20211
Italy
Intergenerational Italian Classics: Rome, Florence and Venice
Share the wonders of three classic Italian cities with your grandchild as you taste renowned cuisine, enjoy a gondola ride, create your own fresco and explore ancient ruins.
Program No. 20211RJ
Length
14 days
Starts at
4,599
Flights start at
1,075
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14 days
13 nights
30 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival & Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Rome
L,D
Hotel Tiziano

Activity note: Hotel check in from 2:00 p.m.

Morning: The group leader will be in the lobby of the hotel to greet arriving travelers. Leave your luggage with the desk clerk and join the group leader for a walk in the neighborhood late morning to identify ATMs, pharmacies, stores, restaurants, etc. Guest check in is available from 2:00 p.m.

Lunch: Lunch at a local café. Choose from a select menu. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Check in and settle in. The Group Leader will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please note that the order of events may be different from this preliminary itinerary. Except breakfast, meals will be plated (each dish served to guests by a wait staff) from a set menu unless otherwise specified. Water is included with all meals and other beverages such as soft drinks, wine, tea and coffee will be available for purchase unless otherwise specified. In Rome, transportation will primarily be provided by motor coach; in Venice by vaporetto, or public boat. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please note that 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. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, attending performances or other events, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Before dinner, the group leader will greet everyone and lead introductions with a Welcome Cocktail (or fruit juice).

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant; fixed menu, plated table service. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night's rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
History of Rome, Piazza Walk
Rome
B,L,D
Hotel Tiziano

Activity note: We will be on our feet most of the afternoon Piazza Walk along uneven paths and original pavement of cobblestone.

Breakfast: This day and for the next four mornings, the breakfast buffet at the hotel offers various juices, whole milk and water, an egg dish with ham or prosciutto, sliced cold cuts, an assortment of cheeses, cereals, muesli, yogurt, fresh fruit, breads and pastries, jams, honey and butter, and a selection of hot and cold beverages.

Morning: In the hotel meeting room an illustrated lecture on the History of Rome prepares us for our explorations in The Eternal City. Short walk to Piazza Navona.

Lunch: At a restaurant near Piazza Navona a set menu with plated table service. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Meet our local expert who will discuss how an ancient stadium of Domitian (81-96) was transformed into the quintessential Baroque piazza, at the center of which is Bernini's famous Fountain of the Four Rivers. Next, we walk a few blocks to the Pantheon, the celestial observatory dating back to the 2nd c. Walk back to the hotel. Some free time before meeting in the lobby to go to dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at a nearby restaurant. Set menu, plated table service. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica
Rome
B,L
Hotel Tiziano

Activity note: Coach drop off point is a few blocks from and an uphill walk to the museum entrance. Reserved entrance time at Vatican Museums diminishes the wait in line. The visit requires climbing multiple flights of stairs and walking the long corridor to the Sistine Chapel (distance is about 1/2 mile). Please note that even with a reserved entrance you can expect crowds as thousands of people visit the museum collections and Sistine Chapel every day of the year.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the Vatican Museums for our reserved entrance time. Meet the local expert who will lead us through some of the galleries in the vast collection where we will learn about singular artworks such as the Laocoon, Apollo Belvedere, and gilded Hercules. We walk down long corridors surrounded by precious artwork as we make our way to the main attraction, the Sistine Chapel. The visit continues to the "new" S. Peter's Basilica (only 500 years old) to see Michelangelo's Pieta' and works by Bernini.

Lunch: Short coach ride to the Mosaic Workshop for a light buffet lunch. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Especially for the kids: Inside S. Peter's Basilica, we learned this morning that what appear as paintings are actually micro-mosaics. Come to appreciate this art form as we create our own mosaic with instructors at a mosaic workshop. Keep your decorated piece as a memento. Coach back to the hotel.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own. There are cafés, pizzerias, the hotel café and restaurant from which to choose. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure. Easy walk from the hotel to Campo de'Fiori which comes alive in the evening as people meet and enjoy refreshment, a meal or gelato in the outdoor cafés and restaurants.

DAY
5
Forum and Colosseum
Rome
B,D
Hotel Tiziano

Activity note: We will be on our feet most of the morning as we explore Rome along uneven paths and original pavement of cobblestone. Good walking shoes are a must for the visit to the Colosseum, especially for the steep and uneven steps to reach the upper level. Elevator near the entrance of the Colosseum. For the evening laser show the walk to the Augustus Forum is .5 mile.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to the nearest drop off point to the Colosseum. Reserved entrance for expert-led visit of the Flavian Amphitheater, commonly known as the Colosseum, capable seating up to 50,000 people. Imagine watching gladiatorial games and the pageantry. Guided visit continues to Via dei Fori Imperiali. With the temples and columns as a backdrop, the local expert's description will bring to life the Forum as the center of the commercial, civic and religious activity of Rome. Make your own way back to the hotel passing by the Monument to Victor Emanuel where the eternal flame and tomb of the unknown soldier is guarded round the clock.

