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

Itinerary for Apr 19 — May 2, 2015

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

Type: Four-Star Hotel

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

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

Room amenities: satellite TV, mini bar, safe for valuables, free wifi, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries

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

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelilaria.villetoscane.org. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to use online hotel consolidation sites such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


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

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

Lunch: Lunch is served buffet style at the hotel for those with morning and early afternoon arrivals.

Afternoon: Late afternoon, Program overview, neighborhood walk and Welcome reception.

Dinner: Sample a Lucchese menu at a restaurant near the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Ilaria

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

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

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

Room amenities: satellite TV, mini bar, safe for valuables, free wifi, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries

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

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelilaria.villetoscane.org. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to use online hotel consolidation sites such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


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

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: Explore the layers of Lucca’s urban planning from its origins in 180 BCE to the present. See the oval shaped piazza which conforms to the old Roman amphitheater. Stroll through the elegant shopping district. The defensive walls surrounding Lucca date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. The circumference is just over 3 miles and the lanes are wide enough for walkers and recreational bike riders. The hotel has bicycles you can borrow to explore the park during free time in Lucca.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in the heart of Lucca.

Afternoon: A classroom session on Lucca through the centuries.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. Your choice to have a light supper before or after the concert.

Evening: Attend a live performance of music of Giacomo Puccini, native son of Lucca. The concert begins at 7 pm and lasts 1.5 hours.

Lodging: Hotel Ilaria

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

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

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

Room amenities: satellite TV, mini bar, safe for valuables, free wifi, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries

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

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelilaria.villetoscane.org. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to use online hotel consolidation sites such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


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

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to Carrara. Working schedule permitting, visit an artists' workshop. Continue to the marble quarries in the mountains that loom above the town. Learn how extraction of marble has evolved from the times of the Romans to the age of mechanized equipment.

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

Afternoon: Learn about the strenuous work of quarrymen and the toll it took on entire families on an expert-led walk through the small center of Carrara. Return to Lucca mid-afternoon for a lecture on Tuscan Cooking, Wine and Olive Oil.

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

Lodging: Hotel Ilaria

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

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

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

Room amenities: satellite TV, mini bar, safe for valuables, free wifi, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries

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

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelilaria.villetoscane.org. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to use online hotel consolidation sites such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


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

Note: Light exertion in Pisa for the visit to the Piazza dei Miracoli, the Duomo complex comprised of the famous Leaning Tower and Baptistery.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Expert-led walk in Lucca to the Basilica of S. Martino. Admire its marble facade decorated with Romanesque statues and motifs. In the Middle Ages the city was a destination of pilgrims traveling to view relics housed within the basilica.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

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

Dinner: Dinner at a farm to table restaurant in Lucca.

Lodging: Hotel Ilaria

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

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

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

Room amenities: air-conditioning, telephone, satellite television, room safe and mini-bar. All rooms have private bathroom with hair dryer and complimentary toiletries.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


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

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

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

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

Afternoon: Coach south to Siena through the Tuscan countryside. Check into the hotel located in the historical center of town. After settling into your room meet for a city orientation walk that ends up in the Piazza del Campo. The perimeter of the wide square is the site where the famed Palio horse race takes place in July and August.. Expert-led visit continues to the Palazzo Pubblico. The great hall of the medieval Palazzo, still serving today as the town hall, contains an important fresco cycle depicting an allegory of Good and Bad Government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Of note is the fresco of Guidoriccio da Fogliano on horseback. Scholars have long attributed the work to the 1300s Sienese painter Simone Martini. The guide will explain the controversy that has arisen about re-attributing the fresco to a much later artist.

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

Lodging: NH Excelsior

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

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

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

Room amenities: air-conditioning, telephone, satellite television, room safe and mini-bar. All rooms have private bathroom with hair dryer and complimentary toiletries.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Saturday, April 25 - Italy Today / Medieval Religious Pride
Note: Siena is a hill town entirely closed to traffic. The walks may include steep inclines, steps, uneven stone or cobblestone pavement.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

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

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Expert-led visit continues to a part of the collection of the museum complex at Santa Maria della Scala.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in the Piazza del Mercato.

