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The Italian Experience: Che Gioia Vivere!

Program Number: 11154RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/28/2012 - 11/2/2012; 2/1/2015 - 2/6/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Price starting at: $638.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Experience the passion for living born of Italy’s rich history, culture, architecture, art, foods, wines, peoples, and places. Sample Italian wines as you drink in the glorious ambiance of Rome, Florence, Venice, and more. During a field trip to the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, explore a palace echoing the grace and grandeur of Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, housing an extraordinary collection of masterpieces including a cast of Michelangelo’s magnificent “David” sculpture. Survey Italian civilization from literature to the science of DaVinci, the philosophy of Machiavelli, all the way to Italian-American pop singers. Special highlights include a live performance of Italian classical music and a traditional Italian meal. Buona salute!




Highlights

• Our art historian will bring her lectures to life with a field trip to Sarasota’s renowned Ringling Museum of Art’s 21 galleries of European paintings
• Our science expert shows how Florence-born Leonardo da Vinci is best known for his painting but was an inventor way ahead of his time who influenced the imaginations of many other Italian inventors.
• Enjoy live performances of choral and instrumental Italian music and learn about Italian American singers such as Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis and Perry Como while listening to their music.



Activity Particulars

Some walking and standing.




Date Specific Information

10-28-2012, 2-1-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Eckerd College.




St. Petersburg (Florida)

Known as the “Sunshine City” with an average of 361 sunny days per year, “St. Pete” has 234 miles of shoreline and boasts 125 city parks, as well as one of America’s top-ranked beaches and the largest municipal arena in the southeast.



Accommodations
Waterfront hotel on Tampa Bay with two swimming pools, private beach, tennis and shuffleboard, bicycle rentals, and fitness center.

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

Professor Emerita Dedee Aleccia received her B.A. in English from Rosary Hill College and her master’s degrees in English and in art history from State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. For her art history degree, she conducted on-site research on the Thomas Becket window cycle at Canterbury Cathedral in England. She has held professorships at Broome Community College and Montgomery College and has served as adjunct professor at SUNY Binghamton, the University of Baltimore, and Eckerd College. Dedee received a Smithsonian Fellowship to study images of labor in art and incorporated her findings in honors courses she taught. In her professorships she held such positions as curriculum committee chair, assessment center director, and honors program director. She also received a national award for teaching excellence.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
  St. Petersburg, FL 5 nights
 Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Type: Hotel
  Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.
  Contact info: 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: www.marinacoveresort.com
  Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony
  Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Approximately 4:00pm. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove that night.
  End of Program:
1:00pm. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
On site parking is free and available close to the accommodations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Tampa/Clearwater
  Nearest highway: I-275
  Nearest airport:  Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Petersburg, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

To/From Magnuson Hotel

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Amtrak
phone: 813-221-7600
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

5251 110th Avenue North Pinellas Park Square, Suite 101 Clearwater, FL 33760 Taxi: Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424

 

To/From Magnuson Hotel

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Greyhound Lines
phone: 727-898-1496

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

(For Greyhound Only) Greyhound Lines 180 9th Street North St. Petersburg, Fl 33705 Taxi: United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Supershuttle
phone: 800-282-6817

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Website: supershuttle.com Reservations are recommended, but not necessary

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

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Prices are subject to change.

   

Tampa Airport: Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Car Rental

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Tampa Airport Car Rental Avis:800-831-2847 Budget:800-527-0700 Dollar:800-800-4000 Hertz:800-736-8222 Thrifty:800-847-4389 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport Alamo:727-530-5491 Avis:727-530-5491 Budget:727-535-5263 Dollar:727-531-3557 Enterprise:727-524-1239 Hertz:727-531-3774 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport

 
Driving Directions
  North: I-4 or I-75 south, merging onto I-275 (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left. before the tollbooth, on your left.
  South: I-75 north to I-275. Cross the Sunshine Skyway Bridge ($1.00 toll). Take exit 16, right onto Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your right.
  St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport International Airport Turn left onto Roosevelt Blvd. (686) as you exit the airport. Follow to Ulmerton Road. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  Tampa International Airport I-275 south (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
Elevation Note: Sea Level.

