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Program #20211RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jul 13 — Jul 26, 2013

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Day One: Saturday, July 13 - Transatlantic overnight flight to Rome.
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is on the right bank of the Tiber River, in the quiet and charming Trastevere neighborhood. An easy walk on the bridges to Campo de' Fiori, the Portico housing the "Mouth of Truth" and Roman Forum in the heart of ancient Rome. The residents of Trastevere consider themselves the original Romans. In July the residents celebrate their own unique "block party" called the "Festa di no'antri", characterized by traditional foods, fresh fruits and snow cones kiosks.

Contact info:
Via dei Vascellari, 61
Rome, 00153 Italy
phone: +39 06 581 2125
web: www.sfromana.it

Room amenities: Air conditioning, hair dryer, phone, satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. The tiled floor halls and rooms are furnished in a clean and simple decor. Relax in the comfortable chairs in the shady inner courtyard patio. Wi-Fi throughout the property. Continental breakfast served daily in the dining room consists of juices, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, rolls, jams, sliced meats and cheese.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
To book additional nights at the hotel, email Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome, info.reserv@laviniatour.it. Another option is to book directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.sfromana.it. Indicate to the hotel or agency at the time of your booking that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, July 14 - Check-in \ Orientation \ Welcome Reception \ Neig...
Note: Light neighborhood walk

Arrive To: Rome airport next morning, transfer to hotel.

Morning: Transfers to the hotel. A light walk will be organized for those with early morning arrivals while waiting for lunch and hotel check-in

Lunch: Lunch at a local trattoria.

Afternoon: Settle in room, meet at appointed time for Orientation and Welcome to Rome session. Your group leader will take you on a neighborhood walk to point out banks, pharmacies and stores. Get to know your fellow participants at a Welcome Reception.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Casa Santa Francesca Romana

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is on the right bank of the Tiber River, in the quiet and charming Trastevere neighborhood. An easy walk on the bridges to Campo de' Fiori, the Portico housing the "Mouth of Truth" and Roman Forum in the heart of ancient Rome. The residents of Trastevere consider themselves the original Romans. In July the residents celebrate their own unique "block party" called the "Festa di no'antri", characterized by traditional foods, fresh fruits and snow cones kiosks.

Contact info:
Via dei Vascellari, 61
Rome, 00153 Italy
phone: +39 06 581 2125
web: www.sfromana.it

Room amenities: Air conditioning, hair dryer, phone, satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. The tiled floor halls and rooms are furnished in a clean and simple decor. Relax in the comfortable chairs in the shady inner courtyard patio. Wi-Fi throughout the property. Continental breakfast served daily in the dining room consists of juices, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, rolls, jams, sliced meats and cheese.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
To book additional nights at the hotel, email Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome, info.reserv@laviniatour.it. Another option is to book directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.sfromana.it. Indicate to the hotel or agency at the time of your booking that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, July 15 - Colosseum and Roman Forum \ Treasures of the Vati...
Note: The walk through the archaeological area of the Forum is over uneven paths, some with cobble stones; stairs to reach top floor of Colosseum.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Coach to Colosseum for reserved entrance the time; imagine watching gladiatorial games. Expert continues explanation of the Forum, painting an image of what the civic and religious center of Rome was like in antiquity. Walk along the Via Sacra where triumphal processions passed.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Meet in lecture room where an art historian gives an illustrated lecture on the artistic highlights of masterpieces in the Vatican Museum including Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and S. Peter's Basilica. Free time until dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Walk of discovery on the Tiber Island, look for the sculptural relief of Aesculapius, the ancient god of healing.

Lodging: Casa Santa Francesca Romana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is on the right bank of the Tiber River, in the quiet and charming Trastevere neighborhood. An easy walk on the bridges to Campo de' Fiori, the Portico housing the "Mouth of Truth" and Roman Forum in the heart of ancient Rome. The residents of Trastevere consider themselves the original Romans. In July the residents celebrate their own unique "block party" called the "Festa di no'antri", characterized by traditional foods, fresh fruits and snow cones kiosks.

