The Best of Italy: Rome, Florence and Venice
Learn about three great Italian cities as you visit Rome’s preserved ruins, explore Renaissance architecture in Florence and discover renowned cathedrals and cuisine of Venice.
Program No. 18206RJ
14 days
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At a Glance

Experience the beauty of three historic capitals of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance acclaim as local experts lead you on a journey through some of Italy’s greatest cities. Follow the path of legendary artists, scientists and philosophers from the classical remnants of Rome to the preserved treasures of Florence and Venice.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Extensive walking in traffic-free urban centers which prevent tourist coaches from parking or loading passengers at sites. The distances traversed on foot can reach 4 mi/day—always interspersed with rest time, typically at a meal. Standing for extended periods of time during site visits. Special attention needs to be paid to the uneven aspect of cobblestone streets. Elevator use in some historic buildings is restricted. Not all staircases have banisters. Venice is unique as a city with no vehicles besides public or private boats that run along the Grand Canal. Extensive walking in Venice includes crossing bridges that span minor canals. As with many things, the effort expended has its aesthetic reward.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Trace Roman history through the ages as you visit the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Borghese Museum and the Vatican Museum.
  • Journey to Florence and Venice via a high speed EuroStar train, reaching speeds of over 120 mph.
  • View the "David" — a Renaissance period masterpiece in Florence — and ride in a gondola through the canals of Venice.
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Pauline Fry
Pauline Fry is an associate professor of English at the Rome campus of the University of Maryland University College. With two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Oregon and a master’s in modern literature from Kent State, Pauline has helped develop field-study courses across Europe on the relationship between cities and the works by British and American writers they inspire. A lecturer since 1990, Fry enjoys learning from her Road Scholar participants about their own varied backgrounds.
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