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Intergenerational Italian Classics: Rome, Florence and Venice

Program Number: 20211RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/26/2013 - 7/9/2013; 6/20/2015 - 7/3/2015; 7/1/2015 - 7/14/2015; 7/8/2015 - 7/21/2015; 7/15/2015 - 7/28/2015; 7/22/2015 - 8/4/2015;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Italy
Price starting at: $3,878.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 30; 12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 14 - 17 years of age.

Share the essence of Italy with your grandchild as you immerse yourselves in Roman history, Florentine art and Venetian traditions. With local experts, walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans in the Forum and look down where Gladiators fought in the Colosseum, and try your hand at creating a mosaic based on ancient patterns, fresco painting in Florence. In Venice, create your own Venetian memento and thrill in a dragon boat race along a canal with the Venetian Crew Club. Along the way, sample local cuisine and take in some of the greatest masterpieces in the world.


• Go on an exclusive underground exploration of Roman ruins.
• Spend an afternoon at the Uffizi Gallery and delight in the masterpieces of Titian, Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
• Create your own Venetian memento with authentic materials.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to four miles a day, mostly level terrain. Dirt paths and cobblestone streets in archaeological zones. Rest periods break up the longer walks.

Date Specific Information


This program is for adults and youth age 14-17.
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6-20-2015, 7-1-2015, 7-15-2015, 7-22-2015

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Sunday, July 19 is the Feast of the Redeemer, commemorating the end of the plague of 1576. Saturday night fireworks illuminate S. Mark`s basin and people find good vantage points to watch the 45 minute+ display. On Sunday, a floating bridge of boats and pontoons stretch across to the Giudecca Island and is a way for people to walk across to the island and worship at the church designed by Palladio. Expect additional crowd and transportation disruptions.
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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

Experience a multi-media presentation of an underground ancient Roman palaces; and walk around the area where Julius Caesar was assassinated. Thrill at the sight of Michelangelo's Pieta' and works by Bernini at St. Peter’s Basilica, and enjoy an opportunity to visit the Vatican Museums and create your own mosaic memento at an art school. With a local expert, walk through the ancient Forum and see the majestic Colosseum. Examine masterpieces at the Capitoline Museum and learn about chariot racing at the Circus Maximus.

Train to Florence
4 nights

After journeying by high-speed train to Florence, try your hand at learning fresco painting techniques with an art instructor. With a local expert, view the artwork at Palazzo Vecchio — Florence's city hall — and see Machiavelli's study. Spend an afternoon at the Uffizi Gallery, taking in masterpieces by Titian, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and more. Join an expert for an excursion to view Michelangelo's “David” and learn about the scientific revolution at the Galileo Museum.

Train to Venice
4 nights

Try your hand at creating traditional Venetian mementos at various workshops. With your Vaporetto pass, ride to the island of Murano, where the famed glass is made. In the company of an expert marvel at the mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica. Team up with the Venetian Crew Club for a dragon boat race along the canal before joining an expert to view the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of Modern Art. Spend a final day in Venice exploring the Rialto Bridge Marketplace, and visit the workshop of a gondola artisan.


