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Program #20211RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jun 26 — Jul 9, 2013

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Day One: Wednesday, June 26 - Transatlantic overnight flight to Rome.
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is on the right bank of the Tiber River, in the quiet and charming Trastevere neighborhood. An easy walk on the bridges to Campo de' Fiori, the Portico housing the "Mouth of Truth" and Roman Forum in the heart of ancient Rome. The residents of Trastevere consider themselves the original Romans. In July the residents celebrate their own unique "block party" called the "Festa di no'antri", characterized by traditional foods, fresh fruits and snow cones kiosks.

Contact info:
Via dei Vascellari, 61
Rome, 00153 Italy
phone: +39 06 581 2125
web: www.sfromana.it

Room amenities: Air conditioning, hair dryer, phone, satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. The tiled floor halls and rooms are furnished in a clean and simple decor. Relax in the comfortable chairs in the shady inner courtyard patio. Wi-Fi throughout the property. Continental breakfast served daily in the dining room consists of juices, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, rolls, jams, sliced meats and cheese.

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.sfromana.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: Thursday, June 27 - Check-in \ Orientation \ Welcome Reception
Note: Leisurely walk to get your Rome legs going.

Arrive To: Rome airport, transfer to hotel.

Morning: Leave luggage at hotel while waiting for check-in at 2 p.m. The group leader will organize a short walk or other activity while waiting for lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at a local eatery. Try your first gelato.

Afternoon: Settle in room, meet at appointed time for Orientation, Welcome Reception, and Neighborhood Walk to familiarize yourself with banks, pharmacies and stores.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Casa Santa Francesca Romana

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

Description: The hotel is on the right bank of the Tiber River, in the quiet and charming Trastevere neighborhood. An easy walk on the bridges to Campo de' Fiori, the Portico housing the "Mouth of Truth" and Roman Forum in the heart of ancient Rome. The residents of Trastevere consider themselves the original Romans. In July the residents celebrate their own unique "block party" called the "Festa di no'antri", characterized by traditional foods, fresh fruits and snow cones kiosks.

Contact info:
Via dei Vascellari, 61
Rome, 00153 Italy
phone: +39 06 581 2125
web: www.sfromana.it

Room amenities: Air conditioning, hair dryer, phone, satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. The tiled floor halls and rooms are furnished in a clean and simple decor. Relax in the comfortable chairs in the shady inner courtyard patio. Wi-Fi throughout the property. Continental breakfast served daily in the dining room consists of juices, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, rolls, jams, sliced meats and cheese.

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.sfromana.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: Friday, June 28 - Underground Rome \ Forum and Colosseum
Note: To enter the underground archaeological site you will have to go down some uneven or steep steps and then stand while the guide explains the importance of the site.The walk through the more spacious archaeological area of the Forum is over uneven paths, some with cobble stones. Be aware of steep stairs to reach top floor of Colosseum.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Join archaeologists who lead an exclusive excursion to underground ancient Roman buildings.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Meet in lecture room where an art historian gives an illustrated lecture on the artistic highlights of masterpieces in the Vatican Museum including Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and S. Peter's Basilica. Late afternoon expert-led visit to the Forum, ancient downtown and center of civic and religious life and the Colosseum, imagine gladiatorial drama.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Walk to the Tiber Island, discover the marble relief of the god of healing Aesculapius.

Lodging: Casa Santa Francesca Romana

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

Description: The hotel is on the right bank of the Tiber River, in the quiet and charming Trastevere neighborhood. An easy walk on the bridges to Campo de' Fiori, the Portico housing the "Mouth of Truth" and Roman Forum in the heart of ancient Rome. The residents of Trastevere consider themselves the original Romans. In July the residents celebrate their own unique "block party" called the "Festa di no'antri", characterized by traditional foods, fresh fruits and snow cones kiosks.

