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The Best of Italy: Rome, Florence and Venice

Program Number: 18206RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/3/2013 - 4/16/2013; 9/9/2014 - 9/22/2014; 9/17/2014 - 9/30/2014; 9/21/2014 - 10/4/2014; 9/30/2014 - 10/13/2014; 10/4/2014 - 10/17/2014; 10/8/2014 - 10/21/2014; 10/12/2014 - 10/25/2014; 10/19/2014 - 11/1/2014; 11/2/2014 - 11/15/2014; 3/14/2015 - 3/27/2015; 4/18/2015 - 5/1/2015; 4/25/2015 - 5/8/2015; 5/2/2015 - 5/15/2015; 5/9/2015 - 5/22/2015; 5/23/2015 - 6/5/2015; 5/30/2015 - 6/12/2015; 9/5/2015 - 9/18/2015; 9/12/2015 - 9/25/2015; 9/19/2015 - 10/2/2015; 10/3/2015 - 10/16/2015; 10/10/2015 - 10/23/2015; 10/24/2015 - 11/6/2015; 10/31/2015 - 11/13/2015; 11/7/2015 - 11/20/2015;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Italy
Price starting at: $4,295.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 30; 12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

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.




Highlights

• 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, after visiting the Doge’s Palace.



Activity Particulars

Extensive walking in traffic-free urban centers which prevent tourist coaches from parking at attractions in tight neighborhoods such as the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon. 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

4-3-2013

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



9-9-2014

Active Level. Exclusive off-hour visit to the Sistine Chapel as an art historian explains the art of Michelangelo and the art of Raphael in the Stanze. Enjoy crowd-free environment.



9-17-2014, 9-21-2014, 10-4-2014, 10-8-2014, 10-12-2014, 10-19-2014, 3-14-2015, 4-18-2015, 4-25-2015, 5-2-2015, 5-9-2015, 5-23-2015, 5-30-2015, 9-5-2015, 9-19-2015, 10-3-2015, 10-10-2015, 10-31-2015, 11-7-2015

Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.



9-30-2014

Active Level. Exclusive off-hour visit to the Sistine Chapel as an art historian explains the art of Michelangelo and the art of Raphael in the Stanze. Enjoy a crowd-free stroll down the decorated corridors of a portion of the Vatican Library and the Corridor of the Maps.



11-2-2014

Active Level. Exclusive off-hours entrance to the Sistine Chapel and the Stanze of Raphael in the Vatican Museums to hear an art historian explain on-site the significance of these works of art. Enjoy the visit without the usual crowds of people.



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. See the original panels of the "Gates of Paradise" in the newly remodeled and expanded Duomo Museum. Savor the sights, smells and tastes of Florence as you stroll through traffic free streets, through markets and sample gelato just steps away from breathtaking churches.



Train to Venice
4 nights
Departure

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.




Italy

“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.



Accommodations
Rome: Four-star hotel near the Piazza della Republica, 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 at Syracuse University's Florence campus specializing in early Renaissance architecture. 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 raised funds for the restoration of various works throughout the city.
 
Monica Chojnacka

Monica Chojnacka lives in Venice. She earned her Ph.D. in European history from Stanford University and her bachelor's from the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 1994-2007 she was a professor of history at the University of Georgia, where she authored numerous articles and publications. She has published books relating to Venice on topics as diverse as women of the Renaissance and food and wine. Monica continues to teach in Venice, primarily for study abroad programs for U.S. universities, as well as on-line courses.
 
Elisabetta Interdonato

Dr. Elisabetta Interdonato is a native Roman who earned her doctorate in classical archaeology at the University of Rome "La Sapienza." She did further post-doctoral studies at the University of Basilicata and at the Universite' de Haute Bretagne where she also taught as a visiting professor. She currently teaches at the Pantheon Institute. In addition to her teaching, she enjoys leading visitors on explorations of Rome.
 
