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Program #20211RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 7 — Jul 20, 2014

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Day One: Monday, July 07 - Transatlantic overnight flight to Rome.
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is on the right bank of the Tiber River, in the quiet and charming Trastevere neighborhood. An easy walk on the bridges to Campo de' Fiori, the Portico housing the "Mouth of Truth" and Roman Forum in the heart of ancient Rome. The residents of Trastevere consider themselves the original Romans. In July the neighborhood celebrates with a unique "block party" called the "Festa di no'antri", characterized by traditional foods, fresh fruits and snow cones kiosks.

Contact info:
Via dei Vascellari, 61
Rome, 00153 Italy
phone: +39 06 581 2125
web: www.sfromana.it

Room amenities: Air conditioning, hair dryer, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, complimentary wifi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. Tiled floor halls and rooms. The inner courtyard patio is a private and relaxing place to be. Complimentary wifi throughout the property. Continental breakfast served daily in the dining room consists of juices, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, rolls, jams, sliced meats and cheese.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.sfromana.it or email istituto@sfromana.it. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, July 08 - Check-in \ Orientation \ Welcome Reception
Note: Leisurely walk to get your Rome legs going.

Arrive To: Rome airport, transfer to hotel.

Morning: Leave luggage at hotel while waiting for check-in at 2 p.m. Some activity while waiting for lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at a local eatery. 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: Casa Santa Francesca Romana

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

Description: The hotel is on the right bank of the Tiber River, in the quiet and charming Trastevere neighborhood. An easy walk on the bridges to Campo de' Fiori, the Portico housing the "Mouth of Truth" and Roman Forum in the heart of ancient Rome. The residents of Trastevere consider themselves the original Romans. In July the neighborhood celebrates with a unique "block party" called the "Festa di no'antri", characterized by traditional foods, fresh fruits and snow cones kiosks.

Contact info:
Via dei Vascellari, 61
Rome, 00153 Italy
phone: +39 06 581 2125
web: www.sfromana.it

Room amenities: Air conditioning, hair dryer, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, complimentary wifi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. Tiled floor halls and rooms. The inner courtyard patio is a private and relaxing place to be. Complimentary wifi throughout the property. Continental breakfast served daily in the dining room consists of juices, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, rolls, jams, sliced meats and cheese.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.sfromana.it or email istituto@sfromana.it. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, July 09 - Underground Rome \ Treasures of the Vatican and S...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

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 to the Tiber Island, discover the marble relief of the god of healing Aesculapius.

Lodging: Casa Santa Francesca Romana

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

Description: The hotel is on the right bank of the Tiber River, in the quiet and charming Trastevere neighborhood. An easy walk on the bridges to Campo de' Fiori, the Portico housing the "Mouth of Truth" and Roman Forum in the heart of ancient Rome. The residents of Trastevere consider themselves the original Romans. In July the neighborhood celebrates with a unique "block party" called the "Festa di no'antri", characterized by traditional foods, fresh fruits and snow cones kiosks.

Contact info:
Via dei Vascellari, 61
Rome, 00153 Italy
phone: +39 06 581 2125
web: www.sfromana.it

Room amenities: Air conditioning, hair dryer, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, complimentary wifi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. Tiled floor halls and rooms. The inner courtyard patio is a private and relaxing place to be. Complimentary wifi throughout the property. Continental breakfast served daily in the dining room consists of juices, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, rolls, jams, sliced meats and cheese.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.sfromana.it or email istituto@sfromana.it. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, July 10 - Vatican Museums \ Sistine Chapel \ S. Peter's Bas...
Vatican Museums \ Sistine Chapel \ 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 at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the Vatican Museums for reserved entrance time. Meet the local expert who will lead you through this singular museum whose collection includes the Sistine Chapel. The visit continues to S. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pieta' and works by Bernini.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

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

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: Walk around the Trastevere district and the Tiber Island.