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: Arrival/Welcome/Orientation
(Sunday, October 28)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in at the Magnuson Hotel front desk. Proceed to meeting room for registration and receipt of program folder that contains the most current itinerary.
 Dinner: Plated dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Get to know the staff and other participants. Overview of program and facilities. After dinner there will be a viewing of the delightful movie "Three Coins in a Fountain" to set the mood for the week. (Optional)
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: History Through Art / Field Trip - Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota / Choral Performance
(Monday, October 29)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted cereals, fruit, orange juice, coffee and tea
 Morning: LECTURES: History Through Art. Our art connoisseur, Dedee Aleccia, will show you where Italy's glorious art and architecture is primarily located. Take a short refreshment break midmorning PLACEMENT OF CLASSES AND FIELD TRIPS ON THE SCHEDULE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. IN ADDITION, SOME LECTURE TOPICS MIGHT BE ALTERED WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
 Lunch: plated lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: What's Italy without a trip to a museum? We'll take you to the Ringling Museum of Art. Located on a 66-acre estate on Sarasota Bay, it is the official State Art Museum of Florida, offering 21 galleries of European paintings with emphasis on Italian art.
 Dinner: Plated dinner at the hotel
 Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: Enjoy the musical stylings of a local choral group, the Chorus Angelorum, offering music from the Renaissance and a selection of their personal favorites.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lectures on Literature of the Renaissance/ Science and Inventors / Italy on Stage and Screen / Performance
(Tuesday, October 30)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted cereals, fruit, orange juice, coffee and tea
 Morning: Absorb the literature of the Renaissance with our historian, Dedee Aleccia. A mid morning refreshment break will occur.
 Lunch: Plated lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: Ever wonder about the side of DaVinci that produced drawings of heliocopters and other such amazing inventions? A man well ahead of his time, Hal Hultman will show us how DaVinci also influenced the imaginations of other Italian inventors throughout the centuries. Enjoy a lively and inquiring lecture about these incredible scientists. After a short break, film and theatre buff Jason Fortner will lead a discussion about Italy on stage and screen.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner will be at the Eckerd College CEC Dining Room with a choice of entrees, fresh salad and desserts.
 Evening: EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY: Special concert performance led by Susan Bailey Robinson
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lectures: / Italian Lunch / Free time in downtown St. Pete / Lecture
(Wednesday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted cereals, fruit, orange juice, coffee and tea
 Morning: Italy's Musical Side - Nowhere is the voice more loved than in Italy - the birthplace of opera! The beauty of the melodic line in Italian music transcends vocal music and is evident in the instrumental works, as well. With Musician Susan Bailey Robinson, we will explore how this love of the singing line has influenced Italian music from Gabrieli's motets right up to the contemporary era. Start the morning with a survey of how the development of vocal music in Italy and the creation of opera influenced the melodies of Italian orchestral music. Also, how this love of the singing voice continues in the popular music of Italy today. Take a short refreshment break mid-morning. Italians are also known for their great expressiveness. Italian composers were some of the first to create visual imagery through their instrumental music. We will explore how this is apparent in the music of Italian composers from diverse musical/stylistic periods. This class will give you a look at programmaticism in Italian music from Vivaldi to Respighi.
 Lunch: Today you will enjoy a break from the classroom as you head downtown to Grazzi Restaurant. There Domenic will discuss the foods of Italy. This will be followed by an authentic Italian lunch.
 Afternoon: Spend some time this afternoon on your own to explore the beautiful and spacious waterfront area of St. Petersburg with shops, museums, galleries, an opulent hotel of the 1920's and more. Transportation provided to the Pier.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner will be at the Eckerd College CEC Dining Room with a choice of entrees, fresh salad and desserts.
 Evening: Jason Fortner will swtich gears tonight and discuss the Italian-American pop singers that were a hit in their day. Among those artists discussed will be Connie Francis, and others
