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Voyages to Antiquity: Splendors of Italy and Croatia

Program Number: 19519RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/12/2014 - 6/27/2014; 10/3/2016 - 10/18/2016;
Duration: 15 nights
Location: Italy/Greece/Albania/Croatia
Price starting at: $5,295.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Voyages
Meals: 38; 14 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 13 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Immerse yourself in the architectural and artistic legacies of great Mediterranean civilizations on this voyage carefully planned to explore as much as possible of this region’s fascinating history. Experience the splendors of Rome and Venice, the stunning ruins of Pompeii, the Renaissance hill town of Urbino, the magnificent seaside Palace of Diocletian and much more.

Activity Particulars

Walking up and downhill, up to two miles per day. Standing up to four hours per day, with breaks; uneven terrain and steep stairs without railings at historic sites.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Venice (Italy), 2 nights, aboard Aegean Odyssey, 11 nights; Rome, 1 night.

Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.

Days 2-4: Arrival Venice (Italy) / embark Aegean Odyssey:

On an expert-led city excursion, stroll the sprawling Piazza San Marco then walk the narrow streets and over the bridges of the Castello and Cannaregio districts. Enjoy free time for independent exploration. Lodging: Five-star hotel overlooking Giudecca Canal.

Day 5: Urbino

Journey through the rolling hills and lush plains of Marche to the Renaissance town of Urbino. Its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 6: Split (Croatia):

Step inside the magnificent Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, today not a deserted ruin but a bustling warren of houses, shops and cafés.

Day 7: Dubrovnik:

Experience this beautiful seaside city that Lord Byron called “the Pearl of the Adriatic.” Visit its cathedral to view artworks by Titian.

Day 8: Lecce (Italy):

Enjoy a walking excursion in Lecce, “the Florence of the South,” a city of impressive Baroque churches and sprawling piazzas.

Day 9: Sarande (Albania) & Corfu (Greece):

Examine the Venetian heritage of Corfu as you visit the red-domed Agios Spyrídon church and the famous Esplanade. Continue to Albania and the archaeological site of Butrint, inhabited since prehistoric times.

Days 10-11: At Sea / Sicily:

Venture to the idyllic town of Taormina with its lemon blossom-scented air, medieval alleyways, Greco-Roman theater and spectacular views of Mount Etna.

Day 12: Salerno:

Sail along the ruggedly beautiful Amalfi Coast. Go ashore for an excursion to Paestum, an Ancient Greek city that boasts extremely well-preserved Doric temples.

Days 13-14: Sorrento, Pompeii & Herculaneum:

Get a unique glimpse of Roman life as you explore Pompeii and Herculaneum, towns preserved as they were destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Enjoy a free day in charming Sorrento.

Days 15-16: Rome / disembark / departure

In Rome, visit the most ancient public museum in the world: the Musei Capitolini. Lodging: Modern, centrally located hotel.

Aegean Odyssey

The Aegean Odyssey is a premium-class ship especially rebuilt for sailing along shallow coastlines, among remote islands and into small, uncrowded harbors that larger ocean liners can’t reach. Public areas include several gourmet restaurants, library, Internet center, sweeping sun decks, outdoor pool, gym and spa.

Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Genova
  Rome, Italy 2 nights
   Aegean Odyssey
  Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 12 nights
 Hotel Genova
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Hotel Genova is an elegant and modern structure that was completely renovated in 2008. It is centrally located just a short drive from the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and within walking distance from the Termini Railway Station.
  Contact info: Via Cavour 25
Rome,  00187 Italy
phone: +39 06476951
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, safe box, air conditioning, mini bar, telephone, room service, hair dryer, high speed cable Internet connection (for a fee), and a vanity set (shampoo, soap, shower cap, bath foam).
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, lobby, 24-hour reception, breakfast room, meeting rooms, terrace, air conditioning, laundry services, wireless Internet access in the lobby (for a fee), fax machine and pay phones.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Aegean Odyssey
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The Aegean Odyssey offers boutique-style cruising at its best. In contrast to the massive vessels cruising to and from major ports, it is a midsized ship adapted for island and coastal cruising. The Aegean Odyssey can visit smaller, less crowded harbors and sail closer to the coast enabling you to really appreciate the magical views.
  Ship Information: Ship’s Tonnage: 11,563 Length: 461 feet Beam: 67 feet Draft: 20.5 feet Cruising Speed: 18 knots Passenger Decks: 7 Stabilizers: 2 Passenger Staterooms/Cabins: 198 Passengers – lower beds: 378 Classification: Lloyd’s Register Society London Ship’s Registration: Malta
  Contact info: Voyages to Antiquity
1800 SE 10th Avenue, Suite 230
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 877-398-1460
  Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with a flat screen TV, air-conditioning, and personal safe. Particular importance is placed on the standard of bedding in cabins. Luxury bedding, including fine duvets, covers and sheets, ample soft pillows and quality towels can be expected. Also, shampoo, bath and shower gel, soap, and shower cap are provided. Your cabin steward is always available. Cabins and suites feature outlets with 220 voltage, using the “European” two round pin plug. Hair dryers are provided in your cabin and electric rollers, curling irons, electric shavers and other small appliances can be used in your cabin. For safety reasons, travel irons are not allowed.
  Facility amenities: Dining: Aegean Odyssey offers many dining facilities: The Marco Polo Restaurant is the ship's more formal restaurant, providing casual country-club elegance for lunch or dinner; The Terrace Cafe offers a combination of indoor and outdoor seating where you can indulge in breakfast, lunch and dinner from the grill or the sumptuous daily buffet. In the evenings, enjoy breathtaking views over dinner at Tapas on the Terrace. *There is a complimentary choice of wine, beer, or soft drinks with your evening meal. There will be a string trio, pianist and casual dancing before and after dinner. You may also wish to partake in afternoon tea, served in the Observation Lounge or enjoy an evening snack and cocktail, available in the Lido and Rendezvous bars. A limited room service menu is available. Special Diets: Please advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. The ship can usually meet most general requests such as those made with an air carrier; however, this cannot always be guaranteed. Services: Library; outdoor pool; spa; health center, saunas, massage and beauty treatment rooms and early morning yoga on the Lido Deck; elevators; beauty salon; medical center; laundry and pressing services (order form and laundry bag is provided in cabin); lecture theater and cinema and on board shop. Internet: The Internet center (open 24 hours and a charge of $18 for 4 non-consecutive hours is applied, wireless available in reception area). PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of satellite connectivity on board a ship, the internet connection is slow, erratic and may be unavailable at times.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Rome, Italy. The program will begin at 5:00 PM in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Hotel Genova that night.
  End of Program:
Venice, Italy. The program will end after breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Aegean Odyssey the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. The Voyages to Antiquity Guest Registration Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: see above.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rome
  Transportation to site: From Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Rome Fiumicino, reach Termini Station via the Leonardo Express train. From Termini Station, the Hotel Genova is just a short walk away, only 300 meters. From the station’s main exit - via Giovanni Giolitti - proceed to the left onto Via Cavour; the hotel is just 150 meters on the right. Alternatively, you can book a shared van transfer on for 16 Euro/person. This service runs from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. If you wish to hire a private car (57 Euro), you may contact Italian Details at or 011-39-06-89087921.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Aegean Odyssey - At Sea
  Transportation from site: Option 1: From the Marittima Cruise Terminal, take the automated "Venice People Mover" to the Piazzale Roma (1 euro). Then take the ATVO "Venezia Express" to the airport (6 Euro) -- the trip takes roughly 25 minutes. Option 2: Marco Polo Airport is a 15-20 minute taxi ride from Marittima and costs 30-40 Euro.
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: Departures
(Thursday, June 12)
 In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight.

