19400
Italy
Independent Venice: Power and Beauty
Discover the timeless beauty, architectural grandeur, world-class cuisine and unparalleled cultural legacy of one of Europe’s most dynamic cities — Venice.
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Program No. 19400RJ
Length
9 days
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1,999
Flights start at
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DAY
1
In Transit
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival and Orientation
Venice
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Hotel Bonvecchiati

Activity note: Check-in available from 2:00 PM.

Afternoon: 3:45 PM Meet in the conference room for an introduction to the program and orientation to Venice. Your Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. You will receive the Venice Card for entrance to some of the major museums and churches for the duration of your stay. You will also receive a public transportation pass (for the vaporetto/waterbus and boats to the islands). For your self-guided excursions, you will receive a booklet with detailed suggested itineraries for exploring Venice on your own. Then take a short orientation walk led by Cristina Gregorin.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant close to St. Mark's Square. Please note that water is included in the program cost at all meals.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Introduction to Venetian History
Venice
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Hotel Bonvecchiati

Breakfast: Hotel dining room. On this program, breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Lecture: "Introduction to the History of Venice." The republic enjoyed remarkable political stability for more than a millennium, resisting both external forces and internal turbulence. With this background, one can understand its attraction to artists and architects - La Serenissima has been shaped by them for centuries. Emphasis on the golden era of the town.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Self-guided excursion. For self-guided excursions, you will receive a booklet with very detailed descriptions of 12 different walks, some of which take you off of the beaten path. Optional: Join your Group Leader on a walk to the Rialto area with the fish and vegetable market. In the late afternoon, meet your Road Scholar group for a drink and chat.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Lecture: The Historical Era of Titian, Vivaldi Concert
Venice
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Hotel Bonvecchiati

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture: "The Historical Era of Titian." For Venetian painting, the 16th century was the most successful. Titian, Veronese and Jacopo Tintoretto dominated the Venetian art scene, winning most of the public and religious commissions. They created a new style of painting with striking luminous colors.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Self-guided excursion. Optional: Join your Group Leader on a walk to the San Polo district with the Frari Church to see Titian's famous painting.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Attend a Vivaldi Concert by Interpreti Veneziani. Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) gave over 500 concerts to his hometown, performing for violin, viola d'amore, cello, mandolin, flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, cornet and string orchestra. Enjoy this concert performed by the chamber music ensemble Interpreti Veneziani, played on prestigious original instruments.

DAY
5
Glass and Mosaics, Night Visit of St. Mark's
Venice
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Hotel Bonvecchiati

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture: "Glassmaking and Mosaics." The art of making glass has never been quite as entrenched in a place as on the Murano islands, which are famous for blowing techniques and design. Murano glass first made its appearance in the 8th century, and despite various ups and downs, has managed to not only endure but also flourish in our modern times.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Self-guided excursion. Optional: Join your Group Leader on a walk to the old Venetian Jewish ghetto area.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Enjoy a special expert-led night visit of St. Mark's Cathedral, the mosaic-clad emblem of Venice's Byzantine origins. Visit the crypt under sea level. Special lights create a magic atmosphere and bring alive the unique mosaics which were first executed in 1071 by artists from Constantinople. The Basilica opens just for the Road Scholar group.

DAY
6
Venetian Lagoon
Venice
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Hotel Bonvecchiati

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Take a full day to discover the Venetian Lagoon on your own. The Group Leader will assist you in planning your time according to your interests. You can visit Murano, the island of glass-working with its museum of glass making; Burano, the island of lace makers and fishermen; or Torcello, with its great basilica in Venetian-Byzantine style, which is famous for its marvelous mosaics.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of the Venetian Lagoon.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Meet for a drink with your Road Scholar group in the hotel lobby.

DAY
7
Velvet Manufacturer Bevilacqua
Venice
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Hotel Bonvecchiati

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture: "The Fascinating World of Venetian Handcraft." Cristina Gregorin, author of the book "Venice Master Artisans," introduces us to the intriguing world of small "botteghe" and its tools and centuries-old machines. Then, visit the velvet manufacturer Bevilacqua. The company's fabrics are still hand-produced on original 18th and 19th-century looms and all the phases of manufacture are manual. The company's famous historical archives hold more than 3,500 pattern designs, all of which are Bevilacqua originals.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Self-guided excursion.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Architecture of Andrea Palladio
Venice
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Hotel Bonvecchiati

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture: "Introduction to the Architecture of Andrea Palladio." The Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio shaped the world that surrounds us today. Some of his most influential villas and churches survive in the Veneto region around Venice and in the city itself. Palladio's designs are based on three principals: dramatic exterior motifs, economical materials and internal harmony and balance.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Enjoy a final free afternoon of exploring the Venetian districts on your own.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Departures
In Flight
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Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Depart for the airport. This concludes our program. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.