Lucca, Tuscany: Sunday, Saturday, December 2

This Field Learning activity provides an opportunity to evaluate how the Renaissance developed in Tuscany. Visiting a private villa built in this period gives an overview of the architectural and decorative features of the Renaissance in Lucca, and how they differ from those in Florence. A walking tour through the city center of Lucca will allow students to identify architectural styles and construction materials and different styles of art including Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance. Last but not least, a walk along via Fillungo, Lucca’s shopping street, will allow students to experience first-hand Italian style and Made in Italy culture.


Morning departure from Florence to Lucca. Guided visit of Lucca’s city center and main sites, including the Duomo of S. Martino and the church of San Michele. In the afternoon, a short detour to Capannori to visit Villa Torrigiani, a historical villa from the second half of the sixteenth century, representing an example of Renaissance art in the Tuscan countryside. Throughout the day, time to work on FL assignment and free time. Return to Florence in the early evening.

The activity includes: 

  • Round-trip transportation
  • Entry fees and guided visit of selected sites
  • Field learning staff on-site
  • Insurance

The activity does not include: 

  • Meals not listed above
  • Entrance fees or costs associated to sites/activities visited on own

Learning outcomes:

  • Assess the achievements of Renaissance architecture outside Florence
  • Familiarize with the history of a minor town in Italy
  • Trace the origins of many aspects of Western European culture and of modern Western society in general
  • Place artworks and other archaeological evidence in the context that created them
  • Analyze the architecture of the best-preserved example of Renaissance city walls in Italy

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