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Program #14299RJ
12 Days | 11 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 Sep 15 — Sep 26, 2013

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Day One: Sunday, September 15 - Departure from points in North America
In Transit: Overnight flights cross the Atlantic Ocean and arrive the following day.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 16 - Arrivals/Welcome Reception
Morning: Arrival Pisa Airport. Transfer for group travelers to program site.

Lunch: A buffet lunch served at the hotel.

Afternoon: After settling in, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 17 - Orientation Session and Walk / San Terenzo
Note: The seafront promenade connecting Lerici and San Terenzo is about 1 mile long.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Enjoy the view of the marina and castle of Lerici from the 6th floor breakfast room.

Morning: An information session covers the details of the program activities and excursions. A walk in and around the seaside town of Lerici follows.

Lunch: Scenic walk along the seaside promenade to San Terenzo. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: A lecture focus on the unique rock formation, river valleys and natural harbors that form the eastern end of the Italian Riviera. Learn how inhabitants created vineyard terraces along the mountainside in the Cinque Terre.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant that features Ligurian dishes.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 18 - San Giorgio Fortress / Portovenere
Note: The coach drop off is at the base of the San Giorgio fortress; a graded walkway leads to the entrance. Inside the castle there are more graded walkways to the exhibition area. Coach to Portovenere; the village center is closed to traffic. Uneven pavement, graded rise and uneven steps (no railing) to visit the church on the promontory.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast

Morning: Coach to La Spezia to the castle of San Giorgio where a local historian gives an illustrated presentation on the prehistoric monoliths (which have a surprisingly modern 'look') found in the area. From the terrace of the fortress enjoy the panorama of the natural port of La Spezia. Inside the museum, discover the small but rich and well displayed collection of ancient artifacts.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Excursion continues to Portovenere along the western coast of the gulf. Stroll along the tightly stacked houses, colorful and tall, that were constructed in a row as an impenetrable fortress. Our walk in Portovenere continues to the marina and to the 12th century chapel set on the promontory that juts out into the sea. The rocky Byron Grotto is dedicated to Lord Byron who once swam the waters of Portovenere. The heart of Portovenere is closed to traffic and has a mix of shops, art galleries and cafes. Boat ride across the bay to Lerici and the waterfront hotel that serves as our program site.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in Lerici.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 19 - Pontremoli / Malaspina Castle in Fosdinovo
Note: The small town of Pontremoli is traffic-free. Roads and sidewalks, paved with cobblestones, follow the rise of the hill town. The coach drop-off point is at the bottom of the Malaspina castle. A graded ramp of low steps to reach the entrance. Stairs to the upper floor for panoramic view of the valley below.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet

Morning: In a classroom session learn how the tradition of booksellers in Lunigiana dates back to the middle ages and still flourishes today. After a break, board a coach to Pontremoli, town in the northwest area of Tuscany know as Lunigiana (about 30 miles from Lerici).

Lunch: Sample a variety of local Tuscan dishes at Antica Trattoria Pelliccia in Pontremoli.

Afternoon: Excursion continues with a coach ride through the Lunigiana hills to Fosdinovo. Expert-led visit of the medieval Malaspina Castle. Nine hundred years of history are rooted in the watchtowers and pathways, courtyards, crenellations, and cornerstones of this well-preserved fortress where the Marchesi Torrigiani Malaspina family resides to this day. Coach to a winery in Fosdinovo.

Dinner: Wine tasting and dinner at the Ca' Lunae winery.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, September 20 - Cinque Terre Winery and Via dell'Amore
Note: From the coach drop-off point, an optional 15 min. walk along a narrow uneven path of a terraced vineyard. No railings and the group must walk in single file. If you suffer from heights, you can wait for the group on a park bench. The village of Manarola is traffic-free. The walk down the paved road to the town and Palaedo marina (about .5 mile) is graded.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast

Morning: Coach to the hills above the Gulf of La Spezia. Stroll in a terraced vineyard high above Manarola for dramatic views of the landscape. Visit a winery and experience first hand the local white wine and products. Reboard coach for short ride to Manarola, one of the five villages of the Cinque Terre.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: After lunch, explore Manarola's scenic sea walk with breathtaking vistas of the mountains that plunge into the sea on the path to Palaedo marina. Excellent photo opportunity of the colorful and terraced houses of the village. The Via dell'Amore is closed to foot traffic while repairs are under way. Train to Riomaggiore (3 min ride) to explore the town and marina. Train to La Spezia (10 minutes) and board our private coach to return to Lerici (30 minutes)

Dinner: Dinner a restaurant on the waterfront in Lerici.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, September 21 - Cuisine of Liguria and Lunigiana
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast

Morning: Enjoy leisure time in the morning. Explore the colorful Saturday morning market in Lerici. Vendors sell clothing, accessories and household goods. Late morning classroom session on the culinary traditions of Liguria and the Lunigiana.