Contact info:
Via dei Vascellari, 61
Rome, 00153 Italy
phone: +39 06 581 2125
web: www.sfromana.it

Room amenities: Air conditioning, hair dryer, phone, satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. The tiled floor halls and rooms are furnished in a clean and simple decor. Relax in the comfortable chairs in the shady inner courtyard patio. Wi-Fi throughout the property. Continental breakfast served daily in the dining room consists of juices, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, rolls, jams, sliced meats and cheese.

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.sfromana.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: Saturday, June 29 - Spanish Steps \Trevi \ Pantheon \ Navona \ Mosai...
Note: Extensive walking to visit Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, located in the heart of Rome's wide pedestrian only area closed to traffic.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.

Morning: A local expert leads the walk in the heart of Rome to two impressive sites - the Pantheon, Roman temple built in 126 CE, and the Trevi Fountain from the Baroque period..

Lunch: Lunch at a local cafe'.

Afternoon: Participate in creating your own mosaic with instructors at a local art school. Coach to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: Walk around the Trastevere district and the Tiber Island.

Lodging: Casa Santa Francesca Romana

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

Description: The hotel is on the right bank of the Tiber River, in the quiet and charming Trastevere neighborhood. An easy walk on the bridges to Campo de' Fiori, the Portico housing the "Mouth of Truth" and Roman Forum in the heart of ancient Rome. The residents of Trastevere consider themselves the original Romans. In July the residents celebrate their own unique "block party" called the "Festa di no'antri", characterized by traditional foods, fresh fruits and snow cones kiosks.

Contact info:
Via dei Vascellari, 61
Rome, 00153 Italy
phone: +39 06 581 2125
web: www.sfromana.it

Room amenities: Air conditioning, hair dryer, phone, satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. The tiled floor halls and rooms are furnished in a clean and simple decor. Relax in the comfortable chairs in the shady inner courtyard patio. Wi-Fi throughout the property. Continental breakfast served daily in the dining room consists of juices, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, rolls, jams, sliced meats and cheese.

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.sfromana.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: Sunday, June 30 - Antiquities in the Capitoline Museum \ Treasures ...
Note: Walk to Capitoline Museum slight hill and flights of stairs in the museum

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining room.

Morning: An expert-led visit to the Capitoline Museum where you can examine up close masterpieces of ancient art, including the famous bronze She Wolf, Marcus Aurelius, the foundations of the temple to Jupiter and fragments of Constantine's colossal statue. Passing through the Tabularium you reach the Palazzo Nuovo wing where the Dying Gaul and Capitoline Venus are on display. Before exiting the museum, ascend the stairs to the balcony of the monument to Victor Emanuel II, for a splendid panoramic view of Rome.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: A classroom lecture explores the Treasures of the Vatican in preparation for the visit that you will have of a portion of the immense art collection of the Vatican

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: A leisurely stroll to the livelier side near S. Maria in Trastevere, admire the 12th C. mosaics and perhaps catch a street artist performance which is a likely happening in the square on warm summer evenings.

Lodging: Casa Santa Francesca Romana

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

Description: Centrally located on the fashionable Via dei Calzaiuoli, half way between the Duomo of Florence and Piazza della Signoria. One block away from Piazza della Repubblica. Convenient to all major sites and museums. Downtown Florence is closed to vehicular traffic, so enjoy a leisurely stroll at your pleasure.

Contact info:
Via dei Calzaiuoli 11
Florence, 50122 Italy
phone: +39 055 218 984
web: www.hotelaxial.it

Room amenities: Individual climate controls for AC or heat; mini bar; electronic safe, satellite TV; free Wi-Fi in rooms; hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Remodeled 19th century building features small inner courtyard, double pane insulated windows, individual AC and heat controls, free Wi-Fi, Internet point (2 computers) in the reading room, satellite TV, bar and continental breakfast buffet.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, July 01 - Vatican Museums \ Sistine Chapel \ S. Peter's Bas...
Vatican Museums \ Sistine Chapel \ S. Peter's Basilica\ Train to Florence

