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Italy Family Style: Best of Rome, Florence and Venice

Program Number: 20856RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/26/2014 - 8/8/2014; 6/27/2015 - 7/10/2015; 7/4/2015 - 7/17/2015; 7/11/2015 - 7/24/2015; 7/18/2015 - 7/31/2015; 7/25/2015 - 8/7/2015;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Italy
Price starting at: $3,997.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Family Programs; Intergenerational
Family
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 30; 12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 17 years of age.

Share the essence of Italy with your family as you immerse yourselves in Roman history, Florentine art and Venetian traditions. Walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans in the Forum, see where Gladiators fought in the Colosseum, and try your hand at creating frescoes. 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 delicious Italian cuisine and take in some of the greatest masterpieces in the world.




Highlights

• Embark on an exclusive underground exploration of Roman ruins.
• Take high-speed trains to Florence and Venice, where you discover masterpieces by artists likes Michelangelo and Titian.
• Create your own Venetian glass artwork at a glass-working school and be part of a dragon boat race on the canals.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to four miles per day; some dirt paths, cobblestone streets and other uneven terrain.




Date Specific Information

7-25-2015

In August the kilns at the glass school are turned off for yearly maintenance, as a substitute activity, enjoy another Venetian tradition. Learn about the 800 year old practice of mask making and the symbolism of the forms and shapes at a workshop. Details from famous period paintings depict Venetians wearing masks in every day life. Decorate your own papier mâché mask as a memento.



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

Explore underground ancient Roman buildings and walk around the area where Julius Caesar was cremated. Thrill at the sight of Michelangelo’s “Pieta” and works by Bernini during a day at St. Peter’s Basilica and enjoy a visit to the Vatican Museums. Create your own Mosaic memento at an art school. Hear the stories of the ancient Forum and 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, da Vinci and more and view Michelangelo's “David” at the Accademia. 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. Marvel at the mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica. Team up with the Venetian Crew Club for a dragon boat race along the canals 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 visiting 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
Centrally located four star hotels in Rome, Florence and Venice on the Grand Canal.

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 Adriatico
  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 Adriatico
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel Adriatico is located between the church of S.M.Novella and the Arno River, a short walk from the city’s sites and neighborhoods of interest. The classroom and breakfast room are on the ground floor; elevators access all guest rooms.
  Contact info: Via Maso Finiguerra, 9
Florence,  50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 279 31
web: www.grandhoteladriatico.it
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, hair dryer, minibar, in-room safe, upgraded furniture and linens.
  Facility amenities: Modern newly renovated business class hotel. 24 hr. reception desk; Wi-Fi in common areas; comfortable lounges and sitting areas. American bar serving drinks, and Italian bar serving caffe' and cappuccino. Rich breakfast buffet.
  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 train station to the hotel should be around EUR 15.
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 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, to the Venice Airport. 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 7 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 on foot very easily from the hotel.
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: Transatlantic overnight flight to Rome
(Saturday, July 26)
   
 In Transit: Overnight flight to Rome.

Day 2: Check-in \ Orientation \ Welcome Reception
(Sunday, July 27)

Note: Minimum exertion on arrival day, neighborhood walk.



   
 Arrive To: Rome airport next morning, 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 in room, meet at appointed time for Orientation and Welcome Reception. The most updated and detailed daily schedule will be distributed. Brief neighborhood walk points out banks, pharmacies and stores.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Casa Santa Francesca Romana
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Welcome to Rome \ Roman Forum \ Colosseum
(Monday, July 28)

Note: The walks through archaeological sites are over uneven paths, some with cobble stones; stairs to reach top floor of Colosseum.



   
 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. Coach to the Colosseum (closest spot coaches are allowed in the wide pedestrian-only area).
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant near the Colosseum.
 Afternoon: A local expert leads the visit of the 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. Exploration of Ancient Rome continues to the Forum, the religious and civic center of the city many centuries ago.
 Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant on the Via dei Fori Imperiali. Transportation to the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Casa Santa Francesca Romana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Treasures of the Vatican \ Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
(Tuesday, July 29)

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 Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and S. Peter's Basilica. Coach to the Vatican.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Vatican City.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the Vatican Museums for reserved entrance time, meet expert who will lead you through this singular museum. After exiting, enter S. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pieta' and works by Bernini. With the free time that follows, some may desire to climb the 450 steps of Michelangelo's Dome. Coach to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at a characteristic pizzeria in Trastevere.
   
