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Itinerary for Oct 13 — Oct 25, 2015

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Day One: Tuesday, October 13 - Departure from points in North America
In Transit: Overnight flight over the Atlantic Ocean with arrivals the following day.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Sorrento has been a mecca for illustrious visitors – writers, musicians, and royalty – since the 1700s. Exceptional for its cleanliness and safety in a region not often associated with these virtues, Sorrento is the ideal base for exploration of the bay’s resources, while offering a vibrant life of its own. Our programs reside at a comfortable four-star facility overlooking lemon and orange groves, and mere minutes on foot from the old town.

Contact info:
Viale degli Aranci, 108
Sorrento, NA 80067 Italy
phone: +39 081 8782700
web: www.hotelcesareaugusto.com

Room amenities: Each room has soundproof windows, small terrace, private bath, minibar, satellite TV, hair dryer, safe for valuables and individual temperature control (air conditioning in the summer; heat in the winter)

Facility amenities: Relax in the spacious lounge in the lobby. Enjoy a drink made by a professional barista in the lobby lounge. A rooftop pool with lounge, snack and bar service is open May-Sept. Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel.

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.hotelcesareaugusto.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 use online hotel consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, October 14 - Arrival/Welcome Reception
Note: The hotel is 31 miles from the Naples airport. Depending on traffic, the ride takes about an hour. The hotel check in is at 2 pm.

Arrive To: Arrivals at Naples Airport. Transfer by coach to Sorrento.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Settle into your room. Later in the afternoon a Welcome to Sorrento reception and introductions to meet your group leader and fellow learners.

Dinner: At the hotel. Fixed menu, plated table service. Water is included with every group meal. The hotels and restaurants chosen for group melas will have a wine and beer list if you wish to order and pay on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Cesare Augusto

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

Description: Sorrento has been a mecca for illustrious visitors – writers, musicians, and royalty – since the 1700s. Exceptional for its cleanliness and safety in a region not often associated with these virtues, Sorrento is the ideal base for exploration of the bay’s resources, while offering a vibrant life of its own. Our programs reside at a comfortable four-star facility overlooking lemon and orange groves, and mere minutes on foot from the old town.

Contact info:
Viale degli Aranci, 108
Sorrento, NA 80067 Italy
phone: +39 081 8782700
web: www.hotelcesareaugusto.com

Room amenities: Each room has soundproof windows, small terrace, private bath, minibar, satellite TV, hair dryer, safe for valuables and individual temperature control (air conditioning in the summer; heat in the winter)

Facility amenities: Relax in the spacious lounge in the lobby. Enjoy a drink made by a professional barista in the lobby lounge. A rooftop pool with lounge, snack and bar service is open May-Sept. Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel.

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.hotelcesareaugusto.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 use online hotel consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, October 15 - Orientation and Neighborhood Walk
Note: Leisure walk around town and to the port. Some steps through the hotel's garden cut short the walk from the hotel to the main square in Sorrento.

Breakfast: This day and for the duration of the your stay in Sorrento, the breakfast buffet at the hotel offers juice and water, an egg dish, sliced cold cuts, assortment of cheeses, cereal, muesli, yogurt, fresh fruit, breads and pastries, jams, honey and butter, and a selection of hot and cold beverages.

Morning: In the hotel meeting room, the group leader will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, you will be alerted as quickly as possible.

Lunch: At the hotel restaurant is served buffet style with a variety of hot and cold dishes from which to choose.

Afternoon: An orienting walk in the neighborhood pointing out stores, pharmacies and banking services. The walk continues down to the characteristic old port where it's not uncommon to see fishermen bringing in the catch of the day or repairing their nets. Later in the afternoon an expert illuminates Classical Roman art and archeology.

Dinner: At a restaurant in Sorrento. Fixed menu consists of an antipasto assortment, a typical Sorrentine entrée and a glass of wine. Plated table service.

Lodging: Hotel Cesare Augusto

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

Description: Sorrento has been a mecca for illustrious visitors – writers, musicians, and royalty – since the 1700s. Exceptional for its cleanliness and safety in a region not often associated with these virtues, Sorrento is the ideal base for exploration of the bay’s resources, while offering a vibrant life of its own. Our programs reside at a comfortable four-star facility overlooking lemon and orange groves, and mere minutes on foot from the old town.

