Vacations To Go

 

Italy and the Disney Mediterranean Cruise

 

Day 1 Tuesday June 11th  
7:00 p.m. Depart: Spokane  
  Do: Delta Flight 5819  
8:13 p.m. Arrive: Seattle  
  Lodge: Rodeway Inn
2930 S. 176th St.,
SeaTac, WA, US, 98188
+1 (206) 246-9300
(Queen $80.99, 2 Queens $89.99)
 

 

 

Day 2 Wednesday June 12th
5:00 a.m. Do: Shuttle service runs on a daily basis from 5 AM to Midnight only.
7:40 a.m. Depart: Seattle
  Do: Delta Flight 1651 Seats 38AB,39AB (5 hrs. 27 min)
Breakfast
4:07 p.m. Arrive: NYC Kennedy
  Do: Lunch
9:05 p.m. Depart: NYC Kennedy Airport
  Do: Delta Flight 474 Seats 31JH, 32JH (8 hrs, 25 min)
Dinner

 

 

Day 3 Thursday June 13th
11:30 a.m. Arrive: Venice
    ATVO Buses – These “Venice Express” buses run between Piazzale Roma and the airport. The first bus leaves Piazzale Roma at 04:20 and the last bus leaves at 23:30. The first bus leaves the airport bound for Venice at 05:20, and the last bus of the day departs at 01:20. The journey is about 20-30 minutes one-way and the cost of a ticket is €8 one way (€15 if you’ll be making the round-trip). You can buy tickets in the baggage area of the arrivals hall at the automatic machines (they’re blue with a yellow ATVO logo), at the ATVO ticket office in the arrivals hall (8-mid), or at ATVO machines just outside the airport where the buses actually depart from.
    Piazzale Roma Bus Station


After arriving at the Piazzale Roma, look for the Hellovenezia office, which is a tile-roofed building near the tree-lined side of the square and the modern Calatrava Bridge, a.k.a. the Ponte della Costituzione. It sells tickets for public water buses (ACTV Travel Card vaporetti €40 for 3 days)

If the lines at the Hellovenezia office are long, bypass them by purchasing your transit tickets at the newsstand (see photo above) in the middle of the square. This is also a good place to buy tickets for ATVO airport buses.

    Public WC-Turn around and see the parking garage on the other side of the 2 roads. On the left corner behind the Bar Ristorante Autorimessa.
    (Turn right at the water. Cross the Ponte della Costituzione Bridge. Continue straight ahead past the train station. Turn right across the bridge on Ponte degli Scalzi. Go straight ahead. On the right side.)
    Lunch- Vittoria Ristorante
    (Continue straight ahead to the end.)

2:00 p.m.-
7:00 p.m.
  Check in-Omar
Santa Croce, 764 Scalzi Bridge/Rio Marin
Santa Croce, Venice 30135
OR Store luggage at the train station!
    (Walk to the Terminal Ferrovia on the left. Take vaporetto Ferrovia E1 Get off at Ferry Terminal S Toma DX. Continue straight ahead. Turn right on Calle del Campanile. Take the 3rd left on Calle dei Volti. Jog right on Calle Corli. Take the 2nd left on Calle de la Passion. It will become Campe dei Frari.)
  Do: Frari to Rialto Walk
3:00 p.m.   Frari Church (Mon-Sat 9-6, Sun 1-6) € 3,00 (Photos OK)
    (Turn right on Campe dei Frari. Go left on Callae Larga Prima. Jog left on Calle Corli. Take the 1st right. Turn left on Calle dell Campanile. Take the 1st right on Calle del Traghetto. Take the 1st left toward the canal. Cross the bridge. Continue ahead on Calle del Scaleter.)
    Tragicomica Mask Shop
One of the best mask shops. It is also a workshop, where you can get a glimpse into the process.
    (Continue on. Turn the next left on Rio Tera dei Nomboli. Take the first right on Calle dei Saoneri. Cross the canal. On the left side. Souvenir store nearby. It will become Salizada S. Polo. Take the 1st left on Campo San Polo.)
    Campo San Polo
One of the largest squares in Venice. It is amphitheatre shaped by a curved canal at the base of the buildings on the right. Antica Birraria la Coret is a fine pizzeria on the far side.
    Church of San Polo (S. Paolo Apostolo)
This is one of the oldest in Venice from the 9th century. (English description at the ticket desk.) The wooden, boatshaped ceiling recalls the earliest basilicas built after Rome's fall. See Last Supper by Tintoretto's, as well as more.
    (Go back to Salizada S. Polo and turn left. Cross the canal. It will become Calle Sotopassaggio de la Madoneta, then Calle dei Meloni. Cross another canal. Jog right, then take the 2nd left on Calle del Todeschini. It will become Calle de L'ogio o de la Rugheta, then Ruga Vecchia S. Giovanni. Look for bakeries. Turn right on Ruga dei Oresi. On the left side.)
   

Campo San Giacomo
The building lining the square are High Renaissance, mostly built after 1514 fire devastated this area. Find the MDXX date on the arcade, built in 1520. Only the church predates this. The square is designed to collect rainwater and store it in a cistern that once fed this fountain. Rialto Bridge use to have a drawbridge, until the 1590's, so ships would dock alongside the market. Between here and the Rialto use to be banks. It is still called Bancogiro, place where merchants bank.

Opposite the church a granite hunchback supports steps leading to a column. Someone would climb the stair each noon and stood on the column to read aloud the daily news from the doge. Ex: which ships had docked, which ambassadors were in town and the price of pepper, etc.

Before clocks had minute hands, the porch was a shelter for the poor.
    (Walk along the canal side of the church. The large white building behind the church was and still is the city's fiscal administration building. Walk out to the canal and look back at the structure. Notice how it tilts out, probably because the bridge's huge foundation is compressing the mud beneath it. Now walk right toward the bridge along the canal to a little canalside dead end. Take in the great view of the bridge. The former post office, directly across from you, was originally the German merchant's hall. See the seal. You are standng under a former prison. Study the iron grills over the windows. Notice the interlocking pipes with alternating joints, you couldn't cut just one and escape. Go back to the canal and turn rightt on Sotoportego de l'Erbaria.)
    Public WC-When Sotoportego de l'Erbaria turns to Fondamenta Vin Castello turn right on Ruga dei Oresi. At the end of the Chiesa San Giacomo Catholic Church on the right corner.
   
