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Program #20856RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 2 — Jul 15, 2014

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Day One: Wednesday, July 02 - Transatlantic overnight flight to Rome
Note: Suggest sleeping on overnight flight; it will make adjusting to the new time zone easier.

In Transit: 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 neighborhood celebrates with a 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, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, complimentary wifi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. Tiled floor halls and rooms. The inner courtyard patio is a private and relaxing place to be. Complimentary wifi 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
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.sfromana.it or email istituto@sfromana.it. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, July 03 - Check-in \ Orientation \ Welcome Reception
Note: Minimum exertion on arrival day, 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 cafe.

Afternoon: Settle into your room. Meet at appointed time for Orientation and Welcome Reception. Brief neighborhood walk points out banks, pharmacies and stores.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in Trastevere.

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 neighborhood celebrates with a 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, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, complimentary wifi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. Tiled floor halls and rooms. The inner courtyard patio is a private and relaxing place to be. Complimentary wifi 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
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.sfromana.it or email istituto@sfromana.it. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, July 04 - Ancient Roman Art \ Mosaic Workshop
Note: Wide marble stairs to reach the various levels of the Capitoline Museum.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Each day the buffet in this and other program site hotels will have an egg dish, sliced meat and cheese platter, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, cakes, breads, jams, juice, coffee, tea.

Morning: Begin to unravel the multiple layers of Roman history through the sharp insight of a professor who will set the stage for your explorations. Transportation to Piazza Venezia. Expert-led visit of the Capitoline Museum where you can examine up close masterpieces of ancient art, including the famous bronze She Wolf, Marcus Aurelius, the foundations of the temple to Jupiter and fragments of Constantine's colossal statue. Passing through the Tabularium you reach the Palazzo Nuovo wing where the Dying Gaul and Capitoline Venus are on display. Coach to mosaic workshop.

Lunch: Lunch at the mosaic workshop cafe.

Afternoon: Create your own mosaic with the guidance of the art instructors.Coach to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at a characteristic restaurant in the Trastevere neighborhood.

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 neighborhood celebrates with a 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, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, complimentary wifi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. Tiled floor halls and rooms. The inner courtyard patio is a private and relaxing place to be. Complimentary wifi 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
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.sfromana.it or email istituto@sfromana.it. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, July 05 - Treasures of the Vatican \ S. Peter's Basilica \ ...
Note: Expect crowds at the Vatican Museums. Steps connect the various floors and corridors on the walk through galleries leading to the Sistine Chapel.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: 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. Coach to Vatican City.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant near the Vatican Museums.

Afternoon: Short walk to the Vatican Museums for reserved entrance time. Meet the expert who will lead you through this singular museum. After the visit to the Sistine Chapel, enter S. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pieta' and works by Bernini. With the free time that follows, some may desire to climb the 450 steps of Michelangelo's Dome. Coach 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 neighborhood celebrates with a 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, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, complimentary wifi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. Tiled floor halls and rooms. The inner courtyard patio is a private and relaxing place to be. Complimentary wifi 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
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.sfromana.it or email istituto@sfromana.it. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Five: Sunday, July 06 - Roman Forum and Colosseum \ Ancient Roman House
Note: The walks through archaeological sites are over uneven paths, some with cobblestones; stairs to reach top floor of Colosseum.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to the drop off point closest to the Colosseum. A local expert leads the visit of the iconic symbol of Imperial Rome built nearly 2,000 years ago. Skip the line with the group reserved entrance. Learn how the amphitheater was used for gladiatorial contests and later stripped of its stone facade for other construction projects. Exploration of Ancient Rome continues to the Forum, the religious and civic center of the city many centuries ago.

Lunch: At a restaurant near the Fori Imperiali.

Afternoon: Walk to to Palazzo Valentini near Piazza Venezia for a guided visit of an ancient Roman house unearthed during the restoration of a modern building. The layers of the archaeological site reveal details of everyday life through the centuries. Transportation back to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in Trastevere.

