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Program #7171RJ
13 Days | 12 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 9 — Sep 21, 2013

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Day One: Monday, September 09 - Departure from North America. Overnight Flight
Depart From: Flight departs from US

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The gracious hotel is located on the banks of the Arno River, a short walk to the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and Santa Croce Church.

Contact info:
Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia, 38
Florence, NA 50122 Italy
phone: +39 055 26 236; fax
web: www.plazalucchesi.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, air conditioning, safe box, minibar

Facility amenities: A fine restaurant, comfortable lounge and bar. Afternoon tea and coffee served in the lounge.

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, contact the hotel’s directly by email: phl@plazalucchesi.it, or phone +39.055.2623579, or fax: +39.055.2480921. Or, contact Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome: info.reserv@laviniatour.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: Tuesday, September 10 - Arrival Florence / Ponte Vecchio
Note: Leisurely walk around the neighborhood.

Breakfast: Breakfast served aboard plane prior to landing.

Morning: Transfer to hotel from the Florence airport for check-in.

Lunch: Light lunch buffet.

Afternoon: Neighborhood walk around Piazza S. Croce, to Palazzo Vecchio and Ponte Vecchio, and to the area around the Duomo to see Brunelleschi's Dome. Welcome reception.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant. Early to bed or free time to walk around town.

Lodging: Plaza Hotel Lucchesi

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

Description: The gracious hotel is located on the banks of the Arno River, a short walk to the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and Santa Croce Church.

Contact info:
Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia, 38
Florence, NA 50122 Italy
phone: +39 055 26 236; fax
web: www.plazalucchesi.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, air conditioning, safe box, minibar

Facility amenities: A fine restaurant, comfortable lounge and bar. Afternoon tea and coffee served in the lounge.

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, contact the hotel’s directly by email: phl@plazalucchesi.it, or phone +39.055.2623579, or fax: +39.055.2480921. Or, contact Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome: info.reserv@laviniatour.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: Wednesday, September 11 - Hands-on Fresco Technique / Palazzo Vecchio / Arc...
Note: Walk to Palazzo Vecchio and after lunch to the Archaeological Museum, about 2 miles for the day round trip.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel restaurant.

Morning: Hands-on lesson on how to paint using the fresco technique (you may keep your 5" x 11" tile masterpiece). After, learn about Florence's city hall building from a docent-led visit of Palazzo Vecchio. See Donatello's "Judith" and Machiavelli's study.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to try out local eateries. Suggestions provided on site.

Afternoon: Expert led lecture at the Archaeological Museum to begin discovery of the Etruscans, the people from whom Tuscany is named. See the famous "Chimera" of Arezzo and other artifacts from that civilization. The museum also contains items from Egypt.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Prepare bags for the morning's departure toward Assisi. Perhaps a walk along the Arno to Ponte Vecchio?

Lodging: Plaza Hotel Lucchesi

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

Description: Hotel Sole is a small family run hotel located within the walls of the old city next to the church of Santa Chiara, and about a 15 minute walk to the Basilica of San Francesco.

Contact info:
Corso Mazzini 35
Assisi (PG), 06081 Italy
phone: + 011-39-075-812-373
web: www.assisihotelsole.com

Room amenities: television, hair dryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant on the ground floor offers a typical Umbrian menu

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Thursday, September 12 - Lectures on St.Francis, Medieval and Renaissance ...
Lectures on St.Francis, Medieval and Renaissance Heritage, visit Roman excavations

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel restaurant.

Morning: Coach to Assisi and enjoy gazing at the fabled Tuscan countryside. Stop in picturesque Cortona for an expert-led field trip to the Archaeological museum with an Etruscologist.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Check into hotel room and settle in. Gather for an illustrated lecture on the Basilica of St. Francis, its history and art (frescoes by Giotto and his workshop). Learn about the on-going restoration of the paintings following the damage caused by the 1997 earthquake. Prior to dinner at the hotel, a brief neighborhood walk to orient you to this charming town.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Sole

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

Description: Hotel Sole is a small family run hotel located within the walls of the old city next to the church of Santa Chiara, and about a 15 minute walk to the Basilica of San Francesco.

Contact info:
Corso Mazzini 35
Assisi (PG), 06081 Italy
phone: + 011-39-075-812-373
web: www.assisihotelsole.com

Room amenities: television, hair dryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant on the ground floor offers a typical Umbrian menu

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Friday, September 13 - St. Francis Basilica / Assisi in Roman times, exp...
St. Francis Basilica / Assisi in Roman times, explore the Temple of Minerva area and altar

Note: Traverse hill side to the Basilica, R/T about half a mile, walk up a couple of flights of stairs.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel restaurant.

