Florida Institute of Technology

June 27–Aug. 7, 2014

Italy 2014 Itinerary

June 21: Depart the US for Florence

 

June 22 – Arrive Florence (Firenze)
hotel check in (after 2pm, but rooms can sometimes be ready earlier if you are lucky). A casual walk with Fr. Doug at a time he will announce via note at front desk. (Hotel Albani: http://www.albanihotels.com/firenze/eng/hotel-albani-firenze.php)

 

June 23 – Prior to 9am - Breakfast in Hotel
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Guided walking tour of Florence highlights with guide.  Walking tour through the city center to discover Florence Renaissance art and history in some of the most famous landmarks such as Piazza Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and Duomo area. Visit to Palazzo Davanzati, house of a Florentine merchant of XIV Century with antique furniture.
Free afternoon
8 or 8:30 p.m. Group dinner at ZaZa, Mercato Centrale (meal cost included- no drinks) Piazza del mercato centrale, 26/r - Firenze Tel. 055/215411 http://www.trattoriazaza.it/

 

June 24 – Breakfast in Hotel
Tuscan Tour option 9am: Depart from hotel lobby for private guided Tuscany day tour all day (8 passengers).
Venice by train option Venice: 2 hours each way by train. Depart by 10am and you will have from 12-7pm in Venice. LAST train leaves Venice at 7pm, so don't miss it! (Be sure to validate train tickets in boxes in station before getting on!)

Florence sites: The outdoor markets and old market hall-Mercato Centrale, Brancacci Chapel (Masaccio’s frescoes), San Lorenzo, Medici Chapel (Michelangelo’s work), Santa Maria Novella, Pitti Palace, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, San Miniato. Take a bus to Fiesole- the hilltop town with ancient Etruscan ampitheatre overlooking Florence.  Watch Rick Steves on hulu.com to get a mini tour.


25 June – Breakfast in Hotel
8:15 a.m. Depart hotel at  to walk to Uffizzi and arrive by 8:45am.  9am-12pm Guided walking tour with Giovanna Bossi including Accademia (David), Uffizi Gallery (Boteccelli, etc.)
15:08 p.m. Departure by train from Florence Sta. Maria Novella Station to Rome, Termini Station (1.5 hours by train)
16:20 p.m.
Arrival in Rome.  Transfer to Hotel San Francesco, Roma (in Trastevere -A cool area on the Vatican side of the Tiber River in Rome): http://www.hotelsanfrancesco.net/inglese/hotel.htm
Group Dinner and stroll by Trevi Fountain (dinner not included)

 

26 June – Breakfast in Hotel
7:45am  depart hotel for Vatican by public bus, taxi, or walk
8:45am Vatican Museum arrival: Half day guided walking tour: St. Peter’s, Vatican museum with Laila Volpe. (includes Sistine Chapel)
Meeting point at Cafe Vaticano in front of the Vatican Museum entrance, Viale Vaticano 100.
9:00 AM Visit the Vatican Museums which originated as a private collection and 500 years later are the most sought after, most visited, largest and most vast collection in the world. Visit the Sistine Chapel, the most important of the many private chapels of the Popes, for its collection of great artists and especially for the cycle of frescoes by the great Michelangelo. This is also where the conclaves that select a new Pope are held. Then on to visit the largest of all churches – St. Peter’s Basilica, begun in 1506 with that towering dome by the great architect genius Michelangelo. See the Pietà and explore the grandure of this structure built upon the ruins of the first basilica, which itself was built upon the tomb of the first Apostle, Peter. 1 PM free for lunch.
Free afternoon and evening

 

27 June: Breakfast in Hotel
Morning Archeological Tour -  Ancient Rome walking tour with Colosseum, Roman Forum, etc. with Laila Volpe.  Laila will give meeting location instructions to group on June 29.
9:00 AM Visit the Roman Colosseum where many lost their lives while entertaining the multitude of Romans - gladiators, wild beasts, circus shows. In only 10 years this enormous structure was created in 4 floors, with 84 entrances, it held 60,000 spectators and all could be evacuated in less than 20 minutes. One of the first seismic resistant structures and the temporarily covered super dome; it is one of the wonders of the world . Walk through the Roman Forum and discover the monuments and ancient roads that are part of the beginning of the Eternal City. This is its center and origin – practically 3000 years ago. If we want to add the Pantheon then we need bus tickets to get us there quickly. By 1 PM free for lunch.
Afternoon on your own Option: Meet at Pantheon fountain for walking tour of Rome with Fr. Doug: Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, San Luigi dei Francesi (Carravaggio paintings), Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiori
9pm Arrivederci Roma! Group Dinner at SPIRITO DIVINO (included):  Ristorante Spirito DiVino, Via dei Genovesi 31 a/b, 00153 Roma (Trastevere-walk from hotel).  Tel. +39 06 589 66 89  http://www.spiritodivino.com/

 

28 June – Breakfast in Hotel – Free day – Possible concert- See Fr Doug for details.
2:45pm departure by mini bus from hotel to airport for UK. British Air evening flight required to obtain free transport to Oxford from Heathrow.
Late evening Arrival in Oxford. Coach from Heathrow to Jesus College.

Group flight TBA (purchased on your own)
From Fiumicino (Rome) Terminal TBA
To Heathrow (London)
Depart 28 June
Arrive Heathrow 28 June

***All itinerary information is subject to change including locations, dates, times, events, hotels.***

***You must be on time for all group events.  If you are late and miss an entrance time you will have to arrange and pay for your entrance on your own.  No refunds for missed or skipped events.***


Hotels:

Florence:

Hotel Albani
Via Fiume, 12 - 50123 Firenze
+ 39 055 26030 Tel.
+ 39 055 211045 Fax

Hotel Albani, Florence (Firenze- near San Lorenzo and Sta. Maria Novella): http://www.albanihotels.com/firenze/eng/hotel-albani-firenze.php

Rome:

Hotel San Francesco
Via Jacopa de' Settesoli, 7
00153 Rome - Italy
Tel +39 06 5830 0051
Fax +39 06 5833 3413

Hotel San Francesco, Roma (in Trastevere -A cool area on the Vatican side of the Tiber River in Rome): http://www.hotelsanfrancesco.net/en/home.html

The phone number for Fr. Doug Bailey is a US mobile number:  001-321-432-4885. It should work in Italy, but the 001 or +1 must be dialed before the 321# if calling from within Europe.