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Cinestudio Paradiso: Celebrating Cinestudio’s 50th Anniversary in Italy

Program No. 24051RJ
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cinestudio during an 11-day adventure in the heart of Italy.
Length
11 days
Rating
New
Activity Level
Starts at
3,999

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DATES & starting prices
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Mar 16 - Mar 26, 2023
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3,999
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Cinestudio

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Mar 16 - Mar 26, 2023
Starting at
4,799
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Cinestudio

At a Glance

Join fellow Cinestudio supporters in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of this special organization in Italy. On this 11-day adventure, we will experience the food, culture and history of cinema as we travel through Turin, Bologna, Florence, and Rome. We will also visit iconic sites such as the Porta Palazzo Market and Duomo in Turin, the Fondazione Zeffirelli in Florence and the Fontana di Trevi, Colosseum, and Forum in Rome.
Activity Level
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Walking an average of five miles a day. Urban walks in traffic-free zones are interrupted by stops for visits or guide's explanation. Streets and sidewalks of stone or cobblestone are tough on feet; mostly level urban stone sidewalks. Extended periods of standing during site visits.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Step into Turin's amazing Mole Antonelliana, home of the National Museum of Cinema and a panoramic elevator to the top!
  • In Bologna, visit Immagine Ritrovata, a laboratory where restoration experts work to bring new life to 20th-century Italian film prints.
  • In Florence, explore Fondazione Zeffirelli, opened in 2017 to honor the legacy of the late Florentine director of cinema and stage, Franco Zeffirelli.
  • From Rome, travel to Cinecitta, Europe’s largest film studio, known as “Hollywood on the Tiber” where 3,000 movies have been filmed since its founding in 1937
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
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La Dolce Vita
by Federico Fellini
Winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival (1960) and the Academy Award for Best Costume Design (1961).
A History of Italian Cinema
by Peter Bondanella
Peter Bondanella's thorough overview of Italian cinema from its beginnings to present day is an essential dictionary of major productions to art house features.
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (Cinema Paradiso)
by Giuseppe Tornatore
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (1990).
La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty)
by Paolo Sorrentino
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (2014).
The Transatlantic Gaze: Italian Cinema, American Film
by Mary Ann McDonald Carolan
This scholarly work documents the influence of Italian cinema on American film from the postwar period to the present.
Roma città aperta (Rome, Open City)
by Roberto Rossellini
Winner of the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film at the Cannes Film Festival (1946).
Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves)
by Vittorio De Sica
Voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States (1949).
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11 days
10 nights
17 meals
9 B 5 L 3 D
DAY
1
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Turin, Check-in, Orientation, Walk, Welcome Dinner
Turin
D
Best Western Plus Hotel Genova

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m. Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 90 miles, approximately 2 hours. Walking in Turin less than 1 mile; urban terrain.

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: After checking in at the hotel and getting your room, take some time to freshen up and relax before our Orientation session. Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date tour schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Except breakfast, meals will be plated (dishes served by waitstaff) from a set menu unless specified otherwise. Water and coffee/tea are included with all meals and other beverages including wine will be available for purchase unless otherwise specified. Transportation on this tour will be provided by motorcoach, public bus or tram, or high-speed train. Periods in the schedule designated as "Free time" and "At leisure" offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. A list of suggested free time activities and restaurants is included in your materials. Tour activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. When our Orientation session has ended, we will set out on a neighborhood walk with our Group Leader to locate ATMs, pharmacies, grocery stores, restaurants, etc. We will then return to the hotel for a glass of prosecco at a welcome reception and spend some time getting to know everyone.

Dinner: We will walk to a restaurant near the hotel for a set menu meal with beverage choices of wine, soft drink, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

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

DAY
3
Turin City Walk, Porta Palazzo Market, Cinema Museum
Turin
B,L
Best Western Plus Hotel Genova

Activity note: Walking up to 4 miles throughout the day; extended periods of standing during field trips; mostly level stone sidewalks, streets with cobblestones.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as an egg dish, cold cuts, cheeses, cereals and muesli, fresh fruit, yogurt, breads and pastries, jams, honey, butter, and a selection of hot and cold beverages including juice, coffee, tea, and water.