Lunch: On your own. The Group Leader will have suggestions for cafés and restaurants in the area.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant near the hotel. Set regional menu, plated table service. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Especially for the kids but adults will enjoy the show as well: Walk to the Forum of Augustus. Learn about daily life in ancient times through a spectacular laser light show with English narration. The show begins at sunset and lasts about an hour. During the show we sit on bleachers in front of the suggestive ruins of the Forum. Walk back to the hotel.

DAY
6
Capitoline Museum, Train to Florence, Neighborhood walk
Florence
B,L,D
Grand Hotel Adriatico

Activity note: The walk to Piazza Venezia is .5 mile. Long low rise steps to reach to top of the Capitoline Hill and multiple flights of stairs in the museum to reach the 2nd floor galleries. A flight of stairs to the lower level leads to a terrace overlooking the Forum's temple ruins. Enjoy the comfortable high speed train ride. In Florence, short walk from the train station to the hotel. Once you are settled in, the walk around the neighborhood covers about .5 mile.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of the hotel. Our luggage will be delivered directly to Florence; hand luggage can be deposited safely at the hotel. Set out on foot for Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill. Meet our expert at the Capitoline Museum where we get a chance to view up close masterpieces of ancient art, portrait busts of prominent Romans, and the famous bronze She Wolf that has become the symbol of Rome. Great photo op in front of the giant feet and hands of the remains of Constantine's colossal statue. Passing through the Tabularium, we reach the Palazzo Nuovo wing where the emotionally charged Dying Gaul and Capitoline Venus marble statues are on display. Walk back to the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch at a nearby café. Choose from a sandwich, salad or slice of pizza. Soft drink or water is included. Coach to the train station.

Afternoon: Our adventure begins when the high speed train leaves Roma Termini station and reaches speeds of 120 mph on the way to Florence. The ride is 95 minutes. Short walk to the Florence hotel. Check in and settle in. At the appointed time, meet in the lobby for a neighborhood walk that circles back to the hotel for dinner.

Dinner: At a nearby restaurant. Set menu, plated table service. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: With the group leader, stroll the historical section of Florence for an introduction to the layout of the city, locate landmarks, point out ATMs and pharmacies.

DAY
7
The David, The Galileo Museum of Science, Fresco Technique
Florence
B,L
Grand Hotel Adriatico

Activity note: The walk to the Accademia is .8 mile; from the Accademia to the Palazzo Vecchio is .7 mile. Three flights of stairs to reach the main rooms of both the Palazzo Vecchio. There is an elevator at the Galileo Science Museum

Breakfast: At the breakfast buffet at the hotel there will be a hot egg dish with prosciutto or sausage, cereals, pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt, bread and rolls, sliced cold cuts and cheeses, whole milk, water and a selection of juices, teas and coffees.

Morning: We set out on foot for the Accademia for our reserved entrance. Along the way we pass by stately late Renaissance palazzi. We meet our expert who enhances our appreciation of Michelangelo's David, who stands steadfast under his own cupola. Some free time to visit the small musical instrument collection or browse the bookshop before we regroup and set out again for the Piazza dei Giudici near the Arno River. At the Galileo Museum a docent brings to life the centuries old globes and scientific instruments with stories about the scientific revolutions of the XVI and XVII centuries.

Lunch: Lunch at a nearby restaurant. A set Tuscan menu, plated service. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Especially for the kids: At the Palazzo Vecchio in the Piazza della Signoria we learn from an art teacher the steps required to paint a fresco; from creating the lines with a sack of coal dust, to spreading the fresh plaster, mixing the pigments and applying the watery colors. The 6"x 9" tile is yours to keep; otherwise it is recycled. Next we begin an expert-led visit of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's city hall and Medici residence, to see original pieces of art by Donatello and Michelangelo. The expert will have stories of the Medici family and rulers that lived there centuries ago.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
San Lorenzo Market, Gates of Paradise
Florence
B,D
Grand Hotel Adriatico

Activity note: Extended walking and standing this morning exploring Florence. From the hotel to the Mercato is .5 mile; from the Duomo to the hotel is .6 mile.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Explore Florence with a local expert. The walk ends at the Mercato di San Lorenzo, Florence's colorful fresh produce market. A lively food court specializes in farm to table menus. Much variety of small plates, vegetables, pizza, pasta, snacks and beverages.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: In the Piazza del Duomo, the expert-led visit continues to the Duomo Museum. The highlight of the collection is a Pieta' by Michelangelo and the original (newly restored) panels of the Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti.

