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Northern Italy’s Adriatic Coast: Renaissance Palaces and Medieval Villages

Program Number: 21273RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/27/2014 - 11/9/2014; 4/16/2015 - 4/29/2015; 5/2/2015 - 5/15/2015; 10/1/2015 - 10/14/2015; 10/27/2015 - 11/9/2015;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Italy
Price starting at: $3,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 29; 11 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 7 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Blessed with sheltered ports on the Adriatic Sea, sun-soaked farmlands irrigated by the Alps-fed Po River and a strategically important position between Rome and the rest of Europe, Northern Italy has long been a land of “abbondanza” — abundance. On a journey through the historic regions of Marche, Emiglia-Romana and Veneto, discover medieval hill towns, Renaissance palaces and masterpieces by the great artists who circulated among the Northern Italian courts seeking patronage. Along the way, delve into the stories of fascinating characters from Dante Alighieri to Lucrezia Borgia.




Highlights

• Experience Renaissance art and architecture in Urbino and Ferrara, two cities designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their cultural riches.
• Absorb the natural beauty of the Adriatic coastline, the Po River Delta and the rugged mountains of Northern Italy.
• Delve into the intrigues of the Houses of Sforza, Borgia and Medici as you explore medieval hill towns over which they ruled.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven terrain. There are also several flights of stairs at once on this program.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Ancona, coach to Sirolo, 3 nights; coach to Rimini, 4 nights; coach to Ferrara, 2 nights; coach to Castelfranco Veneto 3 nights; coach to Venice for departure.



Overnight flight from U.S.
1 night
Arrival Ancona
Coach to Sirolo
3 nights

Located on the Adriatic coast, Marche takes its name from “frontier marches,” the oft-disputed border areas that made up this region in the Middle Ages. Explore Ancona, a city that has been an important seaport for more than 2,000 years, and the seaside towns of Sirolo and Numana. Take a field trip to the historic hill town of Cingoli, whose perch affords it spectacular views of the Marche landscape.



Coach to Rimini
4 nights

Journey up the coast to the lovely resort of Rimini in Emiglia-Romana, one of Europe’s wealthiest regions. Once bustling trading towns lined a major Roman road here; today the region is home to iconic Italian companies like Barilla and Lamborghini. Discover the fortified villages of Montefiore Conca and Montegridolfo, which look much as they did during the Middle Ages. Explore Urbino, a center of Renaissance culture, and step inside the magnificent Palazzo Ducale to view a collection of period masterpieces.



Coach to Ferrara
2 nights

From the 13th through 16th centuries, the powerful House of Este ruled Ferrara in grand style, building beautiful monuments, playing host to popes and princes and patronizing artists like da Vinci and Titian. Explore this ideal Renaissance city and venture to nearby Dozza, a lovely hill town known for its colorful murals.



Coach to Castelfranco Veneto 3 nights
Coach to Venice for departure

Cross to the Veneto region and arrive in the medieval town of Castelfranco Veneto, a living museum of centuries-old palaces and arcades amid a panorama of mountains. Step inside Villa Emo, one of the finest of the villas designed by famed Venetian architect Andrea Palladio. On an excursion to Bassano del Grappa sample the liqueur that the city lends its name. Discover Castelo di Thiene, an enchanting 15th-century combination of a medieval castle and a Venetian palazzo.




