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Intergenerational Italian Classics: Rome, Florence and Venice

Program Number: 20211RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/22/2013 - 8/4/2013; 6/22/2016 - 7/5/2016; 6/26/2016 - 7/9/2016; 7/8/2016 - 7/21/2016; 7/16/2016 - 7/29/2016; 7/20/2016 - 8/2/2016;
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 10 - 13 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 enjoy a gondola ride. 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.

Program is for grandchildren ages 14-17.

Date Specific Information


This program is for adults and youth age 10-13.
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6-22-2016, 6-26-2016, 7-16-2016, 7-20-2016

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July 19 is the Feast of the Redeemer, commemorating the end of the plague of 1576. Venice celebrates on the 3rd Saturday (July 16) with fireworks over S. Mark`s basin. 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 visit the church designed by Palladio dedicated in 1681 to Our Lady of Good Health. Expect additional crowd and public boat (vaporetto) schedule disruptions from July 16-19.
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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. Enjoy a gondola ride along the canals 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
   Hotel Tiziano
  Rome, Italy 4 nights
   Hotel Corona d'Italia
  Florence, Italy 4 nights
   Hotel Principe
  Venice, Italy 4 nights
 Hotel Tiziano
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Your program site hotel is in the heart of historical Rome and is within walking distance of Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Capitoline Hill, Roman Forum, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna. The hotel was once the palace of a noble Roman family. It is situated at the intersection of two busy streets, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (named after the first king of unified Italy) and Largo Argentina.
  Contact info: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 110
Rome, NA 00186 Italy
phone: +39 06 686 5019
  Room amenities: Private bath in all rooms, hair dryer, safe box for valuables in room or front desk, touch tone phone, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, individual controls for heat and air conditioning, sound proof windows, mini bar
  Facility amenities: Breakfast served daily, all rooms have private bath. Sound proof windows. 24 hour concierge. Free wi-fi throughout the facility and internet point in the lobby. Lobby and breakfast room 6 steps from sidewalk entrance level.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: varies by season To book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel's online reservation system directly through the hotel website, or, contact Lavinia Tour, Trinity College's partnering agency in Rome: 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.

 Hotel Corona d'Italia
Type: Hotel
  Description: Situated at the edge of the San Lorenzo market, the hotel is centrally located and convenient to the Santa Maria Novella train station, the Duomo and Accademia.
  Contact info: Via Nazionale 14
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 261 501
  Room amenities: All rooms have private bathroom, individual AC/Heat controls, safe box for valuables, mini-bar, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, wi-fi access (hourly rate applies), hair dryer
  Facility amenities: Spacious lobby, marble and terracotta floors, wi-fi accessibility (hourly rate applies), meeting room, bar in the lobby open afternoon and evenings.
  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 lobby at 4:00 pm for Orientation. You will be staying at Hotel Tiziano 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
To Start of Program
  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.
  From End of Program
  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, you can reach the train station on foot very easily from the hotel (5 min walk).
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 \ Welcome Reception \ Orientation \ Neighborhood Walk
(Monday, July 22)
 Arrive To: Rome airport next morning, transfer to hotel.
 Morning: Leave luggage at hotel while waiting for lunch at 12:30. The room may be ready earlier than the official check-in time, but if not, the group leader will arrange a brief neighborhood walk for travelers with morning arrivals.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local trattoria. 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: Hotel Tiziano
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Underground Rome \ Treasures of the Vatican and S. Peter's \ Forum and Colosseum
(Tuesday, July 23)

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. Later in the afternoon, the visit through the spacious archaeological area of the Forum is over uneven paths, some with cobblestones. At the Colosseum climb a flight of steep stairs to reach the upper level of the arena.

 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 around the area where Julius Caesar was assassinated. See who can spot the most cats.
Accommodations: Hotel Tiziano
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Reserved entrance Vatican Museums \ S. Peter's Basilica \ Mosaic Laboratory
(Wednesday, July 24)

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.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Transfer 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. With the free time that follows, some may desire to climb the 450 steps of Michelangelo's Dome. Catch your breath only to have it taken away by the stunning panorama of Rome.
 Lunch: Lunch at the cafe of the mosaic school.
 Afternoon: Participate in creating your own mosaic with instructors at a local art school. Coach to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
Accommodations: Hotel Tiziano
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Piazza Walk \ Free Afternoon
(Thursday, July 25)

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 room.
 Morning: A local expert leads the walk to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own. Around the corner from the hotel is the mercato of Campo dei Fiori where there are many snack bars, trattorias, cafes, and restaurants for every budget and palate.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: A leisurely stroll to the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) and the Trevi Fountain for the traditional coin toss.
Accommodations: Hotel Tiziano
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Capitoline \ Train to Florence \ Renaissance Florence
(Friday, July 26)

Note: Ramp steps to reach the museum at the top of the Capitoline hill. When you arrive in Florence, short walk to the hotel. Your luggage will be in deposit at the hotel in Florence.

