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
Length
14 days
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14 days
13 nights
29 meals
12 B 7 L 10 D
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight

Activity note: Overnight flights from North America.

DAY
2
Arrive Ancona, Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Dinner
Sirolo (Ancona)
D
Hotel Monteconero - Badia San Pietro

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

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. Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances such as museum and restaurant openings/closings, guest speaker schedules, and the like. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, attending performances or other events on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. We’ll then enjoy a welcome cocktail together at the hotel before dinner.

Dinner: At hotel restaurant, we’ll enjoy a set, plated meal featuring regional cuisine, plus a glass of wine, mineral water, coffee; other beverages available for purchase.

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

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

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Travel approximately 90 miles/ 145 km.

Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant, we will enjoy a buffet meal, plus coffee, tea, water.

Morning: This morning we will enjoy a lecture on the paintings of Lorenzo Lotto, given by an art historian, followed by a field trip to Jesi. In Jesi we will visit Palazzo Rococo’ Pianetti by motorcoach to admire the most important masterpieces by Lorenzo Lotto, as well as an expert-guided visit of the Palazzo della Signoria, with its historical library. The ancient Italic tribe of the Umbi counted Jesi among its last towns until the Gallic tribe of the Senones invaded in the 4th century BC. The Romans would later drive them from the area in 283 BC and rename it Aesis as a colonia civium romanorum.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: From Jesi we will continue by motorcoach to Cingoli, 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. What will we do here?

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a set, plated meal featuring regional cuisine plus a glass of wine, mineral water, coffee; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Travel approximately 41 miles/ 66 km.

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Morning: This morning we will enjoy a lecture at the hotel with an art historian on the Piceni civilization. Afterwards we will travel by motorcoach to the Church of Santa Maria di Portonovo. Following this, we will continue by motorcoach to Numana known as the Queen of Conero Riviera. We will visit the sanctuary of the Crocifisso, which houses a precious cedar wood crucifix with a Byzantine imprint. We will then visit the nearby Antiquarium museum. From the piazza, we will enjoy a lovely view of the Conero headland. Next we will visit Sirolo, a lovely hamlet located above a natural terrace on the southern face of the Conero. Its peaceful atmosphere, enveloping the narrow streets, is worth a visit for an independent exploration.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a buffet meal plus coffee, tea, water, with other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will return to Ancona and explore the city with our group leader. Ancona is a lively, modern and active city. Its harbor is 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. We will then return to hotel.

Dinner: Plated hotel restaurant meal.

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

DAY
5
Rimini, Free Time
Rimini
B,L,D
Hotel Villa Adriatica

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Travel approximately 80 miles/ 129 km.

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Morning: This morning, after breakfast, we will depart Ancona for Rimini by motorcoach and check-in at the hotel in Rimini.

Lunch: At the hotel restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal, plus coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will enjoy a field trip through Rimini on foot with our group leader. Rimini, founded by the Romans in 268 BC, boasts nine miles of Adriatic Sea coast and beach, and was the birthplace of famed director Federico Fellini.

Dinner: Plated hotel restaurant meal.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Travel approximately 20.5 miles/ 33 km.

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Morning: In the hotel, our expert will present a lecture on Dante Alighieri and the history of Paolo and Francesca, characters from his famous Divine Comedy. Next, we will travel by motorcoach to Gradara. Perched upon a hill, Gradara, 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.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal plus coffee, tea, water, with other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will travel to San Leo. The Romanesque core of the village - church, cathedral and tower - is confronted with modern 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 and the Medici Palace, built by the Della Rovere and modernized by the Medici. Later, we will return to hotel.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Raphael and the Renaissance, Urbino
Rimini
B,D
Hotel Villa Adriatica

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Travel approximately 77 miles/ 124 km.

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Morning: This morning we’ll learn about the painter Raffaello Sanzio, better known as Raphael, and the Renaissance in Urbino. Next we will travel to Urbino, a UNESCO city, is a picturesque hill town that serves as the capital of the Marche region and was vital to the Italian Renaissance. Dating back to the Roman empire. Urbino founds its peak in the 15th century as the court of Duke Federico da Montefeltro. While here, we will visit the birthplace of Raphael, one of the leading figures in art during the Renaissance.