Day 2: Welcome
(Friday, June 13)
 Morning: Arrival in Rome Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport (FCO). Transfer to hotel.
 Afternoon: Welcome orientation to the program at 5:00 PM in the hotel lobby.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Hotel Genova
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Rome, Italy
(Saturday, June 14)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy a guided field trip to the Vatican -- the center of Christianity -- where you will visit St. Peter’s Square, the church and the Vatican Museum. The Vatican Museum was founded in the 14th century and is considered by many to have one of the greatest collections of art from the Renaissance period. You will also visit the Gallery of Tapestries and Geographical Maps and the famous Sistine Chapel with its marvelous frescos by Michelangelo.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Rome on your own. You may wish to explore the Pantheon, or behold stunning views of the city from the top of the Spanish Steps.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
Accommodations: Hotel Genova
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Rome, Italy / Embark the Aegean Odyssey
(Sunday, June 15)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning, enjoy a guided walking excursion of Rome. Highlights include the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum and the Colosseum (exterior visit only).
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a charming farmhouse about 30 minutes from Civitavecchia. Dine on mouth watering regional cuisine while tasting local wines at a farmhouse in the Italian countryside.
 Afternoon: Embark on the Aegean Odyssey and settle in to your cabin. Late afternoon Road Scholar orientation to the ship in the "Observation Lounge."
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Evening departure for Sorrento.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Sorrento, Italy / Pompeii and Herculaneum
(Monday, June 16)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: An hour's drive along the Bay of Naples brings you to Pompeii, considered the world's finest example of an ancient Roman town. The city, buried for centuries by hot ashes in 79AD, is a virtual time capsule of that era. In the company of a professional guide, visit the patrician mansions, baths and temples at the site. Step inside to admire the brilliant Pompeian Red walls, elaborate frescoes and gardens adorned with sculptures. View the sobering ash replicas of the citizens caught in their final moments. These bring to life the words of Pliny the Younger, an eyewitness, who described the terror of the eruption with its "broad sheets of fire and leaping flames."
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue to Herculaneum, the Greek settlement named after its patron, Hercules. The town also perished during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD and was engulfed in a sea of mud. A number of the buildings survived virtually intact including the famous Villa of the Papyri.
 Dinner: Dinner on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: Overnight in Sorrento. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Sorrento, Italy
(Tuesday, June 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Explore the charming, cliff-straddling, port town of Sorrento on your own. Stroll along Marina Piccolo or find your way to the lift that will take you up to the city center, perched high above the sea. Enjoy the bustle along the Corso Italia and perhaps sample the famous local limoncello at the Piazza Tasso.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon for continued independent exploration of Sorrento. Plan to return to the ship by 4 PM. Enjoy a early evening Road Scholar cockatil party in the Observation Lounge.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Evening departure for Palermo, Sicily. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Palermo, Sicily
(Wednesday, June 18)

Note: There are 30 steps to the temple, but a shuttle will take you to the theater.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: A gem of a day. The morning is centered on the Piazza della Vittoria, one of the city's major squares, where some of Palermo's most remarkable buildings are to be found. Visit the Norman Royal Palace and the Palatine Chapel, the perfect illustration of that miraculous Norman combination of Latin, Byzantine, and Arab culture. We will also have the opportunity to visit the Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, a Norman church decorated with Arabic domes and an exquisite Romanesque cloister. A short walk from here will take you to Palermo Cathedral and its fascinating mix of architectural styles. The ship will offer an optional extension of this excursion to Palazzo Gangi, a magnificent private residence dating to the 15th century (additional cost, bookable on board).
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Travel inland to the ancient Greek city of Segesta with its majestic 36-columned, 5th-century BC temple and stunning Greek theater. This archaeological jewel is in an extraordinary state of preservation and makes a superb sight amid its surroundings of rolling hills. Alternatively, visit Cefalù and its extraordinary cathedral commissioned by King Roger II.
 Dinner: Dinner on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: Overnight in Palermo. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Palermo, Sicily
(Thursday, June 19)

Note: Please wear appropriate attire for religious sites: no shorts or bare shoulders. Monreale Cathedral access is via steep steps; taxis are available for a small fee.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Travel just a short distance out of Palermo to discover Monreale Cathedral, considered by many to be the most beautiful Norman church in Italy. Designed by William the Good in 1174, the church offers visions of beauty, grace and the divine. The exterior’s thick walls and powerful towers have the look of an austere fortress, but just step inside: it is the interior that is this cathedral’s true glory. The large nave with its side aisles and gray granite columns draws the eyes upward to 12th-century gold mosaics that cover over one and a half acres of wall space.