Morning: A expert-led visit to the lower and upper church. See the Giotto frescoes and the place where St. Francis is buried as well as some of his personal possessions and important documents for the Franciscan Order.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Roman era excavations under the main piazza, in front of the old Temple of Minerva, bring to light the area of the altar and surrounding structures. The temple, with its columns and pediments still intact, was converted into a church. After a little rest, learn about medieval and Renaissance Heritage through an illustrated lecture.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Hotel Sole

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

Description: Hotel Sole is a small family run hotel located within the walls of the old city next to the church of Santa Chiara, and about a 15 minute walk to the Basilica of San Francesco.

Contact info:
Corso Mazzini 35
Assisi (PG), 06081 Italy
phone: + 011-39-075-812-373
web: www.assisihotelsole.com

Room amenities: television, hair dryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant on the ground floor offers a typical Umbrian menu

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, September 14 - Basilica of S. Clare / Free Afternoon
Note: Light activities

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel restaurant.

Morning: Lecture on the history and traditions of Umbria followed by an excursion to the Basilica of S. Clare.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: Free time to explore upper Assisi and enjoy this singular town. Suggestions given on site.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Sole

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

Description: Hotel Sole is a small family run hotel located within the walls of the old city next to the church of Santa Chiara, and about a 15 minute walk to the Basilica of San Francesco.

Contact info:
Corso Mazzini 35
Assisi (PG), 06081 Italy
phone: + 011-39-075-812-373
web: www.assisihotelsole.com

Room amenities: television, hair dryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant on the ground floor offers a typical Umbrian menu

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, September 15 - Excursion to Deruta and Torgiano Wine Museum / Le...
Excursion to Deruta and Torgiano Wine Museum / Lecture on Gubbio's medieval traditions

Note: Leisure walk to visit ceramic workshops and wine tasting

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel restaurant.

Morning: A private coach ride through the Umbrian hills to Deruta, a town famous for its hand painted ceramics, an industry dating back to the middle ages. A visit to a local potter's workshop demonstrates the process that turns a lump of clay into richly decorated dinnerware and objects d'art. In the city of Torgiano, visit a wine museum and learn about the history of viticulture in the region. Enjoy a light lunch and tasting of fine locally produced wines.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel for a lecture on the history and spirit of the hill towns of the region. Learn about the local festivals, including the "Corsa dei Ceri" in Gubbio, a competition that takes place every May among rival neighborhoods of the town. Runners carry heavy wooden structures resembling candles ("ceri") on their shoulders. They race up the hill to the church of S. Ubaldo. This religious/civic event dates back to the 12th century.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant

Evening: Prepare luggage for morning's departure.

Lodging: Hotel Sole

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

Contact info:
Via Masi, 9
Perugia, 06121 Italy
phone: + 011-39-075-5730-202
web: www.sangallo.it

Room amenities: air conditioning, minibar, television, in-room safe, hair dryer. Complimentary wi-fi in the lobby; connection in the rooms for a fee (E. 2,50 for 1 hour, E. 6.50 for 24 hours).

Facility amenities: Small gym with exercise equipment, indoor swimming pool. Complimentary wi-fi in the lobby; connection in the rooms for a fee (E. 2,50 for 1 hour, E. 6.50 for 24 hours).

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, September 16 - Transfer to Perugia via Gubbio / Neighborhood wal...
Note: Somewhat slow, steep walk up the hill to Gubbio's main piazza, be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Tiber river valley.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel restaurant.

Morning: Board coach for a 2 hr. ride to Gubbio, a quintessential Umbrian hill-town, dating back millennia. In the archaeological museum see an example of the earliest written records in the native Umbrian language.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Board bus to Perugia. After checking into the hotel, a brief neighborhood walk and ride up the escalator to the upper city, return to the hotel for dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant.

Lodging: San Gallo Palace

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

Contact info:
Via Masi, 9
Perugia, 06121 Italy
phone: + 011-39-075-5730-202
web: www.sangallo.it

Room amenities: air conditioning, minibar, television, in-room safe, hair dryer. Complimentary wi-fi in the lobby; connection in the rooms for a fee (E. 2,50 for 1 hour, E. 6.50 for 24 hours).

Facility amenities: Small gym with exercise equipment, indoor swimming pool. Complimentary wi-fi in the lobby; connection in the rooms for a fee (E. 2,50 for 1 hour, E. 6.50 for 24 hours).

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, September 17 - Collegio del Cambio/ National Art Gallery / Renai...
Collegio del Cambio/ National Art Gallery / Renaissance Art and Literature

Note: Leisurely walk on Perugia's main streets and Art Museum led visit

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel restaurant.

