Unrivalled in the richness of its art and architecture, Italy is an art-lover’s utopia. Home to some of the greatest artists that ever lived, a journey into the fabric of Italy’s art history will inspire your students’ creativity beyond imagination.
Take a look at our top 5 recommended visits on an art trip to Italy…
Housing Italy’s most famous collection of paintings, the Uffizi Gallery exhibits some of the most important works of the Renaissance.
An absolute must on an art trip to Florence, the Uffizi Gallery features masterpieces by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, Canaletto and dozens of other great artists who rose to artistic fame in Florence.
Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence
Here, you will find Michelangelo’s original statue of David, which was moved to the gallery in 1873.
Attracting thousands of tourists every year who come to admire this iconic Renaissance work, David is the most famous sculpture in Florence and, possibly, in the world. Other attractions include fine Renaissance paintings by artists such as Ghirlandaio, Fra Filippo and Filippino Lippi. The Galleria dell’Accademia is a true gateway to the history and culture of this romantic city.
Doge’s Palace, Venice
This beautiful palace was once the residence of the Doges of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic of Venice, and was thus a symbol of Venetian power.
The palace houses a collection of sculptures and paintings, including the magnificent Triumph of Venice by Tintoretto. As you step into the Sala del Maggior Consiglio, the finest room in the palace, you’ll see the walls are adorned with paintings illustrating Venetian history. Tintoretto’s Paradise is one of the largest compositions in the world and hangs over the Doge’s throne.
Naples Archaeological Museum, Naples
Venture further back in the art world and discover the hand-crafted artefacts of Herculaneum and Pompeii. Journey underground and explore the mysterious cavities, tunnels and secret passages that sit below the historic centre of Naples, before admiring the famous Farnese statue collection.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Overlooking the Grand Canal, this fascinating museum displays the personal collection of the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim.
It’s hailed as one of the most prominent collections in Italy for American and European art, including masterpieces of Cubism, Futurism, Metaphysical painting, European abstraction, avant-garde sculpture, Surrealism and American Abstract Expressionism.