Florence

  • Florence school trip
    Cradle of the Renaissance, Florence is an ideal destination for school groups.
  • Florence school trip
    From art and history to maths and science, a Florence school trip suits a wide number of subject interests.
  • Florence school trip
    One of Florence's most iconic landmarks, the Ponte Vecchio has a long and important history.
  • Florence school trip
    Standing alongside the Duomo and Campanile, the distinctive Baptistry is one of the oldest buildings in Florence.
  • Florence school trip
    The Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery are two must-see sites on a Florence school trip.

Our students learned an immense amount and are since raving about this trip to their teachers and their peers. We are therefore very happy with how it went, thank you. JL, Bryanston School

As the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, Dante and Michelangelo, Florence is a city built upon the inspiration of its most famous sons. The dynamic centre of the Italian Renaissance, the influence of Florence’s forefathers can be seen in abundance throughout this well-preserved and thoroughly beautiful city, from the artistic treasures of the Uffizi and the Accademia to its stunning architectural masterpieces.

Further afield, Tuscany offers fascinating towns all steeped in history with Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena leading the charge in terms of popularity and photogenicity. And coupled with the picturesque landscapes of the rolling hills, garlanded with cypress trees, olive groves and lush vines, this is without question a destination to please all tastes.

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and 2*/3* hotels in and around this Italian city. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Florence school trip itinerary and budget.

One such example is the Hotel Nizza. Housed in a former palazzo dating back nearly 600 years, this 2* hotel has been welcoming guests for over a century. Centrally-located between the Duomo and the train station, the hotel offers 18 air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, safe and en-suite bathroom. There is also a lift and breakfast room.

Florence School Trip – Subject Suitability

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All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group, but here is a suggestion for a Florence school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 4 Days by Air

Day 1 – Journey to the airport for your direct flight to either Bologna or Pisa. On arrival, transfer to Florence and your hotel, arriving in time for dinner.

Day 2 – Today is dedicated to the delights of Florence, where a guided morning tour will show you all the main sights of the city. Naturally you’ll see the mighty Duomo, Campanile and Baptistery on the Piazza del Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio spanning the Arno and the Piazza della Signoria, home to the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery.

This afternoon is dedicated to a visit of your choice, depending on your group’s subject focus. You might like to focus on Florence’s abundance of artistic treasures housed in the Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello or the Accademia, alternatively the Leonardo da Vinci, Archimedes or Galileo Museums may prove more of a draw for those with an interest in maths, science and design.

Day 3 – Another day to enjoy the many famous landmarks and monuments of Florence, perhaps exploring the Pitti Palace, the lovely Boboli Gardens or one or more of the city’s many frescoed churches.

Alternatively, you may opt to visit other notable Tuscan sites, such as the historic and very beautiful towns of Siena and San Gimignano. Another option to the visit the city of Modena, renowned for its associations with Luciano Pavarotti or, to the west, the town of Lucca, birthplace of Puccini.

Day 4 – Depart Florence this morning by coach to Pisa. If flight times allow, you’ll have the opportunity to see the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, situated alongside the Baptistery and Cathedral on the Piazza dei Miracoli, before transferring to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.

This is also available as a two-centre holiday, combining with Venice & the Lido de Jesolo in the north on the Adriatic Coast, or venture south to the Eternal City of Rome. Please contact us for further details.

Travel Options

  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Bologna or Pisa.