Lodging: Casa Santa Francesca Romana

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

Description: The hotel is on the right bank of the Tiber River, in the quiet and charming Trastevere neighborhood. An easy walk on the bridges to Campo de' Fiori, the Portico housing the "Mouth of Truth" and Roman Forum in the heart of ancient Rome. The residents of Trastevere consider themselves the original Romans. In July the neighborhood celebrates with a unique "block party" called the "Festa di no'antri", characterized by traditional foods, fresh fruits and snow cones kiosks.

Contact info:
Via dei Vascellari, 61
Rome, 00153 Italy
phone: +39 06 581 2125
web: www.sfromana.it

Room amenities: Air conditioning, hair dryer, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, complimentary wifi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. Tiled floor halls and rooms. The inner courtyard patio is a private and relaxing place to be. Complimentary wifi throughout the property. Continental breakfast served daily in the dining room consists of juices, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, rolls, jams, sliced meats and cheese.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.sfromana.it or email istituto@sfromana.it. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, July 11 - Free Time \ Antiquities in the Capitoline Museum
Note: Walk to Capitoline Museum slight hill and flights of stairs in the museum

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Free morning. Suggested activities given on site.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: After lunch expert-led visit to the Capitoline Museum where you can examine up close masterpieces of ancient art, including the famous bronze She Wolf, Marcus Aurelius, the foundations of the temple to Jupiter and fragments of Constantine's colossal statue. Passing through the Tabularium you reach the Palazzo Nuovo wing where the Dying Gaul and Capitoline Venus are on display. Before exiting the museum, ascend the stairs to the balcony of the monument to Victor Emanuel II, for a splendid panoramic view of Rome.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: A leisurely stroll to the livelier side near S. Maria in Trastevere, admire the 12th C. mosaics and perhaps catch a street artist performance which is a likely happening in the square on warm summer evenings.

Lodging: Casa Santa Francesca Romana

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

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

Contact info:
Via Solferino, 2
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 283273
web: www.krafthotel.it

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, July 12 - Spanish Steps \Trevi \ Pantheon \ Navona \ Train ...
Note: About a 1.5 mile walk to the center attractions not reachable by coach. Leisurely walk from train station in Florence to the hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Have checked luggage ready for van transfer to the hotel in Florence. Leave hand luggage in the hotel deposit area. Meet the local expert who will lead a walk of discovery at the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Return to hotel to pick up hand luggage and transfer to Termini Station to experience travel on a high speed train at speeds reaching 120 mph. Arrive in Florence 95 minutes after departure. Check into hotel, meet for lecture on Renaissance Florence to help contextualize your stay in the city known as the Cradle of the Renaissance.

Dinner: At a restaurant in the vicinity of the hotel.

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: Kraft Hotel Firenze

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

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

Contact info:
Via Solferino, 2
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 283273
web: www.krafthotel.it

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, July 13 - Renaissance Art / Uffizi Gallery
Note: Walk to S. Maria Novella and the San Lorenzo Market.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: An art historian gives features of Renaissance Art to assist in your visit to the Uffizi Gallery. After a short break, a guided walk through Florence's central food and soft goods market.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in the San Lorenzo Market area.

Afternoon: Reserved entrance to the Uffizi Gallery for self-directed visit, stay as long as you want. Free time until dinner. 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.

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: Kraft Hotel Firenze

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

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

Contact info:
Via Solferino, 2
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 283273
web: www.krafthotel.it

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, July 14 - Fresco Painting Lesson \ Palazzo Vecchio
Note: The Palazzo Vecchio visit requires climbing a few flights of stairs. A small lift has been installed for the disabled.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Walk to the Piazza della Signoria. In the art room of the Palazzo Vecchio an art teacher illustrates the steps required to paint using the fresco technique; from creating the lines with a sack of coal dust, to spreading the fresh plaster and mixing the pigments. Try your hand at making a fresco. After the 6"x 9" tile dries, you may choose to keep it, otherwise it is recycled. Expert-led visit follows 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 on your own.

