Florence in spring is simply wonderful – the blue skies of Tuscany and a balmy afternoon temperature approaching 20 degrees were enjoyed by 20 students who participated in the Art and Classics departments’ study tour of the greatest city of the Italian Renaissance. They visited the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David and the Uffizi Gallery, which houses what is arguably the world’s greatest collection of Old Masters: Botticcelli, da Vinci, Titian, Caravaggio. Other highlights included the Brancaci chapel with its frescoes detailing the life of St Peter, the Medici Chapel and the stunning Santa Maria Novella. In between the galleries and churches there was time to cross the Ponte Vecchio and relax in the beautiful Boboli gardens with their fountains, miniature lakes and grottoes. The climb to the top of the dome  of Santa Maria del Fiore was challenging but the spectacular view over the city and beyond from the last of its 463 steps was breath-taking. The group walked for miles across the city every day, sampling the city’s culture, both artistic and culinary, collapsing into bed each evening.