The many benefits of visiting other countries with young students simply cannot be overstated. Enjoying different cultures while focusing on their educational aspect makes for a perfect educational experience. School trip organisers looking for destinations with a deep artistic heritage to demonstrate to their pupils some of the illustrious artwork of the past are spoilt for choice in Europe, with a number of wonderful cities boasting world class museums. |
Two of the very best are undoubtedly Paris and Florence. For the volume of art on show in these historic places alone a visit is well worth the time, and the quality of the universally renowned museums speaks for itself.
What visitors get when they come to Florence is uninterrupted world class art. From the ancient architecture to the stellar quality of the museums and galleries, the city lives and breathes art, as it has for hundreds of years. A key site of the Renaissance, this gem in Italy’s crown is the perfect place to take students interested in learning about the country’s artistic heritage. Whether they’re more interested in what’s hanging on the walls, or sketching the ornate architecture in the piazzas, they will be instantly captivated by this charming city.
While there are so many to consider, perhaps the most famous and worthwhile gallery for school trip organisers to consider is the spellbinding Uffizi. Not only is it one of Italy’s finest, but it ranks consistently among the best in Europe and boasts a wealth of art relevant to any historical education. Your students can gaze on works by Botticelli, da Vinci, Caravaggio and Michelangelo.
Not far away from the Uffizi is the striking Duomo cathedral. The building makes for an exciting spot for a tour and houses some fantastic artwork of its own. Along with a host of other high-profile galleries and museums, these are just two of the compelling reasons to bring students to Florence.
Picture Perfect Paris
If there is one city in the art world that needs no introduction it is Paris. Home of some of the finest museums and galleries in the world, any student would be lucky to visit on a school trip. Organisers are more likely to have a hard time deciding what attractions to leave off rather than which to put on an itinerary.
The Louvre is almost as famous as the city that houses it. While it contains the iconic masterwork of Leonardo da Vinci, the Mona Lisa, the museum has so much more to offer visitors. Students could wander the halls and rooms for hours and hours and still not see everything. In fact, the Louvre is so big one could spend the entire trip coming back to it.
Another fantastic gallery in Paris is the Musée D’Orsay, which is home to a host of priceless French art as well as the world’s largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist work. The museum might not be as big as the Louvre, but it is every bit as impressive.
Enlist Help from the Experts
If there is one thing every school trip organiser understands, it’s how difficult it can be to plan an international visit with the very limited time that most teachers have. It’s well worth seeking out one of the superb specialist educational tour operators to provide a first class service and take the hassle out of the preparations.
If you’re looking for a fantastic voyage of artistic discovery that will have students engaged and in awe, then you can’t go wrong with either of the two cities mentioned here.
John Gardiner is the Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specialising in educational trips in destinations all over the world. This company works with school trip organisers to design the ideal educational travel experience and provide young people with immersive learning experiences they are sure to remember forever.
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