Dinner: At a nearby restaurant. Set menu, plated table service. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Renaissance Art, Uffizi Gallery
Florence
B,L,D
Grand Hotel Adriatico

Activity note: The walk to the Uffizi is .6 mile. A small elevator (cap. 3 persons) 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: In the hotel meeting room an iIlustrated lecture on Renaissance Art in preparation for the self-guided visit of the Uffizi Gallery. Some free time before lunch.

Lunch: At a restaurant near the Piazza della Signoria.

Afternoon: Reserved entrance to the Uffizi Gallery for self-directed visit, stay as long as you want. At the end of the second corridor is a refreshment bar for snacks. The balcony has a wonderful view of Brunelleschi's Dome and the watch tower of Palazzo Vecchio. Some free time before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at a nearby restaurant. Set menu, plated table service. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check out and departure tomorrow.

DAY
10
Train to Venice, History of Venice, the Serenissima
Venice
B,L,D
Hotel Abbazia

Activity note: Short walk from the hotel to the train station in Florence with your carry-on luggage, once in Venice, we walk the short distance to the hotel - about 300 yards. Brief neighborhood walk to get familiar with the area around the hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of the hotel. Checked luggage will be sent by van and delivered to the hotel in Venice; keep your hand or carry-on bag with you. Short walk to the train station to board a high speed train to Venice; the trip is 2 hours. Short walk to the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch at a nearby restaurant (set menu, plated table service) Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Check in and settle in. The group leader will set the time to meet in the hotel meeting room where a local expert presents Welcome to Venice, an introduction to the city known as the Serenissima, the 'Most Serene.' Neighborhood walk follows and circles back to the hotel.

Dinner: At a nearby restaurant to savor Venetian cuisine that features seafood dishes. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Artisan Workshop, S. Mark's Basilica
Venice
B,D
Hotel Abbazia

Activity note: Vaporetto vessels are often crowded in the summer months. They are the sole public transportation of Venice; no bicycles or scooters are allowed. As the only alternative to walking, the vaporettos are crowded with tourists and residents alike. Walks in Venice involve crossing multiple bridges that span the canals.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: The Group Leader will distribute a vaporetto pass that is valid for our stay in Venice. Especially for the kids: Ride the vaporetto down the Grand Canal to a workshop to learn about a craft tradition and make your own item. It may be a mask or a glass bead project. Details will be made available closer to departure date.

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. On the second floor is the original "quadriga" a team of four gilded bronze horses that was looted from Constantinople. Replicas now stand in the elements above the entrance to the Basilica. The loggia has display cases with illuminated manuscripts and other documents related to the church.

Dinner: At a local restaurant. Set menu features Venetian seafood dishes, plated table service. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Doge's Palace, Gondola Ride
Venice
B,L
Hotel Abbazia

Activity note: Walks in Venice involve crossing multiple bridges that span the canals. Visiting the Doge's Palace requires going up two long flights of stairs, one of which is the Scala d'Oro monumental staircase with decorative stucco and frescoes. Narrow passages through the rooms of the Prisons and over the Bridge of Sighs. Assistance is offered getting on and off the gondola.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Vaporetto to 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. From the grand halls of the palace, the visit concludes with a walk through the narrow passages over the Bridge of Sighs the Prisons. It is said that those condemned sighed at knowing it would be their last sight of the sky.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant. Set menu, plated table service. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Explore Venice with a local expert who takes you on a special walk off the beaten path. Then, experience Venice from another perspective on a gondola ride through the back canals of Venice.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Rialto Bridge, Guggenheim Collection
Venice
B,L,D
Hotel Abbazia

Activity note: Walks in Venice involve crossing multiple bridges that span the minor canals. The view from the top of the Rialto bridge is worth the effort of climbing up and down 40 steps.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: 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 adults will have a guided visit led by a museum docent. Especially for the kids: young visitors will have their own docent who facilitates the discovery of form and expression in modern art.

Lunch: Lunch at a characteristic trattoria near the museum. Set menu, plated table service. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Excursion to an artisan's workshop to learn about the carving techniques of making gondola oars and oar locks. Explore the area of the Rialto Bridge, Venice's original market area. Find many souvenir booths, food and fruit market. Some free time before dinner.

Dinner: Recap your adventures and share your favorite memories with your fellow participants at the farewell dinner at a neighborhood restaurant. Fixed menu, plated table service. Wine is included with this meal for the adults to toast new friendships.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check out and departure in the morning.

DAY
14
Program Concludes
In Flight
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Activity note: Hotel check out by 10:00 am.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Sack breakfast for those with early departure times. This concludes the program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!