Lodging: Casa Santa Francesca Romana

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

Description: Modern business class hotel in quiet residential area, close to Arno River and the historical section of Florence. Roof garden and bar with swimming pool offers a wonderful panorama of the roofs of Florence and the Tuscan hills.

Contact info:
Via Solferino, 2
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 284273
web: www.krafthotel.it

Room amenities: Independent climate control of air conditioning, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, internet point, minibar, safe.

Facility amenities: 24 hour front desk, spacious lounge, conference rooms, American bar, restaurant, glass enclosed terrace where breakfast is served, roof top pool.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, July 07 - Piazza Walk \ Train to Florence \ Renaissance Flo...
Note: Extended walking in the pedestrian only area from the Spanish Steps to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Leisurely walk in the neighborhood of the hotel in Florence

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of your room and leave your luggage in the deposit area. It will be courriered to the hotel in Florence. Coach to the Spanish Steps. Piazza Walk explores the lively Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and the famed Trevi Fountain. Transportation to the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel served buffet style.

Afternoon: Coach to Roma Termini. Experience travel on a high speed train at speeds reaching 120 mph. The ride is an hour and a half. Check into the hotel, meet for lecture on Renaissance Florence to help contextualize your stay.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in the neighborhood of the hotel.

Evening: With the group leader, stroll the historical section of Florence to orient yourself on the layout of the city, locate landmarks, find ATM's and pharmacies.

Lodging: Kraft Hotel Firenze

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

Description: Modern business class hotel in quiet residential area, close to Arno River and the historical section of Florence. Roof garden and bar with swimming pool offers a wonderful panorama of the roofs of Florence and the Tuscan hills.

Contact info:
Via Solferino, 2
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 284273
web: www.krafthotel.it

Room amenities: Independent climate control of air conditioning, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, internet point, minibar, safe.

Facility amenities: 24 hour front desk, spacious lounge, conference rooms, American bar, restaurant, glass enclosed terrace where breakfast is served, roof top pool.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, July 08 - Welcome to Florence \ Fresco Workshop \ Palazzo V...
Note: Leisurely walk to the center of town; bring your painting talents.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Walk to the Piazza della Signoria. At the Palazzo Vecchio an art teacher illustrates 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: At a restaurant near the Piazza della Signoria.

Afternoon: Illustrated lecture on Renaissance Art in preparation for the self-guided visit of the Uffizi Gallery. Some free time before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Kraft Hotel Firenze

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

Description: Modern business class hotel in quiet residential area, close to Arno River and the historical section of Florence. Roof garden and bar with swimming pool offers a wonderful panorama of the roofs of Florence and the Tuscan hills.

Contact info:
Via Solferino, 2
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 284273
web: www.krafthotel.it

Room amenities: Independent climate control of air conditioning, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, internet point, minibar, safe.

Facility amenities: 24 hour front desk, spacious lounge, conference rooms, American bar, restaurant, glass enclosed terrace where breakfast is served, roof top pool.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, July 09 - Renaissance Art \ Galileo's Instruments \ Uffizi ...
Note: An elevator for disabled visitors may be accessible at the Uffizi Gallery. There is a long flight of stairs to reach the exhibition rooms of the gallery. Expect some crowding in the museum; it is a popular destination for art aficionados.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Illustrated lecture on Renaissance Art in preparation for the self-guided visit of the Uffizi Gallery. Walk towards the Ponte Vecchio to the Museum of Science. Expert-led visit of the collection of scientific instruments, including the telescope Galileo used to discover the moons of Jupiter. Modern renovations have enhanced the museum with interactive displays.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Meet at the appointed time to enter the Uffizi. For the self guided visit we will enter as a group, but you are free to spend as much time as you wish. The Uffizi Gallery is the most extensive collection of art, tracing the development from Gothic to medieval to Renaissance to Mannerist paintings in the world. You will find many recognizable masterpieces, including DaVinci's Annunciation, Botticelli's Birth of Venus and the Primavera, some Titians, Michelangelo's Holy Family, and a few Caravaggios as well as Artemisia Gentileschi. There is a coffee bar at the end of the second corridor, on top of the Loggia, with a wonderful view of the watch tower and Duomo where you can get a refreshment and rest.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in the heart of Florence.