Rialto Bridge
1588 AD (9-8)
The first of 4 bridges that cross the Grand Canal. The original was built in 1180 as a platform supported by boats tied together. Rialto Bridge II was a 13th century wooden drawbridge. It was replaced in 1588 by the current structure. It was the only bridge until 1854. The bridge marks the geographical center of Venice. The government built it with buildings on top to collect rent from the shops. The arch has the mascots St. Mark and St. Theodore. Thousands of marriage proposals are made here.
    Public WC-After crossing the Rialto towards the east turn left. At the corner turn right on Calle del Fontego. Follow it as it turns right on Campo S. Bortolomio. Take the first left turn and an immediate left on Calle de la Bissa. On the right side.)
    (Go back on Calle de la Bissa. Take the 1st right and right on Campo S. Bortolomio. Continue as it turns left and becomes Calle del Fontego. At the canal it will go left. Pass the Rialto bridge. It will become Riva del Ferro. Take the Ferry Terminal Rialto #1 to Ferry Terminal Ferrovia, about 5 stops. Turn right and right across the Ponte degli Scalzi bridge. Continue straight ahead.)
  Lodge: Omar €571
Santa Croce, 764 Scalzi Bridge/Rio Marin
Santa Croce, Venice 30135
Check-in 2-7
(Just a few steps from the train station and Frari Cathedral, air conditioning, garden view, Internet -third floor -70 sqm about, self catering apartment - tiled floors, original Terrazzo Veneziano marble floors, wooden-beam ceiling, internal quiet area -stylish living room, sunny and large: open space, 2 windows, a sofa, an armchair, table and chairs, original Murano glasses, TV; rooftop view, canal view - cooking area: dishwasher, kitchen sink, burner, electric oven, toaster, microwave oven, refrigerator with freezer, coffee moke, dishes, glasses, cups, bowls, pots, not a real wall between room, stylish double bedroom(#1): 2 windows, a double bed (not twins), 2 bedside tables, wardrobe, blanket box -double bedroom (#2): a window, 2 single beds (not a double), 2 bedside tables, writing-desk, wardrobe -bathroom: basin, bidet, WC, shower, hairdryer -shared entrance hall)


Day 4 Friday June 14th
  See: Venice
    (Cross the bridge and turn left to Ferry Terminal Ferrovia. Catch a #1 Vaporetto going left 12 stops. Get off at Ferry terminal S. Marco. Turn right on Riva degli Schiavoni. It will go left on Piazza San Marco. Take the first left to the piazza.)
    Museum Pass 19 and 25 euros

St Mark’s Square Museums (Piazza San Marco): Doge's Palace, Correr Museum (includes temporary exhibitions), Archaeological Museum, Monumental Rooms of the Marciana Library.

Venice Civic Museums: Ca 'Rezzonico, Palazzo Mocenigo Museum, Casa di Carlo Goldoni, Ca' Pesaro, Murano Glass Museum, Burano Lace Museum, Museum of Natural History.

    The original voucher is the only recognized document at the museum entry. Please note you'll be asked to show a document of identification at the museum entrance, especially if you have booked reduced price tickets or free tickets.
    Doges Palace (Palazzo Ducale) (8:30 am-9 pm or 11 pm Fri & Sat) Muve Pass
You can visit the six rooms of the Museum of the Opera, in addition, you can admire the view of the courtyard towards the picturesque Staircase of the Giants (Scala dei Giganti) and you can visit the upper rooms of the palace where you can find the beautiful ambiences of the Doge’s Apartment and the Institutional Rooms that are extended through the three floors of the palace. To finish your tour you will visit the Prisons and the Armory composed by more than 2000 pieces.
    Correr Museum (10-7) Muve Pass
It offers a variety of itineraries starting with the Neoclassical rooms where the works of Antonio Canova are located to the rooms where the Empress Elisabeth of Austria once lived. With this pass you can visit the rooms of the New Attorneys' offices with their wonderful collection, without leaving aside the 19 rooms of the Gallery.
    National Archaelogical Museum (10-7) Muve Pass
Large collection of antiquities such as the Greek sculptures of the 5th and 4th centuries BC, as well as the beautiful Griman Collection. Also the numismatic collection, portraits of Roman times, ceramics, gems and ivories.
    Public WC-Go out behind the Correr Museum going left to the jewelry store. Go down the road to the left of Dior. 1.5 euros for the one in front. Go behind it and to the right to the free one.
    (Walk out the west side of the square going left on Piazza San Marco. Turn right at Calle de la Canonica. Cross the bridge and turn right. At the next bridge turn left. Continue straight. At a junction continue right. Take the 2nd right on Calle de la Rasse. On the right side.)
  Do: Lunch-Birreria Forst (9:30-8)
    (Go left up Calle de La Rasse. Turn left on Camp Santi Filippo e Giacomo. Cross the bridge. Go right. Turn left on Calle de la Canonica at the next bridge. Then left again at Piazza San Marco.)
1:25 p.m.-1:35 p.m.   St Mark's Basilica (9:30-5) € 3,00 Reserved (Reserved, bring ticket) No photos and no shorts etc.
Treasury (9:35-5) € 3,00 (Buy when you arrive)
San Marco Museum (9:35-5:00) € 5,00- has original bronze horses Buy when you arrive
No photos allowed inside
    (Turn left on Piazza San Marco. On the right side.)
    Monumental Rooms of the Marciana Library (10-7) Muve Pass
Admire this wonderful library built by Jacopo Sansovino characterized by richly decorated halls made by great personalities such as Tiziano Vecellio, Tintoretto and Paolo Veronese. It currently houses precious manuscripts such as the sixteenth-century Breviary Grimani and Fra Mauro's Globe, as well as several older editions.
  Depart: St. Mark's Square
    (Go right on Piazza San Marco. It will turn right at the canal on Riva degli Schiavoni. Take the vaporetto Ferry terminal S Marco (Giardinetti) to Ferry Terminal Ferrovia 12 stops. Turn right and cross the bridge.
  Lodge: Omar €571
Santa Croce, 764 Scalzi Bridge/Rio Marin
Santa Croce, Venice 30135
Check-in 2-7
(Just a few steps from the train station and Frari Cathedral, air conditioning, garden view, Internet -third floor -70 sqm about, self catering apartment - tiled floors, original Terrazzo Veneziano marble floors, wooden-beam ceiling, internal quiet area -stylish living room, sunny and large: open space, 2 windows, a sofa, an armchair, table and chairs, original Murano glasses, TV; rooftop view, canal view - cooking area: dishwasher, kitchen sink, burner, electric oven, toaster, microwave oven, refrigerator with freezer, coffee moke, dishes, glasses, cups, bowls, pots, not a real wall between room, stylish double bedroom(#1): 2 windows, a double bed (not twins), 2 bedside tables, wardrobe, blanket box -double bedroom (#2): a window, 2 single beds (not a double), 2 bedside tables, writing-desk, wardrobe -bathroom: basin, bidet, WC, shower, hairdryer -shared entrance hall)

 

 

Day 5 Saturday June 15th
9:00 a.m.   (Go straight out crossing the bridge and left to Ferry Terminal Ferrovia. Take #1 vaporetto . Get off at the 10th stop-Ferry Terminal Accademia DX. Walk straight ahead and to the right. Collect your tickets up to an hour early with the receipt and ID.)
10:15 a.m. See: Gallerie dell'Accademia € 15.00 (8:15-7:15) (Bring proof of purchase)
Bring proof of purchase
Photos without flash
    Public WC- Go back to the Ferry terminal. To the right by the bridge.
    (Go back to Ferry Terminal Accademia DX. Take #2 vaporetto right to the 2nd stop at Ferry Terminal San Marco.)
  Do: Finish Piazza San Marco
    (Go back to the canal and turn left on Riva degli Schiavoni. Walk to the canal. Look left.)
   
