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Program #18212RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
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Itinerary for Sep 9 — Sep 25, 2013

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Day One: Monday, September 09 - Departure from points in North America
In Transit: Overnight flight crosses the Atlantic Ocean. Arrive in Catania, Sicily the following day.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Early 19th century aristocratic villa, constructed in the Sicilian Baroque Style, was converted into a hotel last century. Beautifully appointed with marble and tile floors in lobby and bathrooms. Elegant lounge with panoramic terrace overlooking the swimming pool, tennis court and the spectacular Gulf of Naxos and the Ionian Sea. The hotel has recently been modernized and upgraded.

Contact info:
Via Pietro Rizzo, 13
Taormina, 98039 Italy
phone: +39 0942 24 874
web: www.hotelvillariis.com

Room amenities: Satellite TV; air conditioning; mini bar; safe; hair dryer; direct dial telephone.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi throughout structure, exterior elevator to pool and tennis court, allows a wonderful panorama of the gulf and Mount Etna. Multilingual staff, manicured garden, exercise room, just minutes away from the center of town and the Greco-Roman Theater.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, September 10 - Arrival / Welcome Reception
Note: Minimal exertion.

Arrive To: Transfer from Catania airport to hotel in Giardini Naxos. Notice imposing Mt. Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.

Lunch: At hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Settle in and relax before meeting for an informal gathering and reception to welcome you to Sicily. At the seaside resort town you can walk along the rocky beach or wander around the small commercial center.

Dinner: At hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Villa Riis

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

Description: Early 19th century aristocratic villa, constructed in the Sicilian Baroque Style, was converted into a hotel last century. Beautifully appointed with marble and tile floors in lobby and bathrooms. Elegant lounge with panoramic terrace overlooking the swimming pool, tennis court and the spectacular Gulf of Naxos and the Ionian Sea. The hotel has recently been modernized and upgraded.

Contact info:
Via Pietro Rizzo, 13
Taormina, 98039 Italy
phone: +39 0942 24 874
web: www.hotelvillariis.com

Room amenities: Satellite TV; air conditioning; mini bar; safe; hair dryer; direct dial telephone.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi throughout structure, exterior elevator to pool and tennis court, allows a wonderful panorama of the gulf and Mount Etna. Multilingual staff, manicured garden, exercise room, just minutes away from the center of town and the Greco-Roman Theater.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, September 11 - Orientation / Neighborhood Walk / History of Sici...
Note: Minimal exertion.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: The group leader goes over safety and logistics and distributes the most updated schedule detailed with times and restaurant names. A short walk in the vicinity of the hotel points out banks, shops, pharmacies and markets. First of a series of lectures on Sicily’s history. Topics include the ancient Mediterranean colonizers--people from Greece, Phoenicia, Carthage and their impact on this area of Sicily.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Leisurely walk with the group leader past the ruins of the original Greek settlement to reach the main town (and commercial center) of Naxos along the gulf.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Villa Riis

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

Description: Early 19th century aristocratic villa, constructed in the Sicilian Baroque Style, was converted into a hotel last century. Beautifully appointed with marble and tile floors in lobby and bathrooms. Elegant lounge with panoramic terrace overlooking the swimming pool, tennis court and the spectacular Gulf of Naxos and the Ionian Sea. The hotel has recently been modernized and upgraded.

Contact info:
Via Pietro Rizzo, 13
Taormina, 98039 Italy
phone: +39 0942 24 874
web: www.hotelvillariis.com

Room amenities: Satellite TV; air conditioning; mini bar; safe; hair dryer; direct dial telephone.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi throughout structure, exterior elevator to pool and tennis court, allows a wonderful panorama of the gulf and Mount Etna. Multilingual staff, manicured garden, exercise room, just minutes away from the center of town and the Greco-Roman Theater.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, September 12 - Taormina / Free Time in the Afternoon
Note: Roads traverse the slope of Mt. Tauro; ascend and descend along roads to reach other levels. The Greco-Roman Theater is about on hotel level. Some exertion.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: The guided visit of Taormina, charming town on the crest of Mount Tauro, begins at the open air Greek theater. The location is optimal to view the expansive slopes of Mount Etna as its backdrop. The traffic-free streets of the town are lined with shops, boutiques and cafés. It has long been a resort destination for nobility, artists and actors.

Lunch: Lunch on your own. Chose from the many cafés, trattorias and restaurants in Taormina.