Morning: Guided visit to the Collegio del Cambio, the Money Changer's Guild hall, with richly decorated frescoes by Perugino. Visit continues to the adjacent National Gallery of Umbria, a collection of medieval and Renaissance art, including masterpieces by Perugino and Pinturicchio.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: An expert-led orientation walk in Perugia. An escalator near the hotel leads up to the upper city. Sites include the citadel Rocco San Paolina that dominates the town, and the imposing "Palazzo dei Priori." Enjoy a leisurely stroll back to the hotel along Corso Vanucci and take in the latest fashions in the elegant shops or stop for a caffe' or gelato.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: San Gallo Palace

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

Contact info:
Via Masi, 9
Perugia, 06121 Italy
phone: + 011-39-075-5730-202
web: www.sangallo.it

Room amenities: air conditioning, minibar, television, in-room safe, hair dryer. Complimentary wi-fi in the lobby; connection in the rooms for a fee (E. 2,50 for 1 hour, E. 6.50 for 24 hours).

Facility amenities: Small gym with exercise equipment, indoor swimming pool. Complimentary wi-fi in the lobby; connection in the rooms for a fee (E. 2,50 for 1 hour, E. 6.50 for 24 hours).

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, September 18 - Orvieto excursion / Duomo and Museum
Note: Somewhat steep walk from terminal to main piazza.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel restaurant.

Morning: A local expert leads you through the stunning medieval Duomo where in the S. Brizio chapel you can study Signorelli's fresco of the Last Judgment.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Orvieto was established and settled by the Etruscans and our expert will discuss the artifacts displayed in the Archaeological Museum. After some free time, board coach and return to Perugia.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant.

Lodging: San Gallo Palace

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

Contact info:
Via Masi, 9
Perugia, 06121 Italy
phone: + 011-39-075-5730-202
web: www.sangallo.it

Room amenities: air conditioning, minibar, television, in-room safe, hair dryer. Complimentary wi-fi in the lobby; connection in the rooms for a fee (E. 2,50 for 1 hour, E. 6.50 for 24 hours).

Facility amenities: Small gym with exercise equipment, indoor swimming pool. Complimentary wi-fi in the lobby; connection in the rooms for a fee (E. 2,50 for 1 hour, E. 6.50 for 24 hours).

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Thursday, September 19 - Etruscan Art and Civilization / Free Time
Note: Leisurely day.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel restaurant.

Morning: Historian lectures on Etruscan art and civilization. Learn about these people who excelled in almost everything: construction, metallurgy, art and commerce, but not literature. Their inscriptions are deciphered, but they left no written stories, although their frescoed tombs give an indication of their beliefs on the afterlife.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free time in which you may go to the Archaeological Museum in Perugia on your own to solidify what you have learned or to explore the town more fully. Begin packing for the morning's transfer.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at hotel restaurant.

Lodging: San Gallo Palace

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

Description: The gracious hotel is located on the banks of the Arno River, a short walk to the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and Santa Croce Church.

Contact info:
Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia, 38
Florence, NA 50122 Italy
phone: +39 055 26 236; fax
web: www.plazalucchesi.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, air conditioning, safe box, minibar

Facility amenities: A fine restaurant, comfortable lounge and bar. Afternoon tea and coffee served in the lounge.

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, contact the hotel’s directly by email: phl@plazalucchesi.it, or phone +39.055.2623579, or fax: +39.055.2480921. Or, contact Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome: info.reserv@laviniatour.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 Twelve: Friday, September 20 - Transfer to Florence / Santa Croce
Note: Leisurely coach ride.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel restaurant.

Morning: Coach to Florence and check into hotel.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Come full circle to the Basilica of Santa Croce, built in honor of S. Francis by his followers. In the Bardi chapel, learn from Giotto's fresco the sorrow at the death of the saint. While in the basilica notice the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and Rossini, as well as other funerary monuments to great Florentines, such as Dante and Leonardo da Vinci.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant. Free time to walk around Florence and pack for the next day's departure.

Lodging: Plaza Hotel Lucchesi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Saturday, September 21 - Departure
Breakfast: Coach to and departures from Florence Vespucci Airport. Sack breakfast for early departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Assisi
Umbrian hill townsOut the back door of the hotel is the regional bus terminal with destinations to other small towns. Check for times and towns on site. The train station is down in the valley and best reached by taxi.
Perugia
Perugina Chocolate FactoryIn San Sisto, a suburb of Perugia, tour the Perugina factory, where 'Baci', dark chocolate and hazelnut candies are manufactured. Small shop. Tours available Tues - Fri. Advisable to call from Perugia to make an appointment 075 527 6635.

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