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Intergenerational Italian Classics: Rome, Florence and Venice

Program Number: 20211RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/19/2014 - 8/1/2014; 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: $3,951.00 - 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

7-19-2014, 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. 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 Corona d'Italia
  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 neighborhood celebrates with a 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, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, complimentary wifi.
  Facility amenities: Once a 16th residence and later a convent, the property has been renovated and modernized. Tiled floor halls and rooms. The inner courtyard patio is a private and relaxing place to be. Complimentary wifi 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 If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly or email Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as or expedia.
  Check in time: 1:00 PM

 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: +39 041 220 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 You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to use online hotel consolidators such as or expedia.
  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 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. Taxi from the Rome train station to the hotel in Rome will be about EUR 18.
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 set by the city at EUR 48 (+ customary 2 euro tip). 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. 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 8 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 very easily on foot from the hotel. Some low steps to the entrance of the train station.
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
(Saturday, July 19)

Note: Leisurely walk to get your Rome legs going.

 Arrive To: Rome airport, transfer to hotel.
 Morning: Transfers to the hotel. A light walk will be organized for those with early morning arrivals while waiting for lunch and hotel check-in
 Lunch: Lunch at a local eatery.
 Afternoon: Settle into your room. Meet at appointed time for Orientation and Welcome Reception. Brief neighborhood walk points out banks, pharmacies and stores. Note that the most updated daily schedule will be distributed at the orientation session.
 Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in Trastevere.
Accommodations: Casa Santa Francesca Romana
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Welcome to Rome \ Roman Forum \ Colosseum
(Sunday, July 20)

Note: Steep stairs to reach the upper level of the Colosseum. A modern elevator at one end of the arena will take you to the upper level but you must double back the length of the arena to ride the elevator to the ground level and exit. The terrain of the Forum is uneven with dirt and original cobblestone paths.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Each day the buffet in this and other program site hotels will have an egg dish, sliced meat and cheese platter, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, cakes, breads, jams, juice, coffee, tea.
 Morning: Begin to unravel the multiple layers of Roman history through the sharp insight of a professor who will set the stage for your explorations.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Trastevere.
 Afternoon: Coach to the area of the Colosseum. A local expert leads the visit to the Colosseum, iconic symbol of Imperial Rome built nearly 2,000 years ago. Skip the line with the group reserved entrance. Learn how the amphitheater was used for gladiatorial contests and later stripped of its stone facade for other construction projects. Guided visit continues to the Roman Forum, the civic, religious and political hub of ancient Rome. The expert will build mental pictures of the walls now lacking from the foundations. See the two remaining arches, that of Septemius Severus and of Titus. The Arch of Constantine contains friezes and bas-relief sculptures recycled from other arches and monuments.
 Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in Via dei Fori Imperiali.
 Evening: Transportation to Trastevere.
Accommodations: Casa Santa Francesca Romana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Vatican Museums \ Sistine Chapel \ S. Peter's Basilica
(Monday, July 21)

Note: An escalator connects two floors of the vast museum, but there are flights of wide marble stairs along the path to the Sistine Chapel. In the crowded museum there are few opportunities to sit and rest until the Sistine Chapel which has benches along the side walls.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Meet in lecture room where an art historian gives an illustrated lecture on the artistic highlights of masterpieces in the Vatican Museum including St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Coach to Vatican City.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Short walk to the Vatican Museums for reserved entrance time. Meet the local expert who will lead you through this singular museum. The visit includes the Sistine Chapel and continues to S. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pieta' and works by Bernini. Coach to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at a pizzeria in Trastevere.
Accommodations: Casa Santa Francesca Romana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Mosaic Workshop \ Piazza Walk
(Tuesday, July 22)

Note: Extensive walking in the wide pedestrian only area that includes the Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Coach to the Mosaic Workshop. Create your own mosaic under the supervision of art instructors at a Mosaic Studio and School.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Mosaic School.
 Afternoon: Transportation to Piazza di Spagna. Meet a local guide for a Walk of Discovery to the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
Accommodations: Casa Santa Francesca Romana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Ancient Roman Art \ Train to Florence \ Michelangelo's David
(Wednesday, July 23)

Note: Wide marble stairs to reach the various levels of the Capitoline Museum. Short walk from the train station in Florence to the hotel (a few long city blocks). Narrow sidewalks along urban streets on the way to the Accademia.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Have checked luggage ready for van transfer to the hotel in Florence. Leave hand luggage in the hotel deposit area. Transportation to Piazza Venezia. Expert-led visit of 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. Transportation to the hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Coach to Roman Termini (train station). Experience travel on a high speed train at speeds reaching 120 mph. Ride is an hour and a half. Walk to the hotel. After settling into your room, meet for a late afternoon visit to the Accademia (Michelangelo's statue of David) with an art historian who will help you see with a new perspective the marble statue of the young man depicted in the Bible who had the courage to face a giant.
 Dinner: At a restaurant near the Duomo.
 Evening: On the way back to the hotel the group leader will point out banks, ATMs, and pharmacies around the hotel.
Accommodations: Hotel Corona d'Italia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Fresco Painting Lesson \ Palazzo Vecchio \ Welcome to Florence
(Thursday, July 24)