Afternoon: Free time to stroll, shop, or relax in the welcoming piazzas of Taormina. The public garden offers a splendid view of the coastlines below. The manicured garden has numerous flowering plants, bushes and trees. It is a good place for a picnic if you prefer. Coach to the hotel for a late afternoon lecture on Sicilian Folklore and Traditions.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Villa Riis

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

Description: Early 19th century aristocratic villa, constructed in the Sicilian Baroque Style, was converted into a hotel last century. Beautifully appointed with marble and tile floors in lobby and bathrooms. Elegant lounge with panoramic terrace overlooking the swimming pool, tennis court and the spectacular Gulf of Naxos and the Ionian Sea. The hotel has recently been modernized and upgraded.

Contact info:
Via Pietro Rizzo, 13
Taormina, 98039 Italy
phone: +39 0942 24 874
web: www.hotelvillariis.com

Room amenities: Satellite TV; air conditioning; mini bar; safe; hair dryer; direct dial telephone.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi throughout structure, exterior elevator to pool and tennis court, allows a wonderful panorama of the gulf and Mount Etna. Multilingual staff, manicured garden, exercise room, just minutes away from the center of town and the Greco-Roman Theater.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, September 13 - Tindari Archaeological Site / Messina
Note: Walking in an archaeological zone over uneven paths; standing while the expert discusses the significance of the ruins; rewarded with spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea from the overlooks of the promontory (weather permitting.) Walk around the center of Messina over paved, level sidewalks.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Tindari is an archaeological site just west of Messina. It was an important Greek and subsequently Roman city. A local expert leads the visit to the theater from where you can enjoy sweeping views of the sea below. He will explain what we can learn about this city from its archaeological remains. This replaces a field trip to Reggio Calabria because the Bronzes of Riace are under restoration and currently not on display.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant that specializes in Sicilian dishes.

Afternoon: Guided visit of Messina. Notice the uniform early 20th century architecture resulting from the rebuilding following the disastrous 1908 earthquake that leveled the city. A brief stop at the main square in Messina where you can enjoy a Sicilian gelato or cannoli pastry.

Dinner: At hotel restaurant.

Evening: Take a final walk around town and pack for the following morning's transfer to Syracuse.

Lodging: Hotel Villa Riis

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

Description: The ancient city was founded 2,700 years ago and was one of the great cities of the Greek ‘new world’ in Italy. At its peak it challenged Athens for control of the Greek colonial possessions, a rivalry that culminated in a war vividly described by the historian Thucydides. With power came contention, and Syracuse passed through the rule of numerous dictators and tyrants before capitulating to the expansion of Rome. Today the archeological ruins of its classical heyday are interspersed within a bustling, modern city which includes Ortygia, the small historic center and charming island overlooking the harbor. The Syracuse program site hotel is one of the few hotels located in the heart of Ortygia, very close to the magnificent center square.

Contact info:
Via Roma, 66
Syracuse, NA 96100 Italy
phone: +0931-465-626
web: www.hotelroma.sr.it

Room amenities: Satellite television, mini-bar, safe box for valuables, hair dryer and individual climate control.

Facility amenities: Fine dining at the hotel's restaurant. Relax in the lounge with bar service; take advantage of the fitness room or the 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: Saturday, September 14 - Transfer to Syracuse / Ortygia / Life in Italy To...
Note: The Island of Ortygia is closed to coach traffic; we will disembark on the mainland and walk to the hotel. Porterage service will deliver the luggage to the hotel.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: In a classroom session learn about the institutions that shape life in Italy today. Check out of the hotel and board coach for the transfer ride along the coast, past the city of Catania to Ortygia Island in Syracuse. Observe the change in perspective of the looming Mt. Etna.

Lunch: Lunch at an agriturismo, a working farm on the slopes of Mt. Etna. Visit the estate and the garden and orchards that thrive on the fertile volcanic soil and enjoy freshly prepared Sicilian dishes.

Afternoon: Check into the hotel on the island of Ortygia. Orientation walk explores the oldest part of the city of Syracuse. The cathedral is a living example of the different cultures that colonized Sicily, each lending its own architectural style. The present cathedral incorporates architectural elements from a 5th c. BCE temple to Athena. Twenty six of the temple's Doric columns are still in place.

Dinner: At hotel restaurant and free time to walk around the pedestrian friendly zone.

