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Program #19688RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active (Variable by Program Date)
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 Jun 7 — Jun 15, 2015

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Day One: Sunday, June 07 - Departure from points in North America
Note: Suggest sleeping on the plane; makes adjusting to jet lag easier if you remain awake on arrival day and go to bed early.

In Transit: Overnight flight crossing the Atlantic Ocean with arrivals the following day.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is situated near Piazza Venezia in the center of Rome, well within walking distance of the Forum, Colosseum, monument to Victor Emanuel, and Trevi Fountain. The terrace lounge with panoramic views of the city is open from early spring to late autumn.

Contact info:
Via 4 Novembre, 104
Rome, 00187 Italy
phone: +39 06 679 5105
web: www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathroom, writing desk. Individual control heat/air conditioning, satellite TV, room safe, mini bar, hair dryer. Free Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Reception desk is open 24 hours. Enjoy a coffee or drink at the bar in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi throughout the facility. Laundry service available.

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.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it or reservation@leonardihotels.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 consolidators such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 08 - Orientation \ Welcome Reception \ Neighborhood Wa...
Note: Transfer to the hotel for check-in. Minimal exertion.

Arrive To: Arrival at hotel in Rome. As we wait for all program participants to arrive, feel free to explore the area of the hotel (Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain)

Lunch: Light lunch at a restaurant near the hotel.

Afternoon: At the orientation meeting, the group leader distributes the most updated and detailed program schedule and goes over logistics. The session is followed by a neighborhood walk pointing out the location of ATMs, pharmacies, grocery stores, and nearby attractions.

Dinner: Prior to dinner gather at the appointed time for a welcome reception to meet your fellow adventurers. Dinner at a restaurant in the neighborhood of the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Pace Helvezia

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

Description: The hotel is situated near Piazza Venezia in the center of Rome, well within walking distance of the Forum, Colosseum, monument to Victor Emanuel, and Trevi Fountain. The terrace lounge with panoramic views of the city is open from early spring to late autumn.

Contact info:
Via 4 Novembre, 104
Rome, 00187 Italy
phone: +39 06 679 5105
web: www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathroom, writing desk. Individual control heat/air conditioning, satellite TV, room safe, mini bar, hair dryer. Free Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Reception desk is open 24 hours. Enjoy a coffee or drink at the bar in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi throughout the facility. Laundry service available.

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.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it or reservation@leonardihotels.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 consolidators such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 09 - Roman History \ Colosseum \ Capitoline Museum
Note: Somewhat taxing, the two mile walk includes ascent of a low hill on urban sidewalks and uneven pavement in the Colosseum. Elevator to the upper level of the ancient arena. For a more authentic experience climb the 10" high steps to the upper level. Extended standing and walking during the visit of the two branches of the Capitoline Museum.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: An illustrated lecture on The History of Ancient Rome leads you from its foundation as a small village to its supremacy which lasted nearly 1000 years. Many of the ancient structures and institutions continue to the present. Walk to the Colosseum (reserved entrance) for expert-led visit.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant near the Colosseum.

Afternoon: Short walk to the Capitoline, just on the other side of the monument honoring Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of unified Italy. A local expert leads the visit of the Capitoline Museum, commenting on major pieces in the collection: the She Wolf, symbol of Rome with the Renaissance addition of Romulus and Remus; the impressive equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. Cross to the other wing of the museum through the Tabularium, ancient Rome's archives. There is a commanding view of the Forum from that vantage point. The visit continues to the Braccio Nuovo or new wing, where the moving statue of Dying Gaul and the lovely Capitoline Venus are on display. Short walk back to the hotel takes you through Piazza Venezia. Note the balcony from which Mussolini gave speeches to the crowd below.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Pace Helvezia

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

Description: The hotel is situated near Piazza Venezia in the center of Rome, well within walking distance of the Forum, Colosseum, monument to Victor Emanuel, and Trevi Fountain. The terrace lounge with panoramic views of the city is open from early spring to late autumn.

Contact info:
Via 4 Novembre, 104
Rome, 00187 Italy
phone: +39 06 679 5105
web: www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathroom, writing desk. Individual control heat/air conditioning, satellite TV, room safe, mini bar, hair dryer. Free Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Reception desk is open 24 hours. Enjoy a coffee or drink at the bar in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi throughout the facility. Laundry service available.

