California Baptist University Architecture Students Explore Florence

This week’s post features architecture students from California Baptist University as they explore a variety of architectural sites throughout Italy.

This Spring, students from California Baptist University are studying architecture in Florence and Rome. For the Florence portion of the program, they started off with a visit to the Certosa, a monastery located on the summit of Monte Acuto – also called “Holy Mountain”- a cone-shaped hill situated near the village of Galluzzo, a town south of Florence. 20170524_120310The monastery was built by Niccolò Acciaioli (1310-1365), a leading figure in the political and economic environment of the fourteenth century, now home to the order of the Cistercians of Casamari congregation. This community has made the monastery more accessible to the outside world, particularly culture and art lovers.

The students have now embarked on a four-day excursion to Venice, where they are visiting various sites displaying historical and contemporary architecture, such as Santiago Calatrava’s Constitution Bridge (2007). They will also spend a day in the city of Vicenza, visiting Andrea Palladio’s Teatro Olimpico (1580) and Villa Rotonda (1591).

533c47cfb0cfe_Teatro_Goldoni_01_940x440To conclude the Florence portion of the program, students will spend a very special day exploring contemporary architecture projects in Florence, including guided visits of Le Murate (a former Benedictine convent), and the Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze, the city’s new Opera House. Students will then head off to Prato and Siena to see the Pecci Contemporary Art Center, which has recently re-opened.

In June, the students will move on to study the many varied architectural marvels of Rome. We wish them the best of luck!

20170524_100220~Lilia Lamas, ACCENT Florence

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