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.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Diana
  Rome, Italy 4 nights
   Hotel Rivoli
  Florence, Italy 4 nights
   Hotel Principe
  Venice, Italy 4 nights
 Hotel Diana
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Your hotel in Rome is centrally located near the Piazza della Repubblica, Rome’s Opera House and the Termini train station. The breakfast buffet is served on the top floor with views of the rooftops of Rome and the cupola of St. Peter’s.
  Contact info: Via Principe Amedeo, 4
Rome, NA 00185 Italy
phone: +06.47.86.81
web: www.hoteldianaroma.com
  Room amenities: Satellite TV, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables, AC/heat with individual controls, and a mini-bar
  Facility amenities: Rooftop lounge affords a panoramic view of Rome. In the spacious lobby, meet for conversation, read an international newspaper or use the internet point.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: varies by season If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.hoteldianaroma.com. Or, contact Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome: info.reserv@laviniatour.it. Indicate to the hotel or agency at the time of your booking that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Hotel Rivoli
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The centrally located 4 star superior hotel is an ex Franciscan convent from the15th Century. The hotel has undergone a modern restoration that showcases the ancient frescoes, stone arches and vaulted ceilings.
  Contact info: Via della Scala 33
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 27 861
web: www.hotelrivoli.it
  Room amenities: mini-bar, air conditioning, hair dryer, safe for valuables.
  Facility amenities: Hotel restaurant, patio and small garden, small pool open May - September.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Principe
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid terrace on the water, the Hotel Principe, is one of the 4 star hotels in Venice in a perfect position for discovering the charm and beauty of Venice on foot, or for easily reaching the Rialto or St. Mark's Square with a vaporetto, which stops just steps from the hotel.The hotel has a private dock on the Grand Canal for gondola and water taxi access.
  Contact info: Lista di Spagna 146/147
Venice, NA 30121 Italy
phone: +041-220-4010
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it
  Room amenities: Hair dryer, AC/heat individual controls, mini-bar, safe, satellite television, complimentary toiletries.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and terrace overlook the Grand Canal, snack bar, complimentary internet point in the lobby and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: varies by season To book additional nights at the hotel, email Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome, info.reserv@laviniatour.it. Another option is to book directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelprincipevenice.it. Indicate to the hotel or agency at the time of your booking that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment
  Check out time: 10:00 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 Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Passport validity must extend six months beyond return date. Citizens from Canada, EU or USA are not required to have a visa. All others please check with the nearest Italian consular website or consular office.
  Parking availability:
not applicable
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Train service connects Rome's airport to Roma Termini, the main station. Trains from Europe and Italy stop at Termini. The hotel is within walking distance from the station and a short taxi ride for luggage considerations.
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. Independent travelers can request to join a courtesy transfer by completing the form included in the info packet mailed to all participants. 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 c. EUR 14 pp. The ride takes 30 min. 10 minute walk from disembark area to the Hotel Diana. 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 www.rome.airport-shuttle.com. 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 via land available from Piazzale Roma to the Venice Airport for approx. 5 euros per person. From the last program site, take the vaporetto to Piazzale Roma. For direct service from the hotel to the airport, it is possible to book a water taxi. Fare is approx. EUR 100. Max 10 passengers per taxi boat. If you are continuing your travels by train you can reach the train station by vaporetto from the vaporetto stop close to the hotel.
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, April 3)
   
 Depart From: USA
 In Transit: Overnight flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Arrivals in Rome the following day.

Day 2: Orientation and Welcome Reception
(Thursday, April 4)
   
 Arrive To: Rome airport and clear customs, join others for transfer.
 Morning: Transfer to hotel. Check-in time is afternoon. Your room might not be ready for occupancy if you arrive early morning, however, the staff at the reception desk will accept your luggage and place it in the deposit. After which you can explore the area around the hotel.
 Lunch: At hotel.
 Afternoon: Program overview and orientation, distribution of on-site materials. At the Welcome reception a chance to meet your fellow Road Scholars. A brief neighborhood walk to locate ATM's, banks, pharmacies, grocery stores, eateries. Stroll to Piazza della Repubblica to see the bronze Fountain of the Naiades. 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.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant for a typical Roman dinner.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Diana
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Welcome to Rome / Forum and Colosseum
(Friday, April 5)

Note: Steep steps to reach the top level of the Colosseum. An elevator for disabled visitors is available through special request. The walk around the Roman Forum is on uneven paths and original pavement of cobble stone.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Begin to unravel the multiple layers of Roman history through the sharp insight first in the classroom and then on site at the Forum and Colosseum.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Learn about the some of the treasures of the Vatican Museums in preparation for your visit.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Diana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Treasures of the Vatican
(Saturday, April 6)

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



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Expert-led visit to the Vatican Museums. The extraordinary collection of works of art will amaze you, notable are: Roman statuary: Laocoon, Belvedere Apollo, gilded bronze Hercules, 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 Baldacchino, made with bronze removed from the Pantheon and wonder at the enormity of this structure.
 Lunch: on your own
 Afternoon: Have lunch at the museum cafeteria if you would like to visit more of the Vatican Museums collection at your own pace. Or, explore the area of the Vatican City known as the Borgo.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Diana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Piazza Navona / Pantheon / Trevi / Spanish Steps / Borghese Gallery
(Sunday, April 7)

