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Intergenerational: Magical Venice: Arts, Crafts and Culture

Program Number: 14301RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/24/2014 - 7/5/2014;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Italy
Price starting at: $3,295.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Meals: 29; 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 11 - 13 years of age.

Experience with your grandchild the human ingenuity and artistic creativity of the magical city of Venice. At a glass school the instructor teaches the technique of fusing a glass dish for your memento. Through a musical performances, as well as workshops on mask-making and gondola construction, local Venetians connect you to the traditions that have tied their “City of Canals” together for centuries.




Highlights

• At a gondola "garage" observe repairs; a rowing lesson and race through the canals of Venice in dragon boats.
• Visit the University where Galileo taught and see Giotto's frescoes.
• On the island of Murano discover the craft of glass blowing and fusing and venture to Burano for lace making.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to three miles daily over cobblestone streets and bridges. All transportation by boat or on foot.




Date Specific Information

6-24-2014

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Venice, 10 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrivals Venice
10 nights
Departure

From local delicacies to traditional Venetian music, sample all that is special in Venice. Gain expert insights into Venice as a long-time resident discusses life in the lagoon from an artistic, musical, historic and cultural perspective. A boat-repair demonstration reveals the craftsmanship behind the city’s iconic vessels. Explore the Venetian landmarks that capture the imaginations of young and old alike, including the pigeons of St. Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge, the Ducal Palace and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. One of Venice’s living arts, practice mask-making at a mask workshop. Stroll through the open-air Rialto Market and sample Venetian dishes and desserts. Voyage by boat to discover the lace makers of Burano and the 700-year-old glass blowing craft on Murano. A local craftsman demonstrates his skill in making gondola oars and oar locks.




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
Family-run hotel in the “Salute” neighborhood of Venice.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Messner
  Venice, Italy 7 nights
   Hotel Messner
  Venice, Italy 2 nights
 Hotel Messner
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: This small, family run hotel is ideally situated in the quiet residential "Salute" neighborhood of Venice, across the Grand Canal and one vaporetto stop from St. Mark's Square. The Guggenheim Museum is right around the corner. Please note the rooms assigned in your program are exclusively in the main house and 3 star annex, not in the one-star Messner B&B, part of the same complex.
  Contact info: Madonna della Salute, 216
Venice, NA 30123 Italy
phone: + 011 39 041 5227443
web: www.hotelmessner.it
  Room amenities: Every room has private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, hair dryer, free Wi-Fi connection, safe for valuables.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: varies by season To book additional nights at the Hotel Messner contact the hotel’s online reservation system at www.hotelmessner.it. Indicate that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment
  Additional nights after: varies by season To book additional nights at the Hotel Messner contact the hotel’s online reservation system at www.hotelmessner.it. Indicate 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. Check in 2:00 pm. Meet in lobby at 4:00 for neighborhood walk You will be staying at Hotel Messner that night.
  End of Program:
after breakfast, transfers to airport. Check out 11:00 am You will be staying at Hotel Messner the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains arrive frequently to Venice. To consult the schedules visit www.trenitalia.com. From the train station, take vaporetto #1 and get off at "La Salute" stop. 5 min. walk to the hotel. Water taxi fare is approx. EUR 100. night/bag. suppl. fees apply
To Start of Program
  Location:  Venice
  Nearest city or town:  Venice
  Nearest airport:  Venice Marco Polo
  Transportation to site: Transfers provided for group travelers on June 25. Independent travelers can request to join the courtesy transfer by completing the Independent Travel Information Form. To reach the program site on your own from the airport: for land service, take ATVO bus (frequent service), fare is approx. € 5 pp, from Marco Polo airport to Piazzale Roma. From there you can cross the Grand Canal via the number 1 Vaporetto, ticket costs approx. € 7 pp. Get off at vaporetto stop "La Salute". The Hotel Messner is a five minute walk from the vaporetto stop. Alternatively, boat-taxi fare from airport directly to Hotel Messner is approx. €120. Max 6 passengers per taxi boat.
  From End of Program
  Location: Venice
  Transportation from site: Transfers provided for group travelers on group departure day. Independent travelers can request to join the courtesy transfer by completing the Independent Travel Form. Water taxis are available from Hotel Messner to the Marco Polo airport. Fare is approx. € 120. Max 6 passengers per taxi boat. For public bus and land transportation, see above and follow directions in reverse.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
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: Depart from points in North America
(Tuesday, June 24)

Note: Suggest sleeping during the flight; it makes adjusting to jet lag much easier.



