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Program #18647RJ
10 Days | 9 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.
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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


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!


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


Sabina J Jan 23, 2014 at 04:46 PM

Ciao! I am booked for the March 31, 2014 tour solo and would like to dine with fellow travelers interested in dining (reasonable gourmet) and a little shopping as well as adventure off the program path within Florence. Would love to connect with fellow travelers.
Susan Roos Feb 05, 2014 at 03:35 PM

I'm also going solo on the March 31 program and also enjoy getting about on my own. It would be great to join up for any of our independent meals and see what we can discover. After the program ends, I am going down to Rome for a few days and then returning to Florence for some daytripping in Tuscany. Have you been to Florence before? Ciao, Sunny
Sabina J Feb 05, 2014 at 08:39 PM

Ciao Susan! I've been to Florence decades ago when I was a teenager. But I didn't get to see the real David in the Academy. Want to correct that on this trip. I'm a lazy rather than active traveler. But I'd like to do some shopping for leather gloves and am up for any epicurean adventures for our independent meals (looking for authentic) and would love to shop the Lorenzo area for gourmet treats to bring home. I'm just on the Florence trip this time, with no side excursions. Went to Rome on my own (no tour) a few years ago. I can recommend Casa Howard off the Spanish Steps. Close to everything. Ciao! Sabina
Susan Roos Feb 07, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Hi, Sabina. Thanks for telling me about Casa Howard. It looks charming. Maybe next trip. I have booked an apartment in Rome near Campo di Fiori for my stay this time. When I return to Florence, I will also have an apartment near enough to the train station to make it easy to do daytrips by train. I'm looking forward to meeting you -- and the other participants on April 1. My plane does not arrive in Florence until 5:30 PM, so I may miss the first Orientation Meeting and just show up at the first dinner. Less than 2 months to go. Ciao. Sunny
Sabina J Feb 09, 2014 at 02:10 PM

Hi Sunny! Sounds like a great plan. I'm just wondering whether to wear summer clothes with sweaters or winter corduroys. I'm looking forward to meeting everybody and especially you! I'm trying to read up on an Eyewitness Guidebook for tips. We can compare notes. See you soon! Ciao! Sabina


Bill Stuart Jan 06, 2014 at 04:05 PM

Greetings: I am booked for the May 9-18 program and am looking forward to it. I like the idea of seeing this culture rich city in some depth. After Florence I am headed to Rome for another in depth program on 5-18. Return to St. Louis on the 26th.
James Sprinkle Apr 29, 2014 at 06:30 PM

Hi Bill. My wife Andi & I will be on the Florence tour when you are. We've been reviewing stuff via apps like Triposo and Trip Advisor. Also have some additional places to see there, and hope to find good eats. Your interests? See you there.


James Sprinkle Oct 21, 2013 at 05:11 PM

My wife and I are taking this tour next May, and are looking forward to communicating with our fellow travelers. We live in King NC, and will fly from Charlotte.


Aroop Mangalik Oct 01, 2013 at 11:46 AM

I am joining you in Florence October 12-19. My brief bio: I am a retired medical doctor. I was was an oncologist at the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine. Looking forward to meeting you all.
Aroop Mangalik


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