Bridge of Sighs
It was built over the Rio di Palazzo between 1600 and 1603 by the instructions of the architect Antonio Contin, nephew of famous Antonio da Ponte who has designed one of the most popular bridges in all of Venice – Rialto Bridge. Antonio Contin designed this 11 meters long bridge to have a single arch, detailed and stylish outdoor decorations made from Istrian stone, and two windows barred with white stone bars on both sides of the walking chamber. The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The bridge's English name was bequethed by Lord Byron in the 19th century as a translation from the Italian "Ponte dei sospiri",from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality, the days of inquisitions and summary executions were over by the time that the bridge was built, and the cells under the palace roof were occupied mostly by small-time criminals. In addition, little could be seen from inside the bridge due to the stone grills covering the windows.
    (Turn around and go back down Riva degli Sschiavoni. Jog left. Take the Ferry Terminal S. Marco #1 vaporetto. Get off at Ferry Terminal Ferrovia.)
7:00 p.m. Do: Call Embarkation Guest Services (800) 395-9374 (1 p.m. eastern time) What time do we catch the bus at Parco Dei Principi Grand Hotel
7:00 p.m. Depart: Hotel
    (Go straight out crossing the bridge and left to Ferry Terminal Ferrovia. Take #1 vaporetto. Get off at Giglia. Go slightly right and then left on Calle Gritti. Turn left on Ponte Duodo o Barbarigo. Walk across the bridge. Make an immediate left on Fondamenta Duodo o Barbarigo following the canal. Look for a small alley branching to the right. The entrance to the palace is the last door on the left. (2504), the gate under the vault.)
8:00 p.m. See:
La Traviata
€ 85.00
The first act begins in the Portego (central hall) and the spectators will realise with amazement that they are actually playing the role of the Violetta’s guests (Traviata): she drinks a toast with them and among these she will meet Alfredo.
The second act is staged in the Sala Tiepolo, the beauty and privacy are the perfect setting in which to appreciate the subtlety of the character’s ‘inner speech’ and to be moved by her vicissitudes.
The drama of Violetta’s illness and death takes place in the bedroom with an alcove where not even the extraordinary beauty of the 18th-century stuccoes are able to distract the spectator from the emotional intensity of the song: the voices of the performers that are so intimately close, will tug at your heart strings.
Seats are not numbered; they are chosen on a first come first served basis on the night of the show.
Musica a Palazzo opens at 8 pm and the performance starts at 8.30 pm.
Once the show has started, the doors will be closed and the doorbell will be turned off: therefore we strongly recommend you to be on time.

INTERVAL
During the interval, in the halls overlooking the Grand Canal, our guests will be free to taste top quality wines and soft drinks.

PERFORMANCE LANGUAGE
Italian, no subtitles. You can purchase the Italian-English libretto of the opera at the palace entrance.

n RECOMMENDED DRESS CODE
The recommended dress code is evening casual (e.g. long trousers and closed shoes for men, a nice informal dress for the ladies). /nWe understand that Venice might be just one stage of a long journey, thus the dress code is not mandatory, but we would like to remind you that the Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto is a historic residence. We kindly ask you to respect the place and to wear decent clothes, especially in summer (the Palazzo is not a beach or a gym and it is air conditioned). Thank you.

PLEASE READ!
On the day before the show, our system will send you a reminder. Please reply to that message by e-mail.

If you need to cancel your booking, we kindly ask you to inform us as soon as possible.
    (Go left at the canal. Turn right across the bridge on Ponte Duodo o Barbarigo. Take the next right on Calle Gritti. Take the S. Maria del Giglio #1 Vaporetto. Get off at Ferry Terminal Ferovia. Walk left and left again across the bridge. Continue straight ahead.)
  Lodge: Omar
Santa Croce, 764 Scalzi Bridge/Rio Marin
Santa Croce, Venice 30135

 

Day 6 Sunday June 16th
  Do: Check-out 9:15 a.m.
  Depart: Venice
    (Walk to the canal and cross the bridge. Go left to the train station. Take the Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia train to Florence. "DO NOT DRINK WATER ON THE TRAIN". Bring your own.)
10:25 a.m. Do: Train-Trenitalia $26.90
Train 9419, Car 8, Seats 9AB, 10AB
Upon completing an e-tickets booking, you will receive only an email confirmation of your train journey instead of the printed and shipped tickets. This email will include the booking confirmation code referred to as a "PNR", and the booking change code. This confirmation PNR will also include specific train information, like the date, time, number of passengers, fare code and rules.

An e-ticket will either allow you to travel "ticketless", boarding the train with only the PNR code, or it will require you to print a ticket upon departure at the self service machine at the train station. In general, high speed trains will be ticketless and the regional, overnight, and cross-border trains will require you to print and validate your ticket before boarding your train for departure. Pay close attention to your email confirmation, as the specific requirements of your train tickets are included.

12:30 p.m. Arrive: Florence at Firenzia SM Novella
    Email Close to Michelangelo when we arrive.
    (Go straight out the train station by Agenzie 365 to Piazza della Stazione.)
    Public WC
  Option 1: (Go right or left in a circle. It will turn south to connect to a small road going south. Look for InfoPoint Turistico Stazione - piazza Stazione 4. (9-1:30) . In front Info Pointe Turistco StazioneUfficio Informazioni e Accoglienza Turista Piazza Stazione.)
    Buy Firenzi Card Plus 92 euros
    (Go back right and then left on Piazza della Stazione. Turn right on Largo Fratelli Alinari. It will become via Nazionale. Turn right on Via Guelfa. Go 3 blocks. Turn left on Via S. Gallo.)
  Option 2: If closed, continue south past the Basilica di Santa Maria Novelle Church to the park to Piazza Stazione 4/Santa Maria Novella-Biglietteria (12-5:45) Also a WC on the right side of the park.)
    (From the right/east side of the church turn right on Via degli Avelli. From the middle of the Piazza Santa Maria Novella turn left on Via dei Banchi. Take the 1st left on Via del Giglio. Just past the Medici Chapel (Cappelle Medicee turn right on Via del Canto dei Nelli. In 3 blocks turn left on Via dei Ginori. Continue past Via Guelfa. On the left.)
  Do: Close to Michelangelo
Via San Gallo 1 piano 1 San Lorenzo,
50129 Florence, Italy
  See: Florence
    (Go straight down Via San Gallo/Via dei Genori. On the left side.)
1:30 p.m.   Simbiosi Organic Pizza & Lovely Food-
    (Go back to Via Guelfa. Turn right. In 2 block go left on Via Ricasoli. On the right side. Go to the "Reserved" entrance for individuals.)
3:00 p.m. See: Accademia (Galleria dell'Accademia) €16,00 (8:15-6:50 pm Tues-Sun)
(Statue of David)
Via Ricasoli, 58/60 
Booking Code 8126290-Stand in line for ticket
WC on ground floor
    (Go back down Via Ricasoli. Turn left on Via Guelfa. Close on the right.)
  Do:

Dinner- Ara e Sicilia (10-10)
Arancini-risotto balls, pizzole-stuffed pizza, sorbet, cannoli.