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lectures:Italian Music, Modern Italy/ Special Italian dinner / evening presentation
(Thursday, November 1)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted cereals, fruit, orange juice, coffee and tea
 Morning: Our opera aficionado – Gerry Brody – will discuss the fertile soil from which Puccini, belatedly but gloriously, sprouted. This will be enhanced by Gerry’s demonstration, at the piano and by magnificent recorded examples, of the seminal mileposts in the 400 year-old history of opera culminating in Puccini. This will be followed by a discussion of Puccini’s initial failure to ignite (as a major successor to Giuseppe Verdi) in his first two mediocre attempts at full-length opera. A brief refreshment break will be offered mid morning. Then, through discussion and demonstration, with piano and indelible recorded examples, of Puccini’s ‘glory decade’ (1893-1904), explore his delving into modern harmonies and the unfinished final opera (TURANDOT) first performed in 1926 and conducted by the legendary Arturo Toscanini
 Lunch: Buffet lunch will be at the Eckerd College CEC Dining Room with a choice of entrees, fresh salad and desserts.
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Study the Italy of today - the financial meltdown and the cause and effect. This will be followed by an interest group - Circolo Italiano - with members of Eckerd College's Academy of Senior Professionals (ASPEC) What would a trip to Italy be without wine and what a better way to appreciate its wine than through some sampling. Learn about the different regions of Italy, and be prepared to taste a red and a white grape wine before our dinner hour.
 Dinner: Special Italian Dinner. Join the members of the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College as you enjoy a special dinner catered just for you at Lewis House on the campus. Formerly the home of the college president, this beautiful structure sits on the banks of the college's seawall overlooking beautiful Boca Ciega Bay.
 Evening: A presentation of LA BOHEME (Act I), Puccini’s first internationally acclaimed masterpiece, accompanied by commentary by Gerry Brody. This ‘magical’ 1993 production by the Australian Opera Company, directed by Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge”), transplants early 19th c. Paris to the 1950’s. If this performance leaves you emotionless, “perhaps, just perhaps, Opera may not be for you”!
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lectures to complete the week
(Friday, November 2)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted cereals, fruit, orange juice, coffee and tea
 Morning: LECTURE: The Magic of Italy in the 21st Century: Take a broad spectrum look at Italy today, its history (through events), geography, administrative regions, demographics, climate, economic and environmental issues, government, transportation, military power, and so much more. With our instructor Julia Lewis, we will take a look at Italy's timeless and unmatched beauty from the majestic mountains of its Northern borders to the fascinating, culturally diverse, picturesque island of Sicily in the South. There will be a short refreshment break mid morning.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at the hotel. Program concludes with lunch today.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  St. Petersburg, FL Beach Drive & Downtown Waterfront
St. Petersburg's landmark Pier anchors a downtown shopping, dining and entertainment district that includes outdoor cafes and restaurants, world class museums and a dazzling array of shops, galleries, businesses, hotels and bed & breakfasts that line the city’s pedestrian-friendly streets. A continuous string of green parks winds along the seven-mile waterfront that is home to many special events and festivals each year. Enjoy a stroll along Downtown St. Pete's Beach Drive featuring unique shops, world-class museums and galleries as well as amazing dining options for every taste and budget. Just across from Beach Drive you will find beautiful city parks and St. Pete's fabulous waterfront. To top things off, a horse drawn carriage ride in the evening will make your visit to Beach Drive a memorable experience and you will definitely be looking forward to your next visit to our city.
  Museum of Fine Arts
From a legendary permanent collection, to fascinating traveling exhibits, to exciting events in the heart of downtown’s scenic waterfront, the MFA is ready to inspire you with diverse and ever-changing opportunities to experience art. Discover 4,500 years of civilization in thousands of objects extending from antiquity to present – the only comprehensive art collection of its kind on Florida’s west coast. Highlights include masterpieces from Monet, Cézanne, Renoir and others, a sculpture garden, a Steuben glass gallery and one of Florida’s most respected photography collections. Contemporary Prints by American Women: September 8, 2012 through February 2, 2013. More than 60 prints by American women artists, made after 1950, have recently joined the Museum’s collection – and it is still growing. Since 2008, longtime Museum friends Martha and Jim Sweeny have given prints from their own collection and substantial funds for purchases. This represents the first time that some of the most compelling works have been shown together. HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon – Sat: 10 am - 5 pm; Thurs: 10 am - 8 pm; Sun: Noon - 5 pm. For additional information, visit www.fine-arts.org