Lodging: Kraft Hotel Firenze

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

Description: Modern business class hotel in quiet residential area, close to Arno River and the historical section of Florence. Roof garden and bar with swimming pool offers a wonderful panorama of the roofs of Florence and the Tuscan hills.

Contact info:
Via Solferino, 2
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 284273
web: www.krafthotel.it

Room amenities: Independent climate control of air conditioning, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, internet point, minibar, safe.

Facility amenities: 24 hour front desk, spacious lounge, conference rooms, American bar, restaurant, glass enclosed terrace where breakfast is served, roof top pool.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, July 10 - San Lorenzo Market \ Accademia
Note: Leisurely walk to the market. Walk to the Accademia along city streets (limited traffic) with narrow sidewalks. Total distance covered for the day's walks is about 2 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: With a local expert, walk through Florence's central food and soft goods market toward S. Maria Novella. With your new found knowledge of fresco painting, you will view the frescoes by Masaccio and Ghirlandaio with new eyes. Some free time late morning.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Walk to the Accademia for an expert-led visit of the small but impressive collection of paintings and sculpture, most notably Michelangelo's statue of David.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in the heart of Florence.

Lodging: Kraft Hotel Firenze

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

Description: Located in the Dorsoduro neighborhood between the Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Housed in a 17th century palace and decorated in Venetian style. Designated as a three star superior hotel. Being a historical building, modifications are regulated which means that there is no elevator; porters will bring luggage to the rooms. Most rooms on first or second floor.

Contact info:
San Vio, 628
Venice, 30123 Italy
phone: +39 041 520 4733
web: www.hotelamerican.com

Room amenities: Hair dryer, air conditioning, mini-bar, safe, flat screen TV with satellite connection for international news and pay-for-view programming.

Facility amenities: Overlooks the San Vio canal. Bar and terrace lounge. Free Wi-Fi in rooms and common area; Internet access point in the lobby. The private dock on San Vio canal allows one to board a taxi boat or gondola; make a request at the reception desk. Summer terrace on the first floor allows for a place to relax.

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

Additional nights after: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelamerican.com. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to use online hotel consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Ten: Friday, July 11 - Train to Venice \ Glassmaking Workshop
Note: Walk from hotel to train station in Florence with your carry-on luggage, once in Venice vaporetto to the Accademia and short walk to hotel. Easy walk on the small island of Murano; some steps and rises over bridges that span minor canals. Easy neighborhood walk to acquaint you with the area around the hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of the hotel. Your bags will be sent by van and delivered to the hotel in Venice. Coach to the train station to board a high speed train to Venice; the trip is 2 hours.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant near the hotel.

Afternoon: Boat ride 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 be fused in the kiln and delivered to the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant to savor Venetian cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel American

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

Description: Located in the Dorsoduro neighborhood between the Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Housed in a 17th century palace and decorated in Venetian style. Designated as a three star superior hotel. Being a historical building, modifications are regulated which means that there is no elevator; porters will bring luggage to the rooms. Most rooms on first or second floor.

Contact info:
San Vio, 628
Venice, 30123 Italy
phone: +39 041 520 4733
web: www.hotelamerican.com

Room amenities: Hair dryer, air conditioning, mini-bar, safe, flat screen TV with satellite connection for international news and pay-for-view programming.

Facility amenities: Overlooks the San Vio canal. Bar and terrace lounge. Free Wi-Fi in rooms and common area; Internet access point in the lobby. The private dock on San Vio canal allows one to board a taxi boat or gondola; make a request at the reception desk. Summer terrace on the first floor allows for a place to relax.

