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
4,598
Flights start at
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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 Il Cantico

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 the café of the hotel. 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 the hotel 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 Il Cantico

Activity note: The walk through the back streets of Rome to find major landmarks is just over one mile.

Breakfast: This day and for the next four mornings, the breakfast buffet at the hotel offers juice and water, an egg dish, sliced cold cuts, assortment of cheeses, cereal, 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 you for your explorations in The Eternal City. Transportation close 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. Pass on toward the Pantheon, the celestial observatory dating back to the 2nd c. Coach back to the hotel. 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.

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

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 steps 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 and meet the local expert who will lead the visit to highlighted collections of the vast museum complex. We have a reserved entrance time. You will learn about singular pieces, such as the Laocoon; Apollo Belvedere; gilded Hercules; and of course, 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 School for a light buffet lunch. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Especially for the kids: Inside S. Peter's Basilica, you learned this morning that what appear as paintings are actually micro-mosaics. Come to appreciate this art form as you create your 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. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions where to go for light fare, a pizza or full course meal.

DAY
5
Forum and Colosseum
Rome
B,D
Hotel Il Cantico

Activity note: You will be on your feet most of the morning. Walk 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. If, at the conclusion of the visit, you want to ride the elevator down the ground level, you will have to double the amount of walking to meet the rest of the group at the exit.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to the closest drop off point near 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. Coach back to the hotel. Some free time before dinner.

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

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant. 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: Transportation 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. Transportation back to the hotel.

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

Activity note: Stairs to reach to top of the Capitoline Hill and within the museum. High speed train to Florence. Van from the station to the hotel. The walk around the neighborhood of the hotel will cover about 1/2 mile.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of the hotel. The luggage will be delivered directly to the hotel in Florence; OK to leave hand luggage in deposit at the hotel; we'll pick it up on our way to the train station. Board the coach to Piazza Venezia where we meet our expert. At the Capitoline Museum we get a chance to view up close masterpieces of ancient art, portrait busts of prominent Romans, the famous bronze She Wolf, Marcus Aurelius and remains of Constantine's colossal statue. Passing through the Tabularium, we reach the Palazzo Nuovo wing where the Dying Gaul and Capitoline Venus statues are on display.

Lunch: Coach to the train station. Lunch at a café. Light lunch of salad or sandwiches. Soft drink or water is included.

Afternoon: Experience travel on a high speed Freccia triain at speeds reaching 120 mph. Relax and enjoy the view of the countryside. We arrive in Florence 95 minutes later and board our coach or van to the hotel. Check in and settle in. At the appointed time, we'll meet in the lobby for a neighborhood walk.

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, all the while taking in the public art and Renaissance style buildings along the way.

DAY
7
Renaissance Art, Uffizi Gallery
Florence
B,L,D
Grand Hotel Cavour

Activity note: The walk to the Uffizi is just a few blocks. 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: Late morning illustrated lecture on Renaissance Art in preparation for the self-guided visit of the Uffizi Gallery.

Lunch: At a restaurant near the Piazza della Signoria. Set menu, plated service. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

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 local restaurant. Fixed menu, plated table service. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Walk of discovery after dinner, perhaps cross Ponte Vecchio to explore the "Oltrarno" district.

DAY
8
The David, The Galileo Museum of Science, Fresco Technique
Florence
B,L
Grand Hotel Cavour

Activity note: The walk from the hotel to the Accademia is 1/2 mile. Three flights of stairs to reach the main rooms of Palazzo Vecchio and Science Museum, both of which are a few blocks from the hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We set out on foot for an expert-led visit to see Michelangelo's David at the Accademia. Next, we walk back in the direction of the hotel to Piazza dei Giudici to learn about the scientific revolutions of the XVI and XVII centuries at the Galileo Museum.

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: In the Palazzo Vecchio's Museum for Children learn from an art teacher 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. Next, on an expert-led visit of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's city hall, we see original pieces of art, by Donatello and Michelangelo, and Machiavelli's study when he was Secretary of State for the Republic.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: At leisure. Short walk across the Piazza della Signoria to the Mercato della Paglia to rub the snout of the wild boar at the brass fountain. Legend suggests that doing so ensures you will return to Florence for another visit.

DAY
9
San Lorenzo Market, Gates of Paradise
Florence
B,D
Grand Hotel Cavour

Activity note: Extended walking and standing this morning as you explore Florence.

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. Be sure to prepare for check out and departure in the morning.

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

Activity note: Van to the 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 checked luggage will be sent by van and delivered to the hotel in Venice; keep your hand bag with you. Van to the train station to board a high speed train to Venice; the trip is 2 hours. Short walk to the hotel.

Lunch: After lunch at the hotel restaurant (set menu, plated table service), check-in and settle in. Water is included at lunch; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: In the hotel meeting room a local expert presents Welcome to Venice, introducing us to the city known as the Serenissima, the 'Most Serene.' Neighborhood walk follows.

Dinner: At a neighborhood 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 Principe

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.

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. See 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. Use your vaporetto pass to get a glimpse inside the grand palazzi on the Grand Canal lit up for the evening.

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

Activity note: Visiting the Doge's Palace requires going up two long flights of stairs, one of which is the Scala d'Oro (Golden staircase) monumental staircase with decorative stucco molding and frescoes. 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 as they crossed, 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 leads us 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 Principe

Activity note: Leisurely walk around the market area, up and over numerous bridges in the Rialto district.

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 garden like 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 the hotel. 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
B

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!