   
 Depart From: Flight departs from US
 In Transit: Overnight flight across the Atlantic Ocean, arriving in Venice the following day

Day 2: Arrival/Welcome Reception/Neighborhood Walk
(Wednesday, June 25)

Note: Leisure walk around the neighborhood.



   
 Arrive To: Arrival at hotel in Venice
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel restaurant
 Afternoon: An informal gathering to meet your group leaders and fellow travelers, followed by a short walk in the neighborhood.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hotel Messner
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Orientation /Welcome to Venice Lecture
(Thursday, June 26)

Note: Negotiating the Vaporetto boat rides. Often the Vaporettos are crowded, use your elbows.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: An orientation session reviews the activities and provides practical information about Venice. Take your knowledge and put it into practice as you board a Vaporetto, Venice's public transportation system of boats.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: A long time resident of the city gives a presentation on life in Venice from an historic and cultural perspective. A perfect point of departure for our sojourn here.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hotel Messner
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Gondola Workshop / Survival Italian
(Friday, June 27)

Note: Minimal distance to the "Gondola Garage", from the Vaporetto stop a short distance to the oar maker's workshop.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Visit a 'squero,' or gondola shipyard and observe masters at their craft of building and repairing the sleek black boats that grace the Venetian canals. Learn about the technique used to give the boats the strength and lightness needed for a single oar to propel the unique boats. Discover what the carved ornaments represent and the reason all gondolas are painted black.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: A light hearted Italian lesson: just the basics to get you going. Test your Italian by ordering your own gelato on a walk in the Dorsoduro district around the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hotel Messner
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Venetian Treasures / Mask Making
(Saturday, June 28)

Note: Not much exertion this day, but following lecture, exercise your mind as you look for characteristics the lecturer pointed out in the presentation.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: For the adult learners, an art historian presents an overview of Venetian Art and Architecture. For the younger learners, a more informal session on the art and architectural treasures of Venice.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own to try local specialties. Suggestions given on site.
 Afternoon: Show your creative side in a mask-making session. Learn how Venetians used them in ways as colorful as the masks themselves
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant
 Evening: Enjoy an evening of music. Details will be provided closer to departure date
   
Accommodations: Hotel Messner
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Art of Glassblowing in Murano / Make a glass dish /Tombola
(Sunday, June 29)

Note: Vaporetto ride to Murano, leisure walk to the glass school where you observe a craftsman making a blown glass piece. The kilns make the room hot.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Boat ride to the island of Murano to visit the workshop of master glassblowers. Watch them transform silica into vases, beads and many other objects.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Show your creative side by making your own glass tile with silica powders and glass rods at the glasswork school's workshop. Discover Murano island at your own pace or take the vaporetto to Burano for a self-guided visit
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hotel Messner
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Dragon Boat Race / St. Mark's Basilica and Square
(Monday, June 30)

Note: Row Row Row your boat, some strenuous arm and leg activity if you want to win. Some steep and narrow stairs are required to reach the balcony on top of S. Mark's Basilica for a commanding view of the Piazza. The original four horses are there; replicas are outside.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: A master rower demonstrates the technique of powering a dragon boat. Paddle your team to victory in a race along the canals of Venice.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: A guided visit to the magnificent basilica of St. Mark and the main piazza of Venice. The ceiling is covered with more than 88,000 sq.ft. of mosaics. The steps leading to the Marcian Museum allow for a closer look of the mosaics. In addition the original four-horse team is protected from the elements; the ones visible from the outside are replicas.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hotel Messner
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Padua / Galileo Galilei's University / Giotto's Frescoes
(Tuesday, July 1)