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
Sirolo: Abbey-style hotel spectacularly located atop a promontory overlooking the Adriatic. Rimini: Four-star hotel in a renovated 19th-century villa. Ferrara: Hotel in a historic mansion in the center of town. Castelfranco Veneto: Stylish hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Monteconero - Badia San Pietro
  Sirolo (Ancona), Italy 3 nights
   Hotel Villa Adriatica
  Rimini, Italy 4 nights
   Hotel Europa
  Ferrara, Italy 2 nights
   Albergo Al Moretto
  Castelfranco Veneto (TV), Italy 3 nights
 Hotel Monteconero - Badia San Pietro
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel Monteconero stands at the top of the Conero promontory at an altitude of 550m and enjoys a magnificent position with a view of the Adriatic and the gentle hills of the Marches. Originally an 12th century Camaldolite abbey, the hotel has retained its external structure, including the Romanesque Church of St. Peter.. The peace and quietness, the charm and the modern amenities ensure a relaxing stay in a truly atmospheric ambience where the green of the nature reserve (Conero’s Natural Park) blends with the clear sea of Sirolo and of Conero’s coast below. Nearby the marvellous beaches of Sirolo, Numana and Portonovo.
  Contact info: via Monteconero 26
Sirolo (AN),   Italy
phone: +39 071 9330592
web: http://www.hotelmonteconero.it/
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, direct telephone, television, and minibar in every room category
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: DBL € 132, SGL € 90 B/B Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Hotel Villa Adriatica
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Villa Adriatica 4-star Hotel Rimini is hosted inside a splendid historical building dating back to 1880. This fascinating Art-nouveau villa, that is one of the oldest accommodation facilities in Rimini, is idyllically set just in the heart of Rimini Marina Centro, and rises in the middle of Viale Amerigo Vespucci. Over the course of the centuries, it has provided hospitality to plenty of illustrious personalities. The chronicles of July 1897, for example, mentioned the passionate meetings between Gabriele D’Annunzio and Eleonora Duse. Ambienthotels Villa Adriatica, that has recently been totally renovated, gathers modern comforts and welcoming spaces. The elegant, romantic atmosphere of this Art-nouveau building is enhanced by splendid pieces of furniture and fine details. Situated a short distance from the sea, Villa Adriatica Hotel Rimini Marina Centro is the ideal accommodation facility for both leisure tourists and business travellers, and gives them the possibility to take advantage of lush garden, swimming pool, solarium area, private car park and plenty of further excellent services and facilities. The prestigious Villa Adriatica 4-star Hotel Rimini is part of Ambienthotels Group, that has developed considerable expertise in the sector of tourism and hospitality.
  Contact info: Viale Amerigo Vespucci, 3
Rimini,   Italy
phone: +39 0541 54599
web: http://www.villaadriatica.it/en/
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, direct telephone, television, Wi-Fi internet point, and minibar in every room category
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Europa
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: History In Ferrara Hotel Europa is located in an old mansion, in the "heart" of the city Estense. In the 1944 a bombardment damaged irreparably just some frescoed ceilings; others kept miraculously intact. In the last years Hotel Europa has been completely restored and equipped with the most up-to-date comforts, without giving up its old style and own tradition. You can breathe the allure of the distinguished past of this mansion in the rooms that face the main street of the city and in the completely frescoed drawing-room suite where you can admire some precious paintings; among them the picture of Napoléon and Joséphine, that is said to be the Emperor's gift to the owner to thank him for the hospitality. You can visit the frescoed drawing-room and read the famous signatures register; the original signatures of the renowned guests who stayed in Hotel Europa.
  Contact info: Corso della Giovecca, 49
Ferrara,   Italy
phone: +39 0532 205456
web: www.hoteleuropaferrara.com
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, direct telephone, television, and Wi-Fi internet point in every room category
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Albergo Al Moretto
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Locanda Al Moretto, a traditional place of hospitality, with the unmistakable familiarity in every look, the feminine care for details and the attention for every single detail Locanda Al Moretto in Castelfranco, a cosy, romantic refuge in the heart of the Venetian town. A place where every object, gesture and look evokes images from the past, and where the feminine touch present in every detail reveals a love for hospitality full of tradition, beauty and tenderness.
  Contact info: Via S.Pio X, 10
Castelfranco Veneto (TV),  31033 Italy
phone: +39 0423 721313
web: www.albergoalmoretto.it
  Room amenities: The room offers an atmosphere of ancient times with all modern comforts. It is ideal for business trips, itinerant journeys, cultural stays and weekends. Also ideal for families; children are welcome guests in our house. Small but elegant room placed in the historical part of our guesthouse where, in the 17th century, wayfarers found refreshment after long journeys. Ideal for anyone who needs rest and relaxation in a homely and familiar atmosphere Television in room Personal phone Free Internet wi-fi Minibar
 Individual safe
 Air conditioning and heating
 Hairdryer Voltage 220 V
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: DBL € 110, SGL € 70, B/B Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Start time: Hotel check in time 3:00 pm or 4:00 pm. Program begins at 6:00 pm in the hotel lobby You will be staying at Hotel Monteconero - Badia San Pietro that night.
  End of Program:
End Time: 6:00 am in the lobby of the hotel. For later departures check out is at 11:00 or 12:00pm You will be staying at Albergo Al Moretto the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Passport are needed; no visa required for US citizens in Italy
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for the length of the program at the Hotel
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: No trains or buses available to site.
To Start of Program
  Location:  In flight
  Transportation to site: There will be a shuttle bus available to participants (with included air from Road Scholar) from the airport to the Hotel. Transfer service from the airport to your Hotel is provided on the day of the group arrival only
  From End of Program
  Location: In flight
  Transportation from site: There will be a shuttle bus available to participants (with included air from Road Scholar) from the Hotel to the airport. Transfer service from the Hotel to the hotel is provided on the day of the group departure only
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
 