Lodging: NH Excelsior

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

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

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

Room amenities: air-conditioning, telephone, satellite television, room safe and mini-bar. All rooms have private bathroom with hair dryer and complimentary toiletries.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, April 26 - San Gimignano: The Manhattan of Tuscany
Note: Coach to San Gimignano and walk around the small hill town. Not a strenuous excursion but the town roads are inclined. During free time, those with stamina may choose to climb one of the open towers to gain a commanding view of the countryside below.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Mid morning departure by coach to San Gimignano At a local organic farm, the host explains the production of extra virgin olive oil, wine, saffron and the characteristics of Chianina cattle. Opportunity to sample Vernaccia di San Gimignano, one of the few Tuscan white wines produced in the area.

Lunch: Lunch at the farmhouse restaurant.

Afternoon: Expert-led visit of medieval San Gimignano, an original Etruscan town, it retains much of its medieval aspect. At one time 77 towers were standing in the city. They were used in family rivalries in order to attain the advantage of higher ground. Some free time to visit the Duomo, explore the shops, or take in the view from the public park at the highest point of the town. Coach to Siena late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: NH Excelsior

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

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

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

Room amenities: air-conditioning, telephone, satellite television, room safe and mini-bar. All rooms have private bathroom with hair dryer and complimentary toiletries.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Monday, April 27 - The Palio: More Than a Race / Exclusive Visit to ...
Note: Walks in the hill town may include steep inclines, steps, uneven stone or cobblestone pavement.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

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

Lunch: Lunch on your own

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

Dinner: Dinner at Rastrello, the restaurant of the hotel.

Lodging: NH Excelsior

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

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

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

Room amenities: air-conditioning, telephone, satellite television, room safe and mini-bar. All rooms have private bathroom with hair dryer and complimentary toiletries.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


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

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Coach excursion to the town of Pienza. Pope Pius II Piccolomini (1458-1464), a humanist scholar and poet, was born in the nearby village of Corsignano, and once he became pope he began a building project to transform his home town into an idealized Renaissance city. Stroll on the stone paved path along the walls of the town taking in the view of the rolling hills of the Val d'Orcia.

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

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

Dinner: Dinner at Ristorante Rastrello.

Lodging: NH Excelsior

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.coronaditalia.com. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidator services such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

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

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

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

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

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

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant near the Duomo.

Lodging: Hotel Corona d'Italia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.coronaditalia.com. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidator services such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Twelve: Thursday, April 30 - Renaissance Art / Bargello / Uffizi Gallery
Note: Walk to sites in the pedestrian only center of Florence. The Bargello has a flight of stone stairs to reach the upper floor. A small elevator is in service for the truly needy. Stroll the exhibition rooms at your own pace during the self-guided visit of the Uffizi Gallery.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: An art historian gives an overview of Renaissance Art, and with an illustrated presentation, describes highlighted works of art of the collection of the Uffizi Gallery. After a break, set out on foot for the Bargello museum. The collection includes sculptures by Donatello (St. George, David), the competition pieces between Brunelleschi and Ghiberti for the north doors of the Baptistery and sculptures by Michelangelo, Giambologna and Cellini. In addition to sculpture there are rooms with fine examples of decorated pottery and armaments: swords, lances, early pistols, and suits of armor.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in the Piazza della Signoria.

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

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Corona d'Italia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.coronaditalia.com. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidator services such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Friday, May 01 - Walk of Discovery / Mercato di San Lorenzo / Fre...
Note: Walks in the center of Florence may be along narrow and crowded sidewalks.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: A guided walk to major squares in Florence: Santa Maria Novella, Repubblica, della Signoria. Explore at your own pace the newly renovated Mercato di San Lorenzo.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a restaurant in the Piazza del Mercato.

Lodging: Hotel Corona d'Italia

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

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Siena
General OverviewExplore Siena's numerous cultural icons during a free afternoon: the Pinacoteca (painting gallery), Bell Tower, Baptistery, and the Etruscan collection in the Santa Maria della Scala Museum.
For additional information, visit: www.siena.turismo.toscana.it
Florence
Boboli GardensAt the Boboli Gardens which extend behind the Pitti Palace enjoy a stroll along the stone and dirt paths paths lined with shrubs and copies of statues from the Medici collection and take in a unique view of Florence from the hill. Green lawns are artfully placed among the geometric walking paths of this peaceful Renaissance garden.
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 Palazzo Pitti, residence of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany. The museum complex includes collections of silver and porcelain, period dress and decorative arts, and an impressive collection of paintings by Perugino, Tiziano, Bronzino, and Rubens.

Important information about your itinerary:
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6 Expert-led lectures
19 Field trips
1 Performances

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