Lodging: Hotel Roma

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

Description: The ancient city was founded 2,700 years ago and was one of the great cities of the Greek ‘new world’ in Italy. At its peak it challenged Athens for control of the Greek colonial possessions, a rivalry that culminated in a war vividly described by the historian Thucydides. With power came contention, and Syracuse passed through the rule of numerous dictators and tyrants before capitulating to the expansion of Rome. Today the archeological ruins of its classical heyday are interspersed within a bustling, modern city which includes Ortygia, the small historic center and charming island overlooking the harbor. The Syracuse program site hotel is one of the few hotels located in the heart of Ortygia, very close to the magnificent center square.

Contact info:
Via Roma, 66
Syracuse, NA 96100 Italy
phone: +0931-465-626
web: www.hotelroma.sr.it

Room amenities: Satellite television, mini-bar, safe box for valuables, hair dryer and individual climate control.

Facility amenities: Fine dining at the hotel's restaurant. Relax in the lounge with bar service; take advantage of the fitness room or the 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: Sunday, September 15 - Guided visit to Ortygia / Archaeological Zone
Note: The quarries served as a source of stone, and the descent is slight, but uneasy footing. Greek theaters are built using the slope of a hill. Ascent is a little steep, not unlike a modern stadium. You may rest on the stone bleachers.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Visit the Cathedral which was rebuilt in the 18th century with a distinctive Sicilian Baroque style when the ancient facade collapsed in an earthquake. Local artisan workshops, cafés and boutiques abound in Ortygia's pedestrian center of narrow streets and lively squares.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Guided visit to the Archaeological zone in Syracuse, including the Greek theater and the Paradise Quarry, where 7,000 Athenian soldiers were imprisoned. The Greek theater, carved out of the rocky hillside in the 5th century BCE, was one of the most important theaters in the ancient world.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Roma

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

Description: The ancient city was founded 2,700 years ago and was one of the great cities of the Greek ‘new world’ in Italy. At its peak it challenged Athens for control of the Greek colonial possessions, a rivalry that culminated in a war vividly described by the historian Thucydides. With power came contention, and Syracuse passed through the rule of numerous dictators and tyrants before capitulating to the expansion of Rome. Today the archeological ruins of its classical heyday are interspersed within a bustling, modern city which includes Ortygia, the small historic center and charming island overlooking the harbor. The Syracuse program site hotel is one of the few hotels located in the heart of Ortygia, very close to the magnificent center square.

Contact info:
Via Roma, 66
Syracuse, NA 96100 Italy
phone: +0931-465-626
web: www.hotelroma.sr.it

Room amenities: Satellite television, mini-bar, safe box for valuables, hair dryer and individual climate control.

Facility amenities: Fine dining at the hotel's restaurant. Relax in the lounge with bar service; take advantage of the fitness room or the 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: Monday, September 16 - Buscemi: Village Frozen in Time / Free Afternoon
Note: The main road in Buscemi traverses a low hill and streets leading up or down require a little effort.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Step back in time to visit Buscemi, a typical Sicilian town of a century ago, depopulated by emigration. A local escort lead us through the streets, where we visit houses, shops and grape and olive presses of the previous centuries, complete with furnishings of the period. Contrast the foreman's house from that of the day laborer.

Lunch: Enjoy a rustic style lunch at Ristorante Giannavi in the hills above Syracuse.

Afternoon: Coach to Syracuse. Free time late afternoon to explore Ortygia at your own pace.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Roma

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

Description: The ancient city was founded 2,700 years ago and was one of the great cities of the Greek ‘new world’ in Italy. At its peak it challenged Athens for control of the Greek colonial possessions, a rivalry that culminated in a war vividly described by the historian Thucydides. With power came contention, and Syracuse passed through the rule of numerous dictators and tyrants before capitulating to the expansion of Rome. Today the archeological ruins of its classical heyday are interspersed within a bustling, modern city which includes Ortygia, the small historic center and charming island overlooking the harbor. The Syracuse program site hotel is one of the few hotels located in the heart of Ortygia, very close to the magnificent center square.

Contact info:
Via Roma, 66
Syracuse, NA 96100 Italy
phone: +0931-465-626
web: www.hotelroma.sr.it

Room amenities: Satellite television, mini-bar, safe box for valuables, hair dryer and individual climate control.

