Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m. Transfer from Florence airport to hotel is 4 miles (20-minute ride). The orientation walk in Florence is less than 1 mile.
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.
After checking in at the hotel and getting your room, take some time to freshen up and relax before our Orientation session. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We 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. Except breakfast, meals will be plated (each dish served to guests by a waitstaff) from a set menu unless otherwise specified. Water is included with all meals and other beverages including wine, tea and coffee will be available for purchase unless otherwise specified. Unless indicated differently, transportation will primarily be provided by motor coach. Independent Programs are designed for participants who want high-level Road Scholar instruction, a few group activities, and who are capable and comfortable setting out on their own for a significant part of the day. There will be several hours each day of educational content, meals on your own (excluded from the program cost), and substantial free time for personal independent exploration. 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. Set out for a neighborhood walk to locate ATMs, pharmacies, grocery stores, restaurants, etc. Return to the hotel for a Welcome Reception to get to know your Group Leader and fellow Road Scholars.
At a local restaurant enjoy a welcome dinner with a set Tuscan menu. Plated table service. Water, coffee, and wine are included; other beverages available for purchase.
At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night's rest for the day ahead.