Driving Directions
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Elevation Note: There is no elevation above 3000 feet

Equipment Requirements: No equipment is required
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: In Flight
(Saturday, May 2)
   
 In Transit: Overnight in transit

Day 2: Check in, snack, orientation meeting, introduction to the program
(Sunday, May 3)
   
 Afternoon: Check in and snack. Orientation Meeting/Presentation of the program
 Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel
   
Accommodations: Hotel Monteconero - Badia San Pietro
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Lecture, Sirolo, Numana, Ancona
(Monday, May 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: -Lecture : The Piceni civilization - Guided visit of Sirolo Sirolo is a lovely hamlet located above a natural terrace on the southern face of the Conero. Its worth a visit for the peaceful atmosphere that envelops you in the narrow streets. At “I Pini” is one of the biggest Picene necropolises. - Excursion to Numana known as “the queen of Conero Riviera”. The sanctuary of the Crocifisso housing a precious cedar wood Crucifix with a Byzantine imprint. Nearby there is the interesting Antiquarium museum. From the piazza, you can have a lovely view of the Conero headland. Guided visit of Numana
 Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant
 Afternoon: Excursion to Ancona Ancona is a lively, modern and active city. Its harbour, is probably the true center and definitely the key to its history and development. The city derives its name from the Greek word ankon which means elbow because of the elbow-shaped piece of land. The cathedral of St. Ciriaco is one of the most important medieval churches in the Marches and Italy. Guided visit of Ancona Return to hotel
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Hotel Monteconero - Badia San Pietro
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lecture, Cingoli, Jesi
(Tuesday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Lecture on “The Paintings of Lorenzo Lotto” Field trip to Cingoli Cingoli, is known as “The balcony of Marche." The homogeneity of the urban environment corresponds to an environmental strong cohesion: the village fits harmoniously into a landscape where the work of man and that of nature have been perfectly integrated. Guided visit of Cingoli
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Excursion to Jesi. In Jesi we will visit Palazzo Rococo’ Pianetti to admire the most important masterpieces by Lorenzo Lotto. Jesi was one of the last towns of the Umbri when, in the 4th century BC, the Senones Gauls invaded the area and ousted them. They turned it into a stronghold against the Piceni. In 283 BC the Senones were defeated by the Romans. Jesi in 247 BC became a colonia civium romanorum with the name of Aesis
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
   
Accommodations: Hotel Monteconero - Badia San Pietro
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Departure to Rimini, check-in at the hotel, free time.
(Wednesday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel
 Morning: Departure to Rimini Arrival at Rimini. check-in at Hotel Villa Adriatica Rimini There has been a settlement at Rimini since prehistoric times. Founded by the Romans in 268 B.C., Rimini boasts a 2,000-year history that has left important marks testifying to its grandeur. To the Romans, Ariminum was a link between the "Italic" and the "Gallic" lands, a stronghold on the Adriatic and a gateway to the Po valley. Three major roads converged here - the Flaminian Way, the Aemilian Way and the Popilian Way. free time
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel
   
