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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 2 — Jun 10, 2013

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Day One: Sunday, June 02 - Departure from points in North America
In Transit: Overnight flight crossing the Atlantic Ocean with arrivals the following day.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

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

Contact info:
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 110
www.tizianohotel.it
Rome, 00186 Italy
phone: +011-39-06-68-65-019
web: www.tizianohotel.it

Room amenities: Safe for valuables, individual controls for heat/air conditioning (in season), mini bar, telephone, satellite TV, hair dryer

Facility amenities: Breakfast buffet served at the hotel. All four floors have elevator service; the classroom is on the ground floor and there is a sitting area in the lobby where guests can relax. The lobby has a public computer for internet access. Free Wi-Fi access in rooms and in the lobby. 24 hour reception, elevator, comfortable lounge, beverage bar in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 03 - 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 just around the corner at Largo Argentina, where Julius Caesar was assassinated. The temples date from 4th to 2nd c. BCE.

Lunch: Lunch at a nearby restaurant.

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. Behind is Campo de' Fiori, central Rome's open air fruit and vegetable market open Monday-Saturday. On Sundays small producers of organic honeys, wines, cheeses, fabrics etc. set up booths. A statue of Giordano Bruno stands in the middle, commemorating the place where he was burned at the stake in 1600. Around the Campo are numerous restaurants, fast food and other services. The roads leading into the Campo are lined with affordable boutiques and specialty stores.

Dinner: Prior to dinner gather at the appointed time for a welcome reception to meet your fellow adventurers. The meal will be taken at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Tiziano

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

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

Contact info:
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 110
www.tizianohotel.it
Rome, 00186 Italy
phone: +011-39-06-68-65-019
web: www.tizianohotel.it

Room amenities: Safe for valuables, individual controls for heat/air conditioning (in season), mini bar, telephone, satellite TV, hair dryer

Facility amenities: Breakfast buffet served at the hotel. All four floors have elevator service; the classroom is on the ground floor and there is a sitting area in the lobby where guests can relax. The lobby has a public computer for internet access. Free Wi-Fi access in rooms and in the lobby. 24 hour reception, elevator, comfortable lounge, beverage bar in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 04 - Roman History \ Palatine, Forum and Colosseum
Note: Walking on uneven cobblestone paths and a low hill requires stamina for a one and a half hour outing. To reach the upper level of the Colosseum there is an elevator. Feel free to take the stairs for a more authentic experience.The entrance fee to the Palatine, Forum and Colosseum is all inclusive, so this field trip takes place during a half day. The visit is typically divided by lunch at a local restaurant, to allow some rest time.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel restaurant.

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 institutions continue to the present. Expert-led visit to the Colosseum for reserved entrance time.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Expert led visit to the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. The word "palatial" is related to the Palatine, because wealthy leaders of Rome built their palaces there. Visit the Imperial palaces and the museum which shows evidence of the post holes used by the earliest settlers for dwelling huts. From the southern ledge, peer down to the Circus Maximus and 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.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant with free time to walk around this section of Rome.

Lodging: Hotel Tiziano

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

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

Contact info:
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 110
www.tizianohotel.it
Rome, 00186 Italy
phone: +011-39-06-68-65-019
web: www.tizianohotel.it

Room amenities: Safe for valuables, individual controls for heat/air conditioning (in season), mini bar, telephone, satellite TV, hair dryer

Facility amenities: Breakfast buffet served at the hotel. All four floors have elevator service; the classroom is on the ground floor and there is a sitting area in the lobby where guests can relax. The lobby has a public computer for internet access. Free Wi-Fi access in rooms and in the lobby. 24 hour reception, elevator, comfortable lounge, beverage bar in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 05 - Aventine and Capitoline Hills \ Renaissance and B...
Note: Pretty taxing, the two mile walk includes ascent of two low hills and visit through two branches of the Capitoline Museum.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel restaurant.

Morning: Visit the Aventine the southern most hill. It was a populist area, now upscale with a number of foreign embassies. St. Dominic resided at S. Sabina and brought oranges from Spain as a gift to his patron, Pope Honorius III. The Orange Garden adjacent to the church is now a park offering a splendid morning view of the city. The orange trees descend from those original plantings. Walking down the slope view the Circus Maximus and Palatine hill. The Circus, originally for chariot races, is used as a gathering place for concerts, political rallies and to celebrate sporting victories, when Italy won the World Cup, over 1.5 million people gathered there in honor of the team. Walk continues to the Capitoline Hill and Museum. The expert will comment on major pieces in the collection, including the Dying Gaul;The Etruscan She Wolf with the Renaissance addition of Romulus and Remus; the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius and the foundations of the temple of Jupiter Capitolinus. 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.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to sample some local cuisine. Suggestions will be indicated.