Note: Extensive walking in the heart of Rome along uneven pavement and cobblestones.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Coach to the edge of the vast pedestrian zone in the heart of the city. With a local expert explore Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Coach to the Borghese Gallery, the private pleasure and reception palace of Cardinal Scipio Borghese, an avid art collector and patron of the young Bernini. On display in the Gallery are important paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, Botticelli and Titian and the emotionally charged sculptures by Bernini, a true evocation of the Baroque.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Diana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Train to Florence / Medieval Florence and Michelangelo
(Monday, April 8)

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: Expert-led visit of some of the masterpieces of Roman art preserved in the National Museum at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. 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 a Doryphoros (Spear Holder.) Walk of Discovery with expert to near by sites.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local cafe.
 Afternoon: Travel on High Velocity Eurostar train with just your carry-on bag; your suitcase will be transferred from the hotel in Rome directly to the hotel in Florence. Check in and settle in.
 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 a walk, you will see the Duomo, the main cathedral and Palazzo Vecchio, the 13th C. city hall, still in use.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Rivoli
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Bargello Museum / Baptistery
(Tuesday, April 9)

Note: Leisurely walk to the museum. One steep flight of stairs leads to the second floor gallery. Afternoon visit includes climbing a narrow steep and winding stair case to reach the womens' gallery on the upper level.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: An art historian leads you through the the Bargello museum and examines the development of sculpture from antiquity through the Renaissance with special emphasis on the works of Ghiberti, Donatello and Michelangelo. Notable works include Donatello's David and bronzes by Cellini and Giambologna.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Field trip continues to the Baptistery of the Duomo where you will have exclusive access to the 2nd floor women's gallery to experience up close the beautiful 13th C. mosaics depicting scenes from the Bible and the last judgment.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hotel Rivoli
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Powerful Families of Florence / Accademia
(Wednesday, April 10)

Note: Stairs to reach the second floor of the Accademia



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Learn of the intrigues of the influential Medici Family. Free time to explore the lively market area of San Lorenzo.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Expert-led visit of the Accademia Gallery where the newly restored David by Michelangelo is prominently displayed.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
 Evening: Take a walk a meandering walk back to the hotel, enjoy a gelato along the way.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Rivoli
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Renaissance Florence / Uffizi Gallery
(Thursday, April 11)

Note: An elevator for disabled visitors may be available at the Uffizi. There is a long flight of stairs to reach the exhibition rooms of the gallery. Expect some crowding in the museum; it is a popular destination for art afficionados.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Morning lecture on medieval and Renaissance art in preparation for the visit to the Uffizi Gallery.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local eatery.
 Afternoon: A little free time before our appointed time for the Uffizi. For the self guided visit we will 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 at the end of the second corridor, 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: Hotel Rivoli
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Transfer to Venice / Introduction Venice
(Friday, April 12)

Note: High speed train to Venice, minimal walking around Venice.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Train to Venice, short walk to the hotel. Your bags will be delivered by courier. 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: Explore and discover Venice and get a feel of the Grand and minor canals. Contrast the architecture with what you saw in Rome and Florence. See how her wealth, a result of her trade with the near East, allowed the city to grow into her present grandeur. 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, April 13)

Note: Leisurely Vaporetto ride to S. Mark's Square. 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." 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.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: In St. Mark's Square the guided visit continues to the Ducal Palace, seat of civic and political power. Doges embellished the palace to demonstrate their wealth and importance. There are murals by Tintoretto and Veronese.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant or hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Accademia Museum /Free Time / Gondola ride
(Sunday, April 14)

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: On-site lecture and visit to the Accademia 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. Not far from the Accademia is the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, during your free time you might stroll over there if you appreciate modern art.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Expert-led visit of the Frari to admire works by Bellini, Titian and Donatello. Later, experience the city from a different point of view as you enjoy a gondola ride along the canals of Venice.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Glassmaking demonstration in Murano
(Monday, April 15)

Note: Enjoyable boat ride to the island, minimal effort to walk around the town.



   
 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.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. With your vaporetto pass you can easily take the boat from Murano to explore the island of Burano, whose leaning tower rivals that in Pisa. Here you can find Venetian lace and small shops where you can watch the crafters create their handiwork. Or return to the center of town.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Departures
(Tuesday, April 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel; continental style for participants with early morning departures.
 Morning: Departure transfer to Venice Airport.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

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The World of Venice


Author: Jan Morris


Description: Morris displays her talent for research, anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited history of a beloved city.





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