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Program #3024RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 Oct 1 — Oct 13, 2013

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Day One: Tuesday, October 01 - Departure from points in North America
In Transit: Overnight flight crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Arrivals the following day.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The 4 star business class hotel is located in the heart of the traffic-free historic and commercial center, very close to the Scrovegni Chapel. This business class hotel is in a modern structure, complete with a full service bar and restaurant.

Contact info:
Largo Europa 9
Padua, 35137 Italy
phone: +39 049 661 200
web: www.hoteleuropapd.it

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

Facility amenities: Wi-Fi service and internet point in the lobby (fees apply). Full service restaurant and bar. Reception desk staffed 24 hours. Small but comfortable 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
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.hoteleuropapadova.com, or, contact Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome: info.reserv@laviniatour.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: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, October 02 - Arrival/Welcome Reception
Arrive To: Arrival at Venice Airport. Transfer by coach to hotel in Padua.

Lunch: Lunch at Ristorante Zaramella, the restaurant in the hotel lobby. The restaurant has a 2 fork Michelin rating and is a favorite of local residents.

Afternoon: An informal gathering is followed by a neighborhood walk pointing out the location of ATMs, pharmacies, grocery stores, and nearby attractions. Meet your fellow participants at a Welcome Reception and drink before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at Ristorante Zaramella.

Lodging: Hotel Europa Padova

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

Description: The 4 star business class hotel is located in the heart of the traffic-free historic and commercial center, very close to the Scrovegni Chapel. This business class hotel is in a modern structure, complete with a full service bar and restaurant.

Contact info:
Largo Europa 9
Padua, 35137 Italy
phone: +39 049 661 200
web: www.hoteleuropapd.it

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

Facility amenities: Wi-Fi service and internet point in the lobby (fees apply). Full service restaurant and bar. Reception desk staffed 24 hours. Small but comfortable 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
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.hoteleuropapadova.com, or, contact Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome: info.reserv@laviniatour.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: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, October 03 - Orientation/ Padua and Her University
Note: Stairs to climb at the historic university palazzo. Few people at a time can enter the very small space of the anatomical theater.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Your group leader introduces the lectures, excursions and trips on the program schedule in a morning orientation. The most updated and detailed schedule will be distributed at this time. After a short break a local expert gives a lecture on 'Padua and her University,' a look at one of Europe’s oldest institutions of higher learning (est. 1222), whose list of alumni includes illustrious names such as Galileo and Torquato Tasso.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Expert-led visit of an anatomical theater at the University of Padova. For three centuries the wooden spiral gallery was the venue for medical students to follow anatomy lessons.

Dinner: Enjoy a dinner at Isola di Caprera, a restaurant featuring local cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Europa Padova

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

Description: The 4 star business class hotel is located in the heart of the traffic-free historic and commercial center, very close to the Scrovegni Chapel. This business class hotel is in a modern structure, complete with a full service bar and restaurant.

Contact info:
Largo Europa 9
Padua, 35137 Italy
phone: +39 049 661 200
web: www.hoteleuropapd.it

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

Facility amenities: Wi-Fi service and internet point in the lobby (fees apply). Full service restaurant and bar. Reception desk staffed 24 hours. Small but comfortable 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
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.hoteleuropapadova.com, or, contact Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome: info.reserv@laviniatour.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: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, October 04 - Mosaics in Ravenna
Note: Extended walking in the wide pedestrian area of the small city of Ravenna

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel restaurant.

Morning: Coach to Ravenna, a city that once Rome declined, became the capital of the Western Empire (402-VI.) It remained the capital through the Ostrogoth and Byzantine rule. The bus will stop in Classe, the old port for the Roman navy (you can see how much the land has silted in, the Adriatic is more than one mile away. There you can see the mosaics for the new church honoring S. Apollinare.

Lunch: Lunch at Ristorante Marchesini in the heart of Ravenna.