Contact info:
Viale degli Aranci, 108
Sorrento, NA 80067 Italy
phone: +39 081 8782700
web: www.hotelcesareaugusto.com

Room amenities: Each room has soundproof windows, small terrace, private bath, minibar, satellite TV, hair dryer, safe for valuables and individual temperature control (air conditioning in the summer; heat in the winter)

Facility amenities: Relax in the spacious lounge in the lobby. Enjoy a drink made by a professional barista in the lobby lounge. A rooftop pool with lounge, snack and bar service is open May-Sept. Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel.

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.hotelcesareaugusto.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 use online hotel consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, October 16 - Explore Pompeii
Note: The distance is about 20 miles but the ride along country roads takes about an hour. The ruins of Pompeii reveal cobblestone streets, sidewalks and dirt paths. Pompeii was a city, so be aware of the size of the archaeological site. Its uneven terrain with inclines and steps makes walking a challenge. The stone pavement can be slippery when wet. Note there are few benches to stop and rest.

Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel.

Morning: Guided visit of Pompeii archaeological site. Explore the streets of the city frozen in time in August of 79 CE. Walk into the amphitheater, see where the gladiators trained, walk down Via Abbondanza, the main street, observe 1st century political grafitti. Notice the similarities between Pompeii where bars, restaurants, shops and bakeries line the streets, and that in any modern city in Italy.

Lunch: At a restaurant in the archaeological park. Fixed menu and plated table service.

Afternoon: Coach back to Sorrento. Late afternoon classroom session on Customs and Traditions of Sorrento.

Dinner: At the hotel. Fixed menu consists of multiple courses. Plated table service.

Lodging: Hotel Cesare Augusto

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

Description: Sorrento has been a mecca for illustrious visitors – writers, musicians, and royalty – since the 1700s. Exceptional for its cleanliness and safety in a region not often associated with these virtues, Sorrento is the ideal base for exploration of the bay’s resources, while offering a vibrant life of its own. Our programs reside at a comfortable four-star facility overlooking lemon and orange groves, and mere minutes on foot from the old town.

Contact info:
Viale degli Aranci, 108
Sorrento, NA 80067 Italy
phone: +39 081 8782700
web: www.hotelcesareaugusto.com

Room amenities: Each room has soundproof windows, small terrace, private bath, minibar, satellite TV, hair dryer, safe for valuables and individual temperature control (air conditioning in the summer; heat in the winter)

Facility amenities: Relax in the spacious lounge in the lobby. Enjoy a drink made by a professional barista in the lobby lounge. A rooftop pool with lounge, snack and bar service is open May-Sept. Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel.

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.hotelcesareaugusto.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 use online hotel consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Saturday, October 17 - Greek Art and Architecture / Marquetry Museum an...
Note: One mile walk round trip walk from the hotel to the Marquetry Museum

Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel.

Morning: In the meeting room of the hotel an expert illuminates Classical Greek art and archaeology.

Lunch: At the hotel served buffet style. Choose from a variety of hot dishes and salads.

Afternoon: Visit the Tarsia Museum that displays the materials, tools and traditional motifs used by master craftsmen of marquetry, or inlaid wood design. To ensure continuity for the decorative art tradition the museum is also a workshop to teach the craft to local youth.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the type of eatery that fits your budget and taste. The group leader will have suggestions where to go for small plates, or a full-course dinner.

Lodging: Hotel Cesare Augusto

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

Description: Sorrento has been a mecca for illustrious visitors – writers, musicians, and royalty – since the 1700s. Exceptional for its cleanliness and safety in a region not often associated with these virtues, Sorrento is the ideal base for exploration of the bay’s resources, while offering a vibrant life of its own. Our programs reside at a comfortable four-star facility overlooking lemon and orange groves, and mere minutes on foot from the old town.

Contact info:
Viale degli Aranci, 108
Sorrento, NA 80067 Italy
phone: +39 081 8782700
web: www.hotelcesareaugusto.com

Room amenities: Each room has soundproof windows, small terrace, private bath, minibar, satellite TV, hair dryer, safe for valuables and individual temperature control (air conditioning in the summer; heat in the winter)

Facility amenities: Relax in the spacious lounge in the lobby. Enjoy a drink made by a professional barista in the lobby lounge. A rooftop pool with lounge, snack and bar service is open May-Sept. Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel.