 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. Expert-led visit at the Capitoline Museum where you can examine up close masterpieces of ancient art, including the famous bronze She Wolf, Marcus Aurelius and remains of the 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. Continue on to the Circus Maximus and the "Mouth of Truth," returning to the hotel through the old Jewish Ghetto.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Experience travel on a high speed train at speeds reaching 120 mph. Ride to Florence is 95 minutes. Check into the hotel and gather shortly after for a 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 Corona d'Italia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Fresco Workshop \ Galileo's Instruments \ Michelangelo's David
(Saturday, July 27)

Note: Minimal exertion at painting studio. Palazzo Vecchio visit requires climbing a few flights of stairs. Urban walk from the Piazza della Signoria to the Accademia. Short walk back to the hotel.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Visit a workshop in the Palazzo Vecchio. 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: Lunch at a restaurant just off the Piazza della Signoria.
 Afternoon: At the Galileo Museum see telescopes and other instruments designed and used by Galileo, the Renaissance man of science. Of particular interest are the globes and spheres from the Medici collection that give an idea of the known world and universe of the 1500's. Late afternoon expert-led visit of the Accademia delle Belle Arti where the original marble statue of David is on display.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
 Evening: Gelato tasting walk.
Accommodations: Hotel Corona d'Italia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Welcome to Florence \ Exclusive Visit Baptistery
(Sunday, July 28)

Note: 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 hotel dining hall.
 Morning: An art historian puts into perspective the works of art at the Uffizi.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own. The group leader will have suggestions for places to eat around the Baptistery.
 Afternoon: At the conference center in Piazza del Duomo, an informative video presentation of the Duomo complex, followed by special access to the upper level of the Baptistery to get a close-up view of the mosaics.
 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 Corona d'Italia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Mercato Centrale \ Uffizi Gallery
(Monday, July 29)

Note: The Uffizi Gallery visit requires climbing 3 flights of stairs.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at a place near the mercato.
 Afternoon: Reserved entrance to the Uffizi Gallery for self-directed visit. The group enters at the appointed time but you visit the gallery rooms at your own pace and stay as long as you want. 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. Free time follows.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
Accommodations: Hotel Corona d'Italia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Train to Venice \ History of Venice
(Tuesday, July 30)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Your bag is sent ahead by van. Enjoy the high speed train ride to Venice (2 hours). Short walk to the hotel. Your bag will be delivered to your room.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant and check-in to the rooms.
 Afternoon: Lecture on Venetian history and brief walk to familiarize yourself with Venice's unique 'streets' around the hotel.
 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
(Wednesday, July 31)

Note: Vaporetto vessels are often crowded with locals and the many tourists that visit Venice in the summer months. At the Basilica of St. Mark's, climb a narrow and steep staircase to reach the outside terrace over the main entrance. The view of the square is well worth the climb.

 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 later be fused in the kiln and delivered to your hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Expert-led visit 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, Dinner

Day 11: Dragon Boat Race \ Doge's Palace
(Thursday, August 1)

Note: Row, row, row your boat hard if you want to win; otherwise sit at the stern and enjoy the ride. At the Doge's Palace, climb two flights of stairs to reach the residential quarters. Narrow passageways lead to the Bridge of Sighs and the dungeons.

 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. Cross the Bridge of Sighs that connects the courtroom to the prisons. Legend has it that such was the reaction of prisoners being led to their cells as they caught their last look at the lagoon.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Rialto Bridge and Market \ Artisan workshop \ Peggy Guggenheim Collection
(Friday, August 2)

Note: Extended walking over bridges and through Venice streets and campos (squares).

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Learn the Venetian manner of shopping at the market around the Rialto Bridge. Then, visit an artisan's workshop to learn about the carving techniques of making gondola oars and oar locks.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local trattoria.
 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. Once inside, the docents divide the group by age. The comments directed towards the younger students focus on having them express the form and function they see in the works of 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, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Departure day
(Saturday, August 3)
 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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