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Italy: Classic Tuscany and the Treasures of Florence

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Program #19715RJ
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 Apr 19 — May 2, 2015

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Day One: Sunday, April 19 - Transatlantic flight.
In Transit: Flight to Pisa

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: A comfortable hotel on a quiet street in the heart of Lucca within the city walls

Contact info:
Via del Fosso, 26
Lucca, 55100 Italy
phone: +39 0583 47615
web: www.hotelilaria.villetoscane.org

Room amenities: satellite TV, safe for valuables, free wifi.

Facility amenities: Conference center, spacious terrace, bar, lounge and snack bar in the lobby. Internet point in the lobby, complimentary newspapers. Browse the lobby's collection of fine art and photography books. Free wifi connection. Bicycles on loan to explore Lucca along the scenic path on the wide wall that encloses the town.

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
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelilaria.villetoscane.org. 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 consolidation sites such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 20 - Arrivals / Welcome and Program Overview
Note: Minimal exertion, a walk around town and classroom time for a lecture.

Arrive To: Transfer from airport to the hotel in Lucca.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Late afternoon, Lecture Introduction to Tuscany, Program overview and Welcome reception.

Dinner: Dinner at a trattoria in the heart of Lucca.

Evening: Explore briefly the area around the hotel or stroll around the city.

Lodging: Hotel Ilaria

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

Description: A comfortable hotel on a quiet street in the heart of Lucca within the city walls

Contact info:
Via del Fosso, 26
Lucca, 55100 Italy
phone: +39 0583 47615
web: www.hotelilaria.villetoscane.org

Room amenities: satellite TV, safe for valuables, free wifi.

Facility amenities: Conference center, spacious terrace, bar, lounge and snack bar in the lobby. Internet point in the lobby, complimentary newspapers. Browse the lobby's collection of fine art and photography books. Free wifi connection. Bicycles on loan to explore Lucca along the scenic path on the wide wall that encloses the town.

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
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelilaria.villetoscane.org. 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 consolidation sites such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 21 - From Origins to the Present
Note: Not a strenuous day. Extended periods of standing during the expert-led walk in the heart of the pedestrian only small city.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: Explore Lucca’s city planning from its origins in 180 BCE to the present. See the oval shaped piazza which conforms to the old Roman amphitheater. Stroll through the elegant shopping district on your walk back to the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Medieval Lucca and the Walls is the theme of today's walk of discovery. Visit the Basilica of S. Martino and admire its marble facade decorated with Romanesque statues and motifs. In the Middle Ages the city was a destination of pilgrims traveling to view relics housed within the basilica.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Ilaria

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

Description: A comfortable hotel on a quiet street in the heart of Lucca within the city walls

Contact info:
Via del Fosso, 26
Lucca, 55100 Italy
phone: +39 0583 47615
web: www.hotelilaria.villetoscane.org

Room amenities: satellite TV, safe for valuables, free wifi.

Facility amenities: Conference center, spacious terrace, bar, lounge and snack bar in the lobby. Internet point in the lobby, complimentary newspapers. Browse the lobby's collection of fine art and photography books. Free wifi connection. Bicycles on loan to explore Lucca along the scenic path on the wide wall that encloses the town.

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
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelilaria.villetoscane.org. 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 consolidation sites such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 22 - From Calcium Carbonate to Art: Carrara Marble / M...
Note: Coach one hour to Carrara and the quarries. Not a strenuous day. The expert led walk in Carrara might take 30 minutes to see the city center.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Visit the quarries above the town of Carrara. See the massive machinery used to extract the marble, then wonder how it was accomplished since antiquity prior to the invention of mechanized equipment.

Lunch: Lunch at an entoeca/restaurant in the center of Carrara. Enjoy some local Tuscan dishes.

Afternoon: Learn about marble as the medium for artists. Working schedule permitting, visit an artists' workshop. Return to Lucca mid-afternoon.

Dinner: Opportunity to seek out a special place to eat.

Evening: Attend a performance of music of Giacomo Puccini, native son of Lucca. The exact date and program will be determined close to departure date.

Lodging: Hotel Ilaria

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

Description: A comfortable hotel on a quiet street in the heart of Lucca within the city walls

Contact info:
Via del Fosso, 26
Lucca, 55100 Italy
phone: +39 0583 47615
web: www.hotelilaria.villetoscane.org

Room amenities: satellite TV, safe for valuables, free wifi.

Facility amenities: Conference center, spacious terrace, bar, lounge and snack bar in the lobby. Internet point in the lobby, complimentary newspapers. Browse the lobby's collection of fine art and photography books. Free wifi connection. Bicycles on loan to explore Lucca along the scenic path on the wide wall that encloses the town.