Afternoon: A lecture on Renaissance and Baroque art will prepare you for the visit to the collection of art in the Vatican Museums, including the Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and a visit of St. Peter's Basilica. Stretch your legs with an expert led visit to 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. King Vittorio Emanuele II, his wife and son are buried there. The painter Raphael's tomb lines the far most left niche from the main entrance. The interior forms a sphere 148 feet in diameter and the oculus is 29 feet across. The walk continues to Largo Argentina and the Republican era temples discovered there. Julius Caesar was assassinated as he exited the portico for the Theater of Pompey which opened up to this temple complex.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant to enjoy Roman cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Tiziano

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

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

Contact info:
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 110
www.tizianohotel.it
Rome, 00186 Italy
phone: +011-39-06-68-65-019
web: www.tizianohotel.it

Room amenities: Safe for valuables, individual controls for heat/air conditioning (in season), mini bar, telephone, satellite TV, hair dryer

Facility amenities: Breakfast buffet served at the hotel. All four floors have elevator service; the classroom is on the ground floor and there is a sitting area in the lobby where guests can relax. The lobby has a public computer for internet access. Free Wi-Fi access in rooms and in the lobby. 24 hour reception, elevator, comfortable lounge, beverage bar in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 06 - Esquiline, Viminal and Caelian Hills \ High Renai...
Note: About a 1 mile walk. The Basilica of S. Mary Major is decorated with marvelous mosaics dating from the 5th -13th centuries. Walking down hill we reach the church where Michelangelo's Moses is placed. After another short walk we reach the Museum of an Ancient Roman House, a 3rd-4th century structure with frescoes decorating the walls.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel restaurant.

Morning: Starting at S. Mary Major on the Esquiline, you can marvel at the wonderfully preserved mosaics that span 1500 years of workmanship. The artist Bernini is entombed near the main altar. Down hill lies the church of S. Peter in Chains where you can see the cenotaph (funerary monument) of Pope Julius II by Michelangelo. The central statue of Moses is the main attraction. On the Caelian Hill, there is an underground Roman house dating to the 2nd-3rd c. CE, with original frescoes which defy interpretation : are they pagan, Christian, or transitional?

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Lecture on High Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture. This lecture also introduces Bernini as a sculptor in preparation for the visit to the Galleria Borghese to see a number of his famous early works, most of which were completed in his mid-twenties.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: The Church of S. Ignazio often sponsors musical performances. If one is scheduled around the times we are there, it will be included. The Church is near the Pantheon.

Lodging: Hotel Tiziano

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

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

Contact info:
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 110
www.tizianohotel.it
Rome, 00186 Italy
phone: +011-39-06-68-65-019
web: www.tizianohotel.it

Room amenities: Safe for valuables, individual controls for heat/air conditioning (in season), mini bar, telephone, satellite TV, hair dryer

Facility amenities: Breakfast buffet served at the hotel. All four floors have elevator service; the classroom is on the ground floor and there is a sitting area in the lobby where guests can relax. The lobby has a public computer for internet access. Free Wi-Fi access in rooms and in the lobby. 24 hour reception, elevator, comfortable lounge, beverage bar in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, June 07 - Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel) \ St. Peter's Ba...
Note: The museum is crowded and requires being able to walk up 3-4 flights of stairs. We schedule a reserved entrance time. The time in the museum will be spent standing while listening to an explanation or walking. There are few opportunities to sit and rest.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel restaurant.