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.hotelcesareaugusto.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 use online hotel consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Sunday, October 18 - Pasta Factory / Archaeological Museum in Naples
Note: The ride to Gragnano (15 miles) takes about 45 min, depending on traffic. A few flights of stairs at the museum. Note there are few benches in the gallery rooms.

Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to Gragnano for a guided tour of a pasta factory.

Lunch: At a restaurant in the town of Gragnano, a sampler of artisan pasta. A glass of wine accompanies the regional dishes.

Afternoon: Coach continues to Naples for an expert-led visit of the Archaeological Museum which houses treasures and artifacts found in Pompeii and Herculaneum, including the famed Alexander Mosaic, Flora and Fauna, and the Farnese Bull.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Hotel Cesare Augusto

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

Description: Sorrento has been a mecca for illustrious visitors – writers, musicians, and royalty – since the 1700s. Exceptional for its cleanliness and safety in a region not often associated with these virtues, Sorrento is the ideal base for exploration of the bay’s resources, while offering a vibrant life of its own. Our programs reside at a comfortable four-star facility overlooking lemon and orange groves, and mere minutes on foot from the old town.

Contact info:
Viale degli Aranci, 108
Sorrento, NA 80067 Italy
phone: +39 081 8782700
web: www.hotelcesareaugusto.com

Room amenities: Each room has soundproof windows, small terrace, private bath, minibar, satellite TV, hair dryer, safe for valuables and individual temperature control (air conditioning in the summer; heat in the winter)

Facility amenities: Relax in the spacious lounge in the lobby. Enjoy a drink made by a professional barista in the lobby lounge. A rooftop pool with lounge, snack and bar service is open May-Sept. Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel.

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.hotelcesareaugusto.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 use online hotel consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Seven: Monday, October 19 - Full Day Excursion to the Isle of Capri
Note: Large ferry boats with open air and indoor seating to the island of Capri. The ride is a little less than one hour. Transportation is provided from the port to Anacapri, the town at the top of the island along winding roads. Some walking to visit the traffic free town, gardens and sites of the island.

Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel.

Morning: Board a boat to Capri. Indulge in a full day on the Mediterranean's most lush island while roaming the intricate cobbled laneways and the chic neighborhoods. Guided visit to the villa of Axel Munthe. Weather permitting enjoy the scenery from the convertible car with the top down.

Lunch: At a restaurant in Capri, the wait staff serves an appetizer appropriate for the season, and an entrée in the Sorrentine culinary tradition, accompanied by a glass of locally produced wine.

Afternoon: Capri visit continues. Some free time to climb the ruins of the villa of Tiberius or savor a gelato at a waterfront cafe. Boat returns to Sorrento by late afternoon.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Hotel Cesare Augusto

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

Description: Sorrento has been a mecca for illustrious visitors – writers, musicians, and royalty – since the 1700s. Exceptional for its cleanliness and safety in a region not often associated with these virtues, Sorrento is the ideal base for exploration of the bay’s resources, while offering a vibrant life of its own. Our programs reside at a comfortable four-star facility overlooking lemon and orange groves, and mere minutes on foot from the old town.

Contact info:
Viale degli Aranci, 108
Sorrento, NA 80067 Italy
phone: +39 081 8782700
web: www.hotelcesareaugusto.com

Room amenities: Each room has soundproof windows, small terrace, private bath, minibar, satellite TV, hair dryer, safe for valuables and individual temperature control (air conditioning in the summer; heat in the winter)

Facility amenities: Relax in the spacious lounge in the lobby. Enjoy a drink made by a professional barista in the lobby lounge. A rooftop pool with lounge, snack and bar service is open May-Sept. Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel.

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.hotelcesareaugusto.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 use online hotel consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Eight: Tuesday, October 20 - Herculaneum / Contemporary Life in Italy
Note: The coach ride to Naples takes about an hour, depending on traffic. Uneven pavement on streets and cobblestone sidewalks in the archaeological site make walking somewhat challenging. There is a short incline to visit some of the houses and sites in the archaeological site. Few places to sit and rest.

Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to and guided visit of Herculaneum, an upscale resort town destroyed by mud flows unlike Pompeii, which was buried by ash in 79 CE. The excavated Villa of the Papyri was the inspiration for the Getty Museum in Malibu, California.

Lunch: Coach back to the hotel for lunch served buffet style. Choose from a variety of hot and cold dishes.

