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Discovering Lake Garda, Verona, Palladio's Villas and Venice

Program Number: 21311RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/2/2014 - 6/15/2014; 4/20/2015 - 5/3/2015; 5/18/2015 - 5/31/2015; 9/14/2015 - 9/27/2015; 10/12/2015 - 10/25/2015;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Italy
Price starting at: $3,467.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 25; 12 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

The Veneto — once known as the “Republic of Venice” — is home to some of the richest historical, cultural and artistic heritages in Northern Italy, as recognized by UNESCO. From the commune of Desenzano along the shores of Lake Garda to Vicenza, and onward to the legendary city of Venice, discover all that the Veneto has to offer during this rich learning adventure. Explore Roman ruins and study the architecture of Andrea Palladio with local historians, then enjoy ample free time to explore museums, waterfronts and more on your own.




Highlights

• Join a local historian for an exploration of the architecture of Andrea Palladio, including the Teatro Olimpico and La Rotonda in Vicenza.
• On the island of Sirmione, discover the hot springs that through time have served as both a Roman thermal bath and source for modern spas.
• Arrive in Venice the old-fashioned way — by boat — then experience the wonders of the Doge’s palace, the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Basilica with an expert.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles a day.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Verona, coach to Desenzano, 5 nights; coach to Vicenza, 3 nights; ferry and coach to Venice, 4 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from U.S.
1 night
Arrival Desenzano
5 nights

On the picturesque shores of Lake Garda, discover the commune of Desenzano, once an important center for Roman trade. Explore the mosaics and remains of a Roman villa, then enjoy a free afternoon for a boat excursion or walk along the lakefront garden. A day excursion to Verona offers an expert-led exploration of the Arena of Verona — Italy’s third-largest Roman amphitheater — followed by independent discoveries of the Piazza delle Erbe, Scaligeri monuments and more. Ferry to Sirmione for a fascinating look at the island’s hot springs and Roman thermal bath complex, and pay a visit to Scaligeri castle. In Mantua, take in a lecture on the Gonzaga family who once ruled the city, and explore Ducal Castle on your own.



Coach to Vicenza
3 nights

Stop at a vineyard in the Soave region to sample wines and enjoy a light lunch. In Vicenza, the architectural treasures of Andrea Palladio are all around you, and offer a historic look at 17th century Italy. Join an expert for a look at Palladio’s Teatro Olimpico, inspired by Greek theaters, and enjoy ample time to explore Vincenza independently.



Ferry and coach to Venice
4 nights
Departure

Marvel at the beauty of Palladio’s Villa “La Rotonda” before boarding a ferry for a half-day journey along the Brenta Canal. Before arriving in Venice, stop to explore another Palladian villa with an expert. Then, join an expert for in-depth explorations of Venice neighborhoods, as well as the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s palace. After a glass blowing demonstration on the island of Murano enjoy time to independently explore museums such as the Peggy Guggenheim or the Correr, or take a boat excursion to the islands of Murano and Burano, famous for their glass and lace artisans.




