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Program #14299RJ
12 Days | 11 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 May 19 — May 30, 2013

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Day One: Sunday, May 19 - Departure from points in North America
In Transit: Overnight flights cross the Atlantic Ocean and arrive the following day.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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, May 20 - Arrivals/Welcome Reception
Morning: Arrival Pisa Airport. Transfer for group travelers to program site.

Lunch: A buffet lunch served at the hotel.

Afternoon: After settling in, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception.

Dinner: Dinner at Ristorante Il Fagolo.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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, May 21 - Orientation Session and Walk / San Terenzo
Note: The seafront promenade connecting Lerici and San Terenzo is about 1 mile long.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Enjoy the view of the marina and castle of Lerici from the 6th floor breakfast room.

Morning: An information session covers the details of the program activities and excursions. A walk in and around the seaside town of Lerici follows.

Lunch: Scenic walk along the seaside promenade to San Terenzo. Enjoy lunch at Straluna', a local restaurant.

Afternoon: A lecture focus on the unique rock formation, river valleys and natural harbors that form the eastern end of the Italian Riviera. Learn how inhabitants created vineyard terraces along the mountainside in the Cinque Terre.

Dinner: Dinner at a local pizzeria in Lerici's main square.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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, May 22 - Cinque Terre Winery and Via dell'Amore
Note: From the coach drop-off point, an optional 15 min. walk along a narrow uneven path of a terraced vineyard. No railings on the narrow dirt path. If you suffer from heights, you can wait for the group on a park bench. The village of Manarola is traffic-free. The walk down the paved road is graded. The Via dell'Amore is .63 mile. There are about 35 steps at the end of the path from Manarola to Riomaggiore.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to the hills above the Gulf of La Spezia. Vineyard walk above Manarola at Volastra. Visit a winery and experience first hand the terraced vineyards and local wine products. Reboard coach for short ride to Manarola, one of the five villages of the Cinque Terre.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: After lunch, explore Manarola's sea walk and the scenic Via dell'Amore with breathtaking vistas of the mountains that plunge into the sparkling Mediterranean sea. The stroll leads us to Riomaggiore, easternmost village of the Cinque Terre. The Via dell'Amore, a flat and wide path, affords dramatic vistas, but be prepared for inclines and steps as you explore the villages. From Riomaggiore take a train to La Spezia (10 minutes) and board our private coach to return to Lerici (30 minutes)

Dinner: Dinner at Ristorante Al Cantiere in Lerici's main square.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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, May 23 - San Giorgio Fortress / Portovenere
Note: The coach leaves you off at the gate of the San Giorgio fortress. A graded walkway leads to the entrance of the fortified complex. Inside the castle there are more graded walkways to the exhibition area. Portovenere is closed to traffic. Uneven paved road. Graded rise and uneven steps (no railing) to visit the church on the promontory.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast

Morning: Coach to La Spezia to the castle of San Giorgio where a local historian gives an illustrated presentation on the prehistoric monoliths (which have a surprisingly modern 'look') found in the area. From the terrace of the fortress enjoy the panorama of the natural port of La Spezia. Inside the museum, discover the small but rich and well displayed collection of ancient artifacts.

Lunch: Lunch on your own. Cafes and snack stands offer a variety of menu options in the Mirabello marina in La Spezia.

Afternoon: Coach ride along the west side of the Gulf of La Spezia to Portovenere. Stroll past the tightly stacked houses, colorful and tall, that were constructed in a row as an impenetrable fortress. Our expert-led walk continues to the marina and to the 12th century chapel set on the promontory that juts out into the sea. See the rocky grotto dedicated to Lord Byron who once swam the waters of Portovenere. The heart of Portovenere is closed to traffic and has a mix of shops, art galleries and cafes. Boat ride across the gulf to Lerici.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant that specializes in Ligurian cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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, May 24 - Discover Lunigiana: Pontremoli and Malaspina Cast...
Note: The small town of Pontremoli is traffic-free. Roads and sidewalks, paved with. At the Malaspina Castle, the coach drop-off point is at the bottom of the graded ramp of low steps leading to the entrance. Stairs to the upper floor for panoramic view of the valley below.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet

Morning: In a classroom session learn how the tradition of booksellers in Lunigiana dates back to the middle ages and still flourishes today. After a break, board a coach to Pontremoli, town in the northwest area of Tuscany know as Lunigiana (about 30 miles from Lerici).

Lunch: Sample a variety of local Tuscan dishes at Antica Trattoria Pelliccia in Pontremoli.

Afternoon: Excursion continues with a coach ride through the Lunigiana hills to Fosdinovo. Expert-led visit of the medieval Malaspina Castle. Nine hundred years of history are rooted in the watchtowers and pathways, courtyards, crenellations, and cornerstones of this well-preserved fortress where the Marchesi Torrigiani Malaspina family resides to this day.