Afternoon: Examine the issues facing Italy today in a lecture and discussion of the country's health care system, education, religion, and women's issues, and discover the ways in which Italy continues to undergo rapid economic and societal change. Question and answer period follows. Free time until dinner.

Dinner: At a restaurant in the heart of Sorrento. A fixed menu multi-course meal in the local tradition, accompanied by a glass of wine.

Lodging: Hotel Cesare Augusto

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

Description: Sorrento has been a mecca for illustrious visitors – writers, musicians, and royalty – since the 1700s. Exceptional for its cleanliness and safety in a region not often associated with these virtues, Sorrento is the ideal base for exploration of the bay’s resources, while offering a vibrant life of its own. Our programs reside at a comfortable four-star facility overlooking lemon and orange groves, and mere minutes on foot from the old town.

Contact info:
Viale degli Aranci, 108
Sorrento, NA 80067 Italy
phone: +39 081 8782700
web: www.hotelcesareaugusto.com

Room amenities: Each room has soundproof windows, small terrace, private bath, minibar, satellite TV, hair dryer, safe for valuables and individual temperature control (air conditioning in the summer; heat in the winter)

Facility amenities: Relax in the spacious lounge in the lobby. Enjoy a drink made by a professional barista in the lobby lounge. A rooftop pool with lounge, snack and bar service is open May-Sept. Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel.

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.hotelcesareaugusto.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 use online hotel consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Nine: Wednesday, October 21 - Music in the Neapolitan Tradition, Cooking Demo
Note: The coach ride to the farm takes about 15 minutes. Non strenuous walk from coach drop off point to the farm.

Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel.

Morning: In the hotel meeting room, a musicologist expounds on the Neapolitan music tradition, complete with recordings.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Panoramic drive through the Sorrento countryside for a hands-on cooking demonstration of dishes of the regional cuisine. Learn how mozzarella cheese is made from fresh milk and rennet.

Dinner: A sampler of appetizers and an aperitivo start off the enjoyment of the multi-course dinner you have observed in the making. Wine and limoncello are included with this group meal.

Evening: Coach to Sorrento after dinner at the agriturismo.

Lodging: Hotel Cesare Augusto

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

Description: On the Amalfi Coast lies the seaside resort of Minori. Archaeological evidence based on the ruins of an imperial age villa uncovered nearby indicates the area was populated by Romans in the 1st century. Today the village continues to attract visitors to its tranquil shores and piazza-like atmosphere. Perfectly situated near Amalfi, Ravello, Maiori and the ceramic tile center of Vietri, Minori will serve as our base. From there we will coach to Paestum, a 5th century Greek settlement with magnificently preserved temples.

Contact info:
Corso Vittorio Emanuele
Minori (Amalfi), Italy
phone: +39 089 877 237
web: www.hotelvillaromana.it

Room amenities: satellite television, mini-bar, safe box for valuables, hair dryer and individual climate control. Free wi-fi connection.

Facility amenities: The hotel is a short walk from the beach and sea front promenade. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant. Relax in the spacious lounge with full bar service. The outdoor pool is open May—September. Free WiFi in the rooms and internet point in the lobby.

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
Book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelvillaromana.it. Indicate to the hotel 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: 11:00 AM

Day Ten: Thursday, October 22 - Positano / Transfer to Amalfi Coast hotel
Note: Boat ride from Positano to Amalfi takes about 30 min. In case bad weather prevents boat from leaving, ability to walk up the hill along the sidewalk to reach the bus parking lot.

Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel.

Morning: Amalfi Coast Drive: the scenic narrow winding road cut into the steep cliffs above the Mediterranean Sea. On route, visit the elegant seaside town of Positano with its characteristic white and pastel colored houses that cling in tiers to the rock face. Board a boat bound for Amalfi from where you can fully appreciate the cascading houses and luscious gardens on the mountain face.

Lunch: At a restaurant in Amalfi, the fixed menu consists of an appetizer and traditional Sorrentine dish and is presented with plated table service.

Afternoon: In Amalfi, visit the cathedral of St. Andrew and an interesting museum that illustrates the techniques of milling paper, an industry that flourished in Amalfi in the 12th century. Transfer to Minori and check into the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel a fixed menu multi-course meal with plated table service.