Contact info:
Via dei Vascellari, 61
Rome, 00153 Italy
phone: +39 06 581 2125
web: www.sfromana.it

Room amenities: Air conditioning, hair dryer, phone, satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. The tiled floor halls and rooms are furnished in a clean and simple decor. Relax in the comfortable chairs in the shady inner courtyard patio. Wi-Fi throughout the property. Continental breakfast served daily in the dining room consists of juices, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, rolls, jams, sliced meats and cheese.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
To book additional nights at the hotel, email Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome, info.reserv@laviniatour.it. Another option is to book directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.sfromana.it. Indicate to the hotel or agency at the time of your booking that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Tuesday, July 16 - Reserved entrance Vatican Museums \ S. Peter's Ba...
Reserved entrance Vatican Museums \ S. Peter's Basilica \ Mosaic Laboratory

Note: Vatican Museums are very crowded, require ascending or descending a few flights of stairs. Very little opportunity to sit and rest. In the Sistine Chapel there are seats along the wall, simply stand by someone until they get up.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.

Morning: Transfer to the Vatican Museums for reserved entrance time, meet expert who will lead you through this singular museum. After exiting, enter S. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pieta' and works by Bernini. If there is some free time, some may desire to climb the 450 steps of Michelangelo's Dome for panoramic views of Rome.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, learn the art of Mosaic at a laboratory/studio where we will create a memento using small tesserae (colored stones or glass tiles). Coach back to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Casa Santa Francesca Romana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is on the right bank of the Tiber River, in the quiet and charming Trastevere neighborhood. An easy walk on the bridges to Campo de' Fiori, the Portico housing the "Mouth of Truth" and Roman Forum in the heart of ancient Rome. The residents of Trastevere consider themselves the original Romans. In July the residents celebrate their own unique "block party" called the "Festa di no'antri", characterized by traditional foods, fresh fruits and snow cones kiosks.

Contact info:
Via dei Vascellari, 61
Rome, 00153 Italy
phone: +39 06 581 2125
web: www.sfromana.it

Room amenities: Air conditioning, hair dryer, phone, satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. The tiled floor halls and rooms are furnished in a clean and simple decor. Relax in the comfortable chairs in the shady inner courtyard patio. Wi-Fi throughout the property. Continental breakfast served daily in the dining room consists of juices, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, rolls, jams, sliced meats and cheese.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
To book additional nights at the hotel, email Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome, info.reserv@laviniatour.it. Another option is to book directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.sfromana.it. Indicate to the hotel or agency at the time of your booking that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Wednesday, July 17 - Mithraeum underground site \ Capitoline Museum \ ...
Note: Walk to the area of the Circus Maximus, Mithraeum and Capitoline Museum, up a slight hill. Return on foot to the hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining room.

Morning: With an archaeologist descend a few flights of stairs to a recently discovered Mithraeum, a sacred area for the mystery cult of Mithra. Continue to the Capitoline museum where the expert will examine masterpieces from antiquity, including the bronze symbol of Rome, the She Wolf, the bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, remnants of the colossus of Constantine. Pass through the Tabularium, ancient Rome's archives; emerge in the Palazzo Nuovo wing to find the Dying Gaul and the Capitoline Venus.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free time. Suggest walking behind the Palazzo Nuovo to the roof top of the monument of Victor Emanuel II, for a spectacular panoramic view of Rome. Meet back at hotel at the appointed time for dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: A leisurely stroll around Trastevere and pack for the morning's departure.

Lodging: Casa Santa Francesca Romana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Centrally located on the fashionable Via dei Calzaiuoli, half way between the Duomo of Florence and Piazza della Signoria. One block away from Piazza della Repubblica. Convenient to all major sites and museums. Downtown Florence is closed to vehicular traffic, so enjoy a leisurely stroll at your pleasure.

