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11 days Study Tour of Italy



This tour will offer you  the best of Italy ,its ancient Roman and Etruscan monuments and pieces of arts , its rich architecture in churches and  palaces, its fabulous art treasures in churches and museums as well as giving you a real taste of Italian culture ,wine and food . With reserved time  in the major museums  by our office you avoid long lines .

Our friendly tour escort and local guide experts will guide and assist you during your whole stay in Italy  ensuring your stay to be worriless and a truly cultural rewarding travel experience.

Day 1  ROME
Arrive Rome airport. Transfer by private bus and our assistant and tour escort    to our Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio Via Cavour, 18 00184 Roma Italia or hotel NORD NUOVA   near the Termini bus station. Check in at the hotel. Short orientation tour by your private  tour escort  to walk towards the Pantheon , Piazza Navona. Welcome dinner included in the hotel. Overnight in the  Hotel  www.romehoteldazeglio.it/
Day 2  ROME
Morning departure for guided visit   (ROMA PASS included: valid for three days for free public transport around Rome, two free admission to first two major sites//museums and reduced for all others) to visit the Coliseum and the Roman and Imperial Fora. and the Palatino museums.

Suggestion for afternoon visits on your own: Ara pacis Augustae and Santa Maria del Popolo (to see Caravaggio’s Crucifixion of St Peter and Blinding of Saul) or the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (Via Cavour, open 7am-630pm). Overnight  in Rome  

Day 3  ROME
Morning departure by public bus to reach the Vatican area for guided visit of the Vatican Museums   (Raphael, Stanza della Segnatura, etc., frescoes, Sandro Botticelli, Perugino, et al., Sistine Chapel wall frescoes of Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel ceiling and Last Judgment). Continue to visit the famous St Peter’s Basilica. Suggestion for afternoon visits on your own: Visit the Borghese Gallery , amidst a beautiful park with an impressive art collection of more than 300 years- open 9am-7pm. www.galleriaborghese.it   Advance reservation is required. Overnight in  Rome..

Suggested churches you may visit on your own in Rome:
Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere (Piazza di Santa Maria; 06 581 48 02; 7.30am-1pm, 4-7pm), believed to be the oldest Roman church dedicated to the Virgin
 Basilica di Santa Cecilia in Trastevere (admission free; 9am-12.30pm & 4.15-6.30pm Mon-Sat), with its magnificent 13th-century fresco and oldest extent baptistry in Rome, dating back to possibly the 5th century.
Santa Maria della Vittoria
            Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Cornaro Chapel (including Ecstasy of Saint Theresa)
Santa Susanna
            Carlo Maderno, architect of the façade

Santa Maria del Carmine
Masaccio, Brancacci Chapel frescoes
Santo Spirito
            Filippo Brunelleschi, architect
            Andrea Orcagna, Last Supper in the former refectory

  Day 4 ROME.Day trip  by metro and bus to OSTIA ANTICA (no guide)

Morning by metro/bus  and  our  tour escort  travel (no guide ) to  OSTIA ANTICA  for  a visit of this ancient Roman harbour town with interesting dwellings and houses to see how the Romans lived in the Roman times  . Return to Rome late  afternoon. . Overnight.

Morning departure by  train  and  your tour escort  to reach ORVIETO on our way to Florence. You can visit the famous Orvieto Cathedral,the Papal Residence, the Etruscan Necropolis and the  possibly part of the Underground city,  Overnight in Hotel  GRAND HOTEL ITALIA  Hotel will send luggage van.  Transportation by funicular.


Day 6   ORVIETO  .Free day to visit many of the sites of Orvieto.

Overnight .Orvieto.  Local tourist card included.

Day 7 ORVIETO  - Florence

By  train  departure for Florence and your tour escort  travel  to Florence .Orientation tour of Florence,  guided visit of  the famous Uffizi gallery (open 815am-650pm, closed Mondays, reservation required  )Continue visit Santa Croce and the Pazzi chapel (open 930am-530pm, www.sabtacroce.firenze.it) with burial monuments  of Machiavelli, Dante, Rossini, Galileo, Rossini and Marconi among others Suggestion to visit on your own:

Santa Maria Novella and its Chapter House (the Spanish Chapel) (Open: Weekdays: 9 – 5 pm  Friday : 1-5 pm Holidays 1-5 pm Adm.fees: Euro 2.50 )and Santa Maria del Carmine.