Dinner: Sample local wine and enjoy an early dinner at the winery. Coach back to Lerici.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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, May 25 - Cuisine of Liguria and Lunigiana
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast

Morning: Enjoy leisure time in the morning. Explore the colorful Saturday morning market in Lerici. Vendors sell clothing, accessories and household goods. Later in the morning learn about the culinary traditions of Liguria and the Lunigiana.

Lunch: Lunch at Piccola Oasi, a restaurant that specializes in regional dishes.

Afternoon: Free Time.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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, May 26 - Poets of the Gulf / Tellaro
Note: The walk between Lerici and Tellaro is a paved road 2.5 miles long. There are no sidewalks but the traffic is very light and pedestrian-friendly as the road ends in the small village of Tellaro.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: After a morning classroom session on the English poets and writers who lived in the Gulf of La Spezia and for whom the natural harbor is called the "Gulf of Poets," board a coach for Tellaro, colorful village at the eastern end of the Gulf of La Spezia. A leisurely stroll along the narrow paved path to the small church dedicated to St. George winds down to the marina.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Tellaro.

Afternoon: Return by public bus or walk the paved road that connects Tellaro and Lerici. The walk takes 1 hour including stops for panoramic vistas of the sea below. In one of the small inlets reflect on the spot described by D.H.Lawrence in 1913, ". . .there is a little tiny bay half shut in by rocks, and smothered by olive woods that slope done swiftly."

Dinner: Some free time before dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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 Nine: Monday, May 27 - Boat Excursion to the Cinque Terre
Note: Tourist boat has open-air and inside seating. Easy walking in the villages of Monterosso and Vernazza. Approx. 30 steps to the train stations.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast

Morning: Weather permitting, on a boat ride from Lerici marvel at the sight of the rocky coast and terraced vineyards of the Cinque Terre to Monterosso, the northernmost Cinque Terre town. Free time to test the waters at the sandy beach or visit the shops in the center.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: In Monterosso, board the boat for Vernazza. The New York Times lists Vernazza among the top places to visit in 2013. After the devastating mud slide of October 2011, townspeople are gathering once more to pass leisure time at the newly restored marina. Free time to continue your exploration of the Cinque Terre. For those accepting a physical challenge, a local guide will lead a trail walk on a hiking path. Alternative is a leisurely afternoon in Vernazza or Monterosso with the group leader before catching the boat to Lerici.

Dinner: Dinner a local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Access to private beach.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through a cleaner very close to the hotel. 24 hour reception.

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.hotelshelley.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 Ten: Tuesday, May 28 - Life in Italy Today \ Free Afternoon
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet

Morning: In a classroom session learn about the traditions and institutions that shape the lives of people in Italy today.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

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

Description: The hotel is a modern business class hotel located .62 of a mile from the Pisa Airport (Galileo Galilei). Shuttle bus to the airport.

Contact info:
Via Darsena, 1
Pisa, 56121 Italy
phone: +39 050 507 111
web: www.hotelgalileipisa.it

Room amenities: Private bath, individual control for air conditioning and heat, room safe for valuables, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, minibar, hair dryer and toiletries.

Facility amenities: WiFi in the lobby area. Business Center. Restaurant. Shuttle bus to the airport.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
The hotel is a staging for departures from Pisa Airport.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eleven: Wednesday, May 29 - Carrara Marble Quarries / Transfer to Pisa
Note: Miminum walking from the coach drop-off area to the observation terrace overlooking the marble quarry. Some walking and standing on the brief visit in the center of Carrara.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast

Morning: Following a classroom presentation on Michelangelo and Carrara Marble, board a coach for the 30 minute ride to Carrara, at the foot of the Apuan Alps. An expert guide takes us to the still active marble quarries of Carrara, where centuries earlier Michelangelo chose the pure white stone blocks for his statues. Learn the fascinating technique of modern stone excavation.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant and wine bar in the heart of Carrara.

Afternoon: A local guide leads an informal walk through Carrara. Board the coach for late afternoon check-in at the hotel in Pisa.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant

Lodging: Hotel Galilei

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Thursday, May 30 - Transfers to Pisa Airport
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast

Morning: Transfer to Pisa Airport. The hotel has a shuttle van for the short (5 min) ride to the airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Lerici
Hike the Cinque TerreHike the paths of the Cinque Terre. Maps available at train station La Spezia
For additional information, visit: www.aptcinqueterre.sp.it/english/home_eng.htm
La Spezia MuseumsThe Naval Museum has a collection of ancient and modern model ships as well as interesting figureheads. The Lia Museum houses a unique collection of seals used to render documents official and authentic.
For additional information, visit: www.castagna.it/musei/mal/ ; www.castagna.it/musei/museodelsigillo/
San TerenzoA half hour stroll along the seaside walking path to San Terenzo, charming seaside town of the bay of Lerici where Shelley and his family had a home. In 1822 Percy Bysshe Shelley set sail from San Terenzo and died in a boating accident.

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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25 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips

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