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The Best of Italy: Rome, Florence and Venice

Program Number: 18206RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/9/2011 - 3/22/2011; 4/2/2016 - 4/15/2016; 4/16/2016 - 4/29/2016; 4/23/2016 - 5/6/2016; 5/10/2016 - 5/23/2016; 5/14/2016 - 5/27/2016; 5/21/2016 - 6/3/2016; 5/28/2016 - 6/10/2016; 9/6/2016 - 9/19/2016; 9/10/2016 - 9/23/2016; 9/17/2016 - 9/30/2016; 9/24/2016 - 10/7/2016; 10/1/2016 - 10/14/2016; 10/8/2016 - 10/21/2016; 10/15/2016 - 10/28/2016; 10/22/2016 - 11/4/2016; 10/26/2016 - 11/8/2016; 10/30/2016 - 11/12/2016;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Italy
Price starting at: $3,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 31; 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; None; None; None    

Experience the beauty of three historic capitals of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance acclaim as local experts lead you on a journey through some of Italy’s greatest cities. Follow the path of legendary artists, scientists and philosophers from the classical remnants of Rome to the preserved treasures of Florence and Venice.


• Trace Roman history through the ages as you visit the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Borghese Museum and the Vatican Museum.
• Journey to Florence and Venice via a high speed EuroStar train, reaching speeds of over 120 mph.
• View the "David" — a Renaissance period masterpiece in Florence — and ride in a gondola through the canals of Venice.

Activity Particulars

Extensive walking in traffic-free urban centers which prevent tourist coaches from parking or loading passengers at sites. The distances traversed on foot can reach 4 mi/day—always interspersed with rest time, typically at a meal. Standing for extended periods of time during site visits. Special attention needs to be paid to the uneven aspect of cobblestone streets. Elevator use in some historic buildings is restricted. Not all staircases have banisters. Venice is unique as a city with no vehicles besides public or private boats that run along the Grand Canal. Extensive walking in Venice includes crossing bridges that span minor canals. As with many things, the effort expended has its aesthetic reward.

Date Specific Information


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10-22-2016, 10-26-2016, 10-30-2016

Travel and study with Road Scholar in Rome, Florence, and Venice during low season means museums, other cultural attractions, and restaurants are less crowded, with more opportunities for relaxed “people watching” as we mix and mingle with the locals. In Venice, especially, we will feel more like Venetians as we ride the vaporetto (public boats) down the Grand Canal without crowds of tourists.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Rome, 4 nights; train to Florence, 4 nights; train to Venice, 4 nights; departure.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Rome
4 nights

Begin to unravel the multiple layers of Roman history as you examine some of the masterpieces preserved in the National Museum of Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. Lectures offer insight on various aspects of Roman culture, architecture and artists, such as Michelangelo and Bernini. Marvel at the stunning Ceiling and the imposing Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel. Visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and delight in the art collection at the Borghese Gallery.

Train to Florence
4 nights

Considered the “cradle of the Renaissance,” Florence retains a treasure trove of works by Michaelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Verrocchio, Donatello and Botticelli. Learn from resident professors of art history the development of styles and feast your artistic senses during visits to the National Sculpture Gallery of the Bargello, the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia — where the newly restored David is housed. Learn about the Duomo complex and Brunelleschi's Dome. Savor the sights, smells, and tastes of Florence as you stroll through traffic free streets, visiting markets and sampling gelato just steps away from breathtaking churches.

Train to Venice
4 nights

Journey to Venice via train and then explore the city along its historic and scenic canals. Notice the grandeur of patrician palaces, with arches indicating near-Eastern influence before exploring St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Ducal Palace. On an excursion to the island of Murano observe a master-craftsman shape genuine Venetian glass in a workshop. Docents will illustrate and illuminate the richness of Venetian history, legends, personages, and of course the art. Venice invites you into its maze.


“Dolce far niente,” the “sweetness of doing nothing.” This ode to leisure is a distinctly Italian phrase, and yet the expression does not do justice to the hard-work ethos of the nation’s inhabitants. The monuments, art and civilization bequeathed to the people of modern Italy are a testament to the industry of their forebearers, and the legacy lives on in today’s Italians, who work hard to better enjoy the sweetness of repose.