Facility amenities: Fine dining at the hotel's restaurant. Relax in the lounge with bar service; take advantage of the fitness room or the 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: Tuesday, September 17 - Visit to the Archaeological Museum / Noto
Note: Standing while learning about archaeological items on display in the museum. In Noto a short, easy walk brings you to the center of town.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Guided visit to the Archaeological Museum in Syracuse. The collection includes artifacts of the Greeks, Romans and early Christians who settled in Sicily.

Lunch: Sample local olive oil and farm fresh food for lunch at an agriturismo (working farm) near Noto.

Afternoon: Free afternoon in Syracuse.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant and pack for the next day's departure.

Lodging: Hotel Roma

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

Description: Formerly a Mercederian monastery (who facilitated prisoner exchanges during the 16th c.) it was combined with 2 adjacent buildings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to form a bank and stock exchange. Newly restructured and updated in 2005 it is a modern business class hotel with full amenities. The old courtyard, supported by ancient columns, is a covered atrium. Centrally located in the heart of Palermo, near museums and opera theaters, this is an ideal location to explore the city. Enjoy the Liberty epoch decor in the common area and restaurants and modern rooms.

Contact info:
Via dei Cartari 18
Palermo, NA 90133 Italy
phone: +39 091-320-075
web: www.piazzaborsa.it

Room amenities: Direct dial telephones from room; complimentary toiletries; mini bar; room safe for valuables; individual thermostat; Internet connection, satellite television.

Facility amenities: Internet point in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi access. Laundry service. Conference center. Spa, massage, and aesthetic center (reservations required), Turkish bath, whirlpool, fitness center with resistance machines (free for guests). Bars, restaurants, boutiques.

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
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.piazzaborsa.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 out time: 10:00 AM

Day Ten: Wednesday, September 18 - Transfer to Palermo / Roman Villa Casale
Note: The walk around the Roman villa is not strenuous.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: A coach ride across the island. Relax and enjoy the changing scenery of Sicily's interior.

Lunch: Lunch at Trattoria La Coccinella in the town of Piazza Armerina.

Afternoon: Piazza Armerina is a small, non-descript town outside of which were discovered, by pure chance, the ruins of a private Roman villa containing a most extensive and impressive series of floor mosaics. The guide will lead us through the villa and explain the meaning and significance of the mosaics, as well as give the most recent theories of who the owner was. Late afternoon arrival at hotel in Palermo.

Dinner: At hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

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

Description: Formerly a Mercederian monastery (who facilitated prisoner exchanges during the 16th c.) it was combined with 2 adjacent buildings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to form a bank and stock exchange. Newly restructured and updated in 2005 it is a modern business class hotel with full amenities. The old courtyard, supported by ancient columns, is a covered atrium. Centrally located in the heart of Palermo, near museums and opera theaters, this is an ideal location to explore the city. Enjoy the Liberty epoch decor in the common area and restaurants and modern rooms.

Contact info:
Via dei Cartari 18
Palermo, NA 90133 Italy
phone: +39 091-320-075
web: www.piazzaborsa.it

Room amenities: Direct dial telephones from room; complimentary toiletries; mini bar; room safe for valuables; individual thermostat; Internet connection, satellite television.

Facility amenities: Internet point in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi access. Laundry service. Conference center. Spa, massage, and aesthetic center (reservations required), Turkish bath, whirlpool, fitness center with resistance machines (free for guests). Bars, restaurants, boutiques.

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
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.piazzaborsa.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 out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Thursday, September 19 - Explore Palermo / Lunch With a Local Family / Pal...
Note: Walking on uneven pavement in the historical center of the city.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: An orientation walk in the neighborhood of the hotel points out ATMs pharmacies, bus stops, etc. Lecture on the diverse cultures that have permeated the Sicilian character.

Lunch: Sample Sicilian dishes at the home of a gracious family.

Afternoon: Guided visit of the Duomo and Palatine Chapel, covered from floor to ceiling with mosaics commissioned in the 12th century.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

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

Description: Formerly a Mercederian monastery (who facilitated prisoner exchanges during the 16th c.) it was combined with 2 adjacent buildings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to form a bank and stock exchange. Newly restructured and updated in 2005 it is a modern business class hotel with full amenities. The old courtyard, supported by ancient columns, is a covered atrium. Centrally located in the heart of Palermo, near museums and opera theaters, this is an ideal location to explore the city. Enjoy the Liberty epoch decor in the common area and restaurants and modern rooms.

