Home of renaissance painters Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Tintoretto, the cities of Italy are an incredible experience for any art student. Anglo Educational Services can assist faculty led art history tours to this amazing country, so that students can experience the breath-taking work of Italian masters in person.

If you are looking to create a study abroad trip to Italy for your students that combines adventure with art history, then our experts can help you create the perfect itinerary. With the help of AES, every year hundreds of students have unforgettable experiences in the land that gave us Dante, Michelangelo and Machiavelli.

The following is simply a sample itinerary, outlining what a AES programme could look like. Let us help you customise a truly inspiring art history or educational trip to Italy for your students.

All AES groups have access to 24-hour emergency assistance throughout the programme.

Day 1

MORNING Arrive in Italy, transfer from airport to hotel in Rome by private coach
AFTERNOON Guided tour of architectural Rome with private coach and guide
EVENING Enjoy free time to see the sights or dine on the Italian classics – pizza, pasta, and gelato!

Benvenuto in Italia! This morning you will arrive in Rome where you will be met at the airport by your private coach. Upon arrival at your hotel you will leave your luggage before enjoying some free time to explore the local area. You will then return to the hotel to meet your guide and coach for a specialist tour of Rome. During your tour, you will cover many of the major sites including the Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon and Vatican City, Colosseum. Rome is a city rich in architecture and history and you will find yourself in awe of the beautiful locations you will see throughout the afternoon.

MORNING Visit to Colosseum
AFTERNOON Visit to Capitoline

Your day will begin with entrance to the Colosseum. The largest amphitheatre ever built in the Roman Empire, this spectacular concrete-and-stone building is considered one of the world’s greatest examples of Roman architecture and engineering.

Following your visit to the Colosseum and some free time for lunch, your group will visit the nearby Forum, one of the unmissable historical sites in Rome, which was the hub of commercial, legal, political and social activity of the Roman citizens in ancient times.

MORNING Entrance to Villa Borghese
AFTERNOON Entrance to Vatican

Villa Borghese is the second largest public park in Rome and home to the Borghese collection, including some outstanding sculptures by Cardinal Borghese dating back to the 1600s. The park has many works of art, and exhibitions ensuring you will be spoilt for choice for things to do during your all too short a time here.

This afternoon you will make your way to what is technically another country – although rest assured you don’t need your passport to enter – the Vatican City. Ruled by the Pope, both in population and area, this is the smallest internationally-recognised independent state in the world. During your time here you will visit the museums, churches and other areas of the buildings that can be accessed by the public, finishing your visit to the museum by stepping into the world-famous Sistine Chapel.

MORNING Depart Rome for Florence via high speed train
AFTERNOON Visit to Ufizzi

After checking out of your hotel in Rome, you will depart for Florence, making your way to the station by private coach. Your high-speed train will take just over 75 minutes, taking you right to the heart of the city where you will be able to easily walk to your centrally located hotel. Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel and escort you directly to Ufizzi, where you will be treated to a guided tour of the museum – one of the most famous and respected in the Western world. Your guide will cover a wealth of different artists, including Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Botticelli and Caravaggio, among the great painters featured.

MORNING Visit to Accademia
AFTERNOON Trip to Siena

Founded in 1563, by Cosimo I de’ Medici, one of the most powerful people in Florence during the Renaissance, the Academia di Belle Arti is now the main branch of the still-existing Accademia delle Arti del Disegno. The most famous statue housed in the museum that your students can see is that of David, sculpted by Michelangelo in the early 1500s. Don’t be fooled though, many visitors think that that they have already seen the original in the Piazza outside, when actually that is a replica. The original statue can be seen inside the gallery.

After lunch you will board your coach for a trip to the beautiful city of Siena. A UNESCO world heritage site, it is one of Italy’s most visited tourist attractions. Your guide will take you on a tour before leaving you free time to explore the city, which is home to many beautiful locations – the most popular of which is the Duomo where you will find a number of great works of art. On your way back you have the option to stop at the Piazza Michelangelo to view Florence from afar – a fantastic photo opportunity!

MORNING Visit to Bargello Museum
AFTERNOON Visit to Pitti Palace

Bargello is also known as the Bargello Palace, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, or Palazzo del Popolo (Palace of the People) and it is a former barracks and prison. It has been transformed into a world-famous art museum, and works by Michelangelo, Donatello, and Celini can be found here.

After your visit to Bargello your final stop will be the Pitti Palace. Originally the home of Luca Pitti, a wealthy banker, this vast Renaissance Palace contains several minor collections as well as those of the Medici family who purchased the building in 1549.

MORNING Depart Florence

Sadly, today you will leave the wonderful city of Florence, and return home. Your coach will transport you to the airport to catch your flight, leaving you with a whole host of memories of a country steeped in art and architecture.

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