    (Turn left on Via Guelfa. In 2 blocks turn right on Via San Gallo. On the corner.)
  Lodge: Close to Michelangelo $422
Via San Gallo 1 piano 1 San Lorenzo,
50129 Florence, Italy
(Apartment up 16 steps, wifi, AC, Smart TV with Netflix, Bedroom One-twin and full, Bedroom Two-2 twins and a full, 2 bathrooms, Tea/Coffee Maker, Shower, TV, Air conditioning, Hairdryer, Iron, Kitchenette, Refrigerator, Desk, Ironing Facilities, Free toiletries, Toilet, Microwave, Private bathroom, Heating, Dressing Room, Kitchen, Cable, Channels, Bath or Shower, Additional Toilet, Flat-screen TV, Private entrance, Tile/Marble floor, View, Dining area, Electric kettle, Kitchenware, Mosquito net, Wardrobe or closet, Oven, Stovetop, Toaster, Bidet, Landmark view, Cleaning products, Additional bathroom, Coffee machine, City view, Towels, Linen, Dining table, Upper floors accessible by stairs only, Private flat in building, Clothes rack, Drying rack for clothing, Toilet paper, Trash cans, Wine glasses, Shampoo, Socket near the bed, Adapter, Non-feather pillow, Inner courtyard view, Quiet street view, Streaming service (such as Netflix), Key access)

 

 

Day 7 Monday June 17th
  See: Florence
    (Go left on Via Guelfa. In one block turn right on Via Camillo Cavour/Via dei Martelli. In 2 blocks turn left on Piazza del Duomo, going around the Duomo to the back. On the left side.)
9:00 a.m. See: Duomo Museum (Museo dell'Opera del Duomo) Firenze Card (9-7) Firenzia Card
Dome (8:30-7) entrance on north side) and Bell Tower (8:15-7:20)
    (Go right on Piazza del Duomo. It will go left around the Duomo. Entrance is on your left.)
11:00 a.m.   Duomo-Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (10-4:30) Free
Enter through the right hand door on the west front. It is forbidden to enter with bare shoulders and legs, sandals, hats and sunglasses.
Construction was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, is the third church in the world (after San Pietro in Rome, San Paolo in London) and the largest in Europe at the time of its completion in the 15th century: it is long 153 meters, 90 wide at the cruise and 90 meters high from the floor at the opening of the lantern. It, the third and last Florentine cathedral, was named in Santa Maria del Fiore in 1412 with a clear allusion to the lily, symbol of the city.
    (Entrance inside the church.)
    Crypt- Cripta di Santa Reparata (10-5)
    (Go straight out the front door.)
    Bapistry- Battistero (8:15-10:15, 11:15-7:30
   

(Go right on Piazza di San Giovanni-north side.  Turn right on Via de Martelli/Via del Calzaiuoli. Take the 1st left on Piazza del Duomo-the side of the Duomo. Take the 3rd right on Via dello Studio. On the left side of the street catch C1 bus. It will go right on Piazza del Duomo and right again on Via del Proconsolo. After following the river, it will go left on Via dei Benci. Get off at the 1st stop. Catch Bus C3. It will go right, right, right, then left and right along the river. It will follow the river, then cross the river and go right. It will go left, left and left again to the front of the Palace.)

   
Pitti-Museo Giardino di Boboli
(8:15-6:50) 10 Euros/Firenzia Card
Directly behind Pitti Palace are the marvellous Boboli Gardens. The Medici family established the layout of the gardens, creating the Italian garden style that would become a model for many European courts. The vast green expanse with a regular layout is a real outdoor museum, populated by ancient and Renaissance statues. The Gardens are also adorned with grottos, the most important of which is the famous grotto realized by Bernardo Buontalenti, as well as large fountains, such as the Fountain of Neptune and the Fountain of the Ocean. The subsequent Habsburg-Lorraine and Savoy dynasties further developed the layout, extending the boundaries that flank the ancient city walls until Porta Romana. In the stunningly beautiful terraced area there is an 18th-century pavilion called the Kaffeehaus, a rare example of Rococo architecture in Tuscany, and the Lemon House built by Zanobi del Rosso between 1777 and 1778. The tour of Boboli Gardens complete the Pitti Palace visit of which it is an integral part, allowing the spirit of court life to be fully appreciated and the gardens to be enjoyed, which, although constantly updated, remain true to their original project.
WC: At the Annalena entrance (Via Romana); near the Amphitheatre; in the Porcelain Museum; near the Garden of the "Hair Washer" Statue. On the left side of the Amphitheatre, on the first terrace a toilet accessible through a stairlift (for the use of which it is necessary to ask the staff).
    (Go out the Bardini Garden exit. Follow Via del Forte di San Georgio. Follow the signs to the Costa San Georgio 2 entrance.)
    Bardini Garden (8:15-7:30 p.m.) Firenzia Card
    (Go out the entrance to the park and turn right on Costa S. Giorgio. Take the 1st right on Costa Scarpuccia. It will go right. It will become Via de Bardi. Take the 1st left across the Ponte alle Grazie Bridge. Look for birds. Take the 1st left on Lungarno Generale Diaz. The bus stop is on the left. Take the C1 bus. It will make an immediate left on Via dei Benci. After a while it will go left on Via S. Egidio, which will become Via Bufaini then Via dei Pucci. After it turns right on Via Camillo Cavour or right again on Piazza dei San Marco, get off at the next stop. Walk left on Via Camillo Cavour. Turn right for one block on Via Guelfa.)
  Lodge: Close to Michelangelo
Via San Gallo 1 piano 1 San Lorenzo,
50129 Florence, Italy

 

Day 8 Tuesday June 18th
  See: Florence
    (Go right down Via S. Gallo. It will become Via de Ginori. In 2 blocks turn right on Piazza di San Lorenzo. After the Chapel turn left on Via del Canto dei Nelli. Chapel will be on the left.)
9:00 a.m. See:

Medici Chapel (Capelle Medicee) (8:15-1:50) Firenzi Card
Check backpacks. Bathroom
The museum is composed of the Sagrestia Nuova (New Sacristy), with a sculptural and architectural program designed by Michelangelo; the Cappella dei Principi (Chapel of the Princes), a monumental mausoleum decorated entirely in polychrome marbles and semi-precious stones; the Crypt that houses the tombs of the Medici Grand Dukes and their family members; and the Lorenese Crypt, which, alongside the remains of the Lorena family, houses the funerary monument to Cosimo the Elder, "Pater Patriae.” The museum also conserves a portion of the precious Treasury of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, including sacred wall hangings (parati sacri) and magnificent reliquaries.

10:30 a.m.   (Turn right on Via del Canto dei Nelli/Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini. Take the 1st right continuing on Via del Canto dei Nelli. It will become Piazza di San Lorenzo. Take the 1st right again on Piazza di San Lorenzo. It will become Borgo S. Lorenzo. Take the 1st left on Piazza di San Giovanni. It will become Piazza del Duomo. Go around the Duomo. It will become Via del Proconsolo. In a few block on the left.)
11:00 a.m.   Bargello (Museo Nazionale del Bargello) (8:15-5) Firenzi Card 12 euro
Photography, but no flash
The restrooms are located to the left of the grand staircase leading to the upper floors.
The Museum contains three levels: on the ground floor you can admire the fascinating view of both the courtyard and the Michelangelo Room with sculptures by Michelangelo, Cellini, Giambologna, and Ammannati.

