We began our trip in Rome, starting with a walking tour of the main sights. We jumped on the metro and arrived at the Spanish Steps, cruised through to the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon.
After a much-needed Gelato from the famous Giolitti, we headed to the Vatican where we were able to see the treasures within the Vatican museums, topped off with a visit to Michelangelo’s world-famous Sistine Chapel and the grandeur of St Peter’s Basilica. Michelangelo’s vision is behind many of the great sights of Rome and it was astonishing to learn just how wide his influence stretched from designs in the Roman Forum through to sculptural fountains in the Piazzas and the treasures within the museums.
After a good rest, we spent the next day exploring the Colosseum and learning about the brutal activities held here, before touring the scenic grounds of the Roman Forum, once the epicentre of this great city.
After lunch it was off to The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, where we saw works from the likes of Van Gogh and Jackson Pollock alongside the stunning pieces by Robert Morris. The gallery has been curated with the theme ‘Time is out of joint’, and this was an exciting experiment by a new curator to jumble up works of different times and themes in a stimulating and exciting way.
The next day, we headed for Florence via the beautiful medieval town of Sienna and its iconic Piazza del Campo and dramatic Duomo. After some shopping, lunch, sightseeing and more gelato we boarded the coach and shortly arrived in Florence, just in time for a scenic walk and more pasta and pannacotta for tea!
The next day we were off to a 13th Century farmhouse nestled in the Tuscan hillside where we made our own bruschetta, spaghetti and tiramisu.
This was followed by a walk up to the Piazzale Michelangelo for spectacular views of Florence, and then it was off to the Ufizzi gallery to see the masterpieces of Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli, to name just a few.
Our final day in Florence ended with a tour focused on Street Art, and a visit to the artist Clet Abraham’s studio. It was interesting to see the work of street artists such as Blub sharing the streets alongside some of the most famous artists of the high renaissance.
Hard to believe that all of this was achieved in just six days! It was a fabulous trip and we are so excited to see the work that will be produced in response. Please visit our Instagram page at @bethanyschart to see more pictures of our adventures!