The class left campus early Wednesday morning for Northern Italy. The first stop was in the magical city of Venice. After getting settled, students spent the afternoon learning about the city on walking tours led by faculty and staff. The groups visited major sites such as Piazza San Marco, the Grand Canal, and the Rialto Bridge, and took advantage of Venice's unique public transportation: vaporetti (water taxis!). After their guided tours of the city, students had free time to explore on their own or visit some of the spectacular churches and museums Venice has to offer. The next morning, students went to famous sites, churches, and museums throughout the city such as the Palazzo Ducale, the Venitian Ghetto, the Basilica di San Marco, the island of Murano, the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and more.
Friday morning the group departed from Venice and headed towards Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and home of the famous Medici family. Once again, students took walking tours of the city to see some of the major sites and learn about the history of this important city. After the tours many students climbed the Brunelleschi's famous Duomo while others went shopping in the leather markets. Saturday was a busy day in Florence. In the morning students went on site tours to places such as the Capella Medicee, the Basilica di San Marco, the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, the Museo Galileo, the Giardini di Boboli, and the Pitti Palace Museum. Following the site tours, students visited on of the greatest museums in the world: the Galleria degli Uffizi. After dinner that evening, students had the option of taking a walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo, which boasts one of the best views of the city.
Before leaving Florence on Sunday morning, the group visited Michelangelo's famous David statue at the Galleria dell'Accademia. After a short drive through Tuscany, the group stopped for the afternoon in the beautiful town of Siena. Students had time to get some lunch on their own and explore the city before visiting Siena's Duomo and Libreria Piccolomini.