Odyssey at Sea: The Coasts of Italy

Aboard our premiere floating campus, learn about both hidden and celebrated gems along the coasts of one of Europe’s most romantic and culture-filled countries.
Program No. 23512RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

Buon giorno (good morning)! Whether uncovering ancient towns preserved under volcanic ash or discovering the heart of the Renaissance, it’s going to be another spectacular day in Italy on board the Aegean Odyssey. Cast off on Road Scholar’s first-ever floating campus as you sail from the canals of Venice to the architecture of Naples to the art of Florence alongside our experts. Unlike most cruise ships that are briefly in port, you’ll have overnight stays in many locations, giving you plenty of opportunity for deeper exploration. Indulge in a little vita all’italiana (life, Italian style) on our favorite ship as you fall in love with one of Europe’s most romantic and culture-filled countries.

Extend Your Adventure

This program offers an optional program extension.

Extension: Experience Charismatic Rome

Depending on your departure date, experience the storied city of Rome either before or after your Odyssey at Sea, complete with a stay at a centrally-located hotel.
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Choose Your Pace
This program offers two activity levels to choose from on every departure date: one that has less walking and fewer stairs and another at a more active pace.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy a water taxi ride down the Grand Canal to the Rialto, followed by an expert-led exploration of St. Mark’s Square, while in Venice.
  • Explore the doomed ancient town Herculaneum, preserved under the flow of a Mount Vesuvius eruption in A.D. 79.
  • Discover the heart of the Renaissance in Florence, including visits to the Accademia, home to the famous David, and the Duomo.
  • Sail exclusively with ship mates who are all Road Scholar participants, as dedicated to learning as you are.

General Notes

We’ll have up to 350 Road Scholar participants on the ship, divided into groups of 35 for shore excursions. Please note roommate matching is available in categories F, H and L. Give us a call to combine this learning adventure with select dates of "Odyssey at Sea: Pearls of the Adriatic" (#23510) for even more learning adventures on board the Aegean Odyssey. Looking to extend your stay? In addition to "Extension: Experience the Charms of Rome" (#23594) shown above, this program has another extension: "Extension: Italy’s Idyllic Lakes Region" (#23592).
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Joseph Paul Cassar
Joseph Paul Cassar is a professor of art at the University of Maryland University College. He designs online art courses for the university as well as for the New York Times Knowledge Network. He also lectures at the Smithsonian Institute, Johns Hopkins University Osher Program, Towson University, Notre Dame University and York College of Pennsylvania. He has written several books on Maltese modern artists and has won awards for academic excellence.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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