This Art school trip to Rome and Florence, Italy, will get students inspired. Explore Italy’s famous artworks and finest galleries, and experiment with centuries-old traditional forms of art. Here’s our Art educational tour program in Italy at a glance:
- Days 1-2 in Rome: Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, mosaic workshop, Michelangelo statue, Basilica di San Pietro, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Via del Circo Massimo, Garden of Oranges
- Days 3-5 in Florence: train, Galleria dell’Accademia, Michelangelo’s Statue of David, Piazzale Michelangelo, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florentine marbled paper, traditional pottery painting class
- Day 5 in Rome: train, stand-up comedy show
- Extension Days 1-3 in Bologna: city tour, Asinelli Tower, art restoration session, Teatro Comunale dance/opera performance, Museo MAMbo, train
Like what you see? Discover Italy’s incredible art world in our detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our school trips are completely customisable.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students and 2 free teachers.
✓ All accommodation costs
✓ Full board meals for the entire trip
✓ All transportation costs, including airport pick-up and drop-off
✓ All activities listed in the itinerary
✓ 1 free teacher per 10 paying students
✓ 24-hour emergency contact support during the trip
✓ Detailed pre-departure summary & briefing
✓ Full financial failure protection
✓ Public liability insurance
✓ Our trips are fully risk-assessed
Day 1: Explore Rome
Step off the plane 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.
Feast on a welcome dinner and come together for a trip briefing to get you prepped for the week’s adventures.
Day 2: The Colosseum and Michelangelo Statue
Stop off at a local Roman’s house. Learn about how mosaics were used in the past and make a mosaic souvenir for yourself!
Relax with a scenic lunch near the magnificent Colosseum. Squeeze in a visit to see the Michelangelo statue at the Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, too. Enjoy a guided visit to the Colosseum and Roman Forum and take part in the Learning Adventure photo competition. There are so many interesting facts about these ancient sites – did you know the Colosseum was used to stage ‘naumachia’? They’d fill the theatre up with water and hold real naval battles.
After dinner, walk down the Via del Circo Massimo for beautiful views of the Palatine Hill before visiting the Garden of Oranges for superb views of the Vatican.
Day 3: The Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence
Wave a sad goodbye to Rome and a happy hello to Florence.
Once you’re off the train and checked into your accommodation, embark on a tour of the city. First stop, the Galleria dell’Accademia. This is your chance to stand face-to-face with Michelangelo’s Statue of David, as well as a whole host of other statues and sculptures.
There’s no better way to fall in love with Florence than with its food. Sample some traditional Florentine cuisine and watch the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo, where you’ll have fantastic views over the city.
Day 4: The Galleria degli Uffizi
Start your day examining works in the Galleria degli Uffizi, one of the most important art museums in Italy. Marvel at the collection of Renaissance paintings.
Make your way into the Florentine countryside, where you’ll learn the art of creating beautiful Florentine marbled paper.
Day 5: Traditional Pottery Painting
Roll up your sleeves for 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.
Back to Rome! Get from the station to your accommodation, and tuck into your final Italian dinner, followed by some exciting evening entertainment: a stand-up comedy show!
Day 6: Home Time
It might be home time, but it’s not over. Italy’s rich and varied art will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond!
Sound too good to finish there? No worries – continue your trip with this 3-day art extension trip in Bologna.
Extension Day 1: Panoramic Views of Bologna
Bologna time. Once you’re off the train, notice the stopped clock above the entrance of the station to commemorate the hour that a terrorist bombing took place there. Then, brush up on your general knowledge of the city with your tour guide.
Check in, then take a walking tour of the city. Indulge on tasters of mortadella and coffee in the university district. Next, climb up the Asinelli Tower for mesmerising panoramic views – pick out parts of the city you’ve already seen and try work out where you’re going next!
You can’t argue with us on this one – Bologna makes the best Bolognese! We recommend a classic ragù Bolognese.
Extension Day 2: Master the Art of Art Restoration
Today, you’re an art restorer. Learn about various execution techniques and different constitutive features of materials. Find out about art preservation problems, with specific attention to the works you’ll see in the laboratory.
Treat yourself to an evening full of entertainment as you watch an opera or dance performance at the Teatro Comunale.
Extension Day 3: Museo MAMbo
Gain insight into Bologna’s communist background and look at local artists’ work at Museo MAMbo.
Transfer back to Rome by train. It’s the end of your Learning Adventure!
Gain valuable knowledge from practitioners during visits to a pottery painting studio and mosaic maker.
Understand more of Italy’s rich cultural heritage through visits to historical sites.
Compare and contrast traditional Florentine art forms at the Galleria dell’Accademia and modern Roman art.
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