Lunch: Lunch at a characteristic trattoria in Lerici.

Afternoon: Free Time.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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: 3:00 PM


Day Eight: Sunday, September 22 - Writers and Poets of the Gulf / Tellaro
Note: The walk between Lerici and Tellaro is a paved road 2.5 miles long. There are no sidewalks but the traffic is very light and pedestrian-friendly as the road ends in the small village of Tellaro.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Morning classroom session on the English poets and writers who lived in the Gulf of La Spezia and for whom the natural harbor is called the "Gulf of Poets." board a coach for Tellaro, colorful village at the eastern end of the Gulf of La Spezia. A leisurely stroll along the narrow paved path to the small church dedicated to St. George winds down to the marina.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Tellaro.

Afternoon: Return by public bus or walk the paved road that connects Tellaro and Lerici. The walk takes 1 hour including stops for panoramic vistas of the sea below.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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: 3:00 PM


Day Nine: Monday, September 23 - Boat Excursion to the Cinque Terre
Note: Tourist boat has open-air and inside seating. Easy walking in the villages of Monterosso and Vernazza. Approx. 30 steps from the train stations to the main road of each village. The park footpaths that connect all the villages of the Cinque Terre are open with the exception of the path linking Corniglia to Riomaggiore which is closed due to erosion damage.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Weather permitting, on a boat ride from Lerici marvel at the sight of the rocky coast and terraced vineyards of the Cinque Terre to Monterosso, the northernmost town of Five Lands. Free time to test the waters at the sandy beach or visit the shops in the center.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: In Monterosso, board the boat for Vernazza. Explore the church, fortress or tiny natural harbor. Free time to continue your exploration of the Cinque Terre. For those accepting a physical challenge, a guide will lead a trail walk from Vernazza to Corniglia. Alternative is a leisurely afternoon in Vernazza or Monterosso before catching the boat to Lerici.

Dinner: Dinner at the restaurant in Lerici.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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: 3:00 PM


Day Ten: Tuesday, September 24 - Life in Italy Today / Free Afternoon
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: A local expert leads a talk and discussion on everyday life in Italy today.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Lerici or its castle on your own.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in the main square of Lerici.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is a modern business class hotel located .62 of a mile from the Pisa Airport (Galileo Galilei). Shuttle bus to the airport.

Contact info:
Via Darsena, 1
Pisa, 56121 Italy
phone: +39 050 507 111
web: www.hotelgalileipisa.it

Room amenities: Private bath, individual control for air conditioning and heat, room safe for valuables, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, minibar, hair dryer and toiletries.

Facility amenities: WiFi in the lobby area. Business Center. Restaurant. Shuttle bus to the airport.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
The hotel is a staging for departures from Pisa Airport.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eleven: Wednesday, September 25 - Carrara Marble Quarries / Transfer to Pisa
Note: Miminum walking from the coach drop-off area to the observation terrace overlooking the marble quarry. Some walking and standing on the brief visit in the center of Carrara.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast

Morning: Following a classroom presentation on Michelangelo and Carrara Marble, board a coach for the 30 minute ride to Carrara, at the foot of the Apuan Alps. An expert guide takes us to the still active marble quarries of Carrara, where centuries earlier Michelangelo chose the pure white stone blocks for his statues. We learn the fascinating technique of modern stone excavation.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant and wine bar in the heart of Carrara.

Afternoon: A local guide leads an informal walk through Carrara. Board the coach for late afternoon check-in at the hotel in Pisa.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant

Lodging: Hotel Galilei

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Thursday, September 26 - Transfers to Pisa Airport
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast

Morning: Transfer to Pisa Airport. The hotel has a shuttle van for the short (5 min) ride to the airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Lerici
Hike the Cinque TerreHike the paths of the Cinque Terre. Maps available at train station La Spezia
For additional information, visit: www.aptcinqueterre.sp.it/english/home_eng.htm
La Spezia MuseumsThe Naval Museum has a collection of ancient and modern model ships as well as interesting figureheads. The Lia Museum houses a unique collection of seals used to render documents official and authentic.
For additional information, visit: www.castagna.it/musei/mal/ ; www.castagna.it/musei/museodelsigillo/
Portofinofull day excursion -boat ride across the Gulf of La Spezia to Portovenere and along the coast of the Cinque Terre to Portofino
San TerenzoA half hour stroll along the seaside walking path to San Terenzo, charming seaside town of the bay of Lerici where Shelley and his family had a home. In 1822 Percy Bysshe Shelley set sail from San Terenzo and died in a boating accident.
ViareggioAlthough it is a half hour from Lerici, Viareggio's coast has sandy beaches with colorful bathing establishments that stretch along the shore, many in the decorative Art Nouveau style. Across the street from the beaches is an extensive public park shaded by centuries-old umbrella pines.

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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25 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips

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