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
Desenzano: Family-run hotel near Lake Garda. Vicenza: Four-star hotel. Venice: Four-star hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Europa Desenzano del Garda
  Desenzano del Garda, Italy 5 nights
   Hotel Campo Marzio
  Vicenza, Italy 3 nights
   Hotel Giorgione
  Venice, Italy 4 nights
 Hotel Europa Desenzano del Garda
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Hotel Europa in Desenzano del Garda is just across the street from Lake Garda. Lakefront views, near the public beach and port, it is ideally situated close to the historical center.
  Contact info: Lungolago C. Battisti, 71
Desenzano del Garda,  25015 Italy
phone: +39 0309 142 333
web: www.desenzanohoteleuropa.com
  Room amenities: Air conditioning; modern furniture; free Wi-Fi; satellite and flat screen TV; direct dial telephone, mini bar; safe, hair dryer in bath.
  Facility amenities: 24 hour desk service, free Wi-Fi and internet point, elevator, comfortable lobby and American bar--take your beverage out to the veranda and enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains and lake. Restaurant and conference center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD To reserve additional rooms, contact Trinity College's agency in Rome, Lavinia tour; info.reserv@laviniatour.it or the hotel website. Indicate on your request that you are with Road Scholar and every effort will be made to assign you to your program room.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Hotel Campo Marzio
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Business class hotel adjacent city park, 400 yards from the train station and 30 yards from the pedestrian zone of downtown old Vicenza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with its Palladian Villas of the Veneto. The city hosts a number of fairs and trade show and many representatives coming for the Verona Gold (jewelery fair) and Med + health fair, avail themselves of this hotel.
  Contact info: Viale Roma, 21
Vicenza,  36100 Italy
phone: +39 0444-545-700
web: www.hotelcampomarzio.com
  Room amenities: A/C controls; free Wi-Fi, safe, mini bar, satellite TV, soundproof windows, non-smoking.
  Facility amenities: 24 hour reception, welcoming lounge with restaurant and bar; non-smoking rooms; sound-proof windows. Business center and conference hall. Air conditioning, free Wi-Fi in common areas as well as in each room. Laundry and dry cleaning services available at a determined cost.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Giorgione
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: This family run hotel has been operated as such since the 18th century. Just minutes off the Grand Canal and in walking distance from the Rialto Bridge, it is the perfect starting point for a traveler’s exploration of Venice.
  Contact info: Calle Larga dei Proverbi 4507
Venice,  30131 Italy
phone: +39 041-522-5810
web: www.hotelgiorgione.com
  Room amenities: The recently renovated rooms are furnished in typical Venetian decor and have private bath, hair dryer, mini-bar, safe, air-conditioning, direct phone line, radio, color TV with satellite and Internet connection. Nonsmoking rooms are available.
  Facility amenities: Breakfast room, Internet, newspapers, elevators, icemaker, laundry service available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: contact Trinity College To book addtional nights complete the request form included in the Trinity College program information packet.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in 2:00 pm. Meet in the lobby at 4:00 pm. for Orientation. You will be staying at Hotel Europa Desenzano del Garda that night.
  End of Program:
Hotel check out by 11:00 am. Morning transfers to airport. You will be staying at Hotel Giorgione the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains from Milan and Venice stop at Desenzano.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Desenzano del Garda
  Nearest city or town:  Verona
  Nearest highway: Autostrada A 4
  Nearest airport:  Verona (VRN) "Catullus" Airport
  Transportation to site: Upon exiting the Verona Airport one may take a taxi to the Verona train station and then a local train to Desenzano, less than EUR 5 per person. You must handle your own luggage on and off the train. Once there, hire a taxi to the hotel. There are shuttles from the Verona airport that also go to the train station. The hotel Riviera can, with prior arrangement obtain a car and driver to meet you at the airport. Cost is around EUR 70. Send the request to the hotel with your name and flight information. Prices for a taxi to Desenzano are not available at this time.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Venice
  Nearest city or town:  Venice
  Nearest airport:  Venice Marco Polo
  Transportation from site: Group transfers are arranged by water taxi from the hotel to the Venice airport. If one is not departing with the group, there are various options: hotel dock to airport dock by water taxi is about EUR 100. Boat service "Alilaguna" connects Venice to the airport, about EUR 17 per person. Once on site, learn from the group leader or hotel where the nearest dock is and the amount of time it takes to traverse the lagoon to the airport. By ground one would need to make it to Piazzale Rome, which is the bridge connection to the mainland. Shuttle buses depart to the airport about every half hour, price around EUR 7 per person.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival, Orientation / Neighborhood Walk / Welcome Reception
(Monday, June 2)

Note: Minimal activity



   
 Morning: Arrivals Verona Airport. Transfer by coach to Desenzano. For travelers arriving before noon, if rooms are not ready the group leader will offer suggestions for lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Meet in the appointed room for a brief Orientation followed by a neighborhood walk to locate bank ATMs, pharmacies, stores, port, etc. Back at the hotel gather for a Welcome Reception.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local or hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Europa Desenzano del Garda
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Explore Roman Desenzano / Wine and Cheese Tasting / Free Time for Lake Boat Excursions
(Tuesday, June 3)

Note: Uneven pavement in the archaeological site of the Roman Villa.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture on the Roman and Medieval History of the area. Explore the archaeological area and a 4th century Roman Villa with decorative mosaic floor.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Get to know local wines and cheeses with a tasting led by a local expert. Free time to take a boat ride to a village on Lake Garda or a stroll along the lakefront garden in Desenzano.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Europa Desenzano del Garda
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Verona / Independent Exploration
(Wednesday, June 4)

