A visit to Rome and Florence for Wycombe Abbey History of Art Pupils

During the Easter holiday, History of Art A Level pupils visited Italy for a week’s tour of museums, architecture and culture to fully understand some of the world’s most famous pieces of artwork.

We started off the trip with an early flight from London to Bologna before taking a coach to Florence where we had a relaxing first day visiting the Palazzo Vecchio and the Branacci Chapel. The remaining days in Florence were packed with lots of tours around museums such as the Uffizi and the Academia Gallery, where we saw Michelangelo’s David. We also spent time looking at artworks in the Medici Palace; one of the patrons we have been learning about on our A Level course.

After spending three days in Florence, we headed to Rome by train and were blown away by the differences in atmosphere between the two cities. We had the opportunity to not only take a private tour of the Vatican where we saw the iconic Sistine Chapel, but also to look at stunning pieces outside of our A Level curriculum widening our knowledge and satisfying our cultural appetite.

The trip not only helped us with our revision, as the experience of seeing works on paper is starkly different to seeing them in the flesh, but it was also a really fun experience that was spent enjoying amazing views, eating good food and looking at gorgeous art. One of my favourite parts of the trip was when we would sit in a circle in museums, despite stares from security guards, and learn from each other about everything we knew about the Renaissance period and the different links between the works.

The Sixth Form History of Art pupils want to say a massive thank you to Ms Weatherby, Ms Franks and Dr Tsaknaki for being wonderful guides and assistance throughout this trip, even with all the walking and early starts! And of course, a huge thank you to Ms Bowen who although is on maternity leave helped plan, organize, and coordinate such an action-packed trip that was made all the more special with the budget for gelato!


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