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
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelilaria.villetoscane.org. 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 consolidation sites such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 23 - Free Time in Lucca / Piazza dei Miracoli, Duomo, ...
Free Time in Lucca / Piazza dei Miracoli, Duomo, Baptistery, Leaning Tower of Pisa

Note: Light exertion in Pisa for the visit to the Piazza dei Miracoli, the Duomo complex comprised of the famous Leaning Tower and Baptistery. In high season reservations are required to climb the tower. 10 min. walk on flat terrain due to the wide traffic free area surrounding the Duomo complex.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel.

Morning: Free time to explore Lucca on your own, suggestions will be available. The defensive walls surrounding Lucca date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. The circumference is just over 3 miles and the lanes are wide enough for walkers and recreational bike riders. The high walls provide a wonderful panorama of the city.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Train to Pisa and short walk to the Piazza dei Miracoli. Expert-led visit of the Duomo and Baptistery. See the exterior of the famous Leaning Tower, part of the same Duomo complex. The lacy white marble tiers of the buildings contrast with the wide green lawns, which is unusual for a city cathedral. Until the port of Pisa silted up, the city was a strong maritime republic (along with Genoa, Amalfi and Venice) and the wealth of the city is demonstrated by the civic and religious pride the inhabitants had by funding such a grandiose construction. Train back to Lucca late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in Lucca.

Lodging: Hotel Ilaria

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

Description: Modern hotel with excellent central location overlooking the city's main park.

Contact info:
Piazza La Lizza 1
Siena, NA 53100 Italy
phone: +39 0577 38 211
web: www.nh-hotels.it

Room amenities: 126 rooms with air-conditioning, telephone, television, room safe and mini-bar.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar, fitness center, complimentary wi-fi in the rooms and common areas, internet point in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, April 24 - Transfer to Siena / Chianti Wine Production / Med...
Note: Coach travel and minimal walking at the winery. The road from the hotel to the Campo is pedestrian only and has some inclines as you near the wide Campo which slopes down to the Town Hall.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Coach to a winery along a scenic route through olive orchards and vineyards in the Chianti hills near Siena.

Lunch: Enjoy a lunch in the Chianti region and sample the local red wine.

Afternoon: Coach south to Siena through the Tuscan countryside. Check into the hotel located in the historical center of town. After settling into your room meet for a city orientation walk that ends up in the Piazza del Campo. The perimeter of the wide square is the site where the famed Palio horse race takes place in July and August.. Expert-led visit continues to the Palazzo Pubblico. The great hall of the medieval Palazzo, still serving today as the town hall, contains an important fresco cycle depicting an allegory of Good and Bad Government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Of note is Simone Martini's fresco of Guidoriccio da Fogliano on horseback.

Dinner: Sample some regional dishes (and enjoy the view) at a restaurant in the Campo.

Lodging: NH Excelsior

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

Description: Modern hotel with excellent central location overlooking the city's main park.

Contact info:
Piazza La Lizza 1
Siena, NA 53100 Italy
phone: +39 0577 38 211
web: www.nh-hotels.it

Room amenities: 126 rooms with air-conditioning, telephone, television, room safe and mini-bar.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar, fitness center, complimentary wi-fi in the rooms and common areas, internet point in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Saturday, April 25 - Medieval Rivals / The Palio: More Than a Horse Ra...
Note: Leisurely walk around town to visit one or more contrade, or districts. Note that Siena was settled on 3 hills and the walking path may include steep inclines of the pedestrian only streets.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: Illustrated Lecture: The Palio, More than a Horse Race. Learn about this centuries old tradition where each of the city's districts, called contrade, sponsor a horse to represent their neighborhood. The shame of losing is enough to encourage cheating. Even though there is one race in July and another in August, the competitive spirit between the contrade is manifest all year round.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: A local expert leads a walk through a contrada pointing out the various symbols (Goose, Turtle, Tower, etc.) identifying the boundaries between the contrade. Get an intimate look at the pride and sense of community during an exclusive visit to a contrada meeting hall, chapel and small museum.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: NH Excelsior

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

Description: Modern hotel with excellent central location overlooking the city's main park.