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

Additional nights after: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelamerican.com. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to use online hotel consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eleven: Saturday, July 12 - Welcome to Venice \ S. Mark's Basilica
Note: Moving about in Venice always involves walking, stairs and ramps over bridges.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Welcome to Venice introduces you to the Serenissima.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Travel to Piazza S. Marco on the vaporetto for an expert-led visit to the Byzantine style S. Mark's Cathedral, built during the 13 C. There are more than 45,000 sq. ft. of mosaics adorning the church, giving the impression of streets of gold.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel American

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

Description: Located in the Dorsoduro neighborhood between the Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Housed in a 17th century palace and decorated in Venetian style. Designated as a three star superior hotel. Being a historical building, modifications are regulated which means that there is no elevator; porters will bring luggage to the rooms. Most rooms on first or second floor.

Contact info:
San Vio, 628
Venice, 30123 Italy
phone: +39 041 520 4733
web: www.hotelamerican.com

Room amenities: Hair dryer, air conditioning, mini-bar, safe, flat screen TV with satellite connection for international news and pay-for-view programming.

Facility amenities: Overlooks the San Vio canal. Bar and terrace lounge. Free Wi-Fi in rooms and common area; Internet access point in the lobby. The private dock on San Vio canal allows one to board a taxi boat or gondola; make a request at the reception desk. Summer terrace on the first floor allows for a place to relax.

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

Additional nights after: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelamerican.com. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to use online hotel consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Twelve: Sunday, July 13 - Dragon Boat Race \ Doge's Palace
Note: Row, row, row your boat hard if you want to win; otherwise sit at the stern and enjoy the ride. Moving about in Venice always involves walking, stairs and ramps over bridges. The visit through the many rooms of the Doge's Palace requires climbing a few flights of stairs. Narrow passages through the rooms of the Prisons and over the Bridge of Sighs.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

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

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Vaporetto to S. Mark's Square. Expert-led visit of the Palazzo Ducale or Doge's Palace. Walk through the many rooms of the palace, seat of civic and political power. Doges embellished the palazzo to demonstrate their wealth and importance. From the spacious rooms of the palazzo, enter the narrow passages of the Prisons. Visit includes passing over the Bridge of Sighs.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel American

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

Description: Located in the Dorsoduro neighborhood between the Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Housed in a 17th century palace and decorated in Venetian style. Designated as a three star superior hotel. Being a historical building, modifications are regulated which means that there is no elevator; porters will bring luggage to the rooms. Most rooms on first or second floor.

Contact info:
San Vio, 628
Venice, 30123 Italy
phone: +39 041 520 4733
web: www.hotelamerican.com

Room amenities: Hair dryer, air conditioning, mini-bar, safe, flat screen TV with satellite connection for international news and pay-for-view programming.

Facility amenities: Overlooks the San Vio canal. Bar and terrace lounge. Free Wi-Fi in rooms and common area; Internet access point in the lobby. The private dock on San Vio canal allows one to board a taxi boat or gondola; make a request at the reception desk. Summer terrace on the first floor allows for a place to relax.

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

Additional nights after: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelamerican.com. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to use online hotel consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Monday, July 14 - Rialto Bridge \ Guggenheim Collection
Note: Leisurely walk around the market area, and to an artisan's workshop. Up and over numerous bridges in the Rialto area.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Explore the area of 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 characteristic trattoria.

Afternoon: Having been surrounded by ancient and Renaissance masterpieces and structures, enjoy the modern art collection at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Relax in the courtyard of the palazzo on the Grand Canal while the docent introduces the life and times of the wealthy American collector. The group splits in two as a docent leads the students on a discovery of form and expression in modern art. Some free time before dinner.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel American

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Tuesday, July 15 - Departure day
Note: Water taxi to the airport; once at the dock, gather your luggage and follow the covered path to the terminal, about a 7 min. walk. Often there are carts for your luggage. A coin deposit is returned once you clip the chain to the other carts at the terminal.

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

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. 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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12 nights of accommodations
30 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
19 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences

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