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Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Kathleen Mayer Jan 22, 2016 at 05:07 PM

I will be a solo traveling-any others. Coming from California
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Kathleen Mayer Jan 22, 2016 at 05:05 PM

Anyone going on this trip 4/24/16 - 5/5/16
Kate Simpson Feb 07, 2016 at 12:59 PM

I'm going at the same time as you, Kathleen, and also traveling solo. Looking forward to meeting you!
Kathleen Mayer Feb 08, 2016 at 05:23 PM

Oh good I was hoping for at least one other solo. Look forward to meeting you too.
Kathleen Mayer Feb 08, 2016 at 05:23 PM

Oh good I was hoping for at least one other solo. Look forward to meeting you too.


Carole Kenyon Jan 21, 2016 at 02:49 PM

Hi Tina, I second Bob's comments below re the order in which to explore Italy. Also, the weather in September into October this past autumn kept us like boy scouts or marines: semper paratus. We seemed to have all sorts of weather every day and had to head out, dressed and with brollies, accordingly. So do enjoy this trip, just not for your first trip to Italy.
Tina Ginnetti Jan 21, 2016 at 09:59 PM

Thanks much. Which do you suggest and what time of year
Carole Kenyon Jan 21, 2016 at 10:05 PM

Well, I don't have time to look at all of them, but the trio of cities is a good place to begin your exploration (unless you have family connections that you want to explore). If you can, September is a good month (into October if you're not in the north). Farther south (Sicily), we enjoyed perfect weather from October into November. Good luck and enjoy!
Tina Ginnetti Jan 21, 2016 at 10:27 PM

Thanks again


Tina Ginnetti Jan 20, 2016 at 10:58 PM

Just looking for anyone that did the Cinque Terre trip last year in October. Any suggestions, is that the best trio to do first if you have never been to Italy
Bob Durkin Jan 21, 2016 at 07:19 AM

Tina, Cinque Terra is a special wonderful place, but in my opinion I would choose a trip elsewhere for my first time to Italy. I would choose a trip that included Tuscany, as well as some of the famous cities like Rome and Florence. You will be missing so much, if you just isolate yourself in the special Cinque Terra area...


Wendy Grindstaff Jan 14, 2016 at 06:02 PM

Anyone else enrolled in the May 8-19 trip? We are coming from Columbus OH. 1st RS trip and 1st time in Italy.
Vicki Lyden Jan 20, 2016 at 01:47 PM

Hi Wendy. What airlines are you using to fly from CMH to PSA? I am researching and about 85% sure I will also be on this trip (and am from CMH). You will LOVE Italy, and RS is excellent in its selection of guides and speakers.
Wendy Grindstaff Jan 20, 2016 at 06:21 PM

Hi Vicki.....I think we met at Beth Tikvah a few months ago when you presented about RS. We will fly on American Airlines. Not sure if we are leaving Cbus on Sat. or Sun.


Weiss Dorothy Dec 14, 2015 at 05:28 PM

Hi. I'll be a single traveler on this trip. Any other singles out there?
Shelley Day Jan 08, 2016 at 02:33 PM

Hi Dorothy, I'm also a single traveler and excited for this trip! Used to planning my own travel itineraries, this is the first tour I've enrolled in. Have you been to Italy before?
Weiss Dorothy Jan 10, 2016 at 10:06 AM

Yes. My late husband and I had visited all the usual cities in 2011 with a small group, and I always wanted to return. I'll be flying out of FL to NY, then on to Rome Really looking forward to the trip.


Jean Gilman Oct 11, 2015 at 01:55 PM

Thanks, Carole, for the heads up about customs and making connections in Italy. A relative and I plan on taking this or the Amalfi Coast trip in May.
Carole Kenyon Oct 11, 2015 at 02:08 PM

You're quite welcome. Both great places to visit and a good month, too.


Carole Kenyon Oct 09, 2015 at 11:51 AM

HEADS UP, people leaving on 11 October, particularly on ALITALIA!. Our flight left a hour late from JFK. The flight at Fiumicino (Rome) was met by reps but NOT for our flight to Pisa. We looked at the postings and moved quickly through the airport, but it's huge. TWO passport clearances: first soon after disembarking from our international flight but then a second, before the bus to get to the in-country, transfer flight. Alitalia, again, NOT THERE to help us when we left the plane. We missed the flight to Pisa and had wait FIVE hours for the next flight. I strongly advise that you ask for "special assistance" from the airline. This will pretty much guarantee that you'll make your flight. NO wheel chair necessary. Jane Bacon (wonderful) advised that we do this for our flight home last night. We did as we probably would have missed this flight, too. Flight from Pisa left 20-30 minutes late. We were picked up in a small van and driven on the tarmac to the terminal we needed. Then another assistant took us through the 2nd passport check etc. We got to our international flight 15 minutes before it was scheduled to leave. Is that 5 minutes before they close the door? Not to worry: they waited for many passengers coming on another international connecting flight. Take care of this today, I'd advise, most emphatically!
Also, many of the restaurants etc. do NOT take credit cards, so make sure that you have sufficient folding and/or your atm card etc.
ALSO, few receptacles / electrical outlets in the room. We had a 5 USB port "pluggable" charging device, so we were o.k.
Pillows and mattresses very "firm." I got a bad neck muscle (?) sprain from sleeping on 2 pillows as I do at home. Bring your own feather? or sleep on only 1 pillow. And Enjoy - the trip itself is great!


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