Popular Visits & Excursions

Uffizi Gallery – Containing the world’s finest collection of Renaissance art, bequeathed to the city by the Medici family and on display to the public since 1591.
Duomo – Topped by Brunelleschi’s distinctive dome with the soaring campanile alongside, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore dominates the city centre.
Baptistry di San Giovanni – Predating the Duomo itself, the Baptistry is one of Florence’s oldest buildings. Standing alongside the Duomo and Campanile, the Baptistry is a striking octagonal building , famed for its gilded bronze doors with panels depicting biblical scenes.
Museo dell’Opera del Duomo – Also known as the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, this museum showcases the treasures originating from the Duomo and Baptistry.
Ponte Vecchio – Originally built in 1345 and the only bridge to survive the bombings of World War II, the Ponte Vecchio straddles the Arno River and is one of Florence’s most iconic landmarks.
Vasari Corridor – Running across the top of the Ponte Vecchio, the Vasari Corridor is an enclosed passageway connecting the Palazzo Pitti with the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Vecchio.
Galleria dell’Accademia – Home to one of the world’s most famous sculptures, Michelangelo’s stunning marble statue of David. There’s also a considerable collection of paintings originating from Florentine artists.
Palazzo del Bargello – Formerly the headquarters of the Capitano del Popolo, the city jail and torture chamber, today the Bargello plays host to the Museo Nazionale, housing Italy’s most comprehensive collection of Renaissance sculpture.
Palazzo Pitti – Built in the 15th century, today the palace houses several of the city’s museums including the Museo degli Argenti (Silver Museum), the Galleria del Costume, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna (19th and 20th-century paintings) and the Galleria Palatina, home to a collection of 16th to 18th-century works.
Boboli Gardens – Adjacent to the Palazzo Pitti, these beautifully landscaped gardens date back to 1549 when the Palazzo passed from the Pitti family to the Medicis.
Palazzo Vecchio – Originally built in the 14th century as the Palazzo del Popolo (Palace of the People), the Palazzo Vecchio today serves as Florence’s City Hall and is one of the city’s finest landmarks, particularly for its 94-metre-high bell tower and its striking Fountain of Neptune.
Basilica di Santa Croce – Boasting frescoes by Giotto and Donatello’s Annunciation and Crucifix, Santa Croce is renowned as the final resting place of many great men in Italian history including Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Rossini, and Galileo. There’s also a memorial to Dante.
Basilica di San Lorenzo – Designed by Brunelleschi in the 15th century, this was the place of worship for the Medici family.

Florence school trip images courtesy of Fototeca ENIT, Vito Arcomano.

 

Basilica di San Miniato al Monte – One of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany, the 11th-century San Miniato al Monte offers fabulous views across the city from its hilltop position.
Santa Maria Novella – Famous for its beautiful interior frescoes and sculptures, the church’s adjoining monastery also contains impressive medieval artworks.
Palazzo Medici Riccardi – Said to have influenced the design of the Palazzo Pitti and Palazzo Strozzi, this is the first Renaissance palace to have been built in Florence and was home to the Medici family until 1540.
Brancacci Chapel – Another religious structure famed for its frescoes, in particular the fresco cycle illustrating the life of St Peter by Masaccio, Masolino and Lippi.
Santa Spirito – Officially known as the Basilica of Santa Maria del Santo Spirito, this is another example of Renaissance ecclesiastic architecture.
Museo Galileo – Situated right next to the Arno, this is a state-of-the-art science museum named after the Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician who played a major role in the scientific revolution during the Renaissance.
Museo Leonardo da Vinci – Explore the world of Da Vinci, with interactive exhibits showing off some of his most famous inventions such as his flying machines. You’ll also see reproductions of his most important paintings including The Last Supper and Mona Lisa.
The Garden of Archimedes – A dedicated maths museum divided into three main sections: the geometry of curves, Pythagoras and an exhibition devoted to Fibonacci, illustrating the development of maths from the Islamic world to Medieval Europe.

Elsewhere

Siena – A Gothic brick-built hill town retaining many of its buildings from the Middle Ages. Famous for its biannual Palio around the Piazza del Campo, Siena is an architectural delight.
Museo Civico – Located on the Piazza del Campo, this is Siena’s most famous museum showcasing frescoes by Sienese painters.
San Gimignano – A medieval fairy-tale town with stone towers and churches swathed in frescoes, surrounded by patchwork fields and terraced vineyards.
Pisa – Birthplace of Galileo, Pisa is worth a visit for more than just the Leaning Tower, its Piazza dei Miracoli plays host to some quite exquisite buildings, particularly the cathedral and baptistry.
Bologna – Renowned for its culinary associations, Bologna also boasts a strong architectural and educational heritage.
Modena – Set on the Po River north of Florence, Modena is famous for associations with Ferrari, not to mention its status as the hometown of Luciano Pavarotti.
Lucca – Not far from Pisa is the lovely town of Lucca, renowned as the birthplace of Puccini.