Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance; during the 16th and 17th centuries this beautiful city inspired a plethora of new knowledge and mathematical ideas. It is an exciting and wonderfully unusual destination for a school maths tour.
Explore the glories of Florence: Brunelleschi’s Dome, the Basilica di Santa Croce and Giotto’s Campanile to observe the importance of mathematical concepts in art and architecture. Students have fun unravelling the origins of Arabic numbering, Pythagoras’s theorum and investigating Galileo’s theories.
Pisa is a must-see city, home of the most famous mathematician of the middle ages with his golden numbering system. Fibonacci brought the Hindu-Arabic numbering system to Europe; his statue can be seen on a stroll around the stunning Piazza dei Miracoli. Observe the medieval proportions of this beautiful square, estimate the angle of the Leaning Tower and discover how engineers have found a solution to its enduring problem.
Our Suggested Itinerary
4 days by Air from £497
Flight to Pisa and private coach transfer to Florence.
Stop off at Vinci for a guided stroll through the wonderful Tuscan countryside to see the house where Leonardo da Vinci was born, followed by a guided tour at the Museo Leonardiano.
In the morning, visit the Giardino de Archimede Maths museum. Discover the Pythagoras theorem through puzzles and games, and learn about the life and times of Fibonacci and the passage of mathematics from the Islamic world into Europe.
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".
In the morning, visit the Uffizi 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 and relax in Piazza della Signoria, before enjoying a Math Walking Tour of Florence with an expert guide!
Afterwards, visit the Museo Galileo and admire the permanent collection of medieval mathematical and astronomical instruments, as well as temporary exhibitions on key mathematical figures.
Private coach transfer to Pisa. Take in the city’s key sights: optional visit up the famous Leaning Tower!
Flight back home.
Testimonials about this trip:
Aquinas CollegeThe communication was excellent throughout the planning stages and during the trip itself - this helped the trip go very smoothly and any questions we had were answered very quickly. One issue with the coach company during the trip was resolved within minutes.
Bicester SchoolThe information pack was absolutely perfect and meant our trip ran effortlessly - I could not have done without it!
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