During the summer of 2015, our school embarked on an art trip organised by our art department to the home of renaissance art and magnificent galleries: Florence, Italy. Six grueling yet equally unforgettable days under blistering Italian sunlight along with the burning unavoidable pain of “chub rub”, blisters, badly-chosen heels on stone pavements and a dangerously limited water supply created a challenging bonding experience between us for survival and midnight leaps to corner shops in the search for Nutella and several litres of orange juice.
To commemorate this trip and how much I enjoyed not only the country for the first time but the experience of travelling Europe with my friends, I compiled my favourite photos from the course of the six days to share as snippets of the journey. I’ll certainly never forget how incredible it was to visit so many historic cities, towns and medieval villages and making a post kind of feels like a time capsule of my favourite photos. Whether you’re just interested in having a browse through some of the photos I took on my iPhone of a beautiful city or are wondering what Florence in particular is like, I hope this gives you a bit more of a look into Italy’s many wonderful places to visit!
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: HOTEL DONATELLO (FLORENCE)
OUR FIRST ITALIAN TUBE RIDE
Embarking on a tube ride that certainly rivaled the likes of our London service. The view throughout was arid and allowed us to take in the sights of Italy through a mixed journey both over and underground in what looked like a glass bubble contraption.
A MUCH-NEEDED ICE CREAM STOP AT CORSO VANNUCI, PERUGIA
A COLLECTION OF STATUES THAT CAUGHT MY EYE IN THE ACADEMIA & UFFIZI GALLERIES
LAST BUT NOT LEAST…
This photo was taken the night before we left as we sat in Florence’s city square watching a busker perform some acoustic pop songs on his guitar. Almost all of the 50 or so girls along with us on the trip sat on the boiling hot stone floor on picnic blankets watching the sun set as we sang along and took photos. Although this photo isn’t photographically my finest moment from an artistic standpoint, it holds one of the greatest sentimental value of the lot due to how wonderful this moment was. For a moment after perusing the streets of Florence that long afternoon, I sat down and felt my finest listening to this Italian man sing his fractured English interpretation of current chart-toppers. I could have stayed there forever.
– Words by Camila Florencia.