Contact info:
Via dei Calzaiuoli 11
Florence, 50122 Italy
phone: +39 055 218 984
web: www.hotelaxial.it

Room amenities: Individual climate controls for AC or heat; mini bar; electronic safe, satellite TV; free Wi-Fi in rooms; hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Remodeled 19th century building features small inner courtyard, double pane insulated windows, individual AC and heat controls, free Wi-Fi, Internet point (2 computers) in the reading room, satellite TV, bar and continental breakfast buffet.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, July 18 - Spanish Steps \ Trevi Fountain \ Pantheon \ Piazz...
Spanish Steps \ Trevi Fountain \ Pantheon \ Piazza Navona \ Train to Florence

Note: About a 1.5 mile walk to the famous piazzas, coaches cannot pass through the narrow streets of Rome. When you arrive in Florence, walk to the hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Bring down luggage at the appointed time, it will be transferred by van to the Florence hotel. Leave your hand luggage at the hotel for pick up after lunch. Transfer to the famous piazzas then walk to: Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Navona and learn from the expert about these most famous landmarks.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to hotel for transfer to the train station.

Afternoon: Experience travel on a high speed train at speeds reaching 120 mph. Arrive in Florence 95 minutes after departure. Check into hotel, meet for lecture on Renaissance Florence to help contextualize stay.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Excursion of the historical section of Florence to orient everyone on the layout of the city, locate landmarks, find ATM's and pharmacies.

Lodging: Hotel Axial

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Centrally located on the fashionable Via dei Calzaiuoli, half way between the Duomo of Florence and Piazza della Signoria. One block away from Piazza della Repubblica. Convenient to all major sites and museums. Downtown Florence is closed to vehicular traffic, so enjoy a leisurely stroll at your pleasure.

Contact info:
Via dei Calzaiuoli 11
Florence, 50122 Italy
phone: +39 055 218 984
web: www.hotelaxial.it

Room amenities: Individual climate controls for AC or heat; mini bar; electronic safe, satellite TV; free Wi-Fi in rooms; hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Remodeled 19th century building features small inner courtyard, double pane insulated windows, individual AC and heat controls, free Wi-Fi, Internet point (2 computers) in the reading room, satellite TV, bar and continental breakfast buffet.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, July 19 - Renaissance Art Lecture \ Exclusive visit to uppe...
Renaissance Art Lecture \ Exclusive visit to upper gallery of the Baptistery

Note: The visit to the upper gallery of the Baptistery is reached by a narrow staircase, about 20 steep steps. One may remain below (resting in the church pews) but would miss the up-close view of the mosaics.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.

Morning: An art historian presents a preparatory lecture for Uffizi Gallery, the singular collection of early and high Renaissance art. After the lecture, some free time to climb Giotto's Bell Tower, or Brunelleschi's Dome.

Lunch: At a restaurant in the heart of Florence.

Afternoon: At the conference center in the Piazza del Duomo, an informative video about the origins of Florence's Duomo and Baptistery followed by exclusive access to the upper gallery with a docent.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Axial

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Centrally located on the fashionable Via dei Calzaiuoli, half way between the Duomo of Florence and Piazza della Signoria. One block away from Piazza della Repubblica. Convenient to all major sites and museums. Downtown Florence is closed to vehicular traffic, so enjoy a leisurely stroll at your pleasure.

Contact info:
Via dei Calzaiuoli 11
Florence, 50122 Italy
phone: +39 055 218 984
web: www.hotelaxial.it

Room amenities: Individual climate controls for AC or heat; mini bar; electronic safe, satellite TV; free Wi-Fi in rooms; hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Remodeled 19th century building features small inner courtyard, double pane insulated windows, individual AC and heat controls, free Wi-Fi, Internet point (2 computers) in the reading room, satellite TV, bar and continental breakfast buffet.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, July 20 - Fresco Painting Workshop \ Palazzo Vecchio \ Uffi...
Note: Minimal exertion at the studio. Stairs to access the residential floors of the Palazzo Vecchio to reach the painting galleries of the Uffizi.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.