Contact info:
Via dei Cartari 18
Palermo, NA 90133 Italy
phone: +39 091-320-075
web: www.piazzaborsa.it

Room amenities: Direct dial telephones from room; complimentary toiletries; mini bar; room safe for valuables; individual thermostat; Internet connection, satellite television.

Facility amenities: Internet point in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi access. Laundry service. Conference center. Spa, massage, and aesthetic center (reservations required), Turkish bath, whirlpool, fitness center with resistance machines (free for guests). Bars, restaurants, boutiques.

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
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.piazzaborsa.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 out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Friday, September 20 - Erice, Marsala and Trapani
Note: The walk from the coach drop off point to the ancient gate of the hill town of Erice is somewhat steep.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Guided visit to Erice, an ancient mountain-top city reputedly established by Elymian refugees from the fall of Troy. Eryx, the founding king, introduced the worship of Aphrodite to Sicily and we see ruins of the temple. Also noteworthy are the church and Norman walls. Coach to Trapani for a visit and lunch at the Salt Works. Used since antiquity, the sun and wind provide the ideal location to evaporate sea water through a series of large water basins. Visit the old sea mill and enjoy the type of lunch served to the salt harvesters.

Lunch: Lunch at a trattoria located in an old salt harvesting warehouse and wind mill. Taste simple but delicious food seasoned with the famous Trapani sea salt.

Afternoon: Field trip continues to Marsala to visit the archaeological museum which houses the remains of a Punic era ship probably dated to mid 3rd c. BCE. Marsala figures prominently in the Italian Unification, General Garibaldi landed there with his invading army in 1860. The fortified wine Marsala, prime ingredient of "chicken or veal Marsala" and various mixed drinks and desserts, originated here. Opportunity for a Marsala tasting.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

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

Description: Formerly a Mercederian monastery (who facilitated prisoner exchanges during the 16th c.) it was combined with 2 adjacent buildings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to form a bank and stock exchange. Newly restructured and updated in 2005 it is a modern business class hotel with full amenities. The old courtyard, supported by ancient columns, is a covered atrium. Centrally located in the heart of Palermo, near museums and opera theaters, this is an ideal location to explore the city. Enjoy the Liberty epoch decor in the common area and restaurants and modern rooms.

Contact info:
Via dei Cartari 18
Palermo, NA 90133 Italy
phone: +39 091-320-075
web: www.piazzaborsa.it

Room amenities: Direct dial telephones from room; complimentary toiletries; mini bar; room safe for valuables; individual thermostat; Internet connection, satellite television.

Facility amenities: Internet point in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi access. Laundry service. Conference center. Spa, massage, and aesthetic center (reservations required), Turkish bath, whirlpool, fitness center with resistance machines (free for guests). Bars, restaurants, boutiques.

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
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.piazzaborsa.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 out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Saturday, September 21 - Form and Function of Cathedrals / Market Walk
Note: Walking on uneven pavement in the historical center of the city.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: An illustrated lecture on how and why cathedrals were built as places of worship. After a break, an expert-led walk to explore the lively market of Palermo where colorful fruit, vegetables, fish, and home goods are displayed on typical and traditional carts.

Lunch: Lunch on your own and some free time before the afternoon session at the hotel.

Afternoon: A classroom session on Sicily's role in the birth of the modern Italian republic.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

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

Description: Formerly a Mercederian monastery (who facilitated prisoner exchanges during the 16th c.) it was combined with 2 adjacent buildings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to form a bank and stock exchange. Newly restructured and updated in 2005 it is a modern business class hotel with full amenities. The old courtyard, supported by ancient columns, is a covered atrium. Centrally located in the heart of Palermo, near museums and opera theaters, this is an ideal location to explore the city. Enjoy the Liberty epoch decor in the common area and restaurants and modern rooms.

Contact info:
Via dei Cartari 18
Palermo, NA 90133 Italy
phone: +39 091-320-075
web: www.piazzaborsa.it

Room amenities: Direct dial telephones from room; complimentary toiletries; mini bar; room safe for valuables; individual thermostat; Internet connection, satellite television.

Facility amenities: Internet point in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi access. Laundry service. Conference center. Spa, massage, and aesthetic center (reservations required), Turkish bath, whirlpool, fitness center with resistance machines (free for guests). Bars, restaurants, boutiques.