Afternoon: The visit continues with an expert-led visit to the serene tomb of Galla Placidia, dated to 430. The vaulted ceiling in dark blue mosaics with stylized stars is intended to give the sense of the firmament. You may recognize the often reproduced image of doves around a water basin. In the basilica of S. Vitale you will see a mosaic depicting Emperor Justinian (5th C.) who is credited with re-codifying Roman law, the basis for our own civic laws. Late afternoon return to Padua.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel Europa Padova

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

Description: The 4 star business class hotel is located in the heart of the traffic-free historic and commercial center, very close to the Scrovegni Chapel. This business class hotel is in a modern structure, complete with a full service bar and restaurant.

Contact info:
Largo Europa 9
Padua, 35137 Italy
phone: +39 049 661 200
web: www.hoteleuropapd.it

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

Facility amenities: Wi-Fi service and internet point in the lobby (fees apply). Full service restaurant and bar. Reception desk staffed 24 hours. Small but comfortable 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
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.hoteleuropapadova.com, or, contact Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome: info.reserv@laviniatour.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: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Saturday, October 05 - Scrovegni (Arena) Chapel / St. Anthony's Basilica
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel.

Morning: A brief presentation on the logistics of moving around in Venice followed by a lecture on the painter Giotto and his influence on the artists of the Italian Renaissance. The local expert then leads the visit to the Scrovegni Chapel where magnificent frescoes (1303-05.) adorn the walls. The small chapel was commissioned by Enrico Scrovegni as a way to expiate the guilt he felt from his family's money lending business. Giotto breaks away from the medieval Gothic style to depict emotions in the faces of the personages.

Lunch: Lunch at Al Fagiano, a characteristic restaurant in the heart of Padua.

Afternoon: A local guide and historian leads a visit to the 14th century Basilica of Saint Anthony, who is known as "il Santo." The visit continues to the adjacent Oratory, a local treasure built around the same time frame as the Basilica and completely adorned with frescoes by artist, Altichiero da Zevio. Just down the way, are the world famous botanical gardens of Padua, where there will be free time to explore the indigenous and exotic flora, stroll the grounds, or relax by the fountains.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Europa Padova

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

Description: This small, family run hotel is ideally situated in the quiet residential "Salute" neighborhood of Venice, across the Grand Canal and one vaporetto stop from St. Mark's Square. The Guggenheim Museum is right around the corner. Please note the rooms assigned in your program are exclusively in the main house and 3 star annex, not in the one-star Messner B&B, part of the same complex.

Contact info:
Madonna della Salute, 216
Venice, NA 30123 Italy
phone: + 011 39 041 5227443
web: www.hotelmessner.it

Room amenities: Every room has private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, hair dryer, free Wi-Fi connection, safe for valuables.

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

Additional nights after: varies by season
To book additional nights at the Hotel Messner contact the hotel’s online reservation system at www.hotelmessner.it. Indicate 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 Six: Sunday, October 06 - Transfer to Venice/ Neighborhood Walk
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Venice. The coach arrives at Piazzale Roma, the square at the end of the causeway connecting Venice to the mainland. The group leader hands out the vaporetto passes that are good for the duration of your stay in Venice. Enjoy the ride down the Grand Canal to the Salute dock, just across the Grand Canal from St. Mark's square. At Piazzale Roma your luggage gets loaded onto a barge and will be delivered to your hotel room.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant and settle into your room.

Afternoon: With the group leader, explore the Dorsoduro neighborhood, quiet home to artist workshops, designers and families.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in the Dorsoduro neighborhood.

Lodging: Hotel Messner

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

Description: This small, family run hotel is ideally situated in the quiet residential "Salute" neighborhood of Venice, across the Grand Canal and one vaporetto stop from St. Mark's Square. The Guggenheim Museum is right around the corner. Please note the rooms assigned in your program are exclusively in the main house and 3 star annex, not in the one-star Messner B&B, part of the same complex.

Contact info:
Madonna della Salute, 216
Venice, NA 30123 Italy
phone: + 011 39 041 5227443
web: www.hotelmessner.it

Room amenities: Every room has private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, hair dryer, free Wi-Fi connection, safe for valuables.

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

Additional nights after: varies by season
To book additional nights at the Hotel Messner contact the hotel’s online reservation system at www.hotelmessner.it. Indicate 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 Seven: Monday, October 07 - Venice Through the Ages / St Mark's Square / Basi...
Note: Extended periods of standing during guided visits in museums and monumental churches.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel.