Morning: We will begin our journey by delving into the sophisticated and intimate beauty of Turin on a walking field trip with a local expert through its arcaded streets and scenic piazze. Highlights we will see include ancient Roman ruins and the Duomo — Cathedral Basilica San Giovanni Battista — Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, where the Holy Shroud of Turin is conserved. The current structure, rebuilt from 1491-1498, stands on the site of three earlier churches. The dome designed by Guarino Guarini has been reopened. We will then continue on with an English-speaking local expert on a walking field trip to the largest open-air market in Europe. Porta Palazzo – which took its present shape in 1835 – has more than a thousand vendors and is a melting pot of cultures, folklore, and dialects in the Piazza della Repubblica. We will browse the stalls of produce and household goods before entering the indoor food court with vendors from local restaurants, bakeries, and gelato shops.

Lunch: We will have a street food lunch at the Porta Palazzo market.

Afternoon: Next, we will walk to the Mole Antonelliana, the preeminent architectural symbol of Turin. Construction began in 1863 when it was planned as a synagogue. However, as work continued and costs escalated, the congregation sold it to the city in 1878. It was completed in 1889 as a symbol of national unity. The Mole reaches a height of more than 500 feet — the tallest masonry building in Europe and the tallest unreinforced brick structure in the world. It is now the home of the Museo Nazionale del Cinema — National Museum of Cinema. One of the most dramatic features is a glass-sided lift. Those who wish can take the lift to the terrace nearly 300 feet up for panoramic views of the city, surrounded by the breathtaking Alpine chain.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
4
Film Conversation, Chocolate Tasting, Free Time
Turin
B,L
Best Western Plus Hotel Genova

Activity note: Walking up to 4 miles throughout the day; extended periods of standing during field trips; mostly level stone sidewalks, streets with cobblestones.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: In the hotel conference room, we will gather for our first Italian cinema conversation presented by one of the Cinestudio staff. We will experience one of Turin’s most enduring traditions during a field trip to an historic artisanal chocolate factory. After watching the process of production from beginning to end, we will taste delicious gianduiotti. These chocolates incorporating hazelnuts were first made in 1865.

Lunch: At a historic café, we’ll have a set meal with beverage choices of coffee, tea, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your own independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like in Turin.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
5
Train to Bologna, Immagine Ritrovata, Train to Florence
Florence
B,L,D
Palazzo Castri 1874

Activity note: Getting on/off a train. Unavoidable stairs in train stations. High-speed train to Bologna takes 2.5 hours (210 miles); high-speed train to Florence takes 35 minutes (70 miles). Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day; extended periods of standing during field trips; mostly level stone sidewalks, streets with cobblestones.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel, depositing bags in the lobby where the Group Leader will supervise loading onto a van headed directly to Florence where they will be delivered to our hotel. Walking to the Torino Porta Nuova train station we will take the high-speed train to Bologna that departs mid-morning.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in the heart of Bologna, we will enjoy a plated three-course set regional menu; water and coffee/tea included, other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We venture onward to the Cineteca di Bologna to visit Immagine Ritrovata, a laboratory where restoration experts work to bring new life to 20th-century Italian film prints. Following our visit, we walk back to the station to board a high-speed train for a quick ride to Florence. We will check in to our rooms and have some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At a local pizzeria, enjoy your choice of a select pizza menu; water, soft drink, or beer included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Film Conversation, Free Time, Wine Tasting
Florence
B
Palazzo Castri 1874

Activity note: Walking up to 4 miles throughout the day; extended periods of standing during field trips; mostly level stone sidewalks, streets with cobblestones.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will be joined in the hotel meeting room for an overview of cinema with one of the Cinestudio staff.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like in Florence.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your own independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Cap off the evening with a wine tasting (included activity) at an enoteca, or wine bar near piazza del Duomo.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like in Florence.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Fondazione Zeffirelli, Free Time
Florence
B
Palazzo Castri 1874

Activity note: Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day; extended periods of standing during field trips; mostly level stone sidewalks, streets with cobblestones. Some unavoidable stairs in the museum.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We start the day with a walk toward the Piazza della Signoria where we have a guided visit of the Fondazione Zeffirelli. Opened in 2017, the Fondazione Zeffirelli honors the legacy of the late Florentine director of the cinema and stage – Franco Zeffirelli. Housed in San Firenze, a former monastery of the Filippini and today the seat of the city court, the exhibition begins in 1953 at the start of Zeffirelli's career and is divided into 20 "chapters" by room. Almost 300 scenes and costume sketches are on display, along with posters, flyers, and costumes from performances, set design models, original drawings, and photographs taken behind-the-scenes on-set.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your own independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
8
Film Conversation, Train to Rome
Rome
B,L
Hotel Monti Palace

Activity note: Getting on/off a train. Unavoidable stairs in train stations. High-speed train to Rome takes 1.5 hours (175 miles). Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day; extended periods of standing during field trips; mostly level stone sidewalks, streets with cobblestones. Some unavoidable stairs throughout Rome.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: The Group Leader will let us know what time our luggage should be placed outside our room doors. The bags will be loaded onto a van and delivered directly to the hotel in Rome. Before heading to Rome, we gather in the meeting room for another film conversation with Cinestudio's John Michael Mason on Roma città aperta (Rome, Open City). We will then walk to Firenze Santa Maria Novella station, then travel by high-speed train to Roma Termini station.

