Italy 2025

Our proposed Art trip to Italy in the summer of 2025 promises an unforgettable journey for students as they immerse themselves in the artistic and cultural riches of Venice, Florence, and Rome. This trip will not only expand their artistic horizons but also foster their growth as well-rounded global citizens. Here’s a summary of the transformative experience awaiting our students.

Destinations: Venice, Florence and Rome

Venice: Students will wander through the enchanting canals, exploring the captivating architecture of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. They will find inspiration in the city’s unique atmosphere by hopping on a water taxi and boat across the lagoon to Venice where they will meet your local guide and embark on a walking tour of the city’s narrow walking streets and winding canals. Hundreds of maze-like alleys and bridges connect the neighborhoods and communal squares of Venice. Take in all the hustle and bustle going on at sea level as people, equipment, and supplies navigate the Grand Canal.

Florence: The Accademia Gallery will expose students to masterpieces by Renaissance luminaries such as Michelangelo and Botticelli. They will marvel at Florence Cathedral’s grandeur and experience the charm of local leather craftsmen and painters. Participate in a fresco art workshop Try your hand at fresco painting, a style made famous during the Italian Renaissance. In this workshop, you’ll create a fresco of your own traditionally, by painting onto fresh plaster. Get true hands-on experience with Tuscan cuisine as you are trained in the art by a local chef. Learn to make traditional antipastos, a primo piatto, a secondo piatto, and a dessert. Be sure to take notes as you learn before sampling your sumptuous creations!

Rome: Students will stand in awe before the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica witnessing artistry that has shaped history. Visit the Borghese Gallery to see amazing sculptures by Bernini, including David, crouching aggressively with his slingshot, Apollo and Daphne, and others. Elsewhere, the collection of paintings helps confirm the status of the gallery as one of the great Italian houses of art. They’ll explore the Colosseum and Roman Forum, connecting with ancient art and architecture. Engaging with local artisans in a painting class will provide insights into contemporary art forms. Students will participate in the Sweet Taste of Italy cooking class where they will discover why food plays such an integral role in Italy’s culture as you dive into this hands-on cooking class.

Engagement with Art and Artisans

Students will not be passive observers; they will interact with local artisans, discovering traditional techniques and gaining hands-on experience in diverse artistic forms. The trip offers the unique chance to create their artworks while surrounded by the same landscapes, architecture, and cultural influences that inspired legendary artists will allow them to connect with the creative processes of the past. This art trip to Italy is meticulously designed to provide students with a profound and immersive experience that will significantly enrich their understanding of art history and cultural diversity with direct engagement with masterpieces and architectural marvels.

Culinary and Cultural Exploration

Embracing Italy’s rich culinary traditions, students will indulge in local cuisine, enhancing their cultural experience beyond the artistic realm. Sampling local foods and experiencing cultural customs firsthand will broaden students’ perspectives on diversity and help them understand how artistic expression can be influenced by regional traditions. Exposure to customs, traditions, and daily life will broaden their understanding of diversity and foster empathy. Exploring the daily lives of Italians will showcase how art is interwoven into their routines, highlighting the integral role it plays in cultural identity.

Fostering Global Citizenship

By immersing students in the diverse cultural tapestry of Italy, the trip will instill values of tolerance, open-mindedness, and appreciation for different perspectives. The experience will empower students to become compassionate, culturally sensitive individuals equipped to thrive in a globalized world.