Accommodations: Hotel Villa Adriatica
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Lecture, Gradara, San Leo
(Thursday, May 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel
 Morning: Lecture Dante Alighieri and the history of Paolo and Francesca Field trip to Gradara. Gradara, perched on a hill, with its fortifications protecting a population of nearly five thousand people is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, full of life and cultural ferment, and evidence of the past are certainly not been forgotten: every pebble roads, every stone buildings and every corner of the village seems to refer to a fascinating past. Guided visit of Gradara
 Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant
 Afternoon: Excursion to San Leo. San Leo, the Romanesque core of the village - church, cathedral and tower - is confronted with the civic buildings such as the Palazzo della Rovere, the residence of the Counts of Montefeltro dukes of Urbino and today the town hall, the Palazzo Nardini (XIII-XVI century .), where he was visiting San Francisco in 1213 and the Medici Palace, built by the Della Rovere and modernized by the Medici (1517-21). Guided visit of the medieval village Return to hotel
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Hotel Villa Adriatica
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Ravenna
(Friday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Departure to Ravenna with tour Guide Raffaella Cenni Guided visit od Saint Apollinare in Classe. Transfer to the Historical Center of Ravenna passing by the Mausulem of Theodoric. Guided visit Basilic of Saint Apollinare Nuovo, of the Dantesque (Dante) area: The Tomb of Dante Alighieri
 Brunch: Lunch at the local restaurant
 Afternoon: Guided visit of the Battistero degli Ortodossi (Orthodox Baptistry) Guided visit of the Mausoleum of Galla Placida and Basilic of Saint Vitale. FREE TIME Return to the Hotel
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Hotel Villa Adriatica
Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner

Day 8: Urbino, lecture,
(Saturday, May 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Field trip to Urbino On site Lecture “The Reinaissance and the figure of Raffaello Sanzio” Urbino, a UNESCO city, is a picturesque Renaissance hill town and the capital of the Marche region of central Italy. Although Urbino was a Roman and medieval city, its peak came during the 15th century when Duke Federico da Montefeltro established one of Europe's most illustrious courts. Its impressive Ducal Palace houses one of the most important collections of Renaissance paintings in Italy.
 Brunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Guided visit of Urbino Return to hotel
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Hotel Villa Adriatica
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Depature to Ferrara, check-in a the Hotel Europa, free time
(Sunday, May 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel
 Morning: Departure to Ferrara. Check in at the Hotel Europa Ferrara, one of Italy’s best kept secrets, is a Renaissance gem linked to the Este family who ruled Ferrara from 1208 to 1598, constructing many of the monuments we see today. Under the Estes, Ferrara became a center of the arts. Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, and Petrarch, among others, spent time under their patronage
 Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
   
Accommodations: Hotel Europa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Dozza, Ferrara
(Monday, May 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Excursion to Dozza Guided visit of Dozza. Dozza From the drinking griffin represented on the coat of arms to the golden nectar of the Albana grapes grown in a landscape that almost seems Tuscan: there is no better paradox for this village that is set on the first hills above the Via Emilia, between Bologna and Imola. It unfolds discreetly before the visitor who walks down its narrow cobblestone streets until reaching the Rocca (fortress)
 Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant
 Afternoon: Return to Ferrara. Guided visit of the medieval town of Ferrara
 Dinner: Dinner at the local restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hotel Europa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Departure to Castelfranco Veneto, check in at the Albergo All Moretto, lecture. Possagno, Asolo
(Tuesday, May 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Departure to Castelfranco Veneto (Treviso) Check in at the Albergo al Moretto. Lecture “Caterina Cornaro Queen of Asolo, the Dream of Power".
 Lunch: Snack at the hotel
 Afternoon: Excursion to Possagno to visit the “Tempio & Gipsoteca of Canova”. Field trip to Asolo Guided visit of Asolo Return to hotel
 Dinner: Dinner at the local restaurant
   
