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The Italian Experience: Che Gioia Vivere!

Program Number: 11154RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/24/2013 - 3/1/2013; 2/1/2015 - 2/6/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Price starting at: $668.00 - 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; Gluten Free    

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

2-24-2013, 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 5:00pm. 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:
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:

 

Call for current rates
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.
  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 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, February 24)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in. Proceed to meeting room for registration and receipt of program folder that contains the most current itinerary.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Get to know the staff and other participants. Overview of program and facilities.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: History Through Art / Field Trip - Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota
(Monday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, 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. Then, take a short refreshment break, and afterwards enter the fabulous art and architectural world of Rome PLACEMENT OF CLASSES AND FIELD TRIPS ON THE SCHEDULE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. IN ADDITION, SOME LECTURE TOPICS MIGHT BE ALETERED WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
 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: At the hotel
 Evening: PRESENTATION TBD
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lectures on Literature of the Renaissance/ Science and Inventors /Movie Night
(Tuesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: Using the works of Dante & Machiavelli, absorb the literature of the Renaissance with our historian, Dedee Aleccia. A mid morning refreshment break will occur.
 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.
 Dinner: Campus Dining Room.
 Evening: Musical Entertainment with Susan Bailey Robinson
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lectures: All about the Music / Special Lunch/ Free Time Downtown / Lecture or Movie
(Wednesday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, 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: Enjoy a special lunch at a local Italian restaurant
 Afternoon: Spend some time this afternoon on your own or 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: Campus Dining Room
 Evening: MOVIE: Film to be shown will be course related.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lectures:Italian Music, Modern Italy/ evening performance or movie
(Thursday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: TBD
 Lunch: At the hotel
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Study the Italy of today - the financial meltdown and the cause and effect. This will be followed by a focal group on Italy 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 on campus
 Evening: TBD
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lectures on Italian Opera and Italian Classical Music: Classical to Romantic
(Friday, March 1)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: LECTURE: Italy today - lecture(s) covering the regions, fashion, cinema and foods of Italy There will be a short refreshment break mid morning.
 Lunch: At the hotel. Program concludes with lunch today.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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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