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Program #20211RJ
14 Days | 13 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.
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Itinerary for Jul 7 — Jul 20, 2014

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Day One: Monday, July 07 - 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 neighborhood celebrates with a 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, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, complimentary wifi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. Tiled floor halls and rooms. The inner courtyard patio is a private and relaxing place to be. Complimentary wifi 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
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.sfromana.it or email istituto@sfromana.it. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, July 08 - 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 afternoon check-in. Some activity while waiting for lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at a local eatery.

Afternoon: Settle in room, meet at appointed time for Orientation, Welcome Reception, and Neighborhood Walk to familiarize yourself with banks, pharmacies and stores. Please note that your welcome packet will have the most updated day to day itinerary.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in the Trastevere neighborhood.

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 neighborhood celebrates with a 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, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, complimentary wifi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. Tiled floor halls and rooms. The inner courtyard patio is a private and relaxing place to be. Complimentary wifi 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
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.sfromana.it or email istituto@sfromana.it. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, July 09 - Welcome to Rome \ Colosseum \ Roman Forum
Note: Steep stairs to reach the upper level of the Colosseum. A modern elevator at one end of the arena will take you to the upper level but you must double back the length of the arena to ride the elevator to the ground level and exit. The terrain of the Forum is uneven with dirt and original cobblestone paths.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Begin to unravel the multiple layers of Roman history through the sharp insight of a professor who will set the stage for your explorations. Coach drop off near the Colosseum.

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

Afternoon: A local expert leads the visit to the Colosseum, iconic symbol of Imperial Rome built nearly 2,000 years ago. Skip the line with the group reserved entrance. Learn how the amphitheater was used for gladiatorial contests and later stripped of its stone facade for other construction projects. Guided visit continues to 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. Coach to the hotel.

Dinner: 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 neighborhood celebrates with a 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, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, complimentary wifi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. Tiled floor halls and rooms. The inner courtyard patio is a private and relaxing place to be. Complimentary wifi 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
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.sfromana.it or email istituto@sfromana.it. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, July 10 - Treasures of the Vatican \ Ancient Roman House
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: 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. Transportation to Piazza Venezia, site of the imposing white marble monument to Victor Emanuel and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Guided visit of an ancient Roman house unearthed during the restoration of a modern building. The layers of the archaeological site reveal details of everyday life through the centuries. Guided walk to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Fountain of Trevi, and the Spanish Steps. Transportation back to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at a characteristic restaurant in Trastevere.

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 neighborhood celebrates with a 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, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, complimentary wifi.

Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. Tiled floor halls and rooms. The inner courtyard patio is a private and relaxing place to be. Complimentary wifi 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
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.sfromana.it or email istituto@sfromana.it. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, July 11 - Vatican Museum \ Sistine Chapel \ Mosaic Workshop
Note: An escalator connects two floors of the vast museum, but there are flights of wide marble stairs along the path to the Sistine Chapel. In the crowded museum there are few opportunities to sit and rest until the Sistine Chapel which has benches along the side walls.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to the Vatican Museums (reserved entrance). The vast museum is comprised of a number of collections: Egypt and Mesopotamia; Greek, Etruscan, Rome; a picture gallery. There are unannounced closings of galleries, so our expert will maximize the time and discuss the most significant pieces available. Michelangelo's frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, with scenes from the book of Genesis and the Last Judgment behind the main altar are the main attraction. From the Sistine Chapel, the guide will lead the group through the back door down to the Basilica of St. Peter. In a side chapel, behind a protective glass, you can see the famous Pieta', Michelangelo's early work and only piece he signed. There are countless historical references and events associated with this Basilica, once the largest in the world. Stepping out onto the front porch, you will admire the colonnade designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Coach to the mosaic workshop.

Lunch: Lunch at the mosaic workshop's cafe.