Afternoon: Some free time late afternoon to explore Florence at your own pace.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant or trattoria.

Evening: Walk of discovery after dinner, perhaps cross Ponte Vecchio to explore the "Oltrarno" district.

Lodging: Kraft Hotel Firenze

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

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

Contact info:
Via Solferino, 2
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 283273
web: www.krafthotel.it

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, July 15 - Michelangelo's David \ Archaeological Museum
Note: Leisurely walk to the Accademia and Archaeological Museum. Expert-led visit continues to the Duomo Museum to admire the original Gates of Paradise.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Expert led visit to see Michelangelo's David and the Archaeological museum to see the Chimera from Arezzo.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Expert-led visit continues to the Duomo Museum to admire the original and newly restored Gates of Paradise. Mounted on the Baptistery in the Piazza del Duomo are replicas of Ghiberti's bronze panels.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Kraft Hotel Firenze

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: +39 041 220 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
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelprincipevenice.it. 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 consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Ten: Wednesday, July 16 - Train to Venice \ Venetian History
Note: Walk to S. M. Novella train station for high speed train to Venice. Hotel is 250 yards from station in Venice.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Luggage transported to Venice hotel by van. Walk to the S M Novella train station. On the high speed train to Venice you will carry only your hand bag, tote, or day pack.

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

Afternoon: A classroom session welcomes you and gives you some background of the rich history of Venice. Neighborhood walk follows.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant where you will sample Venetian cuisine.

Evening: At leisure to explore the area near the hotel.

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: +39 041 220 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
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelprincipevenice.it. 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 consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Thursday, July 17 - Murano Glass Making Activity \ S. Mark's Basilica...
Note: Vaporetto to Murano. The visit to the Doge's Palace requires ascending two flights of stairs.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

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 be fused in the kiln and delivered to your hotel.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Expert-led visit of S. Mark's Basilica illustrates the mosaics decorating the walls and ceilings, over 60,000 square feet. The visit continues to the Doge's Palace, Venice's government headquarters, decorated by Titian, Canaletto and Giorgione, just to mention a few. Walk through the ancient prison cells and over the Bridge of Sighs.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

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: +39 041 220 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
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelprincipevenice.it. 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 consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Friday, July 18 - Dragon Boat \ Peggy Guggenheim Museum
Note: Row, row, row your boat hard if you want to win; otherwise sit at the stern and enjoy the ride.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Team up with the Venetian Crew Club to learn to row a dragon boat. Enjoy the ride along minor canals.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant or hotel.

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. The group splits in two for the visit of the collection housed in the small rooms of the gallery. The docent leading the students elicits their reactions to the form and expression they see in the works of modern art.

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: +39 041 220 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
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelprincipevenice.it. 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 consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Saturday, July 19 - Rialto Bridge \ Artisan Workshop
Note: Leisurely walk around the Rialto Bridge area, and to an artisan's workshop.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: A local expert leads the walk around the oldest part of Venice, the Rialto Bridge. Stop at an artisan's workshop to learn about the carving techniques of making gondola oars and oar locks.

Lunch: Choose your lunch from the many offerings around the market area of the Rialto. Group leader will have suggestions.

Afternoon: Free time to explore a corner of Venice. By now you will be accustomed to the vaporetto if you want to visit the Lido or one of the other islands in the lagoon.

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

Evening: Ride the Vaporetto to take some artistic evening photographs.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Sunday, July 20 - Arrivederci Venezia
Note: You and your luggage transfer to the airport by water taxi. From dock, less than a 10 min. walk under a canopy to reach the terminal. Often luggage carts (E. 1 deposit coin) are available at the dock; the coin is refunded at the terminal.

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

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Sack breakfast for those with early departure times.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


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

Important information about your itinerary:
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12 nights of accommodations
30 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences

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