Morning: At a conference center on the Zattere, a lecture on the history of the Republic of Venice. Learn about Marco Polo and the global trade that brought great wealth and power to Venice.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant along the Giudecca canal in the Dorsoduro.

Afternoon: Vaporetto across the Grand Canal to visit St. Mark's Basilica, one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture. A local expert points out the gilded mosaics and the gem laden golden pall behind the altar.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Messner

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

Description: This small, family run hotel is ideally situated in the quiet residential "Salute" neighborhood of Venice, across the Grand Canal and one vaporetto stop from St. Mark's Square. The Guggenheim Museum is right around the corner. Please note the rooms assigned in your program are exclusively in the main house and 3 star annex, not in the one-star Messner B&B, part of the same complex.

Contact info:
Madonna della Salute, 216
Venice, NA 30123 Italy
phone: + 011 39 041 5227443
web: www.hotelmessner.it

Room amenities: Every room has private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, hair dryer, free Wi-Fi connection, safe for valuables.

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

Additional nights after: varies by season
To book additional nights at the Hotel Messner contact the hotel’s online reservation system at www.hotelmessner.it. Indicate 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 Eight: Tuesday, October 08 - Venetian Composers \ La Fenice Theater \ Explore ...
Note: Extended walking over bridges and through Venice streets and campos (squares). Staircase to climb for the visit of La Fenice Theater.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel.

Morning: A local musician gives insight into the musical traditions of the city. Rehearsal schedule permitting, enjoy a tour of the restored opera house La Fenice conducted by guides of the historic theater.

Lunch: Lunch at a characteristic trattoria that features Venetian cuisine.

Afternoon: With a local expert explore parts of Venice well off the beaten path.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Messner

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

Description: This small, family run hotel is ideally situated in the quiet residential "Salute" neighborhood of Venice, across the Grand Canal and one vaporetto stop from St. Mark's Square. The Guggenheim Museum is right around the corner. Please note the rooms assigned in your program are exclusively in the main house and 3 star annex, not in the one-star Messner B&B, part of the same complex.

Contact info:
Madonna della Salute, 216
Venice, NA 30123 Italy
phone: + 011 39 041 5227443
web: www.hotelmessner.it

Room amenities: Every room has private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, hair dryer, free Wi-Fi connection, safe for valuables.

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

Additional nights after: varies by season
To book additional nights at the Hotel Messner contact the hotel’s online reservation system at www.hotelmessner.it. Indicate 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 Nine: Wednesday, October 09 - Frari and Rialto \ Accademia \ Shakespeare in Ven...
Note: Extended walking through the busy market and over the many bridges in Venice, especially the Rialto Bridge whose high arches span the Grand Canal.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Explore the lively Rialto Market and famous bridge that spans the Grand Canal. Expert-led visit of the Frari, the Franciscan church with masterpieces of the artists Titian and Bellini. Look for the magnificent marble monument to the sculptor Antonio Canova.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: A local art historian guides the visit to the art museum of Venetian painting, The Galleria dell'Accademia, established 1807. The guide offers insight into some important works of art displayed (Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto). Some free time to explore more of the vast collection at your own pace. Short walk back to the hotel for a late afternoon informal session Shakespeare in Venice. The Bard set 5 plays in the Veneto region, Romeo and Juliette, Two Gentlemen from Verona, Taming of the Shrew, Othello and the Merchant of Venice. Our scholar illuminates Venice through English literature.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Messner

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

Description: This small, family run hotel is ideally situated in the quiet residential "Salute" neighborhood of Venice, across the Grand Canal and one vaporetto stop from St. Mark's Square. The Guggenheim Museum is right around the corner. Please note the rooms assigned in your program are exclusively in the main house and 3 star annex, not in the one-star Messner B&B, part of the same complex.

Contact info:
Madonna della Salute, 216
Venice, NA 30123 Italy
phone: + 011 39 041 5227443
web: www.hotelmessner.it

Room amenities: Every room has private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, hair dryer, free Wi-Fi connection, safe for valuables.