On the first floor you will find the impressive Donatello Room, with the most famous works by the Florentine artist (David, Attis, Saint George, Marzocco), majolica works by Luca della Robbia, and bronze plaques by Ghiberti and Brunelleschi; on the same level are various rooms including the Islamic Art Room (from the Carrand donation) the Chapel (with the oldest portrait of Dante Alighieri), the Ivory Room, the Thirteenth-Century Room, and the Room of Italian Majolica.

On the last floor you will find a major collection of masterpieces by Andrea and Giovanni della Robbia, the Bronzes Room, the Verrocchio Room, the Medal Room, and the Armory Room which showcases pieces that survived the dispersion of the Medici Armory Collection.

    (1 block south/left on Via del Proconsol. Turn left on Via dell Anguillara. In 1 block turn right on Via Filippini. On the left.)
    Public WC
    (Go back up Via Filippini. Turn left on Via dell Anguillara. Go left on Via del Proconsol. OR just continue left on Via del Proconsol. It will become Via dei Leoni, Piazza del Grano and Via dei Castellani. Turn right on Piazza dei Giudici/Lungarno Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici. On the right side.)
1:30 p.m.   Uffizi Gallery (8:15-6:50 Tues-Sun) Firenzi Card 20 euro
Booking Code 8126279 -enter at Door #3-labeled Reservation Ticket Office to pick up your confirmation
2nd floor cafeteria
Photography OK, but no tripod
Ground floor: toilets located in the basement, in front of the cloakroom. Second floor: toilets are on the mezzanine underneath the cafeteria. First floor: toilet inside the temporary exhibition area. 

The Gallery entirely occupies the first and second floors of the large building constructed between 1560 and 1580 and designed by Giorgio Vasari. It is famous worldwide for its outstanding collections of ancient sculptures and paintings (from the Middle Ages to the Modern period). The collections of paintings from the 14th-century and Renaissance period include some absolute masterpieces: Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo, Raffaello, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, in addition to many precious works by European painters (mainly German, Dutch and Flemish).

Moreover, the Gallery boasts an invaluable collection of ancient statues and busts from the Medici family, which adorns the corridors and consists of ancient Roman copies of lost Greek sculptures.

    (Go right on Lugarno Anna Maria Luisa de Medici following the river. In a couple of blocks on the left.)
  See:
Ponte Vecchio
shops (9-1 or 3:30-7:30)
All jewelry stores.
1 km   (Walk back right/east on Lugarno Anna Maria Luisa de Medici following the river. In not quite 5 blocks catch Bus C1. It will go left. Then left again. Get off in 6 stops. Continue right one more block. Go right on Via dei Ginori two blocks.)
  Lodge: Close to Michelangelo
Via San Gallo 1 piano 1 San Lorenzo,
50129 Florence, Italy

 

Day 9 Wednesday June 19th
8:30 a.m. Depart: Hotel
    (Go right on Via Guelfa for 3 blocks. Turn left on Via Nazionale. It will become Largo Fratelli Alinari. At the supermarket jog right onto Piazza della Stazione. After Bar Tabacchi Tonarelli go left. Jog right and an immediate left into the S M Novella train station. Go right past Moka to the Firenze Deposito Bagagli.)
10:08 a.m. Depart: Florence
  Do: Italiarail Train Frecciarossa 9521 33 euros each
Seats 13 & 14 C, 13 & 14 D
11:40 a.m. Arrive: Rome
    Toilets in Roma Termini are located on the lower ground floor close to the escalators in the middle and at both ends.   Service fee: € 1,00.
    Buy a 3 giorni B.T.I. -3 days ticket in a vending machine- 18 euros
    Email hotel when our train arrives
    Metro A replacement buses

A support bus service operates between the Termini and Flaminio stations of metro A. The buses make the following stops:

Direction Flaminio

  • Termini: piazzale capolinea, lane A
  • stop 70031 viale Luigi Einaudi
  • stop 70032 via Nazionale / Turin
  • stop 70601 via del Tritone height Piazza Barberini
  • stop 70886 via Veneto at the corner of piazza Barberini
  • stop 70604 Veneto / Sardinia
  • Flaminio: stop 81152 piazzale Flaminio
    (Go right/west around the roundabout Piazza Barberini. Turn right on Via del Tritone. Take the 1st left on Via del Boccaccio. Take the 2nd right on Via Rasella. On the left.)
  Do: Check-in-Relais Rasella €609
47 Via Rasella
Trevi, Rome, 00187, Italy
    Bring Galleria Borghese paper
1:45 p.m.   (Go right on Via Rasella. Take the 1st left. In 2 blocks take a right on Via del Tritone. Catch bus 52 on the right. When it follows the metal fence line, get off at Pinciana/Museo Borghese stop. Continue right on Via Pinciana. Go left at the corner. Entrance on the left that says Polizia.)
3:00 p.m.-
5:00 p.m.
  Borghese Gallery €20 (9-7 Tues-Sun or Thurs 7 p.m.-11 p.m.)
Reservation # 4609376 -Pick up the tickets more than l/2 hour early.
Free Wifi
    (Go straight out of the museum. Turn left on Via Pinciana. Catch bus 53/Mancini at Pinciana/Allegri stop going right. Get off at Tritone/Fontana Trevi stop. Walk right. Take the 1st left across the street on Via della Stamperia. Half way around turn left again. Fountain is straight ahead.)
    Trevi Fountain
Bakery across the street.
    (From the south side of the fountain go left/east on Piazza di Trevi/Via del Lavatore. At Via della Panatteria cross the street and continue left. It will become Via in Arcione. When the road turns, continue straight ahead still on Via in Arcione. Take the next right at Via del Trafaro and make an immediate left on Via Rasella. On the right.)
    Relais Rasella 47 €609
47 Via Rasella
Trevi, Rome, 00187, Italy
+393287494878
Check-in 3-8, 14 day cancellation
( 2 bedroom 2 singles in one and double in the other, bathroom with shower, AC, flat screened TV, free wifi, kitchen, microwave, toaster, coffee machine, elevator)

 

