The Piazza della Signoria offers the students an awe-inspiring array of priceless statues including the second statue of David of Michelangelo fame. This famous piazza, the scene of so many historical events, is the focal point of any trip to Florence with the adjacent Uffizi Gallery and nearby Ponte Vecchio.
The visit to Venice Lagoon, features a vaporetto (water bus) ride via the Grand Canal, to the island of Murano, where the students watch the craftsemen at the Gino Mazzuccato workshops creating Venetian glass ornaments. After lunch, four gondolas take the students on a tour of the canals under the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge, after which the students ascend the imposing campanile of St. Marks to experience the finest views over the whole of Venice. For many of the scholars, this is a unique experience and one that they will always remember.