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Intergenerational Italian Classics: Rome, Florence and Venice

Program Number: 20211RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/11/2014 - 7/24/2014; 6/20/2015 - 7/3/2015; 7/1/2015 - 7/14/2015; 7/8/2015 - 7/21/2015; 7/15/2015 - 7/28/2015; 7/22/2015 - 8/4/2015;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Italy
Price starting at: $3,951.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
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, or try your hand at creating frescoes. In Venice, create your own Murano glass 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.




Highlights

• 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 glass artwork at a glass-working school.



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

7-11-2014, 6-20-2015, 7-1-2015, 7-15-2015, 7-22-2015

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7-8-2015

Sunday, 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
Departure

Journey to the island of Murano to create your own work in glass, and marvel in 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.




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
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.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson earned a master’s in art history from Northern Illinois University, with an emphasis in early Christian and Byzantine art, and her M.L.S. from the University of Oklahoma. The director of education for the Rockford (Ill.) Art Museum for over 10 years, Laura moved in 1999 to Florence, where she has done extensive work for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
Monica Chojnacka

Monica Chojnacka lives in Venice. She earned her Ph.D. in European history from Stanford University and her bachelor's from the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 1994-2007 she was a professor of history at the University of Georgia, where she authored numerous articles and publications. She has published books relating to Venice on topics as diverse as women of the Renaissance and food and wine. Monica continues to teach in Venice, primarily for study abroad programs for U.S. universities, as well as on-line courses.
 
Elisabetta Interdonato

Dr. Elisabetta Interdonato is a native Roman who earned her doctorate in classical archaeology at the University of Rome "La Sapienza." She did further post-doctoral studies at the University of Basilicata and at the Universite' de Haute Bretagne where she also taught as a visiting professor. She currently teaches at the Pantheon Institute. In addition to her teaching, she enjoys leading visitors on explorations of Rome.
 
Rachel Potts

Rachel Potts is a licensed excursion leader in Rome. She graduated from Manchester University (UK) with a bachelor's in philosophy and French, and later studied garden design at the London Gardening School. Having grown up in Rome, she chose to return to Italy and share her knowledge and love of Rome and surrounding areas.
 
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
web: www.sfromana.it
  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 www.sfromana.it or email istituto@sfromana.it. 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 hotels.com 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
web: www.coronaditalia.com
  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
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it
  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 www.hotelprincipevenice.it. 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 hotels.com 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 Road Scholar Health & Safety 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 station to the hotel.
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 www.rome.airport-shuttle.com. 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. Low steps to the station entrance.
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
(Friday, July 11)

Note: Leisurely walk to get your Rome legs going.



   
 Arrive To: Rome airport, transfer to hotel.
 Morning: Leave luggage at the hotel while waiting for lunch and afternoon check-in time. You may want to begin your exploration of Trastevere.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local eatery.
 Afternoon: After settling into your room, meet at appointed time for Orientation and Welcome Reception. The group leader will distribute maps, lecture handouts daily itinerary. A Neighborhood Walk familiarizes you with banks, pharmacies and stores in Trastevere.
 Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in Trastevere.
   
Accommodations: Casa Santa Francesca Romana
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Welcome to Rome \ Colosseum and Forum
(Saturday, July 12)

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.
 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. Coach drop off near the Colosseum.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant near the Fori Imperiali.
 Afternoon: 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. Coach to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner in Trastevere.
 Evening: Walk to the Tiber Island, discover the marble relief of the god of healing Aesculapius.
   
Accommodations: Casa Santa Francesca Romana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Treasures of the Vatican \ Ancient Roman House
(Sunday, July 13)

Note: Stairs (no elevator) to reach the underground archaeological site.



   
 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. Transportation to Piazza Venezia, site of the imposing white marble monument to Victor Emanuel and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Guided visit of an ancient Roman house unearthed during the restoration of a modern building. The layers of the archaeological site reveal details of everyday life through the centuries. Guided walk to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Fountain of Trevi, and the Spanish Steps. Transportation back to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Casa Santa Francesca Romana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Vatican Museum \ Sistine Chapel \ Mosaic Workshop
(Monday, July 14)

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: Coach to the Vatican Museums (reserved entrance). The vast museum is comprised of a number of collections: Egypt and Mesopotamia; Greek, Etruscan, Rome; a picture gallery. There are unannounced closings of galleries, so our expert will maximize the time and discuss the most significant pieces available. Michelangelo's frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, with scenes from the book of Genesis and the Last Judgment behind the main altar are the main attraction. From the Sistine Chapel, the guide will lead the group through the back door down to the Basilica of St. Peter. In a side chapel, behind a protective glass, you can see the famous Pieta', Michelangelo's early work and only piece he signed. There are countless historical references and events associated with this Basilica, once the largest in the world. Stepping out onto the front porch, you will admire the colonnade designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Coach to the mosaic workshop.
 Lunch: Lunch at the workshop cafe.
 Afternoon: Participate in creating your own mosaic with instructors at a local art school. Coach back to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at a Trastevere pizzeria.
   