The excursion also visits the Benedictine cloisters, a magnificent synthesis of Romanesque and Arab architecture. Admire the serenity of the courtyard with its graceful arcade featuring 216 sets of twin columns and pointed Arabic arches.
 Lunch: Road Scholar lunch at a local restaurant in Monreale.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time to explore Palermo on your own or sit, relax and people watch at the Piazza Verdi or the Piazza Castelnuovo, two of Palermo's main squares.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Evening departure for Taormina. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Taormina, Sicily
(Friday, June 20)

Note: The streets of Taormina are mostly cobbled and there are some steps to navigate at the Greco-Roman Theater.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Nowhere is the beauty of Sicily more apparent than in the hilltop town of Taormina. This morning, we will tender ashore for a short, scenic drive to this idyllic spot with its mountainous backdrop, lemonblossom-scented air and narrow, medieval alleys. This walking excursion proceeds past the Cathedral and the 15th-century Palazzo Corvaja with its black and white lava decoration. The highlight is a guided excursion of the Greco-Roman Theater. Alternatively, the ship will offer an excursion to two remote mountain villages where The Godfather was filmed.
 Lunch: Try one of the many excellent restaurants and trattorias in Taormina on your own or alternatively return to the ship.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to stroll along the Corso Umberto and to meander the small lanes and twisting viuzze filled with shops of colorful ceramics. This afternoon the ship will offer an optional excursion to Mt. Etna (additional cost, bookable on board).
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: The ship departs in the evening for Malta. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Valletta, Malta
(Saturday, June 21)

Note: This excursion involves significant walking on flat surfaces and may be operated in reverse. As we will be visiting religious sites, please no shorts or sleeveless shirts. If the Palace or Cathedral are closed for an event, we will substitute a visit to the Palace Armory or the Museum of Archaeology.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: A morning excursion through the city of Valletta, including the Baroque St. John’s Cathedral and the magnificent Palace of the Grand Masters. We will also enjoy a field trip to the enchanting medieval town of Mdina.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or at a local restaurant on your own.
 Afternoon: A free afternoon to explore Valletta's wonderful palaces, gardens and museums.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Evening departure. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: At Sea
(Sunday, June 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice, or dive into a good book from the ship's library. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Treat yourself to one of many spa services offered by the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Dubrovnik, Croatia
(Monday, June 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Dubrovnik was formerly known as Ragusa and gave us our English word "argosy." Lord Byron called it "the Pearl of the Adriatic." As we walk around the city this morning we will visit both the Dominican and Franciscan Monasteries, the former housing a fine collection of Renaissance paintings as well as the Cathedral of our Lady which boasts Titian's Assumption over the main altar.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore fare on your own.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon and evening you are free to relax or continue exploring this charming city. The ship will offer an optional extension of this excursion to Cavtat (additional cost, bookable on board).
 Dinner: Dinner on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture. Late night departure for Korcula.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Korcula, Croatia / Cruising Brac and Hvar
(Tuesday, June 24)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: The pine-forested island of Korcula, with its rich maritime history, is the reputed birthplace of Marco Polo. This morning’s walking excursion will include visits to the impressive Cathedral of St. Mark where a Tintoretto presides over the alter as well as to the Bishop’s Palace whose 14th century Treasury holds a small but amazing art collection including works by Carpaccio, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. Next, visit the City Museum which boasts an impressive collection of Greek and Roman artifacts and is housed within the walls of a 16th century palace before walking past Marco Polo’s presumed family home en route to the ship.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. We will spend the afternoon cruising the gorgeous islands of Hvar and Brac.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Arrive in Split in the early evening: the perfect opportunity to stroll around the old town center.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Split, Croatia
(Wednesday, June 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: The morning will be spent at the Palace of Diocletian, including the Temple of Jupiter and Diocletian's mausoleum. Born in Salona, a town a few miles to the north of Split, Diocletian became Emperor of Rome in 284AD. To ensure a comfortable retirement, Diocletian commissioned the construction of a massive limestone and marble palace in the town of Split. When it was completed in 305AD, Diocletian abdicated, the first Roman Emperor to do so. His palace complex included three temples as well as Diocletian’s massive mausoleum (now the Cathedral of St. Dominus), and could house around 9,000 people. Today the palace is not a deserted ruin but a shell containing a bustling warren of houses, shops and cafés.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At lunchtime, the Aegean Odyssey departs for Venice. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Venice, Italy
(Thursday, June 26)

