Region: Tuscany
Saturday, May 30


chiantiback

Cost: 85€

During this Field Learning activity, students will explore Tuscany’s past and uncover its sense of spirituality. The area students will visit lies on the Via Francigena, one of the pilgrimage routes that cut across Europe, from Trondheim in Norway all the way south to Rome, where the body of St. Peter has rested for centuries. Tradition, history, and deep religious and spiritual essence are tangible in the abbeys even today. The Abbey of Saint Galgano was a Cistercian Monastery found in the valley of the river Merse between the towns of Chiusdino and Monticiano, in the province of Siena, region of Tuscany, Italy. Presently, the roofless walls of the Gothic style 13th-century Abbey church still stand. Nearby are the chapel or Eremo or Rotonda di Montesiepi (1185), the tomb of Saint Galgano and the purported site of his death in 1181, the sword said to have been planted in the ground by Galgano and a chapel with frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti. 

Itinerary: 

Early departure from Florence to San Galgano Abbey for a walking tour and visit. Then a lunch break at a local restaurant where students will have the opportunity to taste local products. In the afternoon, exploration of the Colle Val d'Elsa section of the Via Francigena and surroundings. Time to work on FL assignment and free time. Return to Florence in the early evening.


The activity includes: 

  • Round-trip transportation 
  • Entry fee and guided visit of selected sites
  • Lunch and tasting of local products 
  • 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:

  • Identify the values of the Middle Ages across Italy and Europe
  • Recognize the monastic orders and their Saint founders
  • 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
  • Familiarize with gothic architecture and the historical period in which this style developed
  • Increase critical thinking, especially in relation to the role tourism plays in marketing the history, food and culture of Italy
  • Develop team-building and collaborative skills 
  • Increase awareness of cultural similarities/ differences 

Payment deadline: 
Wed, May 27


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