Contact info:
Piazza La Lizza 1
Siena, NA 53100 Italy
phone: +39 0577 38 211
web: www.nh-hotels.it

Room amenities: 126 rooms with air-conditioning, telephone, television, room safe and mini-bar.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar, fitness center, complimentary wi-fi in the rooms and common areas, internet point in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, April 26 - Life in Italy Today / Medieval Religious Pride
Note: Negotiating the inclines and descents of the hill town of Siena will require more effort than the walks in Lucca or Florence. The historical city center is restricted to car traffic so that you can walk freely, but every walk is up or down an incline.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: A classroom session explores the regional aspects of Italian society and the national institutions that shape the lives of residents today. After a break, an expert-led walk to and visit of Siena's elaborately decorated cathedral (il Duomo). The floors are paved with inlaid marble depicting figures in religious and allegorical scenes. The visit continues to the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo to admire Duccio di Buoninsegna's Maesta'.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Guided visit continues of part of the collection of the museum complex Santa Maria della Scala. Late afternoon, a lecture on authentic Tuscan cooking.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: NH Excelsior

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

Description: Modern hotel with excellent central location overlooking the city's main park.

Contact info:
Piazza La Lizza 1
Siena, NA 53100 Italy
phone: +39 0577 38 211
web: www.nh-hotels.it

Room amenities: 126 rooms with air-conditioning, telephone, television, room safe and mini-bar.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar, fitness center, complimentary wi-fi in the rooms and common areas, internet point in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Monday, April 27 - San Gimignano: The Manhattan of Tuscany
Note: Coach to San Gimignano and walk around the small hill town. Not a strenuous excursion but the town roads are inclined. During free time, those with stamina may choose to climb one of the open towers to gain a commanding view of the countryside below.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Excursion by coach to San Gimignano for an expert-led visit of the medieval city. An original Etruscan town, this town retains much of its medieval aspect. At one time 77 towers were standing in the city. They were used in family rivalries in order to attain the advantage of higher ground. In the Duomo there is a fresco cycle depicting scenes from Dante's Inferno as a way of visually entreating the people to repent from their evil ways.

Lunch: At a local organic farm, the host explains the production of extra virgin olive oil, wine, saffron and the characteristics of Chianino cattle. Opportunity to sample Vernaccia di San Gimignao, one of the few Tuscan white wines produced in the area.

Afternoon: Coach to Siena late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: NH Excelsior

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

Description: Modern hotel with excellent central location overlooking the city's main park.

Contact info:
Piazza La Lizza 1
Siena, NA 53100 Italy
phone: +39 0577 38 211
web: www.nh-hotels.it

Room amenities: 126 rooms with air-conditioning, telephone, television, room safe and mini-bar.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar, fitness center, complimentary wi-fi in the rooms and common areas, internet point in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Tuesday, April 28 - Pienza and the Tuscan Hills
Note: One hour coach ride to Pienza and a coach ride through the Tuscan countryside on the return. Short walks in Pienza, a very small hill town.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Coach excursion to the town of Pienza. Pope Pius II Piccolomini (1458-1464), a humanist scholar and poet, was born in the nearby village of Corsignano, and once he became pope he began a building project to transform his home town into an idealized Renaissance city. He built his palace near the main piazza and renamed the town after himself.

Lunch: Lunch on your own. In the small town of Pienza there are wine bars, cafes and restaurants from which to choose.

Afternoon: On the coach ride back to Siena, sit back and admire the rolling hills of vineyards dotted with isolated farmhouses

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: NH Excelsior

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated at the edge of the San Lorenzo market, the hotel is centrally located and convenient to the Santa Maria Novella train station, the Duomo and Accademia.

Contact info:
Via Nazionale 14
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 261 501
web: www.coronaditalia.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathroom, individual AC/Heat controls, safe box for valuables, mini-bar, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, wi-fi access (hourly rate applies), hair dryer

Facility amenities: Spacious lobby, marble and terracotta floors, wi-fi accessibility (hourly rate applies), meeting room, bar in the lobby open afternoon and evenings.

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
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.coronaditalia.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 reserve through online hotel consolidator services such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eleven: Wednesday, April 29 - Coach to Florence / Accademia Gallery
Note: Transfer to Florence by coach, minimal exertion. Walk to the Accademia along narrow sidewalks. The sculpture gallery is at ground level; the picture gallery on the upper level.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Florence with a stop in Poggio a Caiano for an expert-led visit of the Villa of Lorenzo de'Medici. The architect Sangallo incorporated elements of classical antiquity: an arched portico which served as a porch and a shaded area around the building; an entrance flanked by grand staircases leading to the main entrance. The main halls are decorated with frescoes by Pontormo and Andrea del Sarto. Coach continues to the hotel in Florence.

