Art Trip to Florence

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During the half-term break, 16 students from Years 11 and 12 accompanied by Ms Wright and Mr Kellighan, visited Florence. Florentia, the ‘flowering’ city is the capital of Tuscany and home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture – so an ideal place for any student studying Art.

We had a busy itinerary which included visits to many of the important galleries, palazzos and sites as well as time for students to complete drawings in their sketchbooks and take photographs. Work completed over the four days will form a valuable addition to their GCSE and A Level coursework.

On our first full day we made our way to the Uffizi gallery via one of the city’s most iconic sights, the Duomo, an imposing cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by the Renaissance architect Brunelleschi. At the Uffizi there were, of course, many treasures to see including works by Botticelli, Lippi, Leonardo, Uccello and Titian, to name but a few.After lunch we crossed the river Arno and headed to the impressive Palazzo Pitti which houses several museums and adjoins the spectacular Boboli gardens. Here, the students viewed the exhibits then relaxed in the sunshine, completing drawings in their sketchbooks and photographing the splendid views over the city.

The following morning, we walked as a group to the Accademia via Brunelleschi’s famous Ospidale degli Innocenti, where the students were briefed on the key features of Italian Renaissance architecture. Inside the Accademia the highlight was seeing Michelangelo’s stunning statue of David. Sculpted from Cararra marble and standing almost 17 feet tall, it cannot fail to impress. An afternoon visit by coach to the medieval hill town of San Gimignano followed. Encircled by 13th-century walls, with rambling streets and with a skyline of medieval towers, this really is a charming place for any sightseer. Our focus however, was The Duomo, a 12th-century church with frescoes by Ghirlandaio.

The trip was rounded off on the last day with a leisurely morning of shopping and sampling some delicious Italian ice cream before our journey home.

It was a most enjoyable and culturally enriching trip.