School Mathematics Trip to Florence
At the centre of the Renaissance, Florence saw incredible developments in maths, science and engineering, making it ideal for a school maths tour.
The discovery of a number of Ancient Greek texts and the advent of the printing process led to a scientific revolution which saw an explosion in interest in the fields of maths, science and engineering. During the Renaissance, people began to combine science and maths in ways that had not been attempted before, leading to incredible mathematical discoveries. Maths was used by Brunelleschi to construct the giant dome of Florence’s cathedral and trigonometry developed into a major branch of mathematics, which can now be used to explain the angle of inclination of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The Renaissance also saw the invention of some truly beautiful mathematical instruments, many of which belonged the famous Medici family and are now on display in Florence’s Museo Galileo.
Flight from the UK, transfer to accommodation on arrival
|Free time for evening meal|
|Day 2||Visit to the Garden of Archimedes - A Museum for Mathematics||Visit to Museo Galileo (Institute and Museum of the History of Science) followed by a walk to the area around the famous Ponte Vecchio||Free time for evening meal|
|Day 3||Visit the Piazza del Duomo and Florence Cathedral||Visit to Museo di Leonardo da Vinci||Free time for evening meal|
Morning excursion to Pisa including visit to the Leaning Tower
Flight back to the UK
This price includes:
- 3 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation
- Return air travel inclusive of taxes
- Airport transfer in Italy
- Free staff place ratio 1:10
- Detailed information pack
- Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
- Itinerary planning service
- Motorway tolls and taxes
A museum entirely dedicated to Mathematics, it is divided into three sections, corresponding to three different ways of discovering the subject. The first is called Beyond Compasses: the Geometry of Curves which aims to reveal the maths concealed within various commonly used objects. The exhibition, which has been shown in several cities, has so far received more than half a million vis...
Located in the heart of Florence, the Leonardo da Vinci Museum offers a unique insight on the artist’s masterpieces and inventions, which radically changed the perception and practice of art at his time and have been, in many ways, a real precursor to machines and principles of our modern times. Through an interactive tour of the gallery, visitors can experiment the various machines that we...
The new Galileo Museum, formerly the Institute and Museum for the History of Science, is dedicated to science and the famous Pisan scientist Galileo Galilei. See extraordinary pieces such as Galileo’s telescope, historic world maps and globes, and a series of surprising amusements, such as machines that create optical illusions. The museum has recently been completely renovated and illu...
Florence's striking black, white and pink cathedral captures Italian architecture at the very beginning of the Renaissance. Brunelleschi's dome took a mere sixteen years to complete and still dominates the Florentine skyline - don't miss the chance to climb to the top for spectacular views across the city. The cathedral itself took a little longer to finish with the faç...
Florence's finest art gallery grew out of the private collection of the city's ruling de' Medici dynasty and spans Italian art from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli.
The belltower of Santa Maria del Fiore, one of the most beautiful belltowers in Italy, was an (extremely costly) invention by Giotto, created more as a decorative monument rather than a functional one. In 1334 the artist was commissioned to continue the construction of the new cathedral after work on the building had been stopped for over thirty years however, instead of focusing on dev...
Best known of all Florence's treasures, this glorious bridge was the only one of six spared by the retreating Germans on 4 August 1944. The bridge, built in 1345, was originally filled with butcher's shops, which would routinely discard the carcasses into the Arno causing quite a stench. Grand Duke Fernandino I issued an edict to replace the butchers with goldsmiths to eradicate the smell ...
The Palazzo Vechio is the most important civil building in the city of Florence. The construction, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, was begun in 1299. Initially it was the seat of the Priors of Art and of the Signoria. Temporarily it housed the Grand Ducal family under Cosimo I de' Medici before their transfer to Palazzo Pitti. It was in this period (1550-65) that Vasari transfor...
The Medici Chapels form part of the monumental complex of San Lorenzo, included is the church of San Lorenzo which was the official Church of the Medici, before becoming their mausoleum. The project for a family tomb was conceived in 1520 when Michelangelo began work on the New Sacristy. It was Cardinal Giulio de' Medici, future Pope Clement VII, who wished to erect a mausoleum for certain mem...
The church of Santa Maria del Carmine houses one of the greatest tributes to painting of all time: the frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel, begun by Masolino and Masaccio, and finished by Filippo Lippi after the latter’s death. The twelve scenes, starting with The Original Sin and up to the Scenes from the Life of Saint Peter, illustrate the story of salvation achieved by the Church through Sa...
The iconic symbol of Italy, Pisa's bell-tower would be a beautiful and architecturally significant building even without its famous lean. Rising eight storeys above the aptly named Campo dei Miracoli - the field of miracles - the tower was used by Galileo in his experiments on gravity. Take a closer look at the cathedral and the other buildings on the Campo dei Miracoli and you'll n...
Hotel Delle Nazioni
Excellently located, the Hotel Delle Nazioni is just a 10-minute walk from Florence Cathedral.
Students are accommodated in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins. All rooms are modern with en-suite bathrooms & TV.
A buffet breakfast is served in the hotel, with evening meals taken in a local restaurant.
The recently refurbished Hotel Meridiana offers 67 modern air-conditioned rooms all with en-suite facilities.
A buffet breakfast is served every morning in a spacious dining hall.
What our teachers had to say about this destination
Great destination. Highlights were – the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the mathematical walking tour, rafting, the Da Vinci Museum and the cinema. We had a fantastic maths trip and loved Pisa and Florence. Halsbury were incredibly helpful and efficient from start to finish – I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Worthwhile trip for any maths group. Location was safe, with plenty to see, and for students to explore the city by themselves. The students really enjoyed themselves. I would take a group on a yearly basis.