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
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.piazzaborsa.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 out time: 10:00 AM

Day Fourteen: Sunday, September 22 - Agrigento and the Valley of Temples
Note: Uneven dirt path connects the temples and museum, distance about one half mile down a slight incline.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to the southwestern coast of Sicily for an expert-led visit to the temples and ruins in Agrigento. The area boasts the finest extant Greek temple complex anywhere (including Greece) lined along a plateau above the water, as well as a fascinating archaeological museum with artistic and votive finds from the area.

Lunch: Lunch at Ristorante Colleverde in Agrigento.

Afternoon: The visit continues to the Archaeological Museum which houses an important collection of antiquities, including friezes from the Greek temples in Agrigento. Coach to Palermo late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

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

Description: Formerly a Mercederian monastery (who facilitated prisoner exchanges during the 16th c.) it was combined with 2 adjacent buildings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to form a bank and stock exchange. Newly restructured and updated in 2005 it is a modern business class hotel with full amenities. The old courtyard, supported by ancient columns, is a covered atrium. Centrally located in the heart of Palermo, near museums and opera theaters, this is an ideal location to explore the city. Enjoy the Liberty epoch decor in the common area and restaurants and modern rooms.

Contact info:
Via dei Cartari 18
Palermo, NA 90133 Italy
phone: +39 091-320-075
web: www.piazzaborsa.it

Room amenities: Direct dial telephones from room; complimentary toiletries; mini bar; room safe for valuables; individual thermostat; Internet connection, satellite television.

Facility amenities: Internet point in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi access. Laundry service. Conference center. Spa, massage, and aesthetic center (reservations required), Turkish bath, whirlpool, fitness center with resistance machines (free for guests). Bars, restaurants, boutiques.

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
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.piazzaborsa.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 out time: 10:00 AM

Day Fifteen: Monday, September 23 - Sicilian Writers \ Monreale's Splendid Cathedral
Note: Minimal walking in the small town of Monreale.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Learn about Pirandello, Sciascia and Tomasi di Lampedusa, three writers who touch on themes of power, justice, and the human condition from the Sicilian perspective.Coach departs late morning for Monreale.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Ristorante La Botte before visiting the sites.

Afternoon: The massive Norman cathedral at Monreale is adorned in the interior with Byzantine medieval mosaics of the highest workmanship. The town is also know for its cannoli, reputedly the best in Italy. Return to Palermo late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

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

Description: Formerly a Mercederian monastery (who facilitated prisoner exchanges during the 16th c.) it was combined with 2 adjacent buildings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to form a bank and stock exchange. Newly restructured and updated in 2005 it is a modern business class hotel with full amenities. The old courtyard, supported by ancient columns, is a covered atrium. Centrally located in the heart of Palermo, near museums and opera theaters, this is an ideal location to explore the city. Enjoy the Liberty epoch decor in the common area and restaurants and modern rooms.

Contact info:
Via dei Cartari 18
Palermo, NA 90133 Italy
phone: +39 091-320-075
web: www.piazzaborsa.it

Room amenities: Direct dial telephones from room; complimentary toiletries; mini bar; room safe for valuables; individual thermostat; Internet connection, satellite television.

Facility amenities: Internet point in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi access. Laundry service. Conference center. Spa, massage, and aesthetic center (reservations required), Turkish bath, whirlpool, fitness center with resistance machines (free for guests). Bars, restaurants, boutiques.

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
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.piazzaborsa.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 out time: 10:00 AM

Day Sixteen: Tuesday, September 24 - Current Reach of the Mafia \ Free Afternoon
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: In the classroom a local expert describes the reach of organized crime in Sicily today and traces the origins of the Mafia to the early 18th c. when displaced peasants faced the loss of feudal common rights and turned to bandit

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Palermo on your own.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Wednesday, September 25 - Early Morning transfer to Palermo Airport
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room; continental style for participants with early morning departures.

Morning: Coach to and Depart from Palermo airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Palermo
Explore PalermoPalermo is a city rich with history, art and culture. Many of the highlights are located within a short walk of the hotel. You may wish to take a tour of the famed Teatro Massimo, visit the Archeological Museum or stop into one of the beautiful Baroque churches in the neighborhood. Or, stroll down the Via della Libertà and take in Palermo’s Liberty-style architecture.
For additional information, visit: www.bestofsicily.com

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39 meals: 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
18 Field trips

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