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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. 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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Elizabeth Sandler Mar 17, 2015 at 07:56 PM

Liz
Is anyone on the April 9-19 trip? I can't tell from the posts.


Myrna Wacknov Jan 28, 2015 at 07:58 PM

Myrna Wacknov, first time on a Road Scholar trip. I will be traveling with my sister. I am a practicing artist and hope to do some sketching and drawing along the way. Are there any other artists participating in the May trip?
Karen Feb 24, 2015 at 11:31 AM

Hi, Myrna. I am also going in May on this trip. I plan to take my sketchbook and a small watercolor kit. Maybe we can do something together. Also, I am staying for a few days after the program and may be interested in hearing from others who may be interested in some excursions in the area. Karen K


Douglass Allen Nov 14, 2014 at 10:42 AM

The trip exceeded our expectations! Judy and I very much appreciated the staff, the instructors and our fellow participants. I have started a "Hidden Treasures of Florence" photographic blog which will be a good review for me (and you) which can be found here- http://roadscholarflorence.blogspot.com/

Doug Allen


Judith Allen Nov 01, 2014 at 05:11 PM

Judy and Doug Allen, first timers on a Road Scholars trip, are arriving noon Sunday and look forward to meeting others and probably a nap!


Leslie Garnett Sep 22, 2014 at 02:34 PM

I am going Nov. 1st to Florence and staying on a few days following the program. This will be my first Road Scholar trip! I need to have some guidance from the veterans on clothing, shoes, etc. I don't want to bring anything I don't need. I am very excited! Will there be other singles? Leslie
Molly Nunnelly Sep 23, 2014 at 04:03 PM

Hi Leslie! I'm a first timer to RS as well! I'm traveling with my friend Milinda, and I think there are other single travellers in this group. The hotel has hairdryers in the rooms so I'm not bringing one of those. I'm trying to pack very light, so everything will be mix and match. I also have a lightweight raincoat to bring and a teeny umbrella. Hopefully no rain! I'm sure there are travel veterans out there who can also help!
Helen Howell Sep 30, 2014 at 06:06 PM

Bring your most comfortable shoes. I'm wearing a single pair of black suede tie shoes. Wear a light weight jacket and dress in layers. Expect rain, but probably won't be cold, just chilly. Have fun!


Delmar Guidinger Sep 12, 2014 at 04:08 AM

My earlier post may or may not have entered, so will try again. I am confused why the trip includes the Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vechhio, both used by the Dukes of Tuscany but not there Pitti Palace? The palace is suppose to be a treasure trove of their art collections.
Molly Nunnelly Sep 15, 2014 at 09:35 PM

I'm not sure of the answer to your question, but this trip has some off-the-beaten paths activities and there is free time if you want to see the Pitti Palace on your own. I think most of the good art is in the Uffizi
Delmar Guidinger Sep 17, 2014 at 07:45 PM

In reflection, I am probably over thinking the agenda and I am sure by the time I get done with Uffizi, I will be more than ready to look at something else.


Molly Nunnelly Aug 22, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Hello! Anyone out there on the Oct 10 trip? My first Road Scholar experience!
Julia James Sep 15, 2014 at 09:16 PM

Hi Mary Anne, My mother, sister and I are going on the Oct 10th Hidden Treasures of Florence trip. We look forward to meeting you! Julia
Molly Nunnelly Sep 15, 2014 at 09:33 PM

Hi- Call me Molly! I'm a newbie to RS, going with a friend who has done several! Same here! Thanks!
Julia James Sep 15, 2014 at 09:38 PM

My mother has previously been on Road Scholar trips but my sister and I are also newbies! Sounds like a wonderful trip and we are all looking forward to it. See you Oct. 10th!
Julia James Sep 16, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Molly, When do you arrive in Florence? We are arriving on 10/10 and would like to share transportation to the hotel if possible.
Molly Nunnelly Sep 17, 2014 at 05:24 PM

Hi Julia- We don't arrive until the 11th. Sorry not to be able to help out with that!
Helen Howell Sep 26, 2014 at 08:52 AM

Hi Julia. The airport is very close to the city center. Here is taxi fare info: http://www.aeroporto.firenze.it/en/passengers/from-to-the-airport/taxi.html, which seems reasonable for 3 people.


Connie Solfermoser Jul 27, 2014 at 12:58 PM

I am thinking about doing this in Nov, I am worry about the gardens if the flowers will still be in bloom. Any thoughts
Mary Dewolf Sep 20, 2014 at 04:19 PM

Hi Connie, I'm doing the birth of civilization tour in November. We'll be going to Rome, Athens and Istanbul. I'm hoping for cool weather to drive away the usual tourists. I would love a private look at the Sistine Chaple and the Hajia Sophia. I'm still loving Madison. Thinking about Paris next year. Mary De Wolf


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