Accommodations: Casa Santa Francesca Romana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ancient Roman Art at the Capitoline Museum \ Train to Florence \ Michelangelo's David
(Tuesday, July 15)

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 the Capitoline Museum for an expert-led visit. 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: Dinner at a restaurant in the vicinity of the San Lorenzo Market.
 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
(Wednesday, July 16)

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 civic heart of Florence. In the art room of the Palazzo Vecchio (the seat of the city government from the Middle Ages to today), 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. Paint your 6"x 9" tile. It will be left in the art room to dry and picked up the following day. You may choose to keep the tile, otherwise it is recycled. Expert-led visit of the Palazzo Vecchio to see original pieces of art, including Donatello's Judith and Holofernes and sculptures by Michelangelo.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: An illustrated lecture on Florence and the Renaissance.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Corona d'Italia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Renaissance Art \ Galileo's Instruments \ Uffizi Gallery
(Thursday, July 17)

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 presentation on medieval and Renaissance art in preparation for the visit to the Uffizi Gallery. In the Piazza del Duomo admire the Gates of Paradise on the Baptistery doors. The walk continues 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: Select your eatery. Group leader will have suggestions for places to eat.
 Afternoon: Skip the line with the group's reserved entrance to the Uffizi Gallery. Self-directed visit; 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.
 Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in the heart of Florence.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Corona d'Italia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Frescoes \ Free Afternoon
(Friday, July 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: With a local expert, walk through Florence's central food and soft goods market toward S. Maria Novella. With your new found knowledge of fresco painting, you will view the frescoes by Masaccio and Ghirlandaio with new eyes. Some free time late morning.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Florence on you own.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Corona d'Italia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Train to Venice \ Venetian History
(Saturday, July 19)

Note: Walk to S. M. Novella train station for high speed train to Venice. Hotel is 250 yards from station in Venice.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Luggage transported to Venice hotel by van. On the train you will carry only your hand bag, tote, or day pack.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant and check-in to the rooms.
 Afternoon: A local expert gives some background to Venice and its rich history. Following the talk, the group leader takes you on a walk for your first exploration of Venice.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant that specializes in Venetian cuisine.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Murano Glass Making Activity \ S. Mark's Basilica
(Sunday, July 20)

Note: Vaporetto to Murano. 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 later be fused in the kiln and delivered to your hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Expert led visit S. Mark's Basilica and marvel at the mosaics decorating the walls and ceilings, over 60,000 square feet. Expert continues visit of the Doge's Palace, Venice's government headquarters, decorated by Titian, Canaletto and Giorgione, just to mention a few. From the grand halls of the palazzo, wind your way through the narrow passageways of the Prisons and over the Bridge of Sighs.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Dragon Boat Race \ Doge's Palace
(Monday, July 21)

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 as well as 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 team up and enjoy a friendly rowing race. Vaporetto to the hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant near the hotel.
 Afternoon: Vaporetto to St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace, Venice's government headquarters, decorated by Titian, Canaletto and Giorgione, just to mention a few. From the richly decorated halls of the Palazzo, walk through the narrow Prison passages and over the Bridge of Sighs for a unique view of the canal.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Rialto Bridge \ Artisan Workshop
(Tuesday, July 22)

Note: Moving about in Venice always involves walking. You are sure to encounter stairs and ramps over multiple bridges that span minor canals.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Vaporetto to the Rialto Bridge. A local expert leads the walk around the oldest part of Venice, the Rialto. Stop at an artisan's workshop to learn about the carving techniques of making gondola oars and oar locks. Vaporetto to the Accademia.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant near the Accademia.
 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. 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. Vaporetto to the stop closest to the hotel.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: Opportunity to ride the vaporetto along the Grand Canal to take some artistic evening photographs.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Arrivederci Venezia
(Wednesday, July 23)

Note: You and your luggage transfer to the airport by water taxi. From dock, a 7 min. walk under a canopy to reach the terminal. Racks with luggage carts (E. 1 deposit coin) are available at the dock; the coin is released to you when you return the cart 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"
  Museums
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 www.amicimusica.fi.it/amuspro.htm
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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Leonardo Da Vinci


Author: Kathleen Krull


Description: Beginning with a vivid description of superstition and squalor in the Middle Ages, Krull sets Da Vinci's extraordinary life in the context of his extraordinary time. A volume in the Giants of Science series, geared for grades 4-8.



Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling


Author: Ross King


Description: Presented with flair and backed by a wealth of research, King's captivating chronicle of Michelangelo's painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel tells the story of its conception and creation.



The Art of the Renaissance


Author: Peter Murray


Description: A classic, illustrated survey of the world of the Renaissance and its art. With chapters on Florence and its artists, the Netherlands, early illustrated books and many individual artists.



The City of Florence, Historical Vistas and Personal Sightings


Author: R.W.B. Lewis


Description: A vivid tour of the city and its riches by the fine biographer of Edith Wharton and Henry James. Lewis has written what he calls "a partial biography of Florence," beautifully interweaving the personal and the historical.



The Colosseum


Author: Keith Hopkins, Mary Beard


Description: This engaging overview of the history of the Colosseum deconstructs Hollywood-perpetrated misconceptions of gladiator-eating lions, Nero fiddling and other myths.



The House of Medici, Its Rise and Fall


Author: Christopher Hibbert


Description: A well-written, entertaining history of the Medicis in Renaissance Florence. Great to read before going to Florence, where the influence of the Medicis and the artists they supported is still very much in evidence.



The World of Venice


Author: Jan Morris


Description: Morris displays her talent for research, anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited history of a beloved city.





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