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Program #19688RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging (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 Sep 7 — Sep 15, 2014

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Day One: Sunday, September 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, September 08 - Orientation \ Welcome Reception \ Neighborhood Wa...
Note: Transfer to the hotel for check-in. Minimal exertion.

Arrive To: Arrivals and transfer to hotel. Check in is early afternoon. If you arrive before lunch at 12:30 you can explore the area of the hotel that abounds in interesting sites (Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Trajan's Market).

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant near the hotel.

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

Dinner: At the welcome reception at the hotel, meet your fellow adventurers before heading out to a neighborhood restaurant for dinner

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, September 09 - Roman History \ Colosseum \ Capitoline Hill and M...
Note: From coach drop off point, graded walk to the Colosseum. The paths surrounding the site are uneven and cobblestoned. Extended walking and standing at the ancient arena. An elevator at one end assists those who cannot manage the steep stairs to the upper levels. After a lunch break, the discovery of ancient Roman art continues into the late afternoon at the Capitoline Museum. Steps up to the Capitoline Hill and museum.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Each day choose from an appetizing display of juices, hot beverages, yogurt, breads, cereal, fresh fruit, pastries, cold cuts and cheeses.

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

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant near the Via dei Fori Imperiali.

Afternoon: The field trip continues around the massive white travertine monument to Victor Emanuel to the Capitoline Hill and Museum. The expert will comment on major pieces in the collection; 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. Ascend at the Braccio Nuovo or new wing, this is home to the Dying Gaul and the Capitoline Venus.

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, September 10 - Palatine Hill \ Roman Forum \ Ancient Roman Hous...
Palatine Hill \ Roman Forum \ Ancient Roman House Beneath Palazzo Valentini

Note: Graded path to reach the Palatine Hill. Uneven dirt and stone paths on the Palatine and in the Roman Forum. At the Palazzo Valentini a flight of stairs leads down to the ancient Roman house. Thick glass floors (flat and smooth, no steps) give the impression of floating above the ancient ruins.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to the Palatine Hill. The word "palatial" is related to the Palatine, because wealthy leaders of Rome built their luxurious homes 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 (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: Lunch at a restaurant near the Via dei Fori Imperiali.

Afternoon: 16th century renovations of the Palazzo Valentini dumped dirt and debris on the foundations of a 2nd century Roman house. Descend the 'modern' building and discover the ruins unearthed and enhanced by laser light and sound show that completes the picture of what the patrician home looked like centuries ago.

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 Five: Thursday, September 11 - Aventine / S. Peter's Basilica / Spanish Steps an...
Note: Coach to the Aventine; uphill walk in the residential neighborhood. Walk down to the main boulevard to board coach to the Vatican. Stand in security line prior to entering the Basilica. After lunch, less than a mile walk back to the hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to the Aventine Hill, where, according to tradition, Remus had his homestead. In the Orange Garden enjoy a panoramic view of Rome. Descendents of the orange trees, brought from Spain by S. Dominic, still bloom and produce fruit. Board coach to St. Peter's Basilica for expert-led visit. In a glass enclosed side chapel admire 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.

Lunch: Lunch at a local 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 to the hotel.

Dinner: Dine at a restaurant of your choosing to try local specialties.

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, September 12 - Esquiline and Caelian Hills / Life in Italy Today
Note: Coach drop off and pick up points are near sites and not at the 'front entrance' because motor vehicles are not allowed to circulate or park near most of the city's ancient sites. In the afternoon a short walk up a slight hill from the hotel to the Quirinal Hill. Shortcut with steps on the walk back to the hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to the Esquiline Hill. At the church of S. Peter in Chains Michelangelo's statue of Moses is part of the grandiose vision Pope Julius II had intended for his monument in S. Peter's Basilica (where he is actually buried), but the statue is in his titular church. Coach to the Viminal Hill to the site of first church built in honor of Mary. There are mosaics from the 5th to the 12th century. The coffered ceiling was decorated with gold leaf from the Americas. Bernini is buried near the main altar. Coach to the Caelian Hill where excavations have revealed a 2nd-3rd century 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.

Lunch: Coach to the hotel. Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: On the Esquiline Hill admire Bernini's Ecstasy of St. Theresa, then compare the works of two rival architects: Borromini's oval church of S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and Bernini's oval design of S. Andrea al Quirinale. The walk continues down the road to Piazza del Quirinale, formerly a papal palace turned king's palace and now the residence of the President of Italy, for a commanding view of Rome. Walk down the slight hill to reach the hotel. Late afternoon presentation on Life in Italy Today.

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, September 13 - Piazza Navona / Pantheon / Baroque Music / Rome's...
Piazza Navona / Pantheon / Baroque Music / Rome's Legacy / Exclusive visit Sistine Chapel

Note: Short walks on busy sidewalks from Piazza Navona to the Pantheon and back to the hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Explore Piazza Navona with a local guide. Once the "Agones" built by the Emperor Domitian (81-96) for track and field games, the stadium was a long oval; 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. King Victor Emanuel 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 142 feet in diameter and the oculus (opening in the roof) is 29 feet across. Enjoy a recital of Baroque Music at a patrician Roman palazzo.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Lecture on the Legacy of Rome is designed to pull together what we have learned and experienced.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant near the Vatican.

Evening: Exclusive off-hours limited visit with an art historian to the Stanze of Raphael and the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy a crowd-free time in the presence of Michelangelo's and Raphael's frescoes. See what most people do not see, the beautiful Cosmati floor. Please note, not all rooms and galleries of the various collections in the Vatican Museums are open for this exclusive after-hours visit of the Raphael rooms and Sistine Chapel.

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, September 14 - Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere / Borghese Gallery /...
Note: Extended walking and standing on morning excursion. At the Borghese Gallery a circular staircase leads to the top floor painting gallery.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Walk of discovery to the Tiber Island and Jewish Ghetto. The area of the Ghetto was where the Jews were confined from the 16th-19th centuries. 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 the aft end of the island. We will look at portions of the marble relief showing the intertwined serpents around the staff, symbol of the medical arts. 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 prow end of the island. Suggestions for some free time late morning include visiting the synagogue and museum in the Jewish Ghetto, the flea market in Trastevere, or going to St. Peter's Square for the papal blessing offered at noon in St. Peter's Square, an event that occurs only if the pope is in Rome.

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 artworks 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. Do not neglect to return to the Trevi Fountain and throw the customary coins in as you make your wish to return to the Eternal City.

Lodging: Hotel Pace Helvezia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Monday, September 15 - 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

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