For an overview of the Renaissance, check out this website. You’ll learn about printing and thinking during the era; architecture, painting and music; exploration and trade plus movement out of the Middle Ages.
Florence was the most important city of the Renaissance. Get up close and personal with Michelangelo’s David when you take the virtual tour of that city. Here you can watch videos and read about all of the places important in Renaissance Florence.
In Italy during this time, you wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of the Medici family. This website, produced by PBS, is all about the specific contributions and historical legacy of the Medici dynasty during the extraordinary Renaissance period. There is also general information about the Renaissance and links to books and websites about that era.
Check out the Boston’s Museum of Science’s Exploring Leonardo site for information on the amazing artist, scientist and inventor, Leonardo Da Vinci. There’s an interactive map of Italy where you can find out where Leonardo did what, along with lots of other activities that will help you understand Leonardo and his world.
No Renaissance page would be complete without a tribute to one of the world’s greatest artists, Michelangelo. For biographical information and photos of his work, see this site. Take a look at Artcyclopedia’s High Renaissance page for information about and links to collections of works by other artists of that period.
Now go forth now and get some culture!