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

Itinerary for Jul 22 — Aug 4, 2013

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Day One: Monday, July 22 - Transatlantic overnight flight to Rome
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Your program site hotel is in the heart of historical Rome and is within walking distance of Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Capitoline Hill, Roman Forum, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna. The hotel was once the palace of a noble Roman family. It is situated at the intersection of two busy streets, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (named after the first king of unified Italy) and Largo Argentina.

Contact info:
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 110
Rome, NA 00186 Italy
phone: +39 06 686 5019
web: www.hoteltiziano.it

Room amenities: Private bath in all rooms, hair dryer, safe box for valuables in room or front desk, touch tone phone, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, individual controls for heat and air conditioning, sound proof windows, mini bar

Facility amenities: Breakfast served daily, all rooms have private bath. Sound proof windows. 24 hour concierge. Free wi-fi throughout the facility and internet point in the lobby. Lobby and breakfast room 6 steps from sidewalk entrance level.

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 online reservation system directly through the hotel website www.hoteltiziano.it, 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.


Day Two: Tuesday, July 23 - Check-in \ Welcome Reception \ Orientation \ Neig...
Arrive To: Rome airport next morning, transfer to hotel.

Morning: Leave luggage at hotel while waiting for lunch at 12:30. The room may be ready earlier than the official check-in time, but if not, the group leader will arrange a brief neighborhood walk for travelers with morning arrivals.

Lunch: Lunch at a local trattoria. Try your first gelato.

Afternoon: Settle in room, meet at appointed time for Orientation, Welcome Reception, and Neighborhood Walk to familiarize yourself with banks, pharmacies and stores.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Tiziano

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

Description: Your program site hotel is in the heart of historical Rome and is within walking distance of Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Capitoline Hill, Roman Forum, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna. The hotel was once the palace of a noble Roman family. It is situated at the intersection of two busy streets, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (named after the first king of unified Italy) and Largo Argentina.

Contact info:
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 110
Rome, NA 00186 Italy
phone: +39 06 686 5019
web: www.hoteltiziano.it

Room amenities: Private bath in all rooms, hair dryer, safe box for valuables in room or front desk, touch tone phone, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, individual controls for heat and air conditioning, sound proof windows, mini bar

Facility amenities: Breakfast served daily, all rooms have private bath. Sound proof windows. 24 hour concierge. Free wi-fi throughout the facility and internet point in the lobby. Lobby and breakfast room 6 steps from sidewalk entrance level.

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 online reservation system directly through the hotel website www.hoteltiziano.it, 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.


Day Three: Wednesday, July 24 - Underground Rome \ Treasures of the Vatican and S...
Underground Rome \ Treasures of the Vatican and S. Peter's \ Forum and Colosseum

Note: To enter the underground archaeological site you will have to go down some uneven or steep steps and then stand while the guide explains the importance of the site. Later in the afternoon, the visit through the spacious archaeological area of the Forum is over uneven paths, some with cobblestones. At the Colosseum climb a flight of steep stairs to reach the upper level of the arena.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Join archaeologists who lead an exclusive excursion to underground ancient Roman buildings.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Meet in lecture room where an art historian gives an illustrated lecture on the artistic highlights of masterpieces in the Vatican Museum including Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and S. Peter's Basilica. Late afternoon expert-led visit to the Forum, ancient downtown and center of civic and religious life and the Colosseum, imagine gladiatorial drama.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Walk around the area where Julius Caesar was assassinated. See who can spot the most cats.

Lodging: Hotel Tiziano

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

Description: Your program site hotel is in the heart of historical Rome and is within walking distance of Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Capitoline Hill, Roman Forum, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna. The hotel was once the palace of a noble Roman family. It is situated at the intersection of two busy streets, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (named after the first king of unified Italy) and Largo Argentina.

