures, including Masaccio's 'Trinita,' Ghirlandaio's fescoe cycle and Giotto's 'Crucifix'.
Cross Curriculum Excursions
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The current bridge dates back to the fourteenth century when it had to be rebuilt due to a flood. Ever since then the bridge has been home to goldsmiths, silversmiths and jewellers. During World War II the Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge across the Arno that was not destroyed by the Germans and in 1966 the bridge survived yet another battering when the Arno River burst its banks. Go down the Corridoio Vasariano, and walk in the footsteps of the Medici family who used this secret passageway from the Palazzo Vecchio to the Palazza Pitti to avoid the town's common people. A walk along the bridge works well with a trip to the magnificent Uffizi.
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A trip to Pisa is an excellent visit to do either from or to the airport. Go and explore the Leaning Tower, the Baptistry and the Cathedral.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa was designed as a bell tower for the cathedral and although construction began in 1174, it was not completed until the fourteenth century. In 1185 the supporting terrain already began to show signs of weakening and so construction was called off for almost a century. In 1990 its gradient reached a concerning 4.5 metres and resulted in the tower being closed for restoration due to safety concerns. It reopened in 2001 after eleven years of hard graft reduced its lean by 40 cm.
The people of Pisa began building the Baptistery in 1152, but once again, construction lasted until the end of the fourteenth century, which meant that the Baptistry is rather mixed in style: Romanesque and Gothic.
The Duomo was built between the 11th and 12th centuries, but since then has been subject to huge restructuring, particularly after the great fire of 1595. It is a Gothic masterpiece with a beautiful dome of clear Islamic influence and is well worth a visit.
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This 14th-century town, surrounded by the Tuscan countryside, is a beautiful place to spend a day. Full of character, with towers, palaces and narrow streets, one of the highlights of a visit is the beautiful Romanesque Duomo. Also visit the People's Palace which today houses the Town Council, the Civic Museum and is an art-lover's paradise, as many of the paintings from the Florentine and Sienese schools are kept there.
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Assisi, although small, is one of the most famous and popular destinations, particularly for Italian tourists. It is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of Italy and the founder of the Franciscan order. The main attraction is the Basilica di Francesco, which contains the relics of Francis and beautiful frescoes depicting his life, but there are at least seven other churches in the town which are all worth visiting for their beauty, history and connection with Francis. Assisis' simple beauty alone makes this old walled city with its Roman ruins, medieval streets and sacred shrines a lovely choice on our Italian school tour.
Florence art & architecture school tour - 5 days
- Leaning tower of Pisa
- Uffizi Museum
- Palazzo Vecchio
- Casa di Dante
- Piazza della Signoria
- Full day to Siena or Assisi
- Ponte Vecchio
- Palazzo Pitti
- Santa Maria Novella
- San Lorenzo
- Il Duomo