“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: A historic hotel in the heart of Rome. The top floor balcony affords a view from the Colosseum to the south to S. Peter's Basilica to the west, and the top of the Spanish Steps to the north. Florence: Conveniently located four-star hotel in proximity to all major sites. Venice: Great hotels near the Grand Canal and major attractions.
Meals and Lodgings
   Casa Santa Francesca Romana
  Rome, Italy 4 nights
   Hotel Axial
  Florence, Italy 4 nights
   Hotel Principe
  Venice, Italy 4 nights
 Casa Santa Francesca Romana
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The hotel is on the right bank of the Tiber River, in the quiet and charming Trastevere neighborhood. An easy walk on the bridges to Campo de' Fiori, the Portico housing the "Mouth of Truth" and Roman Forum in the heart of ancient Rome. The residents of Trastevere consider themselves the original Romans. In July the residents celebrate their own unique "block party" called the "Festa di no'antri", characterized by traditional foods, fresh fruits and snow cones kiosks.
  Contact info: Via dei Vascellari, 61
Rome,  00153 Italy
phone: +39 06 581 2125
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, hair dryer, phone, satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi.
  Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. The tiled floor halls and rooms are furnished in a clean and simple decor. Relax in the comfortable chairs in the shady inner courtyard patio. Wi-Fi throughout the property. Continental breakfast served daily in the dining room consists of juices, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, rolls, jams, sliced meats and cheese.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: varies by season To book additional nights at the hotel, email Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome, Another option is to book directly through the hotel’s online reservation system 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 Axial
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Centrally located on the fashionable Via dei Calzaiuoli, half way between the Duomo of Florence and Piazza della Signoria. One block away from Piazza della Repubblica. Convenient to all major sites and museums. Downtown Florence is closed to vehicular traffic, so enjoy a leisurely stroll at your pleasure.
  Contact info: Via dei Calzaiuoli 11
Florence,  50122 Italy
phone: +39 055 218 984
  Room amenities: Individual climate controls for AC or heat; mini bar; electronic safe, satellite TV; free Wi-Fi in rooms; hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: Remodeled 19th century building features small inner courtyard, double pane insulated windows, individual AC and heat controls, free Wi-Fi, Internet point (2 computers) in the reading room, satellite TV, bar and continental breakfast buffet.
  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
  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, Another option is to book directly through the hotel’s online reservation system 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:
Lunch provided for morning arrivals. Hotel check in 2:00 pm. Meet in hotel courtyard at 4:00 pm for Orientation. You will be staying at Casa Santa Francesca Romana that night.
  End of Program:
Hotel check out by 10:00 am, morning transfers to airport. You will be staying at Hotel Principe the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Train service from European and Italian points connects to Roma Termini, the main station. A separate line connects the airport to Roma Termini. The hotel is within walking distance from the station and a short taxi ride for luggage considerations.
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  Location:  Rome
  Nearest city or town:  Rome
  Nearest highway: A1
  Nearest airport:  Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino
  Transportation to site: To reach the hotel on your own, from the Rome airport terminal, you have three options: public transportation, shared ride shuttle service and taxi. Public transportation option is train and taxi: In the airport terminal public area, follow the signs for the train, purchase tickets at the ticket counter on the station platform, stamp the ticket in the yellow box on the platform, and board the Leonardo Express to Roma Termini, the central station in Rome. Fare is EUR 14 pp. The ride takes 35 min. When you exit the Roma Termini train station take a taxi to the hotel. For door to door service you have 2 options: shared ride shuttle van or taxi. You can book shuttle service online at Fares are about EUR 30 for 1 person; discounts apply if you book for multiple passengers. Taxi fare for direct service from the airport to the hotel is approx. EUR 60. Max 4 persons per taxi.
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  Location:  Venice
  Nearest city or town:  Venice
  Nearest airport:  Venice Marco Polo
  Transportation from site: To reach the airport on your own, there is public transportation by bus from Piazzale Roma, the point that connects Venice to the mainland, to the Venice Airport. Piazzale Roma is a 10 min. walk from the Hotel Principe. Note that the walk from the hotel to the bus stop entails crossing a high bridge that has long shallow steps and no ramp. The bus (fare EUR 6 and a 25 min. ride) leaves you off directly in front of the airport terminal. For direct service from the hotel dock to the airport dock, it is possible to book a water taxi. Fare is approx. EUR 100. Supplemental fees apply for service before 8 am. Max 10 passengers per taxi boat. When the water taxi arrives at the airport dock you can get a cart for the 10 min. walk to the terminal along a covered path. If you are continuing your travels by train, from the hotel you can reach the train station on foot very easily from 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: Check-in \ Orientation \ Welcome Reception
(Wednesday, June 26)

Note: Leisurely walk to get your Rome legs going.

 Arrive To: Rome airport, transfer to hotel.
 Morning: Leave luggage at hotel while waiting for check-in at 2 p.m. The group leader will organize a short walk or other activity while waiting for lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local eatery. Try your first gelato.
 Afternoon: Settle in room, meet at appointed time for Orientation, Welcome Reception, and Neighborhood Walk to familiarize yourself with banks, pharmacies and stores.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Casa Santa Francesca Romana
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Underground Rome \ Forum and Colosseum
(Thursday, June 27)

Note: To enter the underground archaeological site you will have to go down some uneven or steep steps and then stand while the guide explains the importance of the site.The walk through the more spacious archaeological area of the Forum is over uneven paths, some with cobble stones. Be aware of steep stairs to reach top floor of Colosseum.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Join archaeologists who lead an exclusive excursion to underground ancient Roman buildings.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Meet in lecture room where an art historian gives an illustrated lecture on the artistic highlights of masterpieces in the Vatican Museum including Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and S. Peter's Basilica. Late afternoon expert-led visit to the Forum, ancient downtown and center of civic and religious life and the Colosseum, imagine gladiatorial drama.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
 Evening: Walk to the Tiber Island, discover the marble relief of the god of healing Aesculapius.
Accommodations: Casa Santa Francesca Romana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Spanish Steps \Trevi \ Pantheon \ Navona \ Mosaic Laboratory
(Friday, June 28)

