The Medici family commanded Florence's fortunes for centuries and were instrumental in unleashing the Renaissance. The city's artists and sculptors, supported by the Medici and other powerful families, regaled the city with their finest creations. Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, Giotto, the Lippis, Masaccio, Botticelli, Pontormo and a host of others left their mark, and formidable galleries such as the Uffizi, Pitti and Accademia, house many of their works today.
The majesty of the Romanesque Baptistery, the Gothic Duomo and Renaissance basilicas also provide plenty of inspiration for Art and Design students on a school trip to Florence.
Our Suggested Itinerary
4 days by Air from £349
Flight to Pisa and private coach transfer to Florence.
Discover the main sights of this beautiful city with a Guided Tour of Florence.
Afterwards, spend some time relaxing in Piazza della Signoria which has been the center of political life in Florence since the 14th century.
In the morning, visit the Uffizzi Gallery, one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world, housing works by Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Botticelli.
Buy some lunch near the famous Ponte Vecchio. Perfect place for some souvenir shopping too!
Afterwards, visit the Pitti Palace - itself a magnificently decorated and historical setting - which houses several important art collections OR the Boboli Gardens, one of the greatest open-air museums in Florence; a spectacular example of "green architecture".
Visit the Galleria dell'Accademia, home to Michelangelo's David. You can have some sketching time here!
In the afternoon, visit The Duomo which was built on the site of the 7th century church of Santa Reparata, the remains of which can be seen in the crypt.
Then make your way to Palazzo Vecchio, where you can take in a panoramic view over Florence from the centuries-old Tower, and explore the Palace's spectacular collection of paintings, sculptures and frescos.
On your last day, visit the Medici Chapels at San Lorenzo Basilica, considered one of Florence's most harmonious examples of Renaissance architecture, OR wander around the San Lorenzo Markets (depending on the day of the week).
Private coach transfer to Pisa and flight home.
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