Accommodations: Casa Santa Francesca Romana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Mosaic Workshop \ Ancient Roman House \ Piazza Walk
(Wednesday, July 30)

Note: Extensive walking on city sidewalks and pedestrian streets from P. Navona, to Pantheon, to Trevi, and Spanish Steps.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Coach to mosaic workshop. Create your own mosaic with the guidance of the art instructors.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Mosaic Studio Cafe.
 Afternoon: Coach to Piazza Venezia. A 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.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Casa Santa Francesca Romana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Ancient Roman Art \ Train to Florence
(Thursday, July 31)

Note: Wide marble stairs to reach the various levels of the Capitoline Museum. The walk from the train station in Florence to the hotel is a few long city blocks. Leisurely walk in the neighborhood of the hotel in Florence.



   
 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. 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 neighborhood walk.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: With the group leader, stroll the historical section of Florence to orient yourself on the layout of the city, locate landmarks, find ATM's and pharmacies.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Adriatico
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Welcome to Florence \ Fresco Workshop \ Palazzo Vecchio
(Friday, August 1)

Note: Leisurely walk to the center of town; bring your painting talents.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Walk to Piazza della Signoria. At the art studio of the Palazzo Vecchio (Florence's city hall) learn 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. After the 6" x 9" tile dries, you may choose to keep it, otherwise it is recycled. Expert-led visit of Palazzo Vecchio to see original pieces of art, including Donatello's Judith and Holofernes and sculptures by Michelangelo. See Machiavelli's study when he was Secretary of State for the Republic.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: At the hotel an illustrated lecture on Florence and the Renaissance.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Walk of discovery after dinner, perhaps cross Ponte Vecchio to explore the "Oltrarno" district.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Adriatico
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Frescoes by Master Artists \ Michelangelo's David
(Saturday, August 2)

Note: Leisurely walk to the market. Walk to the Accademia along city streets (limited traffic) with narrow sidewalks.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Short walk to Piazza S. Maria Novella. A local expert illustrates the frescoes by Masaccio and Ghirlandaio which you will see with a new perspective having painted your own fresco tile. The exploration continues to the Mercato di San Lorenzo. Some free time late morning.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Walk to the Accademia for an expert-led visit of the small but impressive collection of paintings and sculpture, most notably Michelangelo's statue of David.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Adriatico
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Renaissance Art \ Galileo's Instruments \ Uffizi Gallery
(Sunday, August 3)

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 near 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 Adriatico
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Train to Venice \ History of Venice, the Serenissima
(Monday, August 4)

Note: Walk from hotel to train station in Florence with your carry-on luggage, once in Venice walk to hotel. Short neighborhood walk to acquaint you with the area around the hotel.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Check out of the hotel. Your bags will be sent by van and delivered to the hotel in Venice. With your carry-on bags, short walk to the train station. Board a high speed train to Venice; the trip is 2 hours.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant and check-in to the rooms.
 Afternoon: Welcome to Venice introduces you to the Serenissima. Neighborhood walk follows.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant to savor Venetian cuisine.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Murano Glass Making Workshop \ S. Mark's Basilica
(Tuesday, August 5)

Note: 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 pass (public boat transportation system) 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 fused in the kiln and delivered to your hotel in a few days.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Travel to Piazza S. Marco on the vaporetto for an expert-led visit to the Byzantine style S. Mark's Cathedral, built during the 13 C. There are more than 45,000 sq. ft. of mosaics adorning the church, giving the impression of streets of gold. Narrow and steep steps to the terrace for a panoramic view of the piazza below.
 Dinner: At a restaurant in the heart of Venice. Vaporetto ride up the Grand Canal to the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Dragon Boat Race \ Doge's Palace
(Wednesday, August 6)

Note: Row, row, row your boat hard if you want to beat the other teams; otherwise sit at the stern and enjoy the ride. Some splashing and wet feet if the lagoon is less than silky smooth. 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: Lunch at a restaurant near the hotel.
 Afternoon: Vaporetto to Piazza San Marco. 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. Pass from the spacious halls of the palace to the narrow passages of the Prisons as you make your way over the Bridge of Sighs.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Rialto Bridge \ Guggenheim Collection
(Thursday, August 7)

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: Explore the area of the Rialto Bridge. Excursion to an artisan's workshop to learn about the carving techniques of making gondola oars and oar locks.
 Lunch: Lunch at a characteristic trattoria.
 Afternoon: Having been surrounded by ancient and Renaissance masterpieces and structures, enjoy the modern art at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Relax in the courtyard of the Palazzo Venier on the Grand Canal while the docent introduces the life and times of the wealthy American collector. The group splits in two with a docent for the adults and another for young visitors who will be making general discoveries of form and expression in modern art. Some free time before dinner.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Departure day
(Friday, August 8)

Note: Board taxi to the airport; once at the dock, gather your luggage and follow the covered path to the terminal, about a 7 min. walk. Often there are carts for your luggage. A coin deposit is returned once you clip the chain to the other carts 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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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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