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10 Days | 9 Nights
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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.
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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Dianne Rauch Sep 01, 2015 at 11:12 PM

Hello to those who are going on the trip to Florence from Oct 18th to Oct 28. This will be my first trip with RS and my first trip going solo. I look forward meeting all of you. So, here's my question: There are several days we have free time from the afternoon into the evening hours; do we breakup into smaller groups and/or venture out on our own?

Looking forward to your comments,

Dianne


Carol Patterson Aug 16, 2015 at 03:21 PM

Hi-I'm in Florence 9/21 & 9/22 before the tour starts. I'm planning to take one or more day trips out of Florence and am wondering if anyone would like to join the adventure. Carol
Sharon Clarke Aug 20, 2015 at 12:39 PM

Carol, My husband and I also have those dates free between the Rome program and the Florence. Don't know yet if we want to explore, or just rest up and do laundry. Where will you be staying?
Sharon Clarke Aug 20, 2015 at 12:39 PM

Carol Patterson Aug 23, 2015 at 03:07 PM

Hi Sharon -- as of today, I am still exploring whether to stay in Florence and take some day trips OR go to another nearby town for the 2 days. I'm considering Lucca, Pisa, Sienna and there are others! Our tour hotel is full for those 2 days so I'm not sure where I would be staying in Florence. Thanks for answering. Since my 1st trip starts on 9/12, I will be making some decisions this week and will send another message.
Carol Patterson Aug 27, 2015 at 11:02 AM

Sharon -- I've settled on going to Lucca for my days between the 2 tours. The little medieval town looks absolutely marvelous. Will see you in Florence!


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.
Lori Rariden Sep 02, 2015 at 09:41 AM

The Pitti Palace is more decorative arts collection than the fine arts of the Uffitzi. Both are "must see" for the art lover. I went in Oct several years ago and loved the program. You will be given free time to do what you like. The hard part is deciding what to do! I chose to visit the Academy, San Marco, the Cathedral, an opera, and shopping. I usually went alone because my stamina didn't allow me to sight see without lots of sitting breaks. Your tour guides will make suggestions and let you know a do-able itinerary. I was never bored in Florence, but I need to go back to see the Pitti Palace. enjoy your visit!


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