Note: Expect crowds at the Vatican Museums. Walk a few flights of stairs to visit the various galleries and art filled rooms. Steps along the path to the Sistine Chapel. In Florence, about a 1.5 mile walk to the center attractions not reachable by coach. Leisurely walk from train station in Florence to hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Have checked luggage ready for van transfer to the hotel in Florence. Leave hand luggage in the hotel deposit area. Coach to the Vatican Museums for reserved entrance time. Meet the local expert who will lead you through this singular museum. The visit continues to S. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pieta' and works by Bernini.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Return to hotel to pick up hand luggage and transfer to Termini Station to experience travel on a high speed train at speeds reaching 120 mph. Arrive in Florence 95 minutes after departure. Check into hotel, meet for lecture on Renaissance Florence to help contextualize your stay in the city known as the Cradle of the Renaissance.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Excursion of the historical section of Florence to orient everyone on the layout of the city, locate landmarks, find ATM's and pharmacies.

Lodging: Hotel Axial

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

Description: Centrally located on the fashionable Via dei Calzaiuoli, half way between the Duomo of Florence and Piazza della Signoria. One block away from Piazza della Repubblica. Convenient to all major sites and museums. Downtown Florence is closed to vehicular traffic, so enjoy a leisurely stroll at your pleasure.

Contact info:
Via dei Calzaiuoli 11
Florence, 50122 Italy
phone: +39 055 218 984
web: www.hotelaxial.it

Room amenities: Individual climate controls for AC or heat; mini bar; electronic safe, satellite TV; free Wi-Fi in rooms; hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Remodeled 19th century building features small inner courtyard, double pane insulated windows, individual AC and heat controls, free Wi-Fi, Internet point (2 computers) in the reading room, satellite TV, bar and continental breakfast buffet.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, July 02 - Fresco Painting Lesson \ Palazzo Vecchio \ Uffizi...
Note: Minimal exertion, Palazzo Vecchio requires climbing a few flights of stairs.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.

Morning: Learn from an art teacher the steps required to paint using the fresco technique; from creating the lines with a sack of coal dust, to spreading the fresh plaster and mixing the pigments. After the 6"x 9" tile dries, you may choose to keep it, otherwise it is recycled. Expert led visit of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's city hall, to see original pieces of art, including Donatello's Judith and Holofernes and sculptures by Michelangelo. See Machiavelli's study when he was Secretary of State for the Republic.

Lunch: At a restaurant just off the Piazza della Signoria.

Afternoon: Preparatory lecture for Uffizi Gallery, followed by free time until dinner to explore Florence on your own.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: Walk of discovery after dinner, perhaps cross Ponte Vecchio to explore the "Oltrarno" district.

Lodging: Hotel Axial

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

Description: Centrally located on the fashionable Via dei Calzaiuoli, half way between the Duomo of Florence and Piazza della Signoria. One block away from Piazza della Repubblica. Convenient to all major sites and museums. Downtown Florence is closed to vehicular traffic, so enjoy a leisurely stroll at your pleasure.

Contact info:
Via dei Calzaiuoli 11
Florence, 50122 Italy
phone: +39 055 218 984
web: www.hotelaxial.it

Room amenities: Individual climate controls for AC or heat; mini bar; electronic safe, satellite TV; free Wi-Fi in rooms; hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Remodeled 19th century building features small inner courtyard, double pane insulated windows, individual AC and heat controls, free Wi-Fi, Internet point (2 computers) in the reading room, satellite TV, bar and continental breakfast buffet.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, July 03 - Frescoes \ Free Time \ Uffizi Gallery
Note: Leisure walk to S. Maria Novella, to admire the frescoes. The San Lorenzo Market is where most people buy souvenirs. The Uffizi Gallery visit requires climbing 3 flights of stairs.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.

Morning: Walk through Florence's central food and soft goods market toward S. Maria Novella. With your new found knowledge of fresco painting, an expert expounds on the frescoes by Masaccio and Ghirlandaio found in the church. Following the visit, free time to walk through the S. Lorenzo Market, where kiosks sell Florentine leather goods, souvenirs, textiles and T shirts.