Lunch: At a restaurant near Roma Termini station, enjoy a three-course set menu; water and coffee/tea included, other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: With our local expert, we begin a walk through the heart of Rome to see the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and the Pantheon. Our guide will take us to Piazza Navona and explain how the long oval piazza was built by the Emperor Dominitian (81-96) for track and field games. The buildings lining the piazza have the footprint of the bleachers. Now the quintessential Baroque piazza, it is home to artists and performers. Bernini's fountain of the Four Rivers -- featured in the movie Angels and Demons -- sits in the middle of Borromini's church of St. Agnes is on the west side. The Pantheon is the best-preserved monument from ancient Rome. Conventional history says it was commissioned by the Emperor Hadrian to replace two previous buildings and constructed circa 118-125 CE, but more recent studies have suggested it was earlier. The design achievements and original purpose continue to baffle archaeologists, architects, and historians today. The niches along the interior perimeter are illuminated by the sun at different times of the year and day through the oculus in the ceiling, the only source of natural light. We will explore the interior with a local expert. Next we visit the Fontana di Trevi, the largest in the city and one of the most beautiful. The great fountain we see today replaced a number of earlier versions that had served as the terminus of one of Rome's aqueducts. It was completed in 1743. We will learn about its architecture and the meaning of the symbolic figures and gestures.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Cinecittà
Rome
B,L
Hotel Monti Palace

Activity note: Getting on/off the Metro. Unavoidable stairs in stations. Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day; extended periods of standing during field trips; mostly level stone sidewalks, streets with cobblestones. Some unavoidable stairs.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After the rush hour crowd gets to work, we board the Metro near our hotel and head to Cinecittà, Europe’s largest film studio. Situated about seven miles outside of Rome, the "Hollywood on the Tiber" has had over 3,000 movies filmed there since its founding in 1937. We join a studio guide for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at this famed studio where Ben-Hur, Gangs of New York, and La dolce vita were filmed.

Lunch: At a restaurant just outside the Cinecittà gates, enjoy a three-course set menu; water and coffee/tea included, other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We continue exploring Cinecittà at our own pace, then return to Rome by Metro.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like in Rome.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Colosseum, Forum, Free Time
Rome
B,D
Hotel Monti Palace

Activity note: Getting on/off the Metro. Unavoidable stairs in stations. Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day; extended periods of standing during field trips; mostly level stone sidewalks, streets with cobblestones, loose gravel, and dirt paths. Elevator available in the Colosseum. Some unavoidable stairs in the Colosseum and Forum.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will walk to the nearby Metro station for a brief ride to Colosseum and Forum. A local expert will lead our exploration of the Colosseum and share some interesting anecdotes about Roman entertainment so many centuries ago. Built in the year 80 CE and officially known as the Flavian Amphitheater, the Colosseum was the greatest in the Roman Empire. It measured 620 by 513 feet and could hold more than 50,000 spectators. Architects and researchers are still not sure how the many wonders that have been described were managed. Historical records as well as popular culture in our time have made it an iconic symbol of gladiatorial combat and the sacrifice of untold numbers of slaves, prisoners of war, condemned criminals, and animals from throughout the empire. Those with the energy and stamina are welcome to climb the ten-foot high steps to the upper level. The visit will continue to the Forum where the ruins of the temples and columns are the backdrop of what used to be the center of commercial, civic, and religious activity of ancient Rome.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like in Rome.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your own independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: At a restaurant near the hotel, we will enjoy our farewell dinner, plated and served from a set menu, with wine included to toast the 50th anniversary of Cinestudio. Recap your adventures and share your favorite memories.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
11
Program Concludes, Departures
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m. See your travel details regarding transfers. Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 1 mile throughout the day.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet; for those with early departures, the hotel will prepare a bagged breakfast with a fruit, a roll or pastry, fruit juice, and water to take with you. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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