Morning: Learn from an art teacher the steps required to paint using the fresco technique; from creating the lines with a sack of coal dust, to spreading the fresh plaster and mixing the pigments. After the 6"x 9" tile dries, you may choose to keep it, otherwise it is recycled. Expert led visit of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's city hall, to see original pieces of art, including Donatello's Judith and Holofernes and sculptures by Michelangelo. See Machiavelli's study when he was Secretary of State for the Republic.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Reserved entrance to the Uffizi Gallery for self-directed visit, stay as long as you want. Free time until dinner. At the end of the second corridor of the Uffizi Gallery is a refreshment bar for snacks. The balcony has a wonderful view of Brunelleschi's Dome and the watch tower of Palazzo Vecchio.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Axial

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Centrally located on the fashionable Via dei Calzaiuoli, half way between the Duomo of Florence and Piazza della Signoria. One block away from Piazza della Repubblica. Convenient to all major sites and museums. Downtown Florence is closed to vehicular traffic, so enjoy a leisurely stroll at your pleasure.

Contact info:
Via dei Calzaiuoli 11
Florence, 50122 Italy
phone: +39 055 218 984
web: www.hotelaxial.it

Room amenities: Individual climate controls for AC or heat; mini bar; electronic safe, satellite TV; free Wi-Fi in rooms; hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Remodeled 19th century building features small inner courtyard, double pane insulated windows, individual AC and heat controls, free Wi-Fi, Internet point (2 computers) in the reading room, satellite TV, bar and continental breakfast buffet.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Sunday, July 21 - Michelangelo's David \ Archaeological Museum \ Gh...
Note: Leisurely walk to the Accademia and Archaeological Museum.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.

Morning: Expert led visit to see Michelangelo's David and the Archaeological museum to see the Chimera from Arezzo.

Lunch: Select your eatery. Group leader will have suggestions for places to eat around the Mercato.

Afternoon: Walk through Florence's soft goods market toward S. Maria Novella. With your new found knowledge of fresco painting, an expert expounds on the frescoes by Masaccio and Ghirlandaio found in the church. Free time for shopping at the San Lorenzo Market.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Axial

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid terrace on the water, the Hotel Principe, is one of the 4 star hotels in Venice in a perfect position for discovering the charm and beauty of Venice on foot, or for easily reaching the Rialto or St. Mark's Square with a vaporetto, which stops just steps from the hotel.The hotel has a private dock on the Grand Canal for gondola and water taxi access.

Contact info:
Lista di Spagna 146/147
Venice, NA 30121 Italy
phone: +041-220-4010
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it

Room amenities: Hair dryer, AC/heat individual controls, mini-bar, safe, satellite television, complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and terrace overlook the Grand Canal, snack bar, complimentary internet point in the lobby and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: varies by season
To book additional nights at the hotel, email Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome, info.reserv@laviniatour.it. Another option is to book directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelprincipevenice.it. Indicate to the hotel or agency at the time of your booking that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Ten: Monday, July 22 - Transfer to Venice \ Lecture on Venetian History
Note: Walk to train station, 2 hr ride to Venice, short walk to hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.

Morning: Transfer to Venice by high speed train. Travel with your carry on or back pack; your luggage will be delivered to the hotel in Venice.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant and check-in to the rooms.

Afternoon: Lecture on Venetian history and neighborhood walk.

Dinner: At a local restaurant to savor Venetian cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid terrace on the water, the Hotel Principe, is one of the 4 star hotels in Venice in a perfect position for discovering the charm and beauty of Venice on foot, or for easily reaching the Rialto or St. Mark's Square with a vaporetto, which stops just steps from the hotel.The hotel has a private dock on the Grand Canal for gondola and water taxi access.

Contact info:
Lista di Spagna 146/147
Venice, NA 30121 Italy
phone: +041-220-4010
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it

Room amenities: Hair dryer, AC/heat individual controls, mini-bar, safe, satellite television, complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and terrace overlook the Grand Canal, snack bar, complimentary internet point in the lobby and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: varies by season
To book additional nights at the hotel, email Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome, info.reserv@laviniatour.it. Another option is to book directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelprincipevenice.it. Indicate to the hotel or agency at the time of your booking that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Tuesday, July 23 - Murano Glass making activity \ S. Mark's Basilica
Note: Some walking and boat rides, minimal exertion. Vaporetto vessels are often crowded. Steep staircase to reach the outside terrace of the basilica.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.