Lunch: Select your eatery. Group leader will have suggestions for places to eat around the Baptistery.

Afternoon: Reserved entrance to the Uffizi Gallery for self-directed visit, stay as long as you want. Free time until dinner. At the end of the second corridor is a refreshment bar for snacks. The balcony has a wonderful view of Brunelleschi's Dome and the watch tower of Palazzo Vecchio.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy walking in the squares closed to vehicular traffic. Be entertained by street performers as you savor a refreshing gelato.

Lodging: Hotel Axial

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

Description: Centrally located on the fashionable Via dei Calzaiuoli, half way between the Duomo of Florence and Piazza della Signoria. One block away from Piazza della Repubblica. Convenient to all major sites and museums. Downtown Florence is closed to vehicular traffic, so enjoy a leisurely stroll at your pleasure.

Contact info:
Via dei Calzaiuoli 11
Florence, 50122 Italy
phone: +39 055 218 984
web: www.hotelaxial.it

Room amenities: Individual climate controls for AC or heat; mini bar; electronic safe, satellite TV; free Wi-Fi in rooms; hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Remodeled 19th century building features small inner courtyard, double pane insulated windows, individual AC and heat controls, free Wi-Fi, Internet point (2 computers) in the reading room, satellite TV, bar and continental breakfast buffet.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, July 04 - Michelangelo's David \ Archaeological Museum
Note: Leisure walk to the Accademia and Archaeological Museum. The exclusive visit to the upper gallery of the Baptistery is reached by a narrow staircase, about 20 steep steps. One may remain below but miss the up-close view of the mosaics.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.

Morning: Expert led visit to see Michelangelo's David and the Archaeological museum to see the Chimera from Arezzo.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Informative video about the origins of Florence's Duomo and Baptistery followed by exclusive access to the upper gallery with a docent.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Gelato tasting walk.

Lodging: Hotel Axial

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

Description: Overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid terrace on the water, the Hotel Principe, is one of the 4 star hotels in Venice in a perfect position for discovering the charm and beauty of Venice on foot, or for easily reaching the Rialto or St. Mark's Square with a vaporetto, which stops just steps from the hotel.The hotel has a private dock on the Grand Canal for gondola and water taxi access.

Contact info:
Lista di Spagna 146/147
Venice, NA 30121 Italy
phone: +041-220-4010
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it

Room amenities: Hair dryer, AC/heat individual controls, mini-bar, safe, satellite television, complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and terrace overlook the Grand Canal, snack bar, complimentary internet point in the lobby and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

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.hotelprincipevenice.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: Friday, July 05 - Train to Venice \ Venetian History
Note: Walk to S. M. Novella train station for high speed train to Venice. Hotel is 250 yards from station in Venice.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.

Morning: Luggage transported to Venice hotel by van. On the train you will carry only your hand bag, tote, or day pack.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant and check-in to the rooms.

Afternoon: Lecture on Venetian history and neighborhood walk.

Dinner: At a local restaurant to savor Venetian cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

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

Description: Overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid terrace on the water, the Hotel Principe, is one of the 4 star hotels in Venice in a perfect position for discovering the charm and beauty of Venice on foot, or for easily reaching the Rialto or St. Mark's Square with a vaporetto, which stops just steps from the hotel.The hotel has a private dock on the Grand Canal for gondola and water taxi access.

Contact info:
Lista di Spagna 146/147
Venice, NA 30121 Italy
phone: +041-220-4010
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it

Room amenities: Hair dryer, AC/heat individual controls, mini-bar, safe, satellite television, complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and terrace overlook the Grand Canal, snack bar, complimentary internet point in the lobby and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

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.hotelprincipevenice.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: Saturday, July 06 - Murano Glass Making Activity \ S. Mark's Basilica
Note: Vaporetto vessels are often crowded.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.