Accommodations: Albergo Al Moretto
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Lecture, Casterfranco Veneto, Villa Emo
(Wednesday, May 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Lecture , “Walled Towns and Castles – The military architecture in Veneto, Emilia/Romagna and Marche “ Guided visit of Castelfranco Veneto The town originates from a castle built here by the commune of Treviso in the course of its strife against Padua (1195). In 1246 it was captured by Ezzelino IV da Romano, returning to Treviso after his death in 1259. In 1329 it was acquired by Cangrande I della Scala, lord of Verona. Ten years later, together with Treviso, it was handed over to the Republic of Venice, to which it belonged until 1797. Castelfranco then followed the history of Veneto.
 Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant
 Afternoon: Visit to Villa Emo a patrician villa designed by Andrea Palladio. It is one of the most accomplished of the Palladian villas, showing the benefit of 20 years of Palladio’s experience in domestic architecture;
 Dinner: Dinner at the local restaurant
   
Accommodations: Albergo Al Moretto
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Marostica, Bassano del Grappa
(Thursday, May 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Excursion to Marostica Visit of medieval Marostica. Marostica, born as a Roman castrum, followed the same historical destiny as Bassano, and its walled structure underwent a series of modifications. The Lower Castle faces down on the main square, where a famous “chess game” is played with living characters moving on the large chess-board drawn on the square. Excursion to Bassano del Grappa. Bassano del Grappa: the four things for which Bassano del Grappa is best known are its covered bridge over the Brenta, the strong grappa liqueur produced in the area, the military history of Monte Grappa and locally-produced ceramics. The architecture reflects Bassano's location: typical Veneto-style arcaded streets and piazzas are interspersed with alpine wooden balconies, and some of the hostelries have a decidedly Austrian flavour.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Transfer to Castello di Thiene Visit the castle: the most significant XV century gothic buildings erected, for a residential reason, in the surroundings of Vicenza. Castello di Thiene is one of the top attractions in the region and combines all the characteristics of a Venetian palazzo with a medieval castle. The interiors are richly furnished and decorated with lots of antique furniture and beautiful frescoes by Zelotti and Fasolo. Also worth seeing are the beautiful stables of Veronese marble and the expansive idyllic park. Return to hotel
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the local restaurant
   
Accommodations: Albergo Al Moretto
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Departures
(Friday, May 15)
   
 Morning: Morning departure from Venice Airport for flight back to USA
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Suggested Reading List


Blue Guide Northern Italy: From the Alps to the Adriatic (Twelfth Edition) (Blue Guides)


Author: by Paul Blanchard


Blue Guide the Marche & San Marino - Special Reprint Edition (Blue Guides)


Author: by Ellen Grady


Venice & The Veneto (Updated Chapter from Blue Guide Northern Italy)


Author: by Alta Macadam


Experiencing Ferrara: english and american travelers and the limits of perception


Author: Werner Gundersheimer


FERRARA CITTA’ DEL RINASCIMENTO E IL SUO DELTA DEL PO


Author: by Marco Borella and Enrica Domenicali


Ferrara: the style of a Renaissance despotism


Author: Werner L. Gundersheimer


Magnificent buildings, splendid gardens


Author: David R. Coffin ; edited by Vanessa Bezemer Sellers


The Este monuments and urban development in Renaissance Ferrara


Author: Charles M. Rosenberg


The Estens Castle


Author: Marco Borella edit by Betagamma


The Marche and San Marino, Blue Guide Limited, London


Author: Ellen Grady


The Marches: A complete Guide to the Region, Its National Parks, ad over a hundred of its Towns, including Urbino Touring Club Italiano, 1999


Author: Touring Club of Italy


The Renaissance in Ferrara and its european horizons


Author: edited by J. Salmons ; [sez. italiana a cura di W. Moretti].




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