Morning: 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 guide 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. There are countless historical references and events associated with this Basilica, once the largest in the world. 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 local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time after your visit, to remain in and around the area of St. Peter's or take leisurely walk to Castel Sant'Angelo, cross the Angel Bridge and work your way to Piazza Navona along Via dei Coronari, famous for the antique shops.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Tiziano

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

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

Contact info:
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 110
www.tizianohotel.it
Rome, 00186 Italy
phone: +011-39-06-68-65-019
web: www.tizianohotel.it

Room amenities: Safe for valuables, individual controls for heat/air conditioning (in season), mini bar, telephone, satellite TV, hair dryer

Facility amenities: Breakfast buffet served at the hotel. All four floors have elevator service; the classroom is on the ground floor and there is a sitting area in the lobby where guests can relax. The lobby has a public computer for internet access. Free Wi-Fi access in rooms and in the lobby. 24 hour reception, elevator, comfortable lounge, beverage bar in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, June 08 - Borghese Gallery \ Quirinal Hill \Trevi Fountain ...
Borghese Gallery \ Quirinal Hill \Trevi Fountain \ Italy Today \ Tiber Island

Note: These are short walks. The group will walk down and back up a couple flights of stairs to the base of the Island, water levels permitting.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel restaurant.

Morning: Self guided visit to the Galleria Borghese, the collection of art amassed by Cardinal Scipio Borghese, nephew of the Pope. 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 painting feature Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, and others. The museum limits visits to two hours. Following the visit the coach will take us to the Quirinal Hill to see Bernini's church of S. Andrea al Quirinale, an oval floor plan. The Palazzo Quirinale, once the residence of popes is now the residence of the President of Italy. Down the steps we reach the famous Trevi Fountain, which derives its name from the fact that tre (three) vi (vie-roads) converge there. The Allegory is of Neptune, god of the waters, was built in honor of the restoration of an aqueduct which brought water into down town Rome during the 18th century.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Lecture on Contemporary Italian and Roman Society. Excursion to the Tiber Island and Jewish Ghetto. The Tiber Island was the original crossing point of the Tiber in antiquity, since it divided the width of the River. Geologically it is related to the Capitoline Hill and was formed by erosion. The Island was also used as a healing sanctuary to "isolate" the sick and there was a temple to Aesculapius on the aft end of the island. We will look at portions of the the marble relief showing the intertwined serpents around the staff, symbol of the medical arts. From there you can see the oldest stand 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 prow end of the island. During the 10th century construction began on the church of St. Bartholomew, built above the ruins of the ancient sanctuary. The area of the Ghetto was where the Jews were confined in the 17th century, during free time one might select to visit the museum and synagogues.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Tiziano

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

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

Contact info:
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 110
www.tizianohotel.it
Rome, 00186 Italy
phone: +011-39-06-68-65-019
web: www.tizianohotel.it

Room amenities: Safe for valuables, individual controls for heat/air conditioning (in season), mini bar, telephone, satellite TV, hair dryer

Facility amenities: Breakfast buffet served at the hotel. All four floors have elevator service; the classroom is on the ground floor and there is a sitting area in the lobby where guests can relax. The lobby has a public computer for internet access. Free Wi-Fi access in rooms and in the lobby. 24 hour reception, elevator, comfortable lounge, beverage bar in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Eight: Sunday, June 09 - Why Rome Matters \ Free Afternoon
Note: Light day of exertion, depending on your destination during free time.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel restaurant.

Morning: Free morning to explore your special destination. Suggestions will be provided.

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

Afternoon: Lecture, Why Rome Matters, in this illustrated presentation, your instructor will try to pull together the significant aspects of Rome's influence, past, present and future. You will recall that the United States Founding Fathers relied heavily on the examples of Roman history and modeled our republic on the ancient writers. Our laws and judicial structure have clear links back to Rome.

Dinner: End your Roman adventure in Trastevere, the district across the River. This picturesque area is full of history and excellent restaurants. The church of Santa Maria in Trastevere has stunning mosaics dating from the 11-12 centuries. On the other side of the main Viale di Trastevere, there is a building utilized as a synagogue that dates to 1103, for there was a large Jewish population that lived here. Enjoy your farewell dinner in this traditional area of Rome.

Lodging: Hotel Tiziano

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Monday, June 10 - Departure
Note: Coach to airport and check in with airline and clear security.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel or packed meal for those that depart early.

Morning: Transfers to airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Rome
General OverviewThe free time options are numerous; the Church Jubilee of 2000 precipitated the opening of several new attractions, and the re-opening, often after decades of closure, of many more old ones. These include Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo, Centro Monte Martini, the Golden House of Nero, and the Tomb of Balbo. The Protestant Cemetery where Keats and other notables are buried. Even for seasoned visitors there is now much that is new to see.

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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

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