Day 10 Thursday June 20th
  Option 1: Metro-(Go right on Via Rasella.  Take the 1st left on Boccaccio.  Take the 2nd left on Via del Triton.  Take an immediatre right on Via Zuchelli.  When it ends go left on Via Sistina.  It will become Piazza della Trinita dei Monti.  Cross the street on the left.  Take the Metro MEA towards Anagina.  Get off at Termini station.  Take Metro MEB towards Laurentina.  Get off at Colosseo.)
  Option 2: Bus- (Turn right and take the 1st left on Via del Boccaccio. Take the 2nd right on Via del Tritone. Cross the street and turn right.. The bus stop Tritone/Barberini (MA) is on the left. Take bus 85 towards Arco de Travertino. It will go right, left and left again. It will circle around Piazza Venezia. Get off at Colosseo (MB).
10:00 a.m. See: The Colisseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Tour with Guide €29,00 (8:30-7:15)
3 hours, Meet at Gate N1 after the turnstile at the end of the corridor next to the lift.
    (Go right out of the Colosseum. Turn right on Piazza del Colosseo. a) Take the 1st left on Via D. s Giovanni in Laterano. Either stop at bakeries or in 2 blocks Trattori a Luzzi Restaurant-Rick Steves recommended. b) take the 2nd left on Via dei Santi Quattro to the supermarkert on the left.)
1:00 p.m. Do: Lunch
    (Go back out to the front of the Colisseum to the Colosseo bus stop/metro. Catch bus 51. Get off at 1st stop Fori Imperiali/Campidoglio/70340. Turn left and an immediate right on Via di S. Pietro in Carcere. Follow the road to the end.)
Any time   Capitoline Museums (9:30-7:30) 12.5 euros
Just show your printed receipt at turnstiles of the Capitoline Museums and the Ara Pacis Museum; no need to go to the ticket office.
    (From the museum go left on Piazza del Campidoglio. Take the 2nd left/path, then right. At Piazza d'Aracoeli go left. At the junction keep left. It will become Piazza dei Gesu. When it ends, go left on Via Santa Caterina da Siena. When it ends, go right on Piazza della Minerva. On the left.)
    Pantheon (8:30-7:30) Free
    (Go back right on Piazza della Rotonda. Continue straight ahead on Via del Seminario. Take a left on an angled street Via dei Montecatini. At Via del Corso go slightly left on the right side of the street to Corso/Menghetti bus stop. Take bus 83 towards L. go. Valsabbia. It will turn right. About the 3rd stop get off at Tritone/Barberini (MA). Go left to the corner and turn left on Via del Boccaccio. Take the 2nd right on Via Rasella. On the left.)
5-11 p.m. Do: Call Disney at 00-1-800-395-9374 to find out when our bus leaves. (M-F 8-10)
    Relais Rasella 47 €609
47 Via Rasella
Trevi, Rome, 00187, Italy
+393287494878

 

Day 11 Friday June 21st
8:30 a.m. Depart: Apartment-Bring Vatican Museums Booking Voucher

25 minutes
  Metro-Go right on Via Rasella.  Take the 1st left on Boccaccio.  Take the 2nd left on Via del Triton.  Take an immediatre right on Via Zuchelli.  When it ends go left on Via Sistina.  It will become Piazza della Trinita dei Monti.  Cross the street on the left.  12 minutes-Take Metro MEA towards Battiistini. Get off at Cipro/Musei Vaticani. Cross the street going east on Piazza Santa Maria della Grazie. It will become Via Fra Albenzio. When it ends, go right on Via Vittor Pisani. Make an immediate left on Via Candia. In 3 blocks turn right on Via Tunisi. Cross Viale Vaticano to the entrance. (5:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m.)
10:15 a.m. See:

Vatican Garden Tour- €38,00
Present the voucher to the Customer Care Staff outside. Present this voucher to the "Guided Tours" desk. Get admissin tickets. Meet your guide and get earphones.
Includes Museum and Sistene Chapel
The Sistine Chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere (pontiff from 1471 to 1484) who had the old Cappella Magna restored between 1477 and 1480. The 15th century decoration of the walls includes: the false drapes, the Stories of Moses (south and entrance walls) and of Christ (north and entrance walls) and the portraits of the Popes (north and south and entrance walls). It was executed by a team of painters made up initially of Pietro Perugino, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Rosselli, assisted by their respective shops and by some closer assistants among whom Biagio di Antonio, Bartolomeo della Gatta and Luca Signorelli stand out. On the Ceiling Pier Matteo d'Amelia painted a starry sky. The work on the frescoes began in 1481 and was concluded in 1482. This is also the date of the following works in marble: the screen, the choir stalls (where the choristers took their places), and the pontifical coat of arms over the entrance door. On 15 August 1483, Sixtus IV consecrated the new chapel dedicating it to Our Lady of the Assumption. Julius II della Rovere (pontiff from 1503 to 1513), nephew of Sixtus IV, decided to partly alter the decoration, entrusting the work in 1508 to Michelangelo Buonarroti, who painted the Ceiling and, on the upper part of the walls, the lunettes. The work was finished in October 1512 and on the Feast of All Saints (1 November), Julius II inaugurated the Sistine Chapel with a solemn Mass. The nine central panels show the Stories of Genesis, from the Creation to the Fall of man, to the Flood and the subsequent rebirth of mankind with the family of Noah. Towards the end of 1533 Clement VII de' Medici (pontiff from 1523 to 1534) gave Michelangelo the task of further altering the decoration of the Sistine Chapel by painting the Last Judgement on the altar wall. The artist began the mighty work in 1536 during the pontificate of Paul III and completed it in the autumn of 1541. Using his extraordinary artistic capacities, Michelangelo tried to translate into visible forms the invisible beauty and majesty of God and guided by the words of Genesis he made the Sistine Chapel "the shrine of the theology of the human body".

It is permitted to take photographs, for personal use only, of the works in all areas of the Vatican Museums, apart from the Sistine Chapel. Flash photography is strictly forbidden.
The use of tripods, stands and/or professional equipment is not allowed; any eventual use must be authorised by the Directorate of the Vatican Museums.
The use of telescopic "selfie sticks" is forbidden.

   

(Option: Take the exit at the far right of the chapel (with your back to the altar-once through this door, you've left the Vatican Museums). Though this corner door is likely labeled "exit for authorized guides, and tour groups only," you can probably slide through with the crowds. Leads to St. Peter's Basilica.

OR Leave through the side door next to the screen (on the left, with your back to the altar). Continue outside and look for signs to the Pinacoteca.

OR To walk to the St. Peter's Basilica-Walk right on Viale Vaticano. At the corner turn right on Citta del Vaticano. The road will curve left. Go right on Via di Porta Angelica. Come to the Piazza San Pietro.

    St. Peter's Basilica (7-7)
    (From the Piazza San Pietro obelisk go left to the Citta del Vaticano. Walk towards the Tourist Info north to Via Porta Angelica. Continue across the Piazza Risorgimento onto Via Ottaviano. The Metro is at Viale Giulio Cesare. Take Metro MEA towards Anagnina 3 stops. Get off at Spagna. 8 blocks-Turn right.  Take the 2nd right on Via Zucchelli.  Jog left at Via del Tritone and right again on Via dei Bccaccio.  Take the 2nd right on Via Rasella.  On the left.)
    Dinner-
    Relais Rasella 47 €609
47 Via Rasella
Trevi, Rome, 00187, Italy
+393287494878

 

Day 12 Saturday June 22nd

16 minutres
  (Turn right to the corner. Go left. Go right on Via del Tritone. On the right side take Bus 52 at Tritone/Barberini (MA). Get off at Paisiello Monteverdi stop. About the 8th stop. Continue right on Via Giovanni Paisiello. Take the 1st left on Via Nicolo Porpora. Go past Via Saverio Mercadante onto Via Gerolamo Frescobaldi. On the left side.)
    Cavalieri Astoria Hilton Hotel or
Parco Dei Principi Grand Hotel
Via Gerolamo Frescobaldi, 5
00198 Roma RM, Italy
390-685-4421
  Do: Bus to Civitavecchia, Rome
4:00 p.m.   Disney Cruise
4:15 p.m.   Mickey's Sail Awave Party
  Lodge: Disney Cruise

 

