Early Friday morning, Umbra students enrolled in Leonardo da Vinci piled into a private bus, ready to travel to Florence and Milan to see the master’s works come to life.
The class met Professor Adrian Hoch in Florence, where students saw works such as “The Annunciation” at the Uffizi and the infamous “da Vinci Code”-like fresco by Giorgio Vasari, which allegedly covers a Leonardo fresco in the Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the Five Hundred) in the Palazzo Vecchio.
By early Friday evening, the group was piling off the bus at the hotel in Milan, ready for dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Saturday morning, the class walked through the many security measures at Santa Maria delle Grazie Cathedral to see Leonardo’s “Last Supper,” which was “definitely one for the bucket list,” as one student whispered in the cathedral dining hall-turned-museum.
After a brief turn around the cathedral itself, the group walked to the nearby Castello Sforzesco to see Leonardo’s sculptures and frescoes. The final stops included the Milan duomo and the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, where Leonardo’s original well-known notebooks — written backwards — are housed.
By late Saturday evening, the students were back in Perugia.