Note: Extensive walking to visit Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, located in the heart of Rome's wide pedestrian only area closed to traffic.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.
 Morning: A local expert leads the walk in the heart of Rome to two impressive sites - the Pantheon, Roman temple built in 126 CE, and the Trevi Fountain from the Baroque period..
 Lunch: Lunch at a local cafe'.
 Afternoon: Participate in creating your own mosaic with instructors at a local art school. Coach to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
 Evening: Walk around the Trastevere district and the Tiber Island.
Accommodations: Casa Santa Francesca Romana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Antiquities in the Capitoline Museum \ Treasures of the Vatican
(Saturday, June 29)

Note: Walk to Capitoline Museum slight hill and flights of stairs in the museum

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining room.
 Morning: An expert-led visit to the Capitoline Museum where you can examine up close masterpieces of ancient art, including the famous bronze She Wolf, Marcus Aurelius, the foundations of the temple to Jupiter and fragments of Constantine's colossal statue. Passing through the Tabularium you reach the Palazzo Nuovo wing where the Dying Gaul and Capitoline Venus are on display. Before exiting the museum, ascend the stairs to the balcony of the monument to Victor Emanuel II, for a splendid panoramic view of Rome.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: A classroom lecture explores the Treasures of the Vatican in preparation for the visit that you will have of a portion of the immense art collection of the Vatican
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: A leisurely stroll to the livelier side near S. Maria in Trastevere, admire the 12th C. mosaics and perhaps catch a street artist performance which is a likely happening in the square on warm summer evenings.
Accommodations: Casa Santa Francesca Romana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Vatican Museums \ Sistine Chapel \ S. Peter's Basilica\ Train to Florence
(Sunday, June 30)

Note: Expect crowds at the Vatican Museums. Walk a few flights of stairs to visit the various galleries and art filled rooms. Steps along the path to the Sistine Chapel. In Florence, about a 1.5 mile walk to the center attractions not reachable by coach. Leisurely walk from train station in Florence to hotel

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Have checked luggage ready for van transfer to the hotel in Florence. Leave hand luggage in the hotel deposit area. Coach to the Vatican Museums for reserved entrance time. Meet the local expert who will lead you through this singular museum. The visit continues to S. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pieta' and works by Bernini.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Return to hotel to pick up hand luggage and transfer to Termini Station to experience travel on a high speed train at speeds reaching 120 mph. Arrive in Florence 95 minutes after departure. Check into hotel, meet for lecture on Renaissance Florence to help contextualize your stay in the city known as the Cradle of the Renaissance.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
 Evening: Excursion of the historical section of Florence to orient everyone on the layout of the city, locate landmarks, find ATM's and pharmacies.
Accommodations: Hotel Axial
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Fresco Painting Lesson \ Palazzo Vecchio \ Uffizi Gallery Prep Session
(Monday, July 1)

Note: Minimal exertion, Palazzo Vecchio requires climbing a few flights of stairs.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Learn from an art teacher the steps required to paint using the fresco technique; from creating the lines with a sack of coal dust, to spreading the fresh plaster and mixing the pigments. After the 6"x 9" tile dries, you may choose to keep it, otherwise it is recycled. Expert led visit of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's city hall, to see original pieces of art, including Donatello's Judith and Holofernes and sculptures by Michelangelo. See Machiavelli's study when he was Secretary of State for the Republic.
 Lunch: At a restaurant just off the Piazza della Signoria.
 Afternoon: Preparatory lecture for Uffizi Gallery, followed by free time until dinner to explore Florence on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
 Evening: Walk of discovery after dinner, perhaps cross Ponte Vecchio to explore the "Oltrarno" district.
Accommodations: Hotel Axial
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Frescoes \ Free Time \ Uffizi Gallery
(Tuesday, July 2)