Day 13 Sunday June 23rd
7:30 a.m. Arrive: Naples
8-Noon   Pompeii Half Day-Adult Only Departure $105 (4-4.5 hrs)
  • Board your motorcoach and take an approximately 30-minute drive to the ancient ruins of Pompeii.Upon arrival to Pompeii, walk to the entrance gate, approximately 15-minutes where your tour begins.
  • Next, enter the excavation site for an amazing glimpse into life as it was during the Roman Empire.
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Pompeii. Note: The visit at Pompeii includes up to 2 hours of standing or walking across 1.5 miles of flat, uneven and rough uphill terrain. Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Enjoy a refreshing gelato and 20 minutes free time to shop for souvenirs or enjoy and optional visit of a cameo factory.
  • Reboard your motorcoach and drive back to Naples.
  • Tour may be reversed but all sites will be visited.
  • Headphones will be supplied for your time in Pompeii.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring credit cards or currency to purchase optional extras such as souvenirs.
  • Due to the extremely limited availability of this shore excursion, Guests are encouraged to book early.
    (Walk right from the ferry terminal on Via Cristoforo Colombo. Turn left on Via Marchese Campodisola. Go past 3 blocks. Behind the Neopolitan Restaurant. Take Universita Metro Line 1 to Museo Metro stop.)
  See: Naples National Archaelogical Museum (Mon-Sun 9-7:30, closed on Tues.) 15 Euros
    (Take the Museo Line 1 Metro 1 euro to Universita Metro stop. Turn left and take the first right on Via Marchese Campodisola. Look for the ship.)
6:00 p.m. Depart: Naples
  Lodge: Disney Cruise

 

Day 14 Monday June 24th
  Do: Day at Sea
  Lodge: Disney Cruise

 

Day 15 Tuesday June 25th
7:00 a.m. Arrive: Livorno
7:45-5:15   Cinque Terre Scenic Boat Tour $177 (9.5-10)
  • Take a 1-hour and 30-minute motorcoach ride to La Spezia where you'll enjoy a 60-minute boat ride past the "Cinque Terre," named after 5 seaside villages perched on the same rocky cliffside. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these historic towns are certain to enchant with their old stone walls, winding walkways, enchanting beaches and buildings that pepper the rocky cliffs.  Each unique town also offers beautiful walking paths, churches, castles, breathtaking views and - of course - first-class food and wine. 
  • Stop in the village of Vernazza, where you can admire the elaborate architecture, a remnant of times when the city was under Genoese rule. 
  • After an hour of guided exploration, descend back to the port, and take a 15-minute cruise to the town of Monterosso. This historic city lies on the summit of the hill of San Cristoforo, which separates the town into the old and new. On your 45-minute walking tour, wander the quaint winding streets as your guide shows you the points of interest. 
  • Enjoy approximately 90 minutes of free time to sample some of the local culinary specialties (not included in the price of this tour), take in the idyllic views from the beach or browse the local shops. 
  • Take the 90-minute motorcoach drive back to the Livorno pier.
  • If sea conditions do not permit docking at the village of Vernazza, this stop will be replaced with a visit to Monterosso and Portovenere. The tour will automatically be detoured to the new locations without the option to cancel. 
  • This tour is available to all ages. Since it involves a boat/vessel, infants under 3 years of age must have a child's ticket. 
  • This tour includes approximately 0.5 miles of walking at a steady pace, part of which will be on cobblestones and/or uphill. Wear comfortable shoes. 
  • This excursion does not include lunch; however, focaccia - with wine for adults and soft drinks for children - will be available as a snack on board the boat. 
  • Guests - including children - wishing to visit churches must ensure that shoulders and knees remain covered. Guests can wear shorts that reach below the knee and tank tops, as long as they bring a sweater or scarf to wrap around their shoulders. 
  • This tour is conducted by a boat with a capacity of approximately 200 passengers; Guests who suffer from motion sickness should take this into consideration. 
  • All times and distances are approximate, subject to traffic and overcrowding. 
  • Due to the extremely limited availability of this excursion, Guests are encouraged to book early. 
6:45 p.m. Depart: Livorno
    Pirate Night
  Lodge: Disney Cruise

 

Day 16 Wednesday June 26th
7:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.
Arrive: Genoa
7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.   Milan on Your Own $69 (10-10.5 hrs)
  • Begin with a 150-minute motor coach drive to Milan, the second largest city in Italy.
  • Milan is the fashion and design capital of Italy and a city of art with a wealth of monuments, palaces, churches and museums.
  • Spend 5 hours of free time exploring Milan at your leisure. Shop or have lunch at one of the many cafes. Drop off and pick up location is Castello Sforzesco near the old castle.
  • Return to the motor coach for the 150-minute drive back to the pier.
  • Guests—including children—wishing to visit churches must ensure that shoulders and knees remain covered. Guests can wear shorts that reach below the knees and tank tops, as long as they bring a sweater or scarf to wrap around their shoulders.Food and beverages can be purchased in Milan City Center.
  • All times and distances are approximate, subject to traffic and overcrowding.
  • The order of sites visited may vary.
10:30 a.m. See: Castle Sforzesco (9-5:30) Free
Museum $40.35-Bring tickets
Huge Medieval-Renaissance fortress with historical museums & art by da Vinci and Michelangelo.
12:00 p.m. Depart: Castle-Find food to grab on the way
    (Go out the exit left of the Museo delle Arti Decorative.Go straight ahead on Via Marco Minghetti. Just after it curves left turn right on Piazzalle Luigi Cadorna. When it ends turn right, it will continue right and become Via Viovanni Boccaccio. At the roundabout turn left on Plaza Virgillo. Take the 2nd left on Via Caradosso. In 2 blocks turn right on Corso Magenta. On the right.)
12:20 p.m. Arrive: Santa Maria delle Grazie
1:00 p.m. Do: Santa Maria delle Grazie--Leonardo Da Vinci's Lord's Supper $12 Euro (8:15-7)
Bring Viva Ticket at 12:30 p.m. (15 minute visit)
The refectory of the ancient Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie preserves the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci , executed on the north wall between 1494 and 1498, at the time of Ludovico il Moro. 
On the opposite wall is the Crucifixion frescoed by the Lombard painter Giovanni Donato da Montorfano in 1495. 
In the same space, the initial and final episodes of the Passion of Christ are depicted. The Last Supper is the result of a long study begun by Leonardo around 1490 on the traditional iconography of this theme. 
Unlike the previous paintings, in which the moment of identification of the traitor Giuda was depicted, Leonardo chose to represent the moment immediately preceding, that of the announcement: "... one of you will betray me". 
This shocking revelation is the starting point that allows Leonardo to focus his attention on the passions that are unleashed in the group of apostles on hearing the announcement.
The expression of faces, the posture of bodies and the movement of hands thus express those " movements of the soul" which were one of the most important and innovative fields of investigation in the work of the Master. 
The wise use of perspective, then, helps to make the viewer feel part of the scene, recreating a continuity between the real space of the refectory and the space of the painting. 
One of the peculiarities of the work is given by the technique used. To represent the Last Supper, in fact, Leonardo did not rely on the traditional technique of "good fresh", which would have required a great speed of execution having to intervene on the plaster of the still damp wall, but he experimented an innovative technique", similar to that used for painting on wood, ideal for achieving the best effects of light and shadows and obtaining the characteristic "nuance" in tonal passages. 
This choice, which allowed Leonardo to proceed in a very thoughtful way, made the painting extremely fragile. In fact, a few years after the completion of the masterpiece, the first forms of pictorial deterioration began to appear, which over time became increasingly serious.
Thus, numerous restorations have been necessary since the eighteenth century, until the last one ended in 1999, after twenty years of difficult work. In the course of this intervention, thick layers of dirt and materials attributable to previous interventions have been removed, thus bringing out brilliant surviving portions of the original layout. 
1:30 p.m. Depart: Santa Maria delle Grazie
    (Go out the west side. Turn right on Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie. It will become Via Fratelli Ruffini. At Piazza Giovine Italia turn left. Take the 1st left on Via Giovanni Boccacio. It will end at the metro stop. Take the M1 Councillazione metro to Duomo 2nd stop.)
1:45 p.m.   Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano) -5th largest in the world
2:30 p.m. Depart: Milan Cathedral
    (Walk outside the entrance. Catch the M1 metro Duomo station to 1st stop at Cairoli Castello. Walk to the pick-up area.)
3:00 p.m. Depart: Milan
7:00 p.m. Depart: Genoa
  Lodge: Disney Cruise