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

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Walk to the Piazza della Signoria. The Palazzo Vecchio has been the City Hall since the Middle Ages. In the art room of the Children's Museum in the Palazzo Vecchio, an art teacher illustrates 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. Be creative with your 6"x 9" tile and after it 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.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Late afternoon illustrated lecture on Florence and the Renaissance
 Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant near San Lorenzo.
 Evening: Walk of discovery after dinner, perhaps cross Ponte Vecchio to explore the "Oltrarno" district.
Accommodations: Hotel Corona d'Italia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Frescoes \ Free Time
(Friday, July 25)

Note: Leisure walk to S. Maria Novella, to admire the frescoes. Uneven pavement in the San Lorenzo Market.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 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: Use your free afternoon to climb the 400 stairs to Brunelleschi's Dome or Giotto's Tower.
 Dinner: At a characteristic restaurant in the heart of Florence.
 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: Renaissance Art \ Galileo's Instruments \ Uffizi Gallery
(Saturday, July 26)

Note: An elevator for disabled visitors may be accessible at the Uffizi Gallery. There is a long flight of stairs to reach the exhibition rooms of the gallery. Expect some crowding in the museum; it is a popular destination for art aficionados.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Illustrated lecture on Renaissance Art in preparation for the self-guided visit of the Uffizi Gallery. Walk towards the Ponte Vecchio to the Museum of Science. Expert-led visit of the collection of scientific instruments, including the telescope Galileo used to discover the moons of Jupiter. Modern renovations have enhanced the museum with interactive displays.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant just off the Piazza della Signoria.
 Afternoon: For the self guided visit we will enter as a group, but you are free to spend as much time as you wish. The Uffizi Gallery is the most extensive collection of art, tracing the development from Gothic to medieval to Renaissance to Mannerist paintings in the world. You will find many recognizable masterpieces, including DaVinci's Annunciation, Botticelli's Birth of Venus and the Primavera, some Titians, Michelangelo's Holy Family, and a few Caravaggios as well as Artemisia Gentileschi. There is a coffee bar at the end of the second corridor, on top of the Loggia, with a wonderful view of the watch tower and Duomo where you can get a refreshment and rest.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
Accommodations: Hotel Corona d'Italia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Train to Venice \ Venetian History
(Sunday, July 27)

Note: Walk a few blocks with just your carry on bag to S. M. Novella train station for high speed train to Venice. Hotel Principe is a short walk from the station in Venice.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Luggage transported to Venice hotel by van. Short walk to the train station. On the high speed train you will carry only your hand bag, tote, or day pack. Ride to Venice about 2 hours.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant and check-in to the rooms.
 Afternoon: In a classroom session a local expert welcomes you to Venice and shares some important names and dates to put into context some of the buildings and art works you will see during your stay. After a short break, your group leader takes you on an exploration of Lista di Spagna, the area around the hotel.
 Dinner: 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
(Monday, July 28)

Note: Expect crowded vaporetto (Venice boat buses). Easy walk on the small island of Murano; some steps and rises over bridges that span minor canals.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 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 later fused in the kiln and delivered to the hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own. A variety of snack bars and trattorias in Murano.
 Afternoon: Ride the vaporetto to St. Mark's Square for an expert-led visit of the Basilica. Marvel at the mosaics decorating the walls and ceilings, over 60,000 square feet.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Dragon Boat Race \ Doge's Palace
(Tuesday, July 29)

Note: Row, row, row your boat hard if you want to beat the other teams; otherwise sit at the stern and enjoy the ride. At the end of the morning you may be less dry than how you began the day. Moving about in Venice always involves walking, stairs and ramps over bridges. The visit through the many rooms of the Doge's Palace requires climbing a few flights of stairs. Narrow passages through the rooms of the Prisons and over the Bridge of Sighs.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Vaporetto to the Venice Canoe Club Boathouse. An instructor goes over the basics of rowing before you choose teams and enjoy a friendly race in a dragon boat.
 Lunch: Vaporetto to the hotel and lunch at a local eatery.
 Afternoon: Vaporetto to S. Mark's Square. Expert-led visit of the Palazzo Ducale or Doge's Palace. Walk through the many rooms of the palace, seat of civic and political power. Doges embellished the palazzo to demonstrate their wealth and importance. From the spacious rooms of the palazzo, enter the narrow passages of the Prisons. Visit includes passing over the Bridge of Sighs.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Rialto Bridge \ Artisan Workshop \ Peggy Guggenheim Collection
(Wednesday, July 30)

Note: Leisurely walk around the market area, and to an artisan's workshop. Up and over numerous bridges in the Rialto area.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Vaporetto to the Rialto district. A local expert leads the walk around the oldest part of Venice and the Rialto Bridge. Stop at an artisan's workshop to learn about the carving techniques of making gondola oars and oar locks.
 Lunch: Lunch at a characteristic restaurant featuring local dishes.
 Afternoon: Having been surrounded by ancient and Renaissance masterpieces and structures, enjoy the modern art collection at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. 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.
 Evening: Ride the Vaporetto to take some artistic evening photographs.
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Arrivederci Venezia
(Thursday, July 31)

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 at the hotel. 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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