Contact info:
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 110
Rome, NA 00186 Italy
phone: +39 06 686 5019
web: www.hoteltiziano.it

Room amenities: Private bath in all rooms, hair dryer, safe box for valuables in room or front desk, touch tone phone, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, individual controls for heat and air conditioning, sound proof windows, mini bar

Facility amenities: Breakfast served daily, all rooms have private bath. Sound proof windows. 24 hour concierge. Free wi-fi throughout the facility and internet point in the lobby. Lobby and breakfast room 6 steps from sidewalk entrance level.

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 online reservation system directly through the hotel website www.hoteltiziano.it, 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.


Day Four: Thursday, July 25 - Reserved entrance Vatican Museums \ S. Peter's Ba...
Reserved entrance Vatican Museums \ S. Peter's Basilica \ Mosaic Laboratory

Note: Expect crowds at the Vatican Museums. Walk a few flights of stairs to visit the various galleries and art filled rooms. Steps along the path to the Sistine Chapel.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.

Morning: Transfer to the Vatican Museums for reserved entrance time. Meet the local expert who will lead you through this singular museum. The visit continues to 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. Catch your breath only to have it taken away by the stunning panorama of Rome.

Lunch: Lunch at the cafe of the mosaic school.

Afternoon: Participate in creating your own mosaic with instructors at a local art school. Coach to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Tiziano

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

Description: Your program site hotel is in the heart of historical Rome and is within walking distance of Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Capitoline Hill, Roman Forum, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna. The hotel was once the palace of a noble Roman family. It is situated at the intersection of two busy streets, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (named after the first king of unified Italy) and Largo Argentina.

Contact info:
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 110
Rome, NA 00186 Italy
phone: +39 06 686 5019
web: www.hoteltiziano.it

Room amenities: Private bath in all rooms, hair dryer, safe box for valuables in room or front desk, touch tone phone, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, individual controls for heat and air conditioning, sound proof windows, mini bar

Facility amenities: Breakfast served daily, all rooms have private bath. Sound proof windows. 24 hour concierge. Free wi-fi throughout the facility and internet point in the lobby. Lobby and breakfast room 6 steps from sidewalk entrance level.

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 online reservation system directly through the hotel website www.hoteltiziano.it, 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.


Day Five: Friday, July 26 - Piazza Walk \ Free Afternoon
Note: Extensive walking to visit Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, located in the heart of Rome's wide pedestrian only area closed to traffic.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining room.

Morning: A local expert leads the walk to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

Lunch: Lunch on your own. Around the corner from the hotel is the mercato of Campo dei Fiori where there are many snack bars, trattorias, cafes, and restaurants for every budget and palate.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: A leisurely stroll to the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) and the Trevi Fountain for the traditional coin toss.

Lodging: Hotel Tiziano

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


Day Six: Saturday, July 27 - Capitoline \ Train to Florence \ Renaissance Flor...
Note: Ramp steps to reach the museum at the top of the Capitoline hill. When you arrive in Florence, short walk to the hotel. Your luggage will be in deposit at the hotel in Florence.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Have checked luggage ready for van transfer to the hotel in Florence. Leave hand luggage in the hotel deposit area. Expert-led visit at the Capitoline Museum where you can examine up close masterpieces of ancient art, including the famous bronze She Wolf, Marcus Aurelius and remains of the Constantine's colossal statue. Passing through the Tabularium you reach the Palazzo Nuovo wing where the Dying Gaul and Capitoline Venus are on display. Before exiting the museum, ascend the stairs to the balcony of the monument to Victor Emanuel II, for a splendid panoramic view of Rome. Continue on to the Circus Maximus and the "Mouth of Truth," returning to the hotel through the old Jewish Ghetto.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Experience travel on a high speed train at speeds reaching 120 mph. Ride to Florence is 95 minutes. Check into the hotel and gather shortly after for a lecture on Renaissance Florence to help contextualize your stay in the city known as the Cradle of the Renaissance.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

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

Lodging: Hotel 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


Day Seven: Sunday, July 28 - Fresco Workshop \ Galileo's Instruments \ Michela...
Note: Minimal exertion at painting studio. Palazzo Vecchio visit requires climbing a few flights of stairs. Urban walk from the Piazza della Signoria to the Accademia. Short walk back to the hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.