 

Day 17 Thursday June 27th
7:30 p.m. Arrive: Cannes
1:00 p.m.-
5:30 p.m.
 

St. Paul de Vence $70 (4-4.5 hrs)

  • Drive 45 minutes inland to St. Paul de Vence, a spectacular medieval town set on a hilltop. 
  • Walk narrow cobblestone streets to quaint boutiques and cafés. The city's monumental ramparts were nearly demolished in 1872, but centuries of history were preserved when the citizens of the village banded together to purchase the ramparts from the French government. 
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour and free time to explore on your own during your 2-hour visit. 
  • Ride back to Cannes.
  • Most who visited this village in France said it is so very busy
  • All times and distances are approximate, subject to traffic and overcrowding. 
  • Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and a camera.
5:45 p.m. Depart: Cannes
  Lodge: Disney Cruise

 

Day 18 Friday June 28th
8:00 a.m. Arrive: Toulon
4:00 p.m. Depart: Toulon
  Lodge: Disney Cruise

 

Day 19 Saturday June 29th
7:00 a.m. Arrive: Barcelona
Sherry & Ray   Montserrat Half Day, End at Hotel $70 (4-4.5 hrs)
  • Board your motorcoach and take a 40-minute drive through the countryside to the Rack Railway train station.
  • Climb aboard the train for a 14-minute ride up the rugged Montserrat Mountain range. These mysterious peaks have been featured in many legends; in the Arthurian myth, this is the location of the Holy Grail.
  • Hike (on a 45-degree ramp or approximately 70 steps) to the famous Montserrat Monastery that is perched on a ledge, hanging 2,400 feet above the River Llobregat. Founded as a Benedictine Abbey during the 11th century, it is now the location of the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat, or "La Moreneta." This small Romanesque statue depicts the Virgin Mary with the child Jesus on her lap. Made of wood, this figure has turned black as the varnish has changed over time, giving her the name, "The Black Madonna."
  • Trek through these cliffs on different paths from the Main Square during approximately 60-minutes of free time. Note: this tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking.
  • Rest at one of the snack bars or cafeterias and cash in your voucher for a beverage.
  • After approximately 2 hours of traversing the trails, proceed to the motorcoach, which takes you back down the mountain and to your hotel.
  • Guests will not be able to book this tour online; Guests should visit the Port Adventures Desk on board in order to make reservations.
  • This Port Adventure includes a transfer to your local downtown hotel. Tours end at DCL hotels only and Plaza Catalunya.
  • Guests may experience queues if you wish to visit the sculpture of La Moreneta during their free time.
  • This excursion is available for all ages; however, it is recommended for Guests 5 years of age and older.
  • If mass is taking place, group access to the basilica might be denied. Guests can access the basilica independently if they wish.
  • Guests, including children, wishing to visit churches must ensure that shoulders and knees remain covered. You can wear shorts that reach below the knee and tank tops as long as you bring a sweater or scarf to wrap around your shoulders.
  Arrive: Renaissance Barcelona Hotel
Carrer de Pau Claris, 122,
08009 Barcelona, Spain
    (Go left on Carrer de Pau Claris. Turn right on Carrer del Consell de Cent. Look left or right on Passeig de Gracia to see where the metro station is.)
    Take voucher to Metro Station to get Hola Barcelona Travel Card
    Take L3 towards Zona Universitaria. Get off at Liceu. Go just past 2 blocks. On the right.)
1:30 p.m. Check-in: Hostal Benidorm
Rambla dels Caputxins
37, Ciutat Vella
Barcelona, 08002, Spain
    (Go back left on Las Ramblas to the Liceu metro station. Take the L3 Zona Universitaria metro to Pl. Espanya stop. Get off and go left to Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina. Turn right. Go around the fountain and continue straight ahead.)
    Walk behind the museum to Jardins de Joan Maragall. (10-3) Free
  See: Musee Nacional d'Art de Catalunya 12.00 Euro/Free Sr (Tues-Sat 10-8, Sun 10-3) Buy at museum
View the glorious collections that cover more than a thousand years of European art, from Romanesque and Renaissance to the 20th century. Marvel at the stunning exhibitions of Romanesque murals, view canvases by Canaletto, Velázquez and Titian, and cast your eye over decorative art and furniture by Antoni Gaudí. Cap your explorations with a visit to the rooftop terrace to soak in the panoramas over Barcelona.
Cafe del MNAC (10-8)-In the Café, which opens to the Oval Room, you can enjoy a moment of rest with a quick sandwich or opt for a large lunch buffet (1-4) with a choice of main courses. A commitment to Mediterranean cuisine and quality products.
The Terrace (10-midnight) Located at the entrance of the museum has an outdoor bar service and views over the city of Barcelona and the Magical Montjuïc Fountain. The informal furniture contrasts with the building's uniqueness and, in turn, fuses with the modern cafeteria offering; snacks and cocktails.
Oleum Cafe (Lunch 12:30-4 or Dinner 7:30-11:30)
Wifi
    (Walk back around the front of the museum and to the fountain. Go around it up the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina. At the Placa d'Espanya go through it to the right.)
    Dinner: Las Arenas (Bullring Mall) (10-10)
Go up to the rooftop terrace for a stupendous view of Placa d'Espany and Montjuic. It is ringed with eateries. The inside elevator is free, outside glass elevator 1 euro.
    (Go back to the Placa d'Espanya. Go back up the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina to the fountain.)
    Magic Fountain of Mont Juic (9:30-10:30) Music and Color show
    (Walk back up the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina to Placa d'Espanya. Go left to the metro. Walk around the Placa d'Espanya to the right. Take the Pl Espanya Metro L3 towards Trinitat Nova-to Liceu 3 stops. Turn right/south to Hostal.)
  Lodge:

Hostal Benedorm $561
Rambla dels Caputxins
37, Ciutat Vella
Barcelona, 08002, Spain
1:30 check-in
(4 single beds, Shower, Safe, TV, Air conditioning, