This 6-day art-focused trip to Rome and Florence will get students creatively inspired, exploring Italy’s famous artworks, finest galleries, and experimenting with centuries-old traditional forms of art.
On this trip students not only get to see art but get to make it too. They’ll wander around galleries, create Roman mosaics, marvel at Michelangelo statues, and learn how to paint 15th-century traditional plate designs. Students will also have the opportunity to see some of Italy’s most famous landmarks, take in stunning panoramic views and consume some of the best authentic, traditional Italian dishes.
Our school trips are completely customizable and can be tailored to meet your requirements. Speak to a specialist now to find out which additional destinations, itineraries and subject focuses are available for this trip.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students with 2 free teacher spots.
Day 1: Explore Rome
Start your trip off arriving at Ciampino/Fiumicino airport and hop on the Terravision bus to your accommodation in Termini. Check into the hotel and make your way out to explore all of Rome’s ‘must-sees’. Marvel at the historic Trevi fountain, the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps. End the day feasting on a much earned welcome dinner and come together for a trip briefing to get you ready for the week’s adventures.
Day 2: Visit The Colosseum and Michelangelo Statue
Pay a visit to a local Roman’s house to make a mosaic souvenir and learn about how they were used in the past. Stop for a scenic lunch near the magnificent Colosseum and have the chance to see a Michelangelo statue at the Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli. Enjoy a guided visit to the historic Colosseum and Roman Forum and take part in a fun Learning Adventure photo competition challenge. After dinner, walk down Via del Circo Massimo for beautiful views of the Palatine Hill before stopping off at The Garden of Oranges for superb views of the Vatican.
Day 3: Visit The Galleria dell’Accademia In Florence
In the morning, check out of your accommodation and hop on the train to Florence. Once you’ve arrived and checked into your accommodation, embark on a tour of the city. Pay a visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s Statue of David, as well as other statues and sculptures. Enjoy traditional Florentine cuisine and watch the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo, where you’ll have fantastic views over the city.
Day 4: See Renaissance Paintings at The Galleria degli Uffizi
Start your day wandering around the Galleria degli Uffizi, one of the most important art museums in Italy. Marvel at the collection of Renaissance paintings before stopping for lunch. Later, make your way into the Florentine countryside where you’ll learn the art of creating beautiful Florentine marbled paper.
Day 5: Traditional Pottery Painting
In the morning, take part in a traditional pottery painting class. Learn all about the painting technique called majolica, then follow step by step instructions as you paint a plate with an original design from the 15th century. After lunch, hop on board the train back to Rome, where you’ll check into your accommodation. Tuck into your final Italian dinner, followed by some exciting evening entertainment: a stand-up comedy show!
Day 6: Say Farewell
Transfer to the airport for the flight back home, taking all the inspiration you’ve gathered during your Learning Adventure for your next pieces of art.
Extension Day 1: Panoramic Views of Bologna
Transfer by train to the city of Bologna and brush up on your general knowledge of the city with your tour guide. After leaving the station, notice the stopped clock above the entrance to commemorate the hour a terrorist bombing took place at Bologna station. In the afternoon, transfer to your accommodation and check-in. Take a walking tour of the city, where you can indulge on tasters of mortadella Bolognese and coffee in the University district. Next, climb up the Asinelli tower for mesmerising panoramic views. In the evening, get cultural and enjoy a classic ragù Bolognese for dinner.
Extension Day 2: Master The Art of Art Restoration
Become an art restorer for the day and learn about various execution techniques and different constitutive features of materials. Find out about various art preservation problems that occur over time, with specific attention given to all the different works you will see in the laboratory. Enjoy an evening full of entertainment as you watch an opera or dance performance at il Teatro Comunale.
Extension Day 3: Museo MAMbo
Spend the morning at the Museo MAMbo for insight into Bologna’s Communist background and have a look at local artists’ interesting work. After lunch, transfer back to Rome by train where you’ll finish up your Learning Adventure!