Lunch: Before settling into the hotel, a light lunch in the market area of Florence

Afternoon: Walk to the Accademia delle Belle Arti to marvel at Michelangelo's David. A local expert leads the visit of the sculpture collection in the main hall which includes the David as well as the unfinished pieces called the Prisoners which seem to be still imprisoned in the block of Carrara marble. There are other small collections in the museum that you might want to browse on your own, such as the collection of early string instruments or the painting gallery with works from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early 17th century.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Corona d'Italia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated at the edge of the San Lorenzo market, the hotel is centrally located and convenient to the Santa Maria Novella train station, the Duomo and Accademia.

Contact info:
Via Nazionale 14
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 261 501
web: www.coronaditalia.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathroom, individual AC/Heat controls, safe box for valuables, mini-bar, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, wi-fi access (hourly rate applies), hair dryer

Facility amenities: Spacious lobby, marble and terracotta floors, wi-fi accessibility (hourly rate applies), meeting room, bar in the lobby open afternoon and evenings.

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
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.coronaditalia.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 reserve through online hotel consolidator services such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Twelve: Thursday, April 30 - Market Walk / Uffizi Gallery
Note: Minimal exertion, the historical center if Florence is closed to traffic and the terrain is level.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: An art historian gives an overview of Renaissance Art, and with an illustrated presentation, describes highlighted works of art of the collection of the Uffizi Gallery. After a short break, a Market Walk in the area of Brunelleschi's church of S. Lorenzo. Along the streets vendors set up carts with leather goods, pottery, scarves, souvenirs, etc. In the late 1800's the Central Market was built. Stalls display and sell fresh and cured meats, cheeses, breads, and other foods. In addition there is a fresh 'fast food' court where you can get sandwiches, pizza, focaccia, or hot dishes. You might want to try one of the eateries for an excluded lunch to have an idea of how some Florentines eat if they do not have time to go home.

Lunch: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Reserved entrance time to the Uffizi eliminates the wait to enter. Once inside, visit the rooms of art treasures at your own pace. In the Gallery works are arranged in an order that illustrates the progression from the International Gothic style to Mannerism and examples of Baroque art with pieces by Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentilleschi.There is a coffee/refreshment bar at the end of the corridor on the upper level where you can relax and purchase refreshments while enjoying a commanding view of the bell tower of Palazzo Vecchio and the Cupola of the Duomo.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Corona d'Italia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated at the edge of the San Lorenzo market, the hotel is centrally located and convenient to the Santa Maria Novella train station, the Duomo and Accademia.

Contact info:
Via Nazionale 14
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 261 501
web: www.coronaditalia.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathroom, individual AC/Heat controls, safe box for valuables, mini-bar, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, wi-fi access (hourly rate applies), hair dryer

Facility amenities: Spacious lobby, marble and terracotta floors, wi-fi accessibility (hourly rate applies), meeting room, bar in the lobby open afternoon and evenings.

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
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.coronaditalia.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 reserve through online hotel consolidator services such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Friday, May 01 - Walk of Discovery / Bargello Museum
Note: Minimal exertion on the walk to the Bargello. The Bargello has a flight of stone stairs to reach the upper floor. A small elevator is in service for the truly needy.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: A guided walk to major squares in Florence: Santa Maria Novella, Repubblica, della Signoria. Expert-led visit of the Bargello National Museum of Sculpture follows. The collection includes sculptures by Donatello (St. George, David), the competition pieces between Brunelleschi and Ghiberti for the north doors of the Baptistery and sculptures by Michelangelo, Giambologna and Cellini. In addition to sculpture there are rooms with fine examples of decorated pottery and armaments: swords, lances, early pistols, and suits of armor. In the Chapel is a fresco by Giotto and his school; on the right side one can see what is considered to be an early portrait of Dante.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Florence at your own pace.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Corona d'Italia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Saturday, May 02 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel, continental breakfast for early departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Siena
Torre di MangiaFrom the Palazzo Pubblico rises the imposing Torre del Mangia, which dates back to the 1300s. If your legs are up to the climbing the 400 steps, there are spectacular views from the top of the city and surrounding countryside. Sorry, no elevator.
MarketEach Wednesday morning, the park near the Piazza Gramsci comes alive with vendors selling home goods, clothing, leather goods, and ceramics.
Lucca
Walk, bike the wallsLucca is surrounded by 2.5 miles of wide 16th-century walls. You can walk part or all of the path or rent a bicycle and ride with all age groups of locals. The flat path is shaded and very enjoyable to stroll or bike. To rent bikes, head to the tourist office in Piazza Santa Maria and rent from one of the two bike shops, Cicli Bizzarri or Antonio Poli's. They do have helmets available but you won't see local cyclists wearing them. Head up the ramp from the piazza to get up on to the walls. Many hotels in town also provide bicycles for guests.
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.

Important information about your itinerary:
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28 meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
18 Field trips
1 Performances

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