Note: At St. Mark's Basilica, guests are asked to cover legs and arms. Shorts, short skirts and sleeveless tops are not permitted.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: This morning, enjoy a shipboard lecture before beginning a walking excursion of the magnificent sites of Venice. We will see the Piazza San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs, and visit the Doge's Palace. From here we'll walk to the Ponte dell'Accademia and stray from Venice's highly touristed 'beaten path'.
 Lunch: Road Scholar lunch a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, you are free to explore on your own. You may choose to walk to Rialto or simply sip a Bellini at Harry's Bar.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: If there is one memory to take home with you, it is the sight of St. Mark's Basilica, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity the see this remarkable building at its very best - during a spectacular evening light show.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Departures
(Friday, June 27)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Disembark the Aegean Odyssey and depart for the airport (VCE).
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Rome Galleria Borghese
The Galleria Borghese is a wonderful museum within Villa Borgese Park. Dwelling within its walls are masterpieces from the 15th to 17th centuries, from such artists as Tiziano, Raffaello, Bernini and Caravaggio. For additional information, visit
  Pantheon and Piazza Navona
Visit the Pantheon, an ancient temple dedicated to the gods, and the Piazza Navona, a lovely square boasting its famous fountain of the four Rivers.
  Spanish Steps
The entire area is rich with infamous fashion designer stores, including Valentino, YSL, Ferragamo, Gucci and more.
Trastevere is characterized by its narrow streets full of restaurants, pizzerias and small stores. Located in the heart of Rome on the west bank of the Tiber River, an evening visit is recommended.
  Venice Ca' Rezzonico
A museum of eighteenth century art. The palace on the Grand Canal was designed by a Baroque architect of Venice, Baldassare Longhena, for the aristocratic Bon family. For additional information, visit
  Galleria Belle Arti
Spanning five centuries, the Galleria Belle Arti's matchless collection of paintings provides a complete spectrum of the Venetian school, from the Byzantine period through the Renaissance to the Baroque and later. Masterpieces of Titian, Veronese, Bellini, Tintoretto, Tiepolo and more all await you here.
  Glass Museum of Murano
A museum of Venetian glassmaking. The Murano Glass Museum was founded in 1861 when the darkest period in the history of Murano glassmaking had been overcome, following the fall of the Republic of San Marco (1797) and the subsequent years of foreign rule. The museum’s collection was expanded by the addition of the Correr, Cicogna and Molin Collections which include, among other things, the most beautiful Renaissance pieces in the museum. For additional information, visit
  Peggy Guggenheim Collection
A modern art collection in an 18th century Venetian palace, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is the most important museum in Italy for European and American art from the first half of the 20th century. It is located in Peggy Guggenheim's former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal in Venice. The museum was inaugurated in 1980 and it presents Peggy Guggenheim's personal collection of 20th century art, masterpieces from the Gianni Mattioli Collection, the Nasher Sculpture Garden, as well as temporary exhibitions. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is owned and operated by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which also operates the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, and the Guggenheim-Hermitage, Las Vegas. For additional information, visit
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