Note: Leisure walk to S. Maria Novella, to admire the frescoes. The San Lorenzo Market is where most people buy souvenirs. The Uffizi Gallery visit requires climbing 3 flights of stairs.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Walk through Florence's central food and soft goods market toward S. Maria Novella. With your new found knowledge of fresco painting, an expert expounds on the frescoes by Masaccio and Ghirlandaio found in the church. Following the visit, free time to walk through the S. Lorenzo Market, where kiosks sell Florentine leather goods, souvenirs, textiles and T shirts.
 Lunch: Select your eatery. Group leader will have suggestions for places to eat around the Baptistery.
 Afternoon: Reserved entrance to the Uffizi Gallery for self-directed visit, stay as long as you want. Free time until dinner. At the end of the second corridor is a refreshment bar for snacks. The balcony has a wonderful view of Brunelleschi's Dome and the watch tower of Palazzo Vecchio.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy walking in the squares closed to vehicular traffic. Be entertained by street performers as you savor a refreshing gelato.
Accommodations: Hotel Axial
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Michelangelo's David \ Archaeological Museum
(Wednesday, July 3)

Note: Leisure walk to the Accademia and Archaeological Museum. The exclusive visit to the upper gallery of the Baptistery is reached by a narrow staircase, about 20 steep steps. One may remain below but miss the up-close view of the mosaics.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Expert led visit to see Michelangelo's David and the Archaeological museum to see the Chimera from Arezzo.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Informative video about the origins of Florence's Duomo and Baptistery followed by exclusive access to the upper gallery with a docent.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
 Evening: Gelato tasting walk.
Accommodations: Hotel Axial
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Train to Venice \ Venetian History
(Thursday, July 4)

Note: Walk to S. M. Novella train station for high speed train to Venice. Hotel is 250 yards from station in Venice.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Luggage transported to Venice hotel by van. On the train you will carry only your hand bag, tote, or day pack.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant and check-in to the rooms.
 Afternoon: Lecture on Venetian history and neighborhood walk.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant to savor Venetian cuisine.
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Murano Glass Making Activity \ S. Mark's Basilica
(Friday, July 5)

Note: Vaporetto vessels are often crowded.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Receive vaporetto (public boat) pass and ride the boat to the island of Murano. Learn about glass making and create your own glass tile decoration under the supervision of an instructor at a glass working school. The tile you create will be fused in the kiln and delivered to your hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Expert-led visit of S. Mark's Basilica. Marvel at the mosaics decorating the walls and ceilings, over 60,000 square feet.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Dragon Boat Race \ Doge's Palace
(Saturday, July 6)

Note: Row, row, row your boat hard if you want to win; otherwise sit at the stern and enjoy the ride. Stairs to climb at the Doge's Palace.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Team up with the Venetian Crew Club for a dragon boat race along the canal.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: The Doge's Palace was Venice's government headquarters. It is splendidly decorated with works of art by Titian, Canaletto and Giorgione, just to mention a few.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Rialto Bridge \ Market and Artisan Workshop \ Modern Art at the Guggenheim Collection
(Sunday, July 7)

Note: Leisurely walk around the market area, and to an artisan's workshop.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Explore the outdoor market near the Rialto Bridge. Visit an artisan's workshop to learn about the carving techniques of making gondola oars and oar locks.
 Lunch: Choose your lunch from the many offerings around the market area of the Rialto. Group leader will have suggestions.
 Afternoon: Having been surrounded by ancient and Renaissance masterpieces and structures, enjoy the modern art collection at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Relax in the courtyard of the palazzo on the Grand Canal while the docents introduce the life and times of the wealthy American collector. The group splits in two for the visit of the collection housed in the small rooms of the gallery. The docent leading the students elicits their reactions to the form and expression they see in the works of modern art.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant. Your glass mementos will be available for you to gingerly pack them.
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Arrivederci Venezia
(Monday, July 8)

Note: You and your luggage transfer to the airport by water taxi. From dock, less than a 10 min. walk under a canopy to reach the terminal. Often luggage carts (E. 1 deposit coin) are available at the dock; the coin is refunded at the terminal.

 Depart From: Transfer from the hotel to the Venice Marco Polo airport for departure.
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall. Sack breakfast for those with early departure times.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Florence Botanical Gardens
extensive gardens and greenhouses where the Univiversity of Florence maintains 4 million botanical specimens in a wooded urban park, the "Giardino dei Semplici"
Visit other museums in Florence such as the Stibbert Museum which houses a collection of weapons, armor and costumes from the 16th to the 20th century. The Marino Marini Museum exhibits works of the contemporary sculptor.
  Teatro della Pergola
Amici della Musica has a rich and varied program for concerts and recitals. Check the website below for further information. For additional information, visit
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