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The City Of Florence (Italy)

All Ages

Art and Design

Geography

History

Discover the history of the beautiful city of Florence: Piazza del Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Maria Novella, Campanile di Giotto, Ponte Vecchio

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June 21, 2017

Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Collaboration
  • Communication

External References

Learning Objectives

  • Go to Piazza del Duomo and interact with NPCs. Piazza del Duomo is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence.
  • Go to Piazza della Signoria and interact with NPCs. Piazza della Signoria is an L-shaped square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio
  • While at Piazza della Signoria have a look at Palazzo Vecchio. It is the town hall of Florence
  • Go to Piazzale degli Uffizi, a narrow courtyard between palace's two wings with view toward the Arno. There is a "quite" famous museum
  • Go to a medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River: Ponte Vecchio
  • Piazza della Repubblica marks the site of the forum, the centre of the Roman city
  • Have a look around Piazza di Santa Maria Novella one of the main and most beautiful squares in Florence is dominated by the great Basilica di Santa Maria Novella
  • Visit the Museo Novecento just in front of Piazza di Santa Maria Novella

Guiding Ideas

  • Piazza del Duomo: it is one of the most visited places in Europe and the world; here we can find the Florence Cathedral with the Cupola del Brunelleschi, the Giotto's Campanile, the Florence Baptistery, the Loggia del Bigallo, the Opera del Duomo Museum, and the Arcivescovile and Canonici's palace. The west zone of this square is called San Giovanni square.
  • Piazza della Signoria: It was named after the Palazzo della Signoria, also called Palazzo Vecchio. It is the focal point of the origin and of the history of the Florentine Republic and still maintains its reputation as the political hub of the city. It is the meeting place of Florentines as well as the numerous tourists, located near Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza del Duomo and gateway to Uffizi Gallery
  • Palazzo Vecchio: It overlooks the Piazza della Signoria with its copy of Michelangelo's David statue as well as the gallery of statues in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi.
  • At the Piazzale degli Uffizi you can find the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most important Italian museums. It is also one of the largest and best known in the world, and holds a collection of priceless works, particularly from the period of the Italian Renaissance. Discover the story behind the 28 statues representing famous Florentine figures.
  • Ponte Vecchio is one of the most beautiful place where you can stay for hours simply looking around you. It's so strange: over the bridge there is a corridor. Discover what was its purpose.
  • Piazza della Repubblica: the actual aspect of the square is the cause of the urban interventions implemented following the proclamation of Florence capital of Italy for a brief period. Discover what interesting complex and building were found around Piazza della Repubblica.
  • Basilica di Santa Maria Novella: chronologically, it is the first great basilica in Florence, and is the city's principal Dominican church. Discover why the church is called "Novella" (New) and which art treasures and funerary monuments it contains.
  • The Museo Novecento is dedicated to the Italian art of the 20th century. It offers a selection of around 300 works located in 15 exhibition areas, in addition to a study room, a cabinet for drawings and prints and a room for conferences and projections.

Student Activities

I'm suggesting wikipedia link in the Italian language because it is more completed than the English version

  • While at Piazza del Duomo students can start from here and delve into what they prefer: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piazza_del_Duomo_(Firenze)
  • While at Piazza della Signoria students can start from here and delve into what they prefer: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piazza_della_Signoria
  • In front of Palazzo Vecchio some statues are missing: the copy of Michelangelo's David statue as well as the statues in the Loggia dei Lanzi. Students can start rebuilding them: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palazzo_Vecchio https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loggia_della_Signoria
  • In the Piazzale degli Uffizi there should be 28 statues of famous Italian people of Florence: engineers, poets, painters, sculptors, explorators. Sometimes someone was all this at the same time!!! Have you ever heard about Dante, Petrarca, Botticelli, Machiavelli, Mascagni ? Do you know Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raffaello ? Mmmm ... I'm not talking about the Ninja Turtles of course ... Does it ring a bell if I say "Amerigo Vespucci" ?  How can you related him to the "New World" ... the Americas ? What was the role of Galileo Galilei in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century ?   https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galleria_degli_Uffizi
  • Ponte Vecchio is a small place with a lot of interesting history. It is believed that a bridge was first built in Roman times: do you think it was destroyed World War II or by a flood ? In order to connect the Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti, in 1565 Cosimo I de' Medici had Giorgio Vasari build the Vasari Corridor above it. But ... where is Palazzo Pitti ? Can you help me to build it ? https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponte_Vecchio
  • Have you ever heard the words: cardo and decumanus ? How is it called the intense activity in Piazza della Repubblica between 1885 and 1895 ? Can you find the porticos with the triumphal arch, called the "Arcone" ? Above it there should be a pompous inscription: "L'ANTICO CENTRO DELLA CITTÀ DA SECOLARE SQUALLORE A VITA NUOVA RESTITUITO". Can you translate it ? https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piazza_della_Repubblica_(Firenze)
  • What is the meaning of "Novella" ? How many years did they use to build it ? Do you know how many artists produced items for the church ? https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_di_Santa_Maria_Novella
  • Museo Novecento offers to the public a rich program of exhibitions and activities to approach the 20th century’s arts and their protagonists. Do you know the museum offers several activities and laboratories, that change according to children’s age and lot of them are dedicated to families ?

Performance Expectations

Kids will love the beauty of the City Of Florence and will learn so much about its monuments, artists and buildings.

Want to teleport quickly to the different areas around Florence? Use these coordinates to help you:

  • Piazza di S.Maria Novella / Museo Novecento /tp @p 547 17 3346
  • Piazza della Repubblica /tp @p 993 17 3538
  • Piazza del Duomo / Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore / Campanile di Giotto /tp @p 1053 17 3339
  • Ponte Vecchio /tp @p 916 17 4014
  • Piazza della Signoria Palazzo Vecchio / Uffizi coordinates: /tp @p 1156 17 3798

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Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Collaboration
  • Communication

External References