Morning: Receive vaporetto (public boat) pass and ride the boat to the island of Murano. Learn about glass making and create your own glass tile decoration under the supervision of an instructor at a glass working school. The tile you create will be fused in the kiln and delivered to your hotel.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Expert-led visit of S. Mark's Basilica. Marvel at the mosaics decorating the walls and ceilings, over 60,000 square feet.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

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

Description: Overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid terrace on the water, the Hotel Principe, is one of the 4 star hotels in Venice in a perfect position for discovering the charm and beauty of Venice on foot, or for easily reaching the Rialto or St. Mark's Square with a vaporetto, which stops just steps from the hotel.The hotel has a private dock on the Grand Canal for gondola and water taxi access.

Contact info:
Lista di Spagna 146/147
Venice, NA 30121 Italy
phone: +041-220-4010
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it

Room amenities: Hair dryer, AC/heat individual controls, mini-bar, safe, satellite television, complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and terrace overlook the Grand Canal, snack bar, complimentary internet point in the lobby and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

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.hotelprincipevenice.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: Sunday, July 07 - Dragon Boat Race \ Doge's Palace
Note: Row, row, row your boat hard if you want to win; otherwise sit at the stern and enjoy the ride. Stairs to climb at the Doge's Palace.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.

Morning: Team up with the Venetian Crew Club for a dragon boat race along the canal.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: The Doge's Palace was Venice's government headquarters. It is splendidly decorated with works of art by Titian, Canaletto and Giorgione, just to mention a few.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

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

Description: Overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid terrace on the water, the Hotel Principe, is one of the 4 star hotels in Venice in a perfect position for discovering the charm and beauty of Venice on foot, or for easily reaching the Rialto or St. Mark's Square with a vaporetto, which stops just steps from the hotel.The hotel has a private dock on the Grand Canal for gondola and water taxi access.

Contact info:
Lista di Spagna 146/147
Venice, NA 30121 Italy
phone: +041-220-4010
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it

Room amenities: Hair dryer, AC/heat individual controls, mini-bar, safe, satellite television, complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and terrace overlook the Grand Canal, snack bar, complimentary internet point in the lobby and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

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.hotelprincipevenice.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: Monday, July 08 - Rialto Bridge \ Market and Artisan Workshop \ Mod...
Rialto Bridge \ Market and Artisan Workshop \ Modern Art at the Guggenheim Collection

Note: Leisurely walk around the market area, and to an artisan's workshop.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.

Morning: Explore the outdoor market near the Rialto Bridge. Visit an artisan's workshop to learn about the carving techniques of making gondola oars and oar locks.

Lunch: Choose your lunch from the many offerings around the market area of the Rialto. Group leader will have suggestions.

Afternoon: Having been surrounded by ancient and Renaissance masterpieces and structures, enjoy the modern art collection at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Relax in the courtyard of the palazzo on the Grand Canal while the docents introduce the life and times of the wealthy American collector. The group splits in two for the visit of the collection housed in the small rooms of the gallery. The docent leading the students elicits their reactions to the form and expression they see in the works of modern art.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant. Your glass mementos will be available for you to gingerly pack them.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Tuesday, July 09 - Arrivederci Venezia
Note: You and your luggage transfer to the airport by water taxi. From dock, less than a 10 min. walk under a canopy to reach the terminal. Often luggage carts (E. 1 deposit coin) are available at the dock; the coin is refunded at the terminal.

Depart From: Transfer from the hotel to the Venice Marco Polo airport for departure.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall. Sack breakfast for those with early departure times.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Florence
Botanical Gardensextensive gardens and greenhouses where the Univiversity of Florence maintains 4 million botanical specimens in a wooded urban park, the "Giardino dei Semplici"
MuseumsVisit other museums in Florence such as the Stibbert Museum which houses a collection of weapons, armor and costumes from the 16th to the 20th century. The Marino Marini Museum exhibits works of the contemporary sculptor.
Teatro della PergolaAmici della Musica has a rich and varied program for concerts and recitals. Check the website below for further information.
For additional information, visit: www.amicimusica.fi.it/amuspro.htm

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12 nights of accommodations
30 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences

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