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

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Casa Santa Francesca Romana

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

Description: Modern business class hotel in quiet residential area, close to Arno River and the historical section of Florence. Roof garden and bar with swimming pool offers a wonderful panorama of the roofs of Florence and the Tuscan hills.

Contact info:
Via Solferino, 2
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 284273
web: www.krafthotel.it

Room amenities: Independent climate control of air conditioning, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, internet point, minibar, safe.

Facility amenities: 24 hour front desk, spacious lounge, conference rooms, American bar, restaurant, glass enclosed terrace where breakfast is served, roof top pool.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, July 12 - Ancient Roman Art at the Capitoline Museum \ Trai...
Note: Wide marble stairs to reach the various levels of the Capitoline Museum. The walk from the train station in Florence to the hotel is a few long city blocks.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Have checked luggage ready for van transfer to the hotel in Florence. Leave hand luggage in the hotel deposit area. Transportation to the Capitoline Museum for an expert-led visit. 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. Transportation to the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Coach to Roman Termini (train station). Experience travel on a high speed train at speeds reaching 120 mph. Ride is an hour and a half. Walk to the hotel. After settling into your room, meet for a neighborhood walk.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in the vicinity of the hotel.

Lodging: Kraft Hotel Firenze

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

Description: Modern business class hotel in quiet residential area, close to Arno River and the historical section of Florence. Roof garden and bar with swimming pool offers a wonderful panorama of the roofs of Florence and the Tuscan hills.

Contact info:
Via Solferino, 2
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 284273
web: www.krafthotel.it

Room amenities: Independent climate control of air conditioning, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, internet point, minibar, safe.

Facility amenities: 24 hour front desk, spacious lounge, conference rooms, American bar, restaurant, glass enclosed terrace where breakfast is served, roof top pool.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, July 13 - Renaissance Art / Uffizi Gallery
Note: Walk to S. Maria Novella and the San Lorenzo Market.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: Illustrated presentation on medieval and Renaissance art in preparation for the visit to the Uffizi Gallery. In the Piazza del Duomo admire the Gates of Paradise on the Baptistery doors. The walk continues towards the Ponte Vecchio to the Museum of Science. Expert-led visit of the collection of scientific instruments, including the telescope Galileo used to discover the moons of Jupiter. Modern renovations have enhanced the museum with interactive displays.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

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: Dinner on your own.

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

Lodging: Kraft Hotel Firenze

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

Description: Modern business class hotel in quiet residential area, close to Arno River and the historical section of Florence. Roof garden and bar with swimming pool offers a wonderful panorama of the roofs of Florence and the Tuscan hills.

Contact info:
Via Solferino, 2
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 284273
web: www.krafthotel.it

Room amenities: Independent climate control of air conditioning, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, internet point, minibar, safe.

Facility amenities: 24 hour front desk, spacious lounge, conference rooms, American bar, restaurant, glass enclosed terrace where breakfast is served, roof top pool.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, July 14 - Fresco Painting Lesson \ Palazzo Vecchio
Note: The Palazzo Vecchio visit requires climbing a few flights of stairs. A small lift has been installed for the disabled.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Walk to the Piazza della Signoria. In the art room of the Palazzo Vecchio an art teacher illustrates 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. Try your hand at making a fresco. After the 6"x 9" tile dries, you may choose to keep it, otherwise it is recycled. Expert-led visit follows 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: Lunch on your own and free time until late afternoon.

Afternoon: Late afternoon a local expert gives an illustrated presentation on Florence and the Renaissance.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant or trattoria.

Lodging: Kraft Hotel Firenze

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

Description: Modern business class hotel in quiet residential area, close to Arno River and the historical section of Florence. Roof garden and bar with swimming pool offers a wonderful panorama of the roofs of Florence and the Tuscan hills.

Contact info:
Via Solferino, 2
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 284273
web: www.krafthotel.it

Room amenities: Independent climate control of air conditioning, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, internet point, minibar, safe.