Note: Thirty minute train ride to Padua, some walking in the traffic-free historical center of the city.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Train ride to Padua, expert-led visit to Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel, to see early Renaissance frescoes. At the University see where Galileo taught and examine the first surgical anatomical theater where medical students could observe surgeries being performed by their professors.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Padua.
 Afternoon: The expert continues to the Basilica of S. Anthony of Padua and discusses a bronze equestrian statue by Donatello. At the appropriate time board the train back to Venice.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hotel Messner
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Rialto Bridge and Markets / Ducal Palace and Bridge of Sighs
(Wednesday, July 2)

Note: Leisurely walk through the market of Venice. In the Ducal Palace, stairs are required to reach the top.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: A local expert leads a walk through the open air fish, fruit and vegetable markets of the Rialto District. The view from the Rialto Bridge is one of the best points to admire the Grand Canal.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant. Sample cicchetti, small dishes typical of Venice
 Afternoon: A local guide leads the visit in St. Mark's Square of the Doge's Palace, seat of the leader of the Venetian Republic since the 1300's. Admire the lacy Gothic style of the exterior, the ornate rooms of the residence, the art treasures of the grand receiving rooms. Snake through the prisons and the Bridge of Sighs where prisoners got their last view of the sea before serving their sentence.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant
 Evening: An evening walk and gelato
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Explore Venice's Maritime History
(Thursday, July 3)

Note: Vaporetto ride and short walk to the maritime museum.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Venice's history is linked to its dependence on shipping and commerce. In the naval museum, see models of boats and gondolas from centuries past.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local café.
 Afternoon: Explore the Castello district of Venice.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hotel Messner
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Guggenheim Museum/Farewell dinner
(Friday, July 4)

Note: Short walk from hotel to the Guggenheim museum, split activities for adults and kids.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Guided visit of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Located in her former home, the museum houses Peggy Guggenheim's personal collection of 20th century art.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Free time to pack or bid "arriverderci" to Venice
 Dinner: A special farewell dinner
   
Accommodations: Hotel Messner
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Departure
(Saturday, July 5)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Departures from Venice
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Venice Lido
Enjoy a day at the beach at the Lido.
  Peggy Guggenheim Collection
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is the most important museum in Italy for European and American art of 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. Closed Tuesdays, entrance fee.
  Teatro La Fenice
Attend a performace at the La Fenice theater. Trinity College cannot purchase tickets for participants. For additional information, visit www.teatrolafenice.it
  Padua Cities of Veneto Region
Day trip to elegant Verona to see the ancient Roman arena, the ancient castle on the river's edge, the medieval church of San Zeno. Day trip to Vicenza to see the Palladian theatre.
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.

Suggested Reading List


The City of Falling Angels


Author: John Berendt


Description: From Barnes and Noble: "The author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil returns after more than a decade to give us an intimate look at the "magic, mystery, and decadence" of the city of Venice and its inhabitants."



Venice Against the Sea


Author: John Keahey


Description: Barnes and Noble: "Venice, Italy had been sinking six feet over the past 1,000 years, but global warming may accelerate that rate. A Salt Lake City-based journalist narrates the history of and controversies over flood control options for cultural as well as property protection, since the building of the city and its famed canals."



The Thief Lord


Author: Cornelia Funke


Description: Barnes and Noble: "Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious character who calls himself the "Thief Lord." Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo relish being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. And soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them, and readers, to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion."



Carnival at Candlelight


Author: Mary Pope Osborne


Description: #3 of the Magic Tree House series. Barnes and Noble notes: "While on a mission to prove to Merlin that they can use magic wisely, Jack and Annie travel to seventeenth-century Venice, Italy, to save the city from disaster."





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