Note: Leisurely paced walk through the ancient city of Verona



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet In the hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Coach to Verona to explore the sites with an expert. Included is the Arena of Verona, Italy's third largest Roman amphitheater in excellent state of conservation. During the summer months live opera performances are staged there.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: The local expert and/or group leader will give suggestions for Flex time exploration, chose among: Piazza delle Erbe; the supposed house where Juliet's family lived; the archaeological museum and Roman theater; the Scaligeri monuments; Piazza dei Signori and the Castelvecchio museum, the Duomo or simply enjoy a stroll along the Adige River.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Europa Desenzano del Garda
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Lake Day Sirmione and the Roman bath complex
(Thursday, June 5)

Note: Ferry ride across the lake, typically not rough, 2 mile walk around island, small elevation.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Walk to port and board a ferry to Sirmione. Expert-led exploration of the island and the ancient Roman thermal bath complex. Hot springs from under the surface fed them. The modern SPA hotels utilize the same source for their curative waters.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Opportunity to enter the Scaligeri castle that served the family's fleet; take another ferry ride to other lake cities such as Bardolino or Lazise. Free time till the next day.
 Evening: Dinner on your own, given that you may be exploring other cities along the lake, best not to put a time on your return.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Europa Desenzano del Garda
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Lecture on the Gonzaga Family and Court Artists / Coach to Mantua for the day / Palazzo del Te / Ducal Palace and Castle
(Friday, June 6)

Note: The terrain is level and the downtown area is closed to vehicles, some distance on foot.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Lecture on the Gonzaga Dukes and the art of Giulio Romano and Mantegna. Coach to Mantua. Following the expert led visit of Palazzo del Te on the outskirts of the city, we will be dropped off near the center.
 Lunch: The expert and group leader will offer suggestions for local eateries.
 Afternoon: The expert and group leader will offer suggestions for Flex time options,such as the Ducal Palace; in the Castle enter the Bridal Chamber by Mantegna. The dome is painted in fresco--cherubs seem to be peering down from the open sky; the walls depict scenes of the family.Meet at appointed time and place to return to Desenzano.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Free time to stroll along the river walk.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Europa Desenzano del Garda
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Transfer to Vicenza \ Soave Winery \ Lecture on the Architecture of Palladio.
(Saturday, June 7)

Note: Minimal extertion



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Board coach to transfer to Vicenza.
 Lunch: En route, stop at a vineyard in the Soave appellation to sample the wine and a light lunch.
 Afternoon: Proceed to check-in at the hotel. Time to settle in, then meet for a lecture on the Architecture of Palladio. Walk of discovery around the center of town to find ATMs, pharmacies and stores. Identify Palladian themes discussed in the lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner suggestions given on site, some might select the local specialty Baccala' alla Vicentina, cod fish baked in the style of Vicenza.
 Evening: Stroll in the city park adjacent to the hotel. This area of the Veneto produces Grappa, the Italian equivalent of Schnapps. Some find it too strong, but you can find many shops that sell it by the shot.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Campo Marzio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Palladian Palazzi \ Duomo
(Sunday, June 8)

Note: Light walking, Vicenza center is a pedestrian zone over a slight rise in elevation.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: A walk of discovery in Vicenza explores some of the public buildings and palazzi designed by Palladio.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Campo Marzio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Teatro Olimpico
(Monday, June 9)

Note: Minimal walk in town. Find shelter from the sun or rain under the porticoes.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Expert led visit to Palladio's Teatro Olimpico, an indoor theater that takes its inspiration from the Greek theaters typically built on the side of a hill. It is decorated with sculptures and the vanishing perspective gives the illusion of depth.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Maps are available showing other Palladian villas and palaces in town, enjoy walking around and looking at them. Find the road named after Della Porta, he wrote the first version of the story of Romeo and Juliet.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own, you probably spied a restaurant on your stroll that caught your attention.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Campo Marzio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Transfer to Venice / Palladio's Villa Rotonda / Burchiello half-day boat ride down Brenta Canal to Venice Palladian Villa visit
(Tuesday, June 10)

Note: Leisure ride down a ferry boat with minimal walking on estates with Palladian Villas