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

Additional nights after: varies by season
To book additional nights at the Hotel Messner contact the hotel’s online reservation system at www.hotelmessner.it. Indicate 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: Thursday, October 10 - Glassmaking in Murano
Note: Minimal walking in the small island of Murano.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Vaporetto ride to the island of Murano, noted for the numerous glass manufacturers and artisans located there. To prevent widespread fire from spreading on the main island of Venice, centuries ago all kilns were moved to Murano. A master-craftsmen demonstrates the art of glassblowing. Free time to explore Murano at your own pace.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free afternoon. From Murano you can board another vaporetto to reach the island of Burano. The colorful houses and quiet streets are home to a burgeoning artistic community. You will find many shops where you can watch artisans create intricate lace handy-work. Easy vaporetto back to San Marco and La Salute.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Delight in an evening concert of classical Venetian musical traditions. Details of the venue and program will be announced on site.

Lodging: Hotel Messner

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

Description: This small, family run hotel is ideally situated in the quiet residential "Salute" neighborhood of Venice, across the Grand Canal and one vaporetto stop from St. Mark's Square. The Guggenheim Museum is right around the corner. Please note the rooms assigned in your program are exclusively in the main house and 3 star annex, not in the one-star Messner B&B, part of the same complex.

Contact info:
Madonna della Salute, 216
Venice, NA 30123 Italy
phone: + 011 39 041 5227443
web: www.hotelmessner.it

Room amenities: Every room has private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, hair dryer, free Wi-Fi connection, safe for valuables.

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

Additional nights after: varies by season
To book additional nights at the Hotel Messner contact the hotel’s online reservation system at www.hotelmessner.it. Indicate 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: Friday, October 11 - Ducal Palace \ Ghetto Walk
Note: Extended periods of standing during the guided visit in the Ducal Palace. Extended walking over bridges and campi (or squares) in the area of the Ghetto.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Return to St. Mark's square for a guided visit of the Ducal Palace. This is the residence and offices of the Venetian ruler. See the great halls, richly decorated with paintings, frescos and sculptures. From the palace, you will have the best seats in the house to look over the Canal. Cross over the famous "Bridge of Sighs" and visit the dungeons called, "I Piombi." Enjoy a gondola ride through the back canals of Venice.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Expert-led visit to the Ghetto, where the prosperous Jewish community was concentrated after the 1500s. Today it is a lively and thriving quarter, with its religious and administrative institutions, particularly two small synagogues, open for services.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Messner

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

Description: This small, family run hotel is ideally situated in the quiet residential "Salute" neighborhood of Venice, across the Grand Canal and one vaporetto stop from St. Mark's Square. The Guggenheim Museum is right around the corner. Please note the rooms assigned in your program are exclusively in the main house and 3 star annex, not in the one-star Messner B&B, part of the same complex.

Contact info:
Madonna della Salute, 216
Venice, NA 30123 Italy
phone: + 011 39 041 5227443
web: www.hotelmessner.it

Room amenities: Every room has private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, hair dryer, free Wi-Fi connection, safe for valuables.

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

Additional nights after: varies by season
To book additional nights at the Hotel Messner contact the hotel’s online reservation system at www.hotelmessner.it. Indicate 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: Saturday, October 12 - How Venice Was Built \ Peggy Guggenheim Collectio...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel.

Morning: A local expert presents the development of Venice from a series of many small islands to a populated city able to accommodate elaborate constructions. If you have ever wondered how the city has adapted to modern conveniences such as electric cables and gas lines, you will come away with new knowledge. Near the Accademia (and the hotel) is an 18th century Grand Canal Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. Former residernce of Peggy Guggenheim, it is now home to her personal collection of modern art.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Messner

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Sunday, October 13 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room; continental style for participants with early morning departures.

Morning: Departures from Venice airport

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Venice
LidoSlip away for an afternoon on the sandy beaches of the Lido. Take the vaporetto from San Marco.
Peggy Guggenheim CollectionThe Peggy Guggenheim Collection is the most important museum in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century. It is located in Peggy Guggenheim's former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal in Venice. Closed Tuesdays, entrance fee.
Teatro La FeniceAttend a performace at the La Fenice theater. Trinity College cannot purchase tickets for participants.
For additional information, visit: www.teatrolafenice.it

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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11 nights of accommodations
27 meals: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips
1 Performances

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