21273
Italy
Northern Italy’s Adriatic Coast: Renaissance Palaces and Medieval Villages
Get to know Northern Italy’s Adriatic Coast, where you’ll discover the UNESCO city of Ferrara, see masterworks of Renaissance art and learn the fascinating story of medieval hill towns.
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Program No. 21273RJ
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14 days
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14 days
13 nights
28 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Sirolo (Ancona)
D
Hotel Monteconero - Badia San Pietro

Afternoon: After arriving at the hotel, check in and get your room, then take some time to unpack, freshen up, and relax. Orientation: The 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. All activities will be led by the Group Leader unless specified otherwise. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own. Light snack

Dinner: At hotel restaurant

DAY
3
Lecture, Jesi, Cingoli
Sirolo (Ancona)
B,D
Hotel Monteconero - Badia San Pietro

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture on “The Paintings of Lorenzo Lotto”. Field trip to Jesi. In Jesi we will visit Palazzo Rococo’ Pianetti to admire the most important masterpieces by Lorenzo Lotto. Guided visit of “Palazzo della Signoria” with its historical library. 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

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: 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.

Dinner: At hotel restaurant

DAY
4
Lecture, Numana, Sirolo, Ancona
Sirolo (Ancona)
B,L,D
Hotel Monteconero - Badia San Pietro

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: -Lecture on: "The Piceni civilization". - Transfer to the Church of Santa Maria di Portonovo. Visit to the Romanesque Church. - 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 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.

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: At hotel restaurant

DAY
5
Departure to Rimini, check-in at the hotel, free time
Rimini
B,L,D
Hotel Villa Adriatica

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Departure to Rimini. Check-in at the hotel in 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.

Lunch: At the hotel restaurant

Afternoon: Guided visit of Rimini

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant

DAY
6
Lecture, Gradara, San Leo
Rimini
B,L
Hotel Villa Adriatica

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Lecture on: "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: 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 Castle and the medieval village. Return to hotel

Dinner: On your own

DAY
7
Lecture, Urbino
Rimini
B,D
Hotel Villa Adriatica

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture on: "Raffaello Sanzio and the Renaissance in Urbino”. Field trip to Urbino. 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. Visit of Rafael's birthplace.

Lunch: On your own

Afternoon: Guided visit of Ducal Palace in Urbino. Return to hotel

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant

DAY
8
Ravenna
Rimini
B,D
Hotel Villa Adriatica

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Departure to Ravenna. Guided visit of Saint Apollinare in Classe. Transfer to the Historical Center of Ravenna passing by the Mausoleum of Theodoric. Guided visit of Basilic of Saint Apollinare Nuovo, of the Dantesque (Dante) area: The Tomb of Dante Alighieri.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Guided visit of the Battistero degli Ortodossi (Orthodox Baptistry). Guided visit of the Mausoleum of Galla Placida and Basilic of Saint Vitale. Return to the Hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.

DAY
9
Donza, Depature to Ferrara, check-in and free time
Ferrara
B,L,D
Hotel Europa

Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we will board our private motor coach and transfer to Ferrara, where we will check in at our hotel. During our ride we will stop at Dozza. Guided visit of Dozza and its Castle. 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: At the local restaurant

Afternoon: Departure to Ferrara. Check in at the hotel. At leisure.

Dinner: At the local restaurant.

DAY
10
Ferrara
Ferrara
B,D
Hotel Europa

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Guided visit of the medieval town of Ferrara. 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: on your own.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: At the local restaurant

DAY
11
Castelfranco Veneto, Lecture, Villa Emo,
Castelfranco Veneto (TV)
B,L,D
Hotel alla Torre

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Departure to Castelfranco Veneto (Treviso) Check in at the hotel. Lecture on: “Walled Towns and Castles – The military architecture in Veneto, Emilia/Romagna and Marche".

Lunch: At the hotel 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. Departure to Castlelfranco Veneto and visit of the town. 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.

Dinner: At the local restaurant.

DAY
12
Thiene Castle, Marostica, Bassano del Grappa
Castelfranco Veneto (TV)
B,L
Hotel alla Torre

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: 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. 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: Pizza at the local restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit of the Museo Della Grappa Poli by the Bridge of Bassano del Grappa. Guided visit and Grappa Tastings. At leisure. Return to hotel.

Dinner: On your own

DAY
13
Lecture, Possagno, Asolo.
Castelfranco Veneto (TV)
B,L,D
Hotel alla Torre

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture on: “Caterina Cornaro Queen of Asolo, the Dream of Power“. Excursion to Possagno. Guided visit of the “Tempio & Gipsoteca of Canova”.

Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant

Afternoon: Guided visit of Asolo. At leisure. Return to the hotel.

Dinner: At the local restaurant

DAY
14
Program Concludes
In Flight

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m. See the travel information section regarding transfers. If you are an independent traveler (POP status), see “Ground Transportation from Last Location.

Morning: Transfer to Venice airport. Please refer to the “Travel Details/Transportation” section for information about transfers. This concludes our program. Safe travels! If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for the next 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