2004 European Art Tour - Florence, Italy
In June of 2004, 12 students joined Mr. Andrus and Mr. Peer, along with their families, for a two-week art tour of Italy. The trip began in Rome where the highlights included the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael rooms in the Vatican Museum, St. Peters Cathedral, and the Borghese Gallery. One particularly memorable late night walk included a full moon rising over the ancient forum. While in Rome we also watched the sun go down on the Spanish Steps, felt the coolness of the Trevi Fountain in the evening, and wondered at the dome of the Pantheon.
From Rome we traveled to the small hilltop town of Orvieto about an hour and a half north. One of our favorite pieces of art on the entire trip was Luca Signorelli's mural in the Duomo in Orvieto. There was ample time here to rest up from Rome and do some shopping in the many small stores lining the twisting narrow streets of Orvieto.
From Orvieto, we traveled to Florence for almost a week. We saw the David, the Uffizi, the Bargello and other famous museums and churches. We at great food in tiny restaurants that treated us like family. We gazed at the Arno from the middle of the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge. We also took a day trip to Siena to visit the Duomo and to see Lorenzeti's mural on good and bad government.
The final stop of our journey was Venice where we spent a quick day and a half. From St. Marks cathedral to a gondola ride to dinner along the grand canal, Venice was a place we all want to return to. Alas all good trips come to an end.