  Salvador Dali Museum
The Dali Museum Collection is rich in works from artist Salvador Dali's entire career (1904-1989), with key works from every moment and in every medium of his artistic activity. The Collection includes 96 oil paintings, many original drawings, bookworks, prints, sculpture, photos, manuscripts, and an extensive archive of documents. Founded with the works collected by Reynolds and Eleanor Morse, the Museum has made significant additions to its collection. The third floor galleries in the Tom and Mary James Wing provide a chronological gathering of Dali's paintings. The small salons along the outer walls are illuminated by special skylights and display the large paintings over which Dali labored in the last decades of his career. The Hough Family Wing provides visitors a chance to see other aspects of the artist's work, featuring his films, photographs, objects and works on paper. The distinguished building, which opened on Jan. 11, 2011, enables the Museum to protect and display our collection, to welcome our public, and to educate and promote enjoyment. In a larger sense it is a place of beauty dedicated, as is Dali's art, to understanding and transformation. HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon, Tues, Wed: 10:00am - 5:30pm; Thurs: 10:00am - 8pm; Fri & Sat: 10:00am - 5:30pm; Sun: 12 noon - 5:30pm For additional information, visit www.thedali.org
  St. Pete Beaches
Nestled on Long Key, St. Pete Beach offers accommodations ranging from world-renowned resort to mom-and-pop motels, to quaint bed and breakfasts. Upham Beach, located on the northern tip of St. Pete Beach, is one of the few spots along the Gulf of Mexico known for surfing. St. Pete Beach was originally made up of four areas: Pass-A-Grille Beach, Don CeSar Place, Belle Vista Beach and St. Petersburg Beach. In 1957, the four communities merged into the City of St. Petersburg Beach. Later the City voted to shorten its name to St. Pete Beach. Voted number 1 Beach in the U.S. and number 5 in the world in 2012, St. Pete Beach has so many activities that you may never leave the island! Spend the day shopping on historic Corey Avenue, dine at a waterfront restaurant, or spend the day skim boarding. No visit would be complete without visiting the Don CeSar Beach Resort. Built during the Jazz Age, the Don has hosted many famous celebrities and has been a beacon of the beach for more than 80 years. For additional information, visit www.visitstpeteclearwater.com
  St. Pete Museum of History
Have a fun filled day at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, located on the approach to the Pier in downtown St. Petersburg. Enjoy breathtaking views of the marina and downtown St. Petersburg where people also enjoy fishing, dining, shopping, and events. Pinellas County’s oldest museum was founded in 1920 as the St. Petersburg Memorial Historical Society. Through the determination and effort of Mary Wheeler Eaton and others, the Society began collecting artifacts, natural history specimens, archival documents, photographs, papers, and “boxes of unknown treasures that were just dropped on our doorstep during the night.” In 1922, the Society became incorporated and the city of St. Petersburg provided the use of an old aquarium building (located on the same site as today’s Museum) for the public display of the Museum’s collections. St. Petersburg Goes to War 1941-1945. WW II Poster Exhibit Shows St. Petersburg on the Homefront. A colorful collection of World War II posters is now on display at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. From “Rosie the Riveter,” flexing her biceps to instructions on how to “Win with Tin”, this exhibit looks back at The St. Petersburg Homefront, 1941-to-1945. The display includes a selection of uniforms, weapons and personal memorabilia on loan from private individuals and the Armed Forces History Museum in Largo. Remember, Uncle Sam would say, “I want you to see this exhibit !” Titled “Piering into the past, pondering the future,” the exhibit begins with the first pier erected in 1899. Of particular interest is the damage to a pier by the 1921 hurricane, the only direct hit the area has experienced. The future is represented by models and illustrations of the three finalists selected to replace the present pier. It is the only place these prospective pier designs can be seen until the winner is selected. HOURS OF OPERATION: Tue – Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Closed Mondays For additional information, visit www.spmoh.com
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