Lodging: Hotel Villa Romana

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

Description: On the Amalfi Coast lies the seaside resort of Minori. Archaeological evidence based on the ruins of an imperial age villa uncovered nearby indicates the area was populated by Romans in the 1st century. Today the village continues to attract visitors to its tranquil shores and piazza-like atmosphere. Perfectly situated near Amalfi, Ravello, Maiori and the ceramic tile center of Vietri, Minori will serve as our base. From there we will coach to Paestum, a 5th century Greek settlement with magnificently preserved temples.

Contact info:
Corso Vittorio Emanuele
Minori (Amalfi), Italy
phone: +39 089 877 237
web: www.hotelvillaromana.it

Room amenities: satellite television, mini-bar, safe box for valuables, hair dryer and individual climate control. Free wi-fi connection.

Facility amenities: The hotel is a short walk from the beach and sea front promenade. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant. Relax in the spacious lounge with full bar service. The outdoor pool is open May—September. Free WiFi in the rooms and internet point in the lobby.

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
Book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelvillaromana.it. Indicate to the hotel 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: 11:00 AM

Day Eleven: Friday, October 23 - Paestum
Note: The ride to Paestum takes 1.5 hours. Uneven dirt paths lead to the famous Greek temples, the terrain is level. Leisurely walk to the adjacent museum. Few benches to rest during the visit to the archaeological site.

Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel.

Morning: A drive (1 hr 40 min) south takes us to the Greek settlement of Paestum, dedicated to Poseidon. The highlights include doric style temples dating from the 6th and 5th centuries BCE dedicated to Hera. The adjacent museum contains the famed painted tomb of the diver.

Lunch: At a local restaurant overlooking the temples. A fixed menu with locally produced seasonal ingredients with plated table service.

Afternoon: Field trip to Paestum continues.

Dinner: At the hotel a fixed menu multi-course meal with plated table service.

Lodging: Hotel Villa Romana

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

Description: On the Amalfi Coast lies the seaside resort of Minori. Archaeological evidence based on the ruins of an imperial age villa uncovered nearby indicates the area was populated by Romans in the 1st century. Today the village continues to attract visitors to its tranquil shores and piazza-like atmosphere. Perfectly situated near Amalfi, Ravello, Maiori and the ceramic tile center of Vietri, Minori will serve as our base. From there we will coach to Paestum, a 5th century Greek settlement with magnificently preserved temples.

Contact info:
Corso Vittorio Emanuele
Minori (Amalfi), Italy
phone: +39 089 877 237
web: www.hotelvillaromana.it

Room amenities: satellite television, mini-bar, safe box for valuables, hair dryer and individual climate control. Free wi-fi connection.

Facility amenities: The hotel is a short walk from the beach and sea front promenade. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant. Relax in the spacious lounge with full bar service. The outdoor pool is open May—September. Free WiFi in the rooms and internet point in the lobby.

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
Book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelvillaromana.it. Indicate to the hotel 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: 11:00 AM

Day Twelve: Saturday, October 24 - Ravello
Note: The ride from Ravello to Minori takes about 30 minutes. As a hill town, visiting Ravello requires managing hills on foot from the bus drop off point to and around the town. Villa Rufolo's gardens are terraced with paved steps.

Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to Ravello, a medieval hill town above Amalfi for a visit to the world renowned Villa Rufolo, inspiration to Wagner and other artists.

Lunch: On your own. The group leader will offer suggestions and give directions for a variety of local eateries.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Ravello and return to Minori with the coach. If you want a hiking challenge, you can walk the path that connects Ravello to Minori. The walk is all downhill, with many steps and sometimes no handrail. It takes about 40 min. The group leader will have details about the path if you choose to hike from Ravello back to the hotel.

Dinner: Recap your adventures and share your favorite memories with your fellow participants at our farewell dinner at the hotel. Fixed menu, plated table service.

Lodging: Hotel Villa Romana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Sunday, October 25 - Program Concludes
Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel; continental style for participants with early morning departure. This concludes the program.

Morning: Coach to and Depart from Naples airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Sorrento
General OverviewSuggestions for free time (half day) activities: an excursion up Mount Vesuvius; return to Capri to visit the Blue Grotto (accessible by small boats when sea conditions allow). Short train ride to Oplontis, site of the Villa Poppaea with beautifully preserved frescoes from a 1st century BCE Roman Villa.

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.

Our Value Promise To You

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
11 nights of accommodations
28 meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

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