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Road Scholar's All-Inclusive Italy Adventures

Discover Rome’s preserved ruins, Renaissance art & architecture in Florence, renowned cathedrals & cuisine of Venice, majestic Tuscany, beautiful Italian lakes, Mediterranean coastal cruises by small ship, & so much more!  With Road Scholar's learning programs, you will experience Italy's ancient history, enriching cultures and unsurpassed food & wine, by land, sea, bicycle, or on foot.

Road Scholar's Trips to Italy Include:

  • All lodgings & most meals
  • Expert-led lectures & field trips
  • Hands-on experiences & performances
  • All gratuities
  • Road Scholar Assurance Plan


Road Scholars Report

The Hidden Treasures of Florence

“This was my first Road Scholar program. I was simply blown away by the quality of group leader, instructors, places we went, hotel, participants. We got into palaces, basements, attics, places the average tourist wouldn't have accessed or even known about. One evening we had a private organ concert in a small closed chapel by the organist at the Duomo! Each day was an overwhelming wonder. ”
Holly from Gunnison, CO
Road Scholar Class of 2018
Florence, Italy


Favorite Experiences in Italy

  • An after-hours, crowd-free visit to the Sistine Chapel with an art historian
  • Walking from one coastal town to another along the Mediterranean’s Cinque Terre
  • Learning the traditional ways of making food and wine in Tuscany
  • Exploring ancient ruins and idyllic coastal villages on a Mediterranean voyage
  • Discovering the amazingly diverse cultural influences of Sicily


Let's Get Specific

Here's how you save 22% compared with a similar itinerary offered by a commercial tour company.

Example Road Scholar program: Treasures of Sicily 

Road Scholar Others
Starting Price for 2020 dates: $4,599 $4,095
Number of nights: 16 15
Cost of meals on your own: $50 $90
Taxes & Gratuities: included + $60
Cost of Optional Excursions: included + $165
Transportation: included included
Expert Instructors (Bonus!) included -
Cost per night $290 $294
The price you pay in the end:

16 nights


15 nights



Why go with Road Scholar?

The Value

Everything is included - expert instruction, admission fees, most meals, accommodations, port taxes, gratuities, and more! We even add extra nights on land before and after most ship voyages.

  • Expert lectures

  • Pre- and post-voyage nights

  • Behind-the-scenes experiences

  • Meals, lodging, taxes & tips


The Experience

At Road Scholar, we develop learning adventures for those who want a depth of perspective not found on standard travel excursions. Working with expert faculty, we create one-of-a-kind experiences - rich, multifaceted investigations into every topic and destination.


The Faculty

If we’re lucky, we can all remember at least one from our school days. The teacher who made learning a sport. The teacher who opened a new door on the world. The teacher who introduced us to a passionate interest we never saw coming. That’s how we choose the members of our Road Scholar faculty—for the depth of their knowledge about a destination or subject and for their ability to captivate us while communicating that knowledge.


The Community

We call the lifelong learners who participate in our adventures Road Scholars because they are as fun and as stimulating as our learning adventures. Road Scholars are a diverse group of lifelong learners. They are solo travelers, couples, partners, or friends. They are retirees and busy professionals. They are farmers and urbanites. Intellectuals and adventurers. And together, they form a dynamic cohort that enriches every learning experience.



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