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Program #20096RJ
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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Susanne from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/21/14 - 10/30/14
The program was wonderful. Beautiful landscape, nice local hotel, many interesting fieldtrips, friendly people - locals as well as program participants.

Charlotte from Leesville, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/22/14 - 10/01/14
My first experience out of the country and a fabulous one! Staying in one villa in Tuscany for nine days was relaxing and one of the biggest draws to my selection. I am anxious to return to the Hidden Villages of Tuscany!

Timothy from Sandia Park, NM Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/22/14 - 10/01/14
Great staff; Erika/Christina/Andrea coordinated an excellent program. We met passionate local people who joyfully explained their culture (linen factory owner, olive oil producer, farmer, historian, antique restorer and teacher,the mayor of Anghiari, Franciscan Padre and Prof. Carniani's love for Piero della Francesca!). Sunday lunch with a local family and the final dinner with Tuscan folk music were highlights. Very few tourists in this area (yes!). Limited shopping. Family run hotel was warm, rooms facing the Theatre bar across the street are noisy. The "arts and craft" session (ie basket weaving!) could be skipped. Small group was great for this trip, liked staying in one place during the tour. You won't go hungry, great food. Staff helped with post tour travel plans. Great experience.

JOHN from Calgary, AB Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/22/14 - 10/01/14
This was a great trip, with excellent tour leaders, fine accommodations, interesting activities, and wonderful food. Tuscany is beautiful.

Jannine from Mohnton, PA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/22/14 - 10/01/14
This was a great program! We saw so much art and experienced so much of the local culture I can hardly begin to "unpack" the time in Tuscany. Thank you to the great guides: Erika, Christina and Andrea; the great hotel staff at the Meridiana; the knowledgeable and gifted professor Mario Carniani. Had I thought well in advance, I would have purchased one of his books and asked for his autograph. Alas, I did not but I am impressed that Road Scholar continues to secure such qualified instructors!

Donna from Camden, SC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/22/14 - 10/01/14
I loved this program. The village was gorgeous, the food delicious and the field trips educational and fun, and none longer than 45 minutes away. Because it was a small group (22) we were able to be accommodated in "real" restaurants which were delightful. Nice hotel and lovely staff. Good weather.

Lawrie from San Anselmo, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/22/14 - 10/01/14
Take a trip with Road Scholar and enjoy meeting interesting people of other cultures. It will enrich your life.

Barbara from Durham, NH Number of programs attended: 34
Date attended: 03/15/14 - 03/24/14
The learning and the friendship of this program will stay with you forever and prompt you to want to visit more places on our planet!

Hattie from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/15/14 - 03/24/14
This was even my first trip to Europe and it was the best experience in my life to be in precious, sweetest Italy. Everyday was a great new experience and the guides (Erika and Christina) were extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of Italy. The Tuscany area is totally sweet and I learned so much. Thank you for wonderful time! Hattie Smith

Jeanette from New Haven, CT Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 03/15/14 - 03/24/14
An excellent art history trip in an unspoiled area of Tuscany. The cultural opportunities in this trip are many, the food excellent and the towns lovely.

Jeffrey from Madison, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/24/13 - 10/03/13
The town of Anghiari (pop 5000)is a beautiful walled medieval town. Our hotel room presented beautiful views of the upper Tiber valley and the medieval town wall. The family that ran the hotel was very helpful and responsive. Our guides and coordinator were excellent, organized, helpful and fun as well. We had never taken a group trip before and really enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers much more than we anticipated. It was a very relaxing trip away from the tourist centers. We went to smaller museums and to some beautiful churchs and enjoyed lunch at a local home and at an olive tree farm and oil mill. I can't say enough about how welcoming the locals are. Even our taxi driver in Florence mentioned the reputation the people of Anghiari have for being friendly. The walking is not far but does involve some steep streets but our group ranged up to age 80 or so and everyone seemed to do alright. The trip was just what we were looking for and we got more that we expected. With all of the meals it seemed a good value. We would highly recommend it.

Ruth from Calgary, AB Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/05/13 - 09/14/13
Great location; outstanding group leaders; variety of learning experiences; great fun.

Marilyn from Hatboro, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/24/13 - 10/03/13
Anghiari is a wonderful place to visit! Step back in time, relax and enjoy the local people and culture. A delightful way to learn about art and history without being in the center of major tourist venues. I would highly recommend this trip.

Christy from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/05/13 - 09/14/13
This is a wonderful program...relaxed, not strenuous, and offers the opportunity to visit areas in Tuscany that are not on the typical tourist list. The guides are excellent.


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