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall. Drop your checked luggage at the appointed place; it will be transferred to the hotel in Venice, making the canal ferry ride more enjoyable. Instructions about the luggage transfer will be explained more fully on site.
 Morning: Board coach to the "Rotonda" perhaps Palladio's most famous design for an expert led visit to the interior. Reboard coach to Oriago along the Brenta Canal.
 Lunch: Lunch en route to Oriago, the dock for the ferry.
 Afternoon: After lunch you will board the Burchiello Ferry for a half-day cruise along the Brenta Canal on into Venice. The boat stops at the patrician Palladian Villa Foscari a.k.a. La Malcontenta for an expert-led visit. You will notice also other villas where wealthy noble Venetians built their sumptuous retreats. Passing through a few locks, one will notice the drop in elevation to reach the Adriatic Sea.
 Dinner: The ferry is scheduled to dock near the Bridge of Sighs around 6:30 P, from there you will board a Vaporetto city-bus boat to the hotel where dinner will be waiting for you. Check into your room for the evening.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Giorgione
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Welcome to Venice Lecture / Neighborhood Walk. / Glass blowing on Murano. / Each participant will receive a Vaporetto pass valid for the duration of the Venice stay.
(Wednesday, June 11)

Note: Traffic free Venice implies walking almost everywhere over low bridges or by Vaporetto.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Illustrated lecture introducing some aspect of the history of Venice. Neighborhood walk around the hotel.
 Lunch: At the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: Vaporetto ride to the Island of Murano to observe an artisan produce items of Venetian glass. Followed by free time to continue to Burano, where Venetian lace is crafted or return to the main islands to visit one of the museums, e.g. Peggy Guggenheim or Accademia.
 Dinner: Suggestions will be given on site for local restaurants.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Giorgione
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Saint Mark's Square, Cathedral / Doge's Palace / Walk over the Bridge of Sighs / free time / Musical Performance
(Thursday, June 12)

Note: Periods of standing in the Doge's Palace as the local expert expounds on the history of the Venetian Republic through its art. Ability to climb a few flights of stairs at the historic site.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Expert led visit to the Doge's Palace, where you will learn about Venetian history through the art depicted in the paintings. Walk over the Bridge of Sighs, so named because those who were judged guilty passed over it to the prisons and sighed at seeing the sun and sky for the last time. The expert continues the visit to the Basilica of St. Mark's, Venice's patron saint. Admire the more than 86,000 sq. ft. of mosaics.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own, suggestions given on site.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore other areas of the city. The ticket to the Doge's Palace is valid in other museums, such as the Correr, and others around Piazza San Marco. Explore the market area of the Rialto Bridge.
 Dinner: Meet at the appointed time and place for dinner.
 Evening: Venice is a city of music, consider that Monteverdi, Mozart, Vivaldi lived in Venice, Wagner even died there. There are many ensembles and musical performances every night. We will arrange to find one such form of entertainment. Some are instrumental others are selections from operas. You may want to take advantage of other opportunities while in Venice.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Giorgione
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Morning Lecture / Gondola Ride / Palladio in Venice / Farewell Dinner
(Friday, June 13)

Note: Leisurely walk around the city. Accept assistance from gondolier as he helps you into the gondola.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel dining hall.
 Morning: Final lecture on a Venetian topic, such as Women during the Renaissance; Shakespeare's Plays set in the Veneto; or other. Gondola ride through the back channels.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own, wherever you find yourself.
 Afternoon: At the appointed time, meet to the expert to explore other Palladian buildings in Venice.Free time to get lost in the labyrinth that is Venice.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant or at the hotel.
 Evening: Final walk for a gelato and return to the hotel to pack your bags.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Giorgione
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Departure day / Taxi boat ride to the Airport
(Saturday, June 14)

Note: Taxi boat drops you off at the dock, you will need to handle your luggage from there to the terminal. It is an 8 minute walk on a path with an overhead canopy. At times one can find a luggage cart at the dock, utilize a coin to free the cart, it is returned once you click it to other carts.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel dining hall. For early departures, a sack breakfast will be provided.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport by taxi boat, luggage and you. Early morning flights require ample time prior to check-in, consider that it takes about 30 minutes from the hotel to the airport.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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