Facility amenities: 24 hour front desk, spacious lounge, conference rooms, American bar, restaurant, glass enclosed terrace where breakfast is served, roof top pool.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, July 15 - San Lorenzo Market \ Michelangelo's David
Note: The walk from the hotel to the Accademia is on city streets (limited traffic) with narrow sidewalks.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Walk to 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 Mercato, the indoor food and produce market and food court. In the area of the market pushcart merchants offer a variety of leather goods, clothing, and souvenirs.

Lunch: Lunch on your own. There are many choices around the market area.

Afternoon: Late afternoon visit the Accademia (Michelangelo's statue of David) with an art historian who will help you see with a new perspective the marble statue of the young man depicted in the Bible who had the courage to face a giant.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Kraft Hotel Firenze

Meals Included: Breakfast, 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: +39 041 220 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
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelprincipevenice.it. 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 out time: 10:00 AM

Day Ten: Wednesday, July 16 - Train to Venice \ Venetian History
Note: Walk to S. M. Novella train station for high speed train to Venice. Hotel is about 250 yards on flat sidewalks from the train station in Venice.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Luggage transported to Venice hotel by van. Walk to the S M Novella train station. On the high speed train to Venice you will carry only your hand bag, tote, or day pack.

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

Afternoon: A classroom session welcomes you and gives you some background of the rich history of Venice. Neighborhood walk follows.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant where you will sample 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: +39 041 220 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
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelprincipevenice.it. 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 out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Thursday, July 17 - Murano Glass Making Activity \ S. Mark's Basilica
Note: Vaporetto to Murano. Easy walk on the small island of Murano; some steps and rises over bridges that span minor canals.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Ride the vaporetto (public 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 on your own.

Afternoon: Travel to Piazza S. Marco on the vaporetto along Venice's famed Grand Canal. Expert-led visit of S. Mark's Cathedral decorated with more than 45,000 sq. ft. of mosaics, giving the impression of streets of gold.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

Meals Included: Breakfast, 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: +39 041 220 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
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelprincipevenice.it. 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 out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Friday, July 18 - Dragon Boat \ Doge's Palace
Note: Row, row, row your boat hard if you want to beat the other teams; otherwise sit at the stern and enjoy the ride. At the end of the morning you may be less dry than how you began the day. Moving about in Venice always involves walking as well as stairs and ramps over bridges.The visit through the many rooms of the Doge's Palace requires climbing a few flights of stairs. Narrow passages through the rooms of the Prisons and over the Bridge of Sighs.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Vaporetto to the Venice Canoe Club Boathouse. An instructor goes over the basics of rowing before you team up and enjoy a friendly rowing race.

Lunch: Vaporetto to the stop closest to the hotel. Lunch at a casual eatery close by.

Afternoon: Vaporetto to St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace, Venice's government headquarters, decorated by Titian, Canaletto and Giorgione, just to mention a few. From the richly decorated halls of the Palazzo, walk through the narrow Prison passages and over the Bridge of Sighs for a unique view of the canal.

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: +39 041 220 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
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelprincipevenice.it. 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 out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Saturday, July 19 - Rialto Bridge \ Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Note: Moving about in Venice always involves walking. You are sure to encounter stairs and ramps over multiple bridges that span minor canals.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Vaporetto to the Rialto Bridge. A local expert leads the walk around the oldest part of Venice, the Rialto. Stop at an artisan's workshop to learn about the carving techniques of making gondola oars and oar locks.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

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. Vaporetto to the stop closest to the hotel.

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

Evening: Opportunity to ride the vaporetto along the Grand Canal to take some artistic evening photographs.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Sunday, July 20 - Arrivederci Venezia
Note: You and your luggage transfer to the airport by water taxi. From dock, a 7 min. walk under a canopy to reach the terminal. Racks with luggage carts (E. 1 deposit coin) are available at the dock; the coin is released to you when you return the cart at the terminal.

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

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. 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
6 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences

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