Lunch: On your own

Afternoon: After lunch, we will visit the Ducal Palace with our local expert, which houses one of the most important Renaissance collections in all of Italy, including paintings by Raphael, Paolo Uccello, and van Wassenhove.

Dinner: Plated hotel restaurant meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Ravenna
Rimini
B,D
Hotel Villa Adriatica

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Travel approximately 79 miles/ 127 km.

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Morning: After breakfast, we will depart for Ravenna by motorcoach. In nearby Classe, we will enjoy a visit with our local expert to the Basilica di Sant’Apollinare, dating from the 6th century. We will continue to the historical center of Ravenna, passing by the Mausoleum of Theodoric. We will visit the Basilica di Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, renamed in the 9th century when relics of Saint Apollinaris were moved here from the Basicilica in Classe, as well as the tomb of Dante Alighieri.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: We will next go on a guided visit of the Orthodox Baptistry, or Battistero degli Ortodossi, the oldest monument still standing in the city, built partially on the site of a Roman bath, and a UNCESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, we will visit the Mausoleum of Galla Placida and Basilic of Saint Vitale before returning to our hotel for dinner.

Dinner: Plated hotel restaurant meal.

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

DAY
9
Dozza, Transfer to Ferrara, Check-In, Free Time
Ferrara
B,L,D
Hotel Europa

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Travel approximately 109 miles/ 175.5 km.

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we will board our private motorcoach and transfer to Ferrara, where we will check in at our hotel. During our ride we will stop at Dozza, set in the hills overlooking the Via Emilia, where we visit the medieval castle known as the Rocca di Dozza with our local expert.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal plus coffee, tea, water, with other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will transfer by motorcoach to Ferrara.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal plus coffee, tea, water, with other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Ferrara
Ferrara
B,D
Hotel Europa

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Morning: 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: Free time.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal plus coffee, tea, water, with other beverages available for purchase.

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

DAY
11
Transfer to Castelfranco Veneto, Walled Towns, Villa Emo
Castelfranco Veneto (TV)
B,L,D
Hotel alla Torre

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Travel approximately 78 miles/ 125.5 km.

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Morning: This morning we will travel to the comune Castelfranco Veneto in Veneto, Treviso and check in at our hotel. We will enjoy an expert-led lecture on the walled towns, castles, and other military architecture of Veneto, Emilia/Romagna and Marche.

Lunch: Hotel restaurant plated.

Afternoon: We will next enjoy a visit to Villa Emo, before returning to Castlelfranco Veneto, with its roots in a castle built here during a war between Treviso and Padua in the 12th century.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal plus coffee, tea, water, with other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Travel approximately 62 miles/ 99.7 km.

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Morning: This morning we will visit the Castello di Thiene in Thiene, Vicenza, which features exemplary Venetian medieval architecture and frescoes by Zelotti and Fasolo. We will next visit Marostica, with its famous biennial living chess game, with humans playing pieces on the large chess board drawn on the square in front of the Lower Castle of Marostica. We will have some time here for independent exploration. Following Marostica, we will next travel to Bassano del Grappa, known for its strong grappa liquer and covered bridge over the Brenta River. We’ll take in the typically Venetian arcade streets that meet with Alpine and Austrian influences.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal plus coffee, tea, water, with other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will visit the Museo Della Grappa Poli, a museum devoted to the most famous Italian distillate, Grappa, as well as partake in a tasting. After some time to explore town, we will return to the hotel in Castelfranco.

Dinner: On your own

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Travel approximately 30.5 miles/ 49 km.

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Morning: This morning we will learn about Caterina Cornaro Queen of Asolo in an expert-led lecture. We will then travel to Possagno, where we will enjoy a visit with our local expert to the Tempio Canoviano, a Roman Catholic church built in a Neoclassical style in the early 19th-century.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal plus coffee, tea, water, with other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will explore Asolo with our local expert. After some time to explore town, we will return to the hotel in Castelfranco.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated and served farewell meal with wine, coffee and water; other beverages available for purchase. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with your fellow Road Scholars.

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

DAY
14
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Early morning departure. This is an international travel day; no meals are included. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet depending on departure time

Morning: 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.