Welcome dinner in Florence optional (not included). Overnight at Hotel Silla. http://www.hotelsilla.it/

Day 8 . FLORENCE .
Guided visit to the Galileo Museum.Guided visit of the DUOMO(10 am – 5 pm ) and its Battestero di San Giovanni ( 12- 7 pm)
Overnight in   FlorenceOvernight in hotel Silla in Florence.

Morning  guided visit of Accademia (open  815am-650pm Tues-Sun – reservation required ) with the famous statue of David..    And guided visit of the replica of  Dantes   house of birth . 10 am – 5 pm  .Suggestion for further visits: Bargello Museum ( 7 Euro )Medici Chapels and Tombs Mon-Sund 8.15-6 pm   ^euro + 3 Eur res.fee, San Marco Museum (open until 150pm)  4 Euro

By rail from Florence to Padova.Walk to your hotel  GRAND ITALIA    near the railway station. Orientation tour on foot in Padova. Scrovegni Chapel Basilica di Sant'Antonio da Padova,
9- 6 pm   10 minutes visit , Reservation online possible.


( Prato della Valle, a 90,000 m2 (968,751.94 sq ft) elliptical square. This is believed to be the biggest in Europe, after Place des Quinconces in Bordeaux. In the centre is a wide garden surrounded by a ditch, which is lined by 78 statues portraying famous citizens.

By rail only 30 minutes rail ride to Venice for guided visit of  VENICE   with the Basilica of  San Marco ,   9.45- 5 pm   . Treasury  3 Ero.The Doges Palace( 9- 7pm)   tel 0039-41- 427-30892  . and also the Bridge of Sighs .Ride thru the Grand Canal with all imposing Venetian Palace. Visit the Santo Stephano  Church. Return to Padova for overnight .  

Day 11   PADOVA
Breakfast and transfer bus to  Venice airport ,
$ 2,595   per student based on min. ( 25 students + 1 free )
*Rates are subject to change due to currency fluctuations. Hotel taxes of 3 Euro/room/night for 4 star hotels and 1.5 Euro /room/night in 3 star hotels are not included


  • Accommodation in twin and three bedded rooms with private facilities for all students (incl. 2  doubles  for professors) in selected three *** and **** star hotels with central locations, in Rome, Orvieto , Florence and  Padova for nine (11) overnight from  May  23  to June 3   2011
  • Daily breakfast  buffet during the whole stay
  • One (1) dinner  in selected hotel and/or restaurants  with 3  courses and mineral water (in Rome )
  • Local English speaking guides/lecturers for all the included visits as per itinerary
  • English-Italian speaking tour escort during the whole trip .
  • Transfer bus from the airport in Rome to hotel by  private motor coach and transfer assistance and also from Padova to the Venice airport .
  • Rail tickets (2nd class) from   Rome –Orvieto -Florence- Padova , one way by express train
  • Public transport/express airport bus . Padova-Venice roundtrip and canal  tickets Venice
  • ROMA PASS (value of 25E pp) for using public transport in Rome for 3 days free and 2 free sites visits, reduced museum/sites’ visits
  • Admission fees are included for sites/museums listed and reservation fees accordingly

Vatican Museum is the only museum offering reduced student admissions( 8 euro versus 14 euro reg.rate) based on a certificate from the College. Reservation has to done at least 8-12 months prior arrival due to the high demand!



Flights to and from Italy from the US are not included.
Dinners not mentioned, lunches, drinks and other services.
Gratuities to guides ,tour escort and drivers( recommended:  2 euro per person per  day)for each.
Guide services in Orvieto and in Ostia Antica.
Admission fees to museums and sites not included  in the itinerary as included in the regular tour itinerary.

Hotel tips and portages.

DEPOSIT of $5 00 per person
BALANCE  45 days prior to arrival .

Hotels  used in this itinerary ( subject to availability at requested dates )

Hotel Massiimo D’Azeglio Via Cavour 18 , Roma 00185 .Tel 0039-06-487-0270
Email : dazeglio@bettojahotels.it

Grand Hotel ITALIA , Via di Piazza del Popolo 13, ORVIETO .
Tel 0763-34 20 65 or 66,  website : www.grandhotelitalia.it

Hotel SILLA, Via de Renal 5,Firenze 50100 Tel : 39-055-234 288


Hotel Grand DÍtalia ,Corso del Popolo 81, Padova, 35 131
Tel: 39-049-8761111


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Dimitri and Thalia Cocconi

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