Florence Art & Design School Trips & Tours

During an art school trip the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, your group will enjoy a fantastic range of educational visits and galleries, see elegant architecture and even find artistic inspiration from the breathtaking scenery.

Home to approximately a third of the world’s most important works of art and with beautiful surroundings and bustling street scenes of Florentine life, a study tour to Florence offers ideal sketching and photography opportunities. Plus, with a myriad of paintings, sculptures and architecture on show and the opportunity to visit the place where artists such as Michelangelo began to change the course of art history, your group will return to the classroom feeling excited and inspired. 

Florence is just one of a range of school trips to Italy that we offer - contact us today for more information.

Prices start from£349pp

Price Shown includes

  • 3 nights' B&B accommodation
  • Return flights and overseas airport transfers
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • 1 in 10 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 25 paying passengers departing from a London airport in February 2018 and is subject to availability.

 


On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

  • Airport assistance during check-in, security and gate checks on your outbound flight from the UK
  • Airport assistance when you arrive back at your UK airport when you book a coach transfer to take you home

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices

 


Accommodation

Popular options in Florence


Top visits

Galleria dell’ Accademia

Europe’s first artistic academy and home to Michelangelo’s famous masterpieces. The academy features the famous marble David sculpture, created between 1501 and 1504. The Muscular Four Slaves can also be seen, and range from virtually finished to the barely blocked out. Also on offer is a superb range of Gothic and Renaissance paintings.

Museo del Bargello

Italy’s greatest collection of Renaissance sculpture. Major collections within Florence’s first palace encompass Renaissance to Mannerist sculpture, including an array of majolica, tapestries, paintings and silverware. 

 

Galleria d’Arte Moderna

A beautiful collection of Tuscan paintings from 1784-1945. The gallery includes a superlative collection by the Macchiaioli group, often referred to as the Italian Impressionists.

Uffizi Gallery

One of the world’s finest art galleries which features all the great names of the Florentine Renaissance. Includes paintings by Piero della Francesca, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Giotto, Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio. There is a whole room dedicated to Michelangelo and the 16th century.

Basilica de Santa Maria Novella

Ranking second only to Santa Croce in the list of great Florentine churches, and housing some important frescoes such as Masaccio’s Trinita (1428), this church stands proud in motifs and scrolls made out of green and white marble.

Cappelle Medici

The Medici’s private chapels and mausoleum feature several of Michelangelo’s most outstanding pieces of Florentine funerary sculpture.

Piazza della Signoria

The original location of Michelangelo’s David. Sights include the Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery and an outdoor gallery sheltering several outstanding pieces of sculpture.

Piazzale Michelangelo

For spectacular panoramic views of Florence and the Arno Valley, a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo is a must. Designed in 1869 by Florentine architect Giuseppe Poggi, Piazzale Michelangelo is a popular spot with locals and tourists.

Ponte Vecchio

Dating back to the 14th century, pupils will marvel at its tiny jewellery shops, and how perilously they’re perched on a narrow river crossing. The unique Vecchio is one of the most photographed bridges in Europe.

The Boboli Gardens

The Boboli gardens are one of the greatest open-air museums in Florence.  With centuries-old oak trees, sculptures and fountains, the Boboli gardens are a must visit.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Begun in 1173 as a companion piece for the city’s Duomo and Baptistry, the tower began to lean almost from the outset. A must for any group visiting Florence.

Santa Maria del Fiore, Battistero & Campanile

Elegant architecture, exemplifying the roots of the Renaissance. The Baptistry building represents a direct link between the Golden Age and Rome. The bell tower, built by Giotto, is decorated with statues and reliefs. Other architects have picked up this theme from the campaniles, and doorways are magnificently Gothic-clad in green, red and white marble.


Evening activites

  • A quiz or disco at your hotel (most hotels can provide a room for groups to use in the evenings)
  • ...and much more!

Transport

We can arrange for your group to fly from a range of UK airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.

Flight


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
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