After landing on Italian soil it wasn’t long before the group were flying again, this time through their activity schedule, beginning at the Galleria dell Accademia. Inside, work by modern and contemporary artists juxtaposed with sculptures by Michelangelo and Giambologna.
Spoilt with exceptional weather, the students had ample chance to see Florence life as it is today. Highlights included a city bike ride and a sunset walk to one of the city’s most beautiful spots; the replica statue of Michelangelo’s David; overlooking the cityscape.
Further into their stay the group explored works by Caravaggio, Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli and early Gothic painters at the Uffizi before, on the last day, having a tour around the MNAF photography gallery.
The group was led by Head of Art, Tiffany Farrell, and Photography teacher Jo West, who, at the Duomo cathedral created an alternative way for the pupils to engage with the historic palazzo; a treasure hunt.
Later everybody enjoyed haggling with the market stall owners to buy gifts and souvenirs prior to the journey home.
On returning to Hurst, Tiffany Farrell said, “It was a really fantastic trip and a huge thank you to Miss West for organising it. We are sure it has provided all of the LVI with a trip to remember and an inspirational starting point to their Unit 3 or extended projects.”
19 May 2013