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

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant just off the Piazza della Signoria.

Afternoon: At the Galileo Museum see telescopes and other instruments designed and used by Galileo, the Renaissance man of science. Of particular interest are the globes and spheres from the Medici collection that give an idea of the known world and universe of the 1500's. Late afternoon expert-led visit of the Accademia delle Belle Arti where the original marble statue of David is on display.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Gelato tasting walk.

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


Day Eight: Monday, July 29 - Welcome to Florence \ Exclusive Visit Baptistery
Note: The exclusive visit to the upper gallery of the Baptistery is reached by a narrow staircase, about 20 steep steps. One may remain below but miss the up-close view of the mosaics.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.

Morning: An art historian puts into perspective the works of art at the Uffizi.

Lunch: Lunch on your own. The group leader will have suggestions for places to eat around the Baptistery.

Afternoon: At the conference center in Piazza del Duomo, an informative video presentation of the Duomo complex, followed by special access to the upper level of the Baptistery to get a close-up view of the mosaics.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy walking in the squares closed to vehicular traffic. Be entertained by street performers as you savor a refreshing gelato.

Lodging: Hotel Corona d'Italia

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


Day Nine: Tuesday, July 30 - Mercato Centrale \ Uffizi Gallery
Note: The Uffizi Gallery visit requires climbing 3 flights of stairs.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.

Morning: Walk through Florence's central food and soft goods market toward S. Maria Novella. With your new found knowledge of fresco painting, an expert expounds on the frescoes by Masaccio and Ghirlandaio found in the church.

Lunch: Lunch at a place near the mercato.

Afternoon: Reserved entrance to the Uffizi Gallery for self-directed visit. The group enters at the appointed time but you visit the gallery rooms at your own pace and stay as long as you want. At the end of the second corridor is a refreshment bar for snacks. The balcony has a wonderful view of Brunelleschi's Dome and the watch tower of Palazzo Vecchio. Free time follows.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Corona d'Italia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Ten: Wednesday, July 31 - Train to Venice \ History of Venice
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.

Morning: Your bag is sent ahead by van. Enjoy the high speed train ride to Venice (2 hours). Short walk to the hotel. Your bag will be delivered to your room.

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

Afternoon: Lecture on Venetian history and brief walk to familiarize yourself with Venice's unique 'streets' around the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant to savor Venetian cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Thursday, August 01 - Murano Glass Making Activity \ S. Mark's Basilica
Note: Vaporetto vessels are often crowded with locals and the many tourists that visit Venice in the summer months. At the Basilica of St. Mark's, climb a narrow and steep staircase to reach the outside terrace over the main entrance. The view of the square is well worth the climb.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.

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

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

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

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Friday, August 02 - 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. At the Doge's Palace, climb two flights of stairs to reach the residential quarters. Narrow passageways lead to the Bridge of Sighs and the dungeons.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.

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

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: The Doge's Palace was Venice's government headquarters. It is splendidly decorated with works of art by Titian, Canaletto and Giorgione, just to mention a few. Cross the Bridge of Sighs that connects the courtroom to the prisons. Legend has it that such was the reaction of prisoners being led to their cells as they caught their last look at the lagoon.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Saturday, August 03 - Rialto Bridge and Market \ Artisan workshop \ Pe...
Rialto Bridge and Market \ Artisan workshop \ Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Note: Extended walking over bridges and through Venice streets and campos (squares).

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.

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

Lunch: Lunch at a local trattoria.

Afternoon: Having been surrounded by ancient and Renaissance masterpieces and structures, enjoy the modern art collection at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Relax in the courtyard of the palazzo on the Grand Canal while the docents introduce the life and times of the wealthy American collector. Once inside, the docents divide the group by age. The comments directed towards the younger students focus on having them express the form and function they see in the works of art.

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

Lodging: Hotel Principe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Sunday, August 04 - Departure day
Depart From: Transfer from the hotel to the Venice Marco Polo airport for departure.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


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

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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Included
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12 nights of accommodations
30 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
18 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences

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