Morning: Receive Vaporetto pass and ride the boat to the island of Murano. Learn about glass making and create your own glass tile decoration under the supervision of an instructor at a glass working school. The tile you create will later be fused in the kiln and delivered to your hotel.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Expert-led visit of S. Mark's Basilica. Marvel at the mosaics decorating the walls and ceilings, over 60,000 square feet

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid terrace on the water, the Hotel Principe, is one of the 4 star hotels in Venice in a perfect position for discovering the charm and beauty of Venice on foot, or for easily reaching the Rialto or St. Mark's Square with a vaporetto, which stops just steps from the hotel.The hotel has a private dock on the Grand Canal for gondola and water taxi access.

Contact info:
Lista di Spagna 146/147
Venice, NA 30121 Italy
phone: +041-220-4010
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it

Room amenities: Hair dryer, AC/heat individual controls, mini-bar, safe, satellite television, complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and terrace overlook the Grand Canal, snack bar, complimentary internet point in the lobby and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: varies by season
To book additional nights at the hotel, email Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome, info.reserv@laviniatour.it. Another option is to book directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelprincipevenice.it. Indicate to the hotel or agency at the time of your booking that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Wednesday, July 24 - Dragon Boat Race \ Ducal Palace
Note: Row, row, row your boat hard if you want to win; otherwise sit at the stern and enjoy the ride. At the Ducal palace, climb steps of a long staircase to reach the upper floors.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.

Morning: Team up with the Venetian Crew Club for a dragon boat race along the canal.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Expert-led visit of the Ducal (Doge's) Palace, Venice's government headquarters, decorated by Titian, Canaletto and Giorgione, just to mention a few.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid terrace on the water, the Hotel Principe, is one of the 4 star hotels in Venice in a perfect position for discovering the charm and beauty of Venice on foot, or for easily reaching the Rialto or St. Mark's Square with a vaporetto, which stops just steps from the hotel.The hotel has a private dock on the Grand Canal for gondola and water taxi access.

Contact info:
Lista di Spagna 146/147
Venice, NA 30121 Italy
phone: +041-220-4010
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it

Room amenities: Hair dryer, AC/heat individual controls, mini-bar, safe, satellite television, complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and terrace overlook the Grand Canal, snack bar, complimentary internet point in the lobby and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: varies by season
To book additional nights at the hotel, email Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome, info.reserv@laviniatour.it. Another option is to book directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelprincipevenice.it. Indicate to the hotel or agency at the time of your booking that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Thursday, July 25 - Rialto Bridge and Market \ Artisan workshop
Note: Walks in Venice include going up and over bridges that span minor canals. The Rialto Bridge has many steps as it spans high over the Grand Canal.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.

Morning: Learn the Venetian manner of shopping at the market around the Rialto Bridge. Excursion to an artisan's workshop to learn about the carving techniques of making gondola oars and oar locks.

Lunch: Lunch at a local pizzeria.

Afternoon: Having been surrounded by ancient and Renaissance masterpieces and structures, enjoy the modern art collection at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Relax in the courtyard of the palazzo on the Grand Canal while the docents introduce the life and times of the wealthy American collector. The group splits in two for the visit of the collection housed in the small rooms of the gallery. The docent leading the students elicits their reactions to the form and expression they see in the works of modern art.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant. Your glass mementos will be available for you to gingerly pack them.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Friday, July 26 - Departure day
Note: Transfer of people and luggage to the airport by water taxi. From the dock it is about a 10 minute walk on a canopy covered path. Near the dock often there are luggage carts that require a coin to release (refunded once clipped at the terminal.)

Depart From: Transfer from the hotel to the Venice Marco Polo airport for departure.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall. Sack breakfast for those with early departure times.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Florence
Botanical Gardensextensive gardens and greenhouses where the Univiversity of Florence maintains 4 million botanical specimens in a wooded urban park, the "Giardino dei Semplici"
MuseumsVisit other museums in Florence such as the Stibbert Museum which houses a collection of weapons, armor and costumes from the 16th to the 20th century. The Marino Marini Museum exhibits works of the contemporary sculptor.
Teatro della PergolaAmici della Musica has a rich and varied program for concerts and recitals. Check the website below for further information.
For additional information, visit: www.amicimusica.fi.it/amuspro.htm

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30 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences

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