The annual CCI trip to Florence comes at a most welcome time in the semester, just well enough ahead of the final exams to allow everyone to forget about their work load and enjoy each other’s company in this magnificent Renaissance city.
As with all CCI trips, we had an early start to the day and arrived in Firenze around noon. We stopped at the Piazzale Michelangelo in order to enjoy the view of the city.
After checking in to the hotels, we took the students to the Galleria dell’ Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David which came to symbolize the ethos and aspirations of the Florentines as soon as it was first publicly displayed.
Following the Galleria dell’ Accademia, the students were given some free time to explore the city on their own. Dusk descends on Italy in the late afternoon. Landmarks like the Duomo, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Ponte Vecchio are as beautiful at night as they are in the day light.
We enjoyed a meal together at the hotel that night.
Our second day started at the Uffizi, originally the offices of the Medici when they ruled Tuscany and now one of the world’s most famous art galleries. Following that, the students participated in tours of choice led by the teachers to the Galileo Museum, The Bargello Museum, The Palazzo Pitti, Santa Croce and a Medici tour before they had lunch.
In the afternoon, half of the student had chosen to climb the dome over the Duomo designed and built by Brunelleschi while the other half chose to have a tour of some of Florence’s major buildings and sites.
On our third day, we had a mid-morning departure and headed for Arezzo. After touring the Duomo, everyone had time to explore on their own and to eat at an authentic Tuscan restaurant.
Two hours after we left Arezzo, we arrived in Assisi which was blanketed by a heavy fog which unfortunately hampered everyone’s view of the town and environs.
Following Assisi, we drove through the fog and the mountains to Ascoli Piceno where we had dinner.
It was a relatively short two hour drive down the Autostrada to Lanciano. Suffice to say, everyone enjoyed a quiet day on Sunday.