Rome: Four-star hotel near the Piazza della Repubblica, the Termini train station, and the Rome Opera House. Florence: Four-star hotel was an ex-Franciscan convent from the 15th century and its modern restoration showcases the ancient frescoes, stone arches and vaulted ceilings. Venice: Four-star hotel with a terrace and private dock on the Grand Canal.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Elaine Ruffolo

Elaine Ruffolo has been teaching art history in Florence since 1989 and is a popular instructor for students and adults alike. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and earned a master’s in art history from Syracuse University. Elaine directs the field study programs for Syracuse University in Florence and lectures for various adult programs. She is the resident director of the Smithsonian Institute programs in Italy and is currently working on a travel book of Florence and Tuscany.
Rocky Ruggiero

Rocky Ruggiero is an art history professor specializing in early Renaissance architecture for American university study abroad programs in Florence. He has appeared in the History Channel series “Engineering an Empire" and in a PBS program focusing on the architecture of the Renaissance. Rocky shares his love of Florentine art as an advisory board member of Friends of Florence, a non-profit group that raises funds for the restoration of various works throughout the city.
Jane Zaloga

Jane Zaloga holds degrees in architecture and business administration from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree from Syracuse University, and has done further graduate study at Harvard University. She has received several fellowships to study in Rome and in Florence, including the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship. She now lives in Florence and teaches with several American university programs, including Syracuse University and NYU.
Rachel Potts

Rachel Potts is a licensed excursion leader in Rome. She graduated from Manchester University (UK) with a bachelor's in philosophy and French, and later studied garden design at the London Gardening School. Having grown up in Rome, she chose to return to Italy and share her knowledge and love of Rome and surrounding areas.
Rosanna Giannotti

Italian native Rosanna Giannotti has always had a penchant for travelling and cosmopolitanism. She studied English and French at university before moving to Calgary to work as a translator for the Canadian Oil Company. Upon returning to Venice, she studied and passed the rigorous examination to become a licensed guide, and she’s been working as an educational guide ever since. Rosanna is a member of the prestigious Italian and European Association of Guide Lecturers.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Diana
  Rome, Italy 4 nights
   Croce di Malta
  Florence, Italy 4 nights
   Hotel Principe
  Venice, Italy 4 nights
 Hotel Diana
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: centrally located near the Piazza della Repubblica, the Termini train station, and the Rome Opera House.
  Contact info: Via Principe Amadeo, 6
Rome,   Italy
phone: +39 06 47 86 81
  Room amenities: A/C, safe, hair dryer, mini bar
  Facility amenities: Business class facility with restaurant, lounge, rooftop garden, and internet point
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Contact Trinity College to request additional nights
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Croce di Malta
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Centrally located in the heart of Florence in the square of Santa Maria Novella; a short walk to the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and the Piazza della Signoria. Recently renovated lobby and rooms.
  Contact info: Via della Scala, 7
Florence,   Italy
phone: +39 055 261 870
  Room amenities: A/C, TV, hair dryer, internet connection, safe, mini bar
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, small garden and lounge; small pool. Internet point. Rooftop terrace and bar
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Principe
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in the neighborhood of Cannaregio and close to the station of Santa Lucia. The hotel has a terrance and private dock on the Grand Canal.
  Contact info: Lista di Spagna, 146
Venice,   Italy
phone: +39 041 220 4000
  Room amenities: A/C, hair dryer, TV, safe, mini bar
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, breakfast buffet, comfortable lounge, internet point
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBD Contact Trinity College to book additional nights
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 pm You will be staying at Hotel Diana that night.
  End of Program:
8:00 am You will be staying at Hotel Principe the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. passport validity must extend six months beyond return date.
  Parking availability:
not applicable
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Frequent buses and trains arrive in Rome. The hotel is within walking distance of Roma Termini, the main train station.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rome
  Nearest city or town:  Rome
  Nearest highway: autostrada
  Nearest airport:  Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino
  Transportation to site: Transfer provided for group travelers on group arrival day. To reach the hotel on your own from the Rome airport terminal follow the signs for the train station, purchase tickets at the ticket counter or the tobacco shop on the station platform, stamp the ticket in the yellow box on the platform, and board the Leonardo Express to Roma Termini, the main train station in the city center. Fare is approx. EUR 11 pp. The ride takes 30 min. The Hotel Diana is a 10 minute walk from disembark area. Taxi fare for direct service from the airport to the hotel is approx. 60 euros. Max 4 persons per taxi. Possibility to reserve shuttle van service from the airport to hotel. Book online at Fares are approx. EUR 30 pp.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Venice
  Nearest city or town:  Venice
  Nearest highway: autostrada
  Nearest airport:  Marco Polo
  Transportation from site: Transfer provided for group travelers on group departure day. Independent travelers can request a transfer by contacting Trinity College. To reach the airport on your own, there is public transportation available from Piazzale Roma to the Venice Airport for approx. 4 euros per person. The Piazzale Roma, a 10 minute walk from the hotel, is connected by land to the Venice Airport. For direct service from the hotel to the airport, it is possible to book a water taxi. Fare is approx. EUR 100. Max 4 passengers per taxi boat. The hotel is in walking distance to the Venice train station if you are continuing your travels by train.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Flights depart from North America.
(Wednesday, March 9)
 Depart From: USA
 In Transit: Overnight flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Arrivals in Rome the following day.