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.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it or reservation@leonardihotels.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 consolidators such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 10 - Aventine and Palatine Hills\ Roman Forum \ Archae...
Aventine and Palatine Hills\ Roman Forum \ Archaeological Site \ Sistine Chapel Lecture

Note: Coach to the Aventine; the walk in this quiet residential neighborhood has some inclines. Coach to the entrance of the Forum to begin the walk to the Palatine hill's summit along uneven terrain of the Roman Forum.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to the Aventine Hill, the spot chosen by Remus, mythic founder of Rome, to set up his homestead. Take in a sweeping view of the city as you stroll the Orange Garden. The legend has it that in the 1200s St. Dominic brought orange seeds from Spain to a monastery on the Aventine Hill. Trees descending from the original still bloom and produce fruit in the quiet park. Short coach ride to the entrance of the Forum where the walk to the summit of the Palatine hill begins. The word "palatial" is related to the Palatine, because it is the place where wealthy leaders of Rome built their palaces. From the southern ledge (unless otherwise restricted), peer down to the Circus Maximus and over to the Aventine Hill. Descend and continue walking in the Roman Forum, the civic, religious and political hub of ancient Rome. The expert will build mental pictures of the walls now lacking from the foundations. See the two remaining arches, that of Septemius Severus and of Titus. The Arch of Constantine contains friezes and bas-relief sculptures recycled from other arches and monuments.

Lunch: Short walk to a restaurant near Trajan's market and the hotel.

Afternoon: Short walk (2 blocks) to the Domus Romane at the Palazzo Valentini. The rooms of a noble family’s home come to life as laser projections recreate the rooms, furnishings and decorations of a home from Imperial Rome. Back at the hotel a late afternoon classroom session on Art of Michelangelo in Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant at the base of Trajan's column.

Lodging: Hotel Pace Helvezia

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

Description: The hotel is situated near Piazza Venezia in the center of Rome, well within walking distance of the Forum, Colosseum, monument to Victor Emanuel, and Trevi Fountain. The terrace lounge with panoramic views of the city is open from early spring to late autumn.

Contact info:
Via 4 Novembre, 104
Rome, 00187 Italy
phone: +39 06 679 5105
web: www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathroom, writing desk. Individual control heat/air conditioning, satellite TV, room safe, mini bar, hair dryer. Free Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Reception desk is open 24 hours. Enjoy a coffee or drink at the bar in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi throughout the facility. Laundry service available.

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.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it or reservation@leonardihotels.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 consolidators such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 11 - Vatican Museums \ S. Peter's Basilica \ Spanish S...
Vatican Museums \ S. Peter's Basilica \ Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain

Note: Ability to climb a few flights of stairs; the Vatican Museum comples is often crowded with visitors. There is little opportunity to sit and rest until you reach the Sistine Chapel, the walls of which have wooden benches. After lunch, less than a mile walk back to the hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Board coach for Vatican Museums, reserved entrance. Over 18,000 people visit each day, so you can expect crowded halls and galleries. The Vatican Museums is comprised of a number of collections: Egypt and Mesopotamia; Greek, Etruscan, Rome; a picture gallery. There are unannounced closings of galleries, so our expert will maximize the time and discuss the most significant pieces available. Michelangelo's frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, with scenes from the book of Genesis and the Last Judgment behind the main altar are the main attraction. From the Sistine Chapel, the expert will lead the group through the back door down to the Basilica of St. Peter. In a side chapel, behind a protective glass, you can see the famous Pieta', Michelangelo's early work and only piece he signed. Above the altar stands Bernini's Baldacchino or canopy; it is over 100 feet high. Stepping our onto the front porch, you will admire the colonnade designed by Bernini, evocative of the welcoming embracing arms of the church.

Lunch: Lunch at a characteristic restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch the expert leads a walk of discovery to the Spanish Steps, past Bernini's palace and on to the Trevi Fountain. Built to commemorate the restored aqueduct that brought water into Rome, the central figure of Neptune, god of the waters rides a conch shell and two Tritons hold bridled sea horses, one representing the calm seas, the other stormy seas. The famous scene from Fellini's La Dolce Vita was filmed there as well as Three Coins in a Fountain. Short walk (less than 500 yards) back to the hotel for a classroom session.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Pace Helvezia

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

Description: The hotel is situated near Piazza Venezia in the center of Rome, well within walking distance of the Forum, Colosseum, monument to Victor Emanuel, and Trevi Fountain. The terrace lounge with panoramic views of the city is open from early spring to late autumn.

Contact info:
Via 4 Novembre, 104
Rome, 00187 Italy
phone: +39 06 679 5105
web: www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathroom, writing desk. Individual control heat/air conditioning, satellite TV, room safe, mini bar, hair dryer. Free Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Reception desk is open 24 hours. Enjoy a coffee or drink at the bar in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi throughout the facility. Laundry service available.

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.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it or reservation@leonardihotels.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 consolidators such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, June 12 - Viminal \ Esquiline \ Caelian Hills and Free time
Note: Short coach rides to the sites. Walks are short, some places to rest.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to the Viminal Hill to the remains of the Thermal Baths of Diocletian. Michelangelo restructured the "frigidarium" the Cold Water bath into a church. Experience the immensity of the bath complex and appreciate Michelangelo's genius of reutilizing existing space. There is a meridian line spanning the length. On the Exquiline is the site of first church built in honor of Mary. The church is decorated with colorful mosaics from the 5th to the 12th century. The coffered ceiling was decorated with gold leaf from the Americas. Board the coach again for a short ride to the Caelian Hill where excavations have revealed a 2nd-3rd c. CE Roman house. During the visit, the expert will offer interpretations suggested for the owners. Do the frescoes indicate pagan themes or early Christian themes? Still up for debate. Coach to the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Coach to the hotel. Free afternoon to explore the city on your own. Meet at the appointed time and place for dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Pace Helvezia

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

Description: The hotel is situated near Piazza Venezia in the center of Rome, well within walking distance of the Forum, Colosseum, monument to Victor Emanuel, and Trevi Fountain. The terrace lounge with panoramic views of the city is open from early spring to late autumn.

Contact info:
Via 4 Novembre, 104
Rome, 00187 Italy
phone: +39 06 679 5105
web: www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathroom, writing desk. Individual control heat/air conditioning, satellite TV, room safe, mini bar, hair dryer. Free Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Reception desk is open 24 hours. Enjoy a coffee or drink at the bar in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi throughout the facility. Laundry service available.

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.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it or reservation@leonardihotels.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 consolidators such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, June 13 - Piazza Navona and Pantheon \ Concert \ Lecture o...
Piazza Navona and Pantheon \ Concert \ Lecture on Rome's Legacy \ Trastevere

Note: Short walk on city sidewalks to explore the area of Navona. In the afternoon urban walk to Trastevere includes climbing up and down a flights of stairs to the base of the Tiber Island, water levels permitting.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to drop off point closest to Piazza Navona. A local expert will illustrate how the long oval piazza was built by the Emperor Domitian (81-96) for track and field games. The buildings lining the piazza have the footprint of the bleachers. Now the quintessential Baroque piazza, it is home to artists and performers. Bernini's statue of the Four Rivers sits in the middle and Borromini's church of St. Agnes is on the west side. Cross the street toward the Pantheon, the temple/celestial observatory engineered by the Emperor Hadrian around 122 CE. The niches along the interior perimeter are illuminated by the sun at different times of the year and day. At the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj enjoy a performance of Baroque music. Stay on after the performance if you want to view the art treasures in the palazzo's gallery.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Lecture on the Legacy of Rome is designed to pull together what we have learned and experienced. After a short break, we will take a walk of discovery to the Jewish Ghetto and Tiber Island. The area of the Ghetto was where the Jews were confined from the 16th-19th centuries; during free time in the program one might select to visit the museum and synagogues (closed on Saturdays). The Tiber Island was the original crossing point of the Tiber in antiquity, as it divided the width of the River. The Island was also used as a healing sanctuary to "isolate" the sick and there was a temple to Aesculapius on stern end of the island. Ask the expert where portions of the marble relief of Aesculapius and the intertwined serpent around the staff, symbol of the medical arts are located. From there you can see the oldest span of a Roman bridge, Pons Aemilius, dating to the 2rd century BCE. The tradition of healing continues on the island, the Fatebenefratelli Hospital is located on the opposite end of the island. Cross over to Trastevere for dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at a characteristic pizzeria in Trastevere.Transportation back to the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Pace Helvezia

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

Description: The hotel is situated near Piazza Venezia in the center of Rome, well within walking distance of the Forum, Colosseum, monument to Victor Emanuel, and Trevi Fountain. The terrace lounge with panoramic views of the city is open from early spring to late autumn.

Contact info:
Via 4 Novembre, 104
Rome, 00187 Italy
phone: +39 06 679 5105
web: www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathroom, writing desk. Individual control heat/air conditioning, satellite TV, room safe, mini bar, hair dryer. Free Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Reception desk is open 24 hours. Enjoy a coffee or drink at the bar in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi throughout the facility. Laundry service available.

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.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it or reservation@leonardihotels.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 consolidators such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Eight: Sunday, June 14 - Free Morning \ Borghese Gallery \ Farewell dinner
Note: Light day of exertion, depending on your destination during free time. A circular staircase leads to the top floor of the Borghese Gallery.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel restaurant.

Morning: Free morning to explore your special destination. Details will be provided onsite. Some suggestions: attend the Papal blessing offered at noon in St. Peter's Square; Rome's "flee market" in Trastevere, Jewish Museum and synagogue.

Lunch: Select a place to have lunch from the many options available.

Afternoon: Coach to the Galleria Borghese, for an expert-led visit of the collection of art amassed by Cardinal Scipio Borghese, nephew of the Pope Paul V. The villa which houses his collection was used as a retreat and reception hall for dignitaries visiting Rome. A connoisseur of art, he acquired through purchase or intrigue art that he fancied. His most impressive collection of sculptures were done by Bernini when he was in his early 20's. His paintings feature Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, and others. The museum limits visits to two hours. Return to the hotel with time to pack prior to the farewell dinner.

Dinner: Enjoy your farewell dinner at a local restaurant. One last visit to Trevi, do not neglect to throw the customary coins in the fountain basin as you make your wish to return to the Eternal City.

Lodging: Hotel Pace Helvezia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Monday, June 15 - Departure
Note: Coach to airport and check in with airline and clear security.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel; sack for those with early departures.

Morning: Transfers to airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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17 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
1 Performances

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