Day 2: Welcome to Rome
(Thursday, March 10)
 Arrive To: Rome airport and clear customs, join others for transfer.
 Morning: Transfer to hotel via scenic route. Settle in your hotel room.
 Lunch: At hotel.
 Afternoon: Welcome meeting and neighborhood walk to locate ATM's, banks, pharmacies, grocery stores, eateries. Stroll to Piazza della Repubblica to see the bronze Fountain of the Naiades. Each of the four animals are symbolic of the bodies of water: a Swan for Lakes, a Sea Horse for the Oceans, a Serpent for the Rivers, and a Salamander representing underground rivers. In front of the fountain is the church of S. Maria degli Angeli, transformed into a church out of the ruins of the Baths of Diocletian, the 3rd C. Emperor, who led an extensive persecution against Christians.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Hotel Diana
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ancient and Paleochristian Rome
(Friday, March 11)

Note: One mile down hill and back up hill walk to the near-by sites to see the mosaics.

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Begin to unravel the multiple layers of Roman history through the sharp insight of an expert on Roman culture through the centuries. Examine some of the masterpieces of Roman art preserved in the National Museum at Palazzo Massimo or Museo delle Terme di Diocleziano. In the former, you will see the frescoes from the dining room walls from the Villa of Livia, wife of the Emperor August Caesar. Other notable bronze pieces are the Seated Boxer and Spear Holder. The Baths of Diocletian contains examples of Roman sarcophagi and statuary. Michelangelo transformed the exit area into the church of S. Maria degli Angeli.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Lecture on Paleochristian art and early Christian churches. Expert-led visit follows to S. Pudentiana with 4th C. mosaics; S. Mary Major, one of the principal basilicas of the city with spectacular 13th C. mosaics and where Bernini is entombed; S. Prassede with 9th C. mosaics. Follow a winding road and arrive at the church of S. Peter in Chains to marvel at Michelangelo's Moses, the funerary monument to Pope Julius II.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
 Evening: Suggested activity: subway ride from P. Repubblica to P. Barberini, exit, and walk around Bernini's statue fountain of the Triton. Walk along Via Sistina and you end up at Trinita' dei Monti, the top of the Spanish Steps, to enjoy a lovely sunset as the silhouette of the Cupola of S. Peter's becomes illuminated. A leisurely walk down the steps leads you to the entrance of the subway that will take you back to Piazza della Republica to your hotel.
Accommodations: Hotel Diana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Urban Facelift Transforms 16th c. Rome / Vatican Museums
(Saturday, March 12)

Note: Reserved entrance time diminishes wait in line. The museum requires negotiating some flights of steps, and the distance is about 1/2 mile. Can be crowded.

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Urban Facelift lecture explores the designs of urban planners that transformed the city in the 16th and 17th century. Additional practical notes prepare for the visits to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica for an expert-led visit. The extraordinary collection of works of art will amaze you, notable are: Raphael's Transfiguration, Egyptian collections, Roman statuary: Laocoon, Belvedere Apollo, gilded bronze Hercules, Etruscan gold, Raphael's Stanze and of course Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. If security permits, your guide will lead you out a back way which puts you at the entrance of St. Peter's Basilica, where you will see Michelangelo's Pieta', Bernini's Baldacchin, made with bronze removed from the Pantheon and wonder at the enormity of this structure. After the visit, you have free time to explore the Borgo area, or walk across the river to Piazza Navona.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
Accommodations: Hotel Diana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Colosseum and Roman Forum /Borghese Gallery, Trevi Fountain
(Sunday, March 13)

Note: An elevator is available to reach top level of the Colosseum, others may want to take the steps. The walk around the Roman Forum is on uneven paths and original pavement of cobble stone.

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture on Ancient Rome and her political structure will help in understanding the next guided visit to the Colosseum and Forum. The Flavian Amphitheater or Colosseum was built in the 80 CE while the forum area dates back to the 7th century BCE. The forum was the religious and civic center of the city. You will see the Rostra where Mark Antony asked to borrow the Roman's ears, and the place where Julius was cremated.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the Borghese Gallery, the private pleasure and reception palace of Cardinal Scipio Borghese, an avid art collector and patron of the young Bernini. In his possession are important paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, Botticelli and Titian. However, most people go there to see the sculptures by Bernini: his Hades/Pluto and Persephone, Apollo and Daphne and his version of David are emotionally charged, a true evocation of the Baroque.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
 Evening: After dinner visit the Trevi Fountain for the traditional coin toss. The city donates the collected coins to various charities.
Accommodations: Hotel Diana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Train to Florence / Medieval Florence and Michelangelo
(Monday, March 14)

Note: Short walk from the hotel to the train station, comfortable ride on the train, short walk to hotel and city orientation in Florence

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Free time to explore Rome on your own and pack. Leave luggage at the hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Meet back at the hotel at the designated time for the transfer to Florence by train. The trip should take about 95 minutes. Travel on the train with just your carry-on bag as your suitcase is transferred from the hotel in Rome to the hotel in Florence. Check in and settle in. Late afternoon lecture on Medieval Florence and Michelangelo.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
 Evening: Evening walk to orient you to the location of ATM's, pharmacies, stores and shops. Florence is much smaller than Rome and can easily be traversed in 30 minutes. On the walk, you will see the Duomo, the main cathedral and Palazzo Vecchio, the 13th C. city hall, still in use.
Accommodations: Croce di Malta
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Opera del Duomo and Bargello Museums
(Tuesday, March 15)

Note: Leisurely walk to the museums

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Expert-led visit of the Bargello Museum, the National Sculpture Gallery, where you will find Donatello's bronze David and his marble statue of St. George, the recently restored bronze David by Verrocchio, and Michelangelo's Drunken Bacchus.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore on your own. The area around the Church of San Lorenzo is known as the Market, here you will find merchants' carts displaying leather goods, decorated Florentine paper, souvenirs, and in the steel building, the fresh food market, selling local produce. There is another market, the Porcellino near Piazza della Signoria, called the Straw Market. Continue along that road to reach the famed Ponte Vecchio. At the end of the 16th century the Medici Duke decreed to remove the butcher stalls that lined the bridge. Today the shops are noted for elaborate displays of gold jewelry and fine souvenirs.
 Dinner: At hotel restaurant.
 Evening: Stroll around the city and enjoy the pedestrian friendly historical center of Florence.
Accommodations: Croce di Malta
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Accademia Museum and Baptistery. Gala Renaissance dinner.
(Wednesday, March 16)

Note: Narrow steep stair case to the womens' gallery. Leisurely walk to Palazzo Borghese.

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Expert-led visit to the Accademia to see the newly restored David by Michelangelo. Once he was asked whether it was difficult to sculpt, he responded that all he did was to chip away the parts that don't look like him. Field trip continues to the Baptistery of the Duomo where you will have exclusive access to the 2nd floor gallery to experience up close the beautiful 13th C. mosaics depicting scenes from the Bible and the last judgment. Possibility to explore on your own the Museum of the Duomo housing some of the original works of art from the entire complex (cathedral, baptistery and bell tower). Works include a Pieta' by Michelangelo, statues and carvings by Donatello: the Mary Magdalene in wood, and an organ loft with a Renaissance flow. If they are not on loan, the museum exhibits some of the original panels from Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time to wander the San Lorenzo market or take in a church or museum not on our itinerary.
 Dinner: Imagine yourself attending dinner with Napoleon and his sister Pauline Borghese, (you will remember her from Canova's statue in the Galleria Borghese.) Her house was decorated in Imperial style in anticipation of his visit (but he did not make it, something about a war with Prussia.) Now the palazzo hosts a gala Renaissance dinner, with madrigal singers and musicians, court jester and dancers--all make for a lively entertaining evening. Dress attire is not required.
 Evening: Take a walk to S. Croce, the Franciscan church, where Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli are burried and where the painting by Giotto depicting the death of S. Francis of Assisi is. Although the church will be closed, you may stroll around the piazza or stop at gelateria Giolitti, just steps away, for their famous gelato.
Accommodations: Croce di Malta
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Renaissance Florence / Uffizi Gallery
(Thursday, March 17)

Note: An elevator is available at the Uffizi, stairs can be tiring. Expect some crowding because of the popularity of the museum.

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Morning lecture on medieval and Renaissance art in preparation for the visit to the Uffizi Gallery.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: A little free time, before our visit to the Uffizi, to wander around the Piazza della Signoria and notice the replicas of Donatello's Judith and Holofernes and the original placement of Michelangelo's David. Original works are the bronze Perseus and Medusa by Cellini and the Rape of the Sabine (this was not it's original title) by Giambologna. Look for the marker on the pavement indicating where Savonarola was burned at the stake. Self guided visit of the Uffizi. We enter as a group, but you are free to spend as much time as you wish. This is the most extensive collection of art, tracing the development from Gothic to medieval to Renaissance to Mannerist paintings in the world. You will find many recognizable masterpieces, including DaVinci's Annunciation, Botticelli's Birth of Venus and the Primavera, some Titians, Michelangelo's Holy Family, and a few Caravaggios as well as Artemisia Gentileschi. There is a coffee bar on top of the Loggia with a wonderful view of the watch tower and Duomo where you can get a refreshment and rest.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
Accommodations: Croce di Malta
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: 1st class train to Venice / Venetian Art
(Friday, March 18)

Note: Leisurely train ride to Venice, minimal walking around Venice.

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to Venice by train, with reserved seating. Scheduled duration 2:40. Baggage assistance will be provided. Check into hotel. Venice's public transportation system operates boats, called Vaporetto. All participants will be given a pass valid for the duration of the stay.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Lecture on Venice and Venetian Art. Venice's empire lasted longer than Rome's, so it went through a number of architectural styles. Venice's wealth, a result of her trade with the near East, allowed the city to grow into her present grandure. Neighborhood walk will indicate the location of ATM's, pharmacies, stores and shops.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: St. Mark's Square: Basilica and Ducal Palace
(Saturday, March 19)

Note: Leisurely Vaporetto ride to S. Mark's Square. A narrow steep staircase leads up one flight to the Museum of S. Mark's. The Square is very often crowded. Walk through the Doge's Palace requires climbing a few flights of stairs.

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Travel to Piazza S. Marco on the Vaporetto along Venice's famed Grand Canal. Notice the patrician palaces, with arches indicating near-Eastern influence. Some of the houses have names based on the prominent mosaic, e.g. Ca' d'Oro, the "Golden House." The ride lasts about 45 minutes. Guided visits to S. Mark's Cathedral, built during the 13 C., shows Byzantine influence. There are more than 45,000 sq. ft. of mosaics adorning the church, giving the impression of streets of gold. The Ducal Palace next door was the seat of civic and political power. Doges embellished the palace to demonstrate their wealth and importance. There are murals by Tintoretto and Veronese.
 Lunch: At local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Lecture in preparation for the Accademia visit. In this museum, the paintings are grouped according to period and school. It contains a great collection of art by such notables as Veronese, Veneziano, Bellini, Tintoretto and Giorgione. Following a short gelato break, we will have an orientation for our Island day to Murano (glass works) and Burano (lace works.)
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Accademia Museum /Free Time / Gondola ride
(Sunday, March 20)

Note: Vaporetto ride to the Accademia, climb a few flights of stairs. Assistance is offered for boarding and disembarking the gondola.

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Visit to the Accademia museum.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Experience the city from a different point of view as you enjoy a gondola ride along the canals of Venice. Some free time before dinner.
 Dinner: At local restaurant.
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: The islands of Burano and Murano
(Monday, March 21)

Note: Enjoyable ride to the islands, minimal effort to walk around the towns

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Vaporetto to the island of Murano for a glassblowing demonstration by master artisans. Some free time to stroll the narrow streets along the canals. Use your vaporetto pass to explore on your own the island of Burano.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Self guided visit to the islands continues. From Murano possibility to board another Vaporetto (check the schedule to select your departure) to reach the island of Burano, whose leaning tower rivals that in Pisa. Here you can find Venetian lace. There are shops where you can watch the workers create their handiwork.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at local restaurant.
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Departures
(Tuesday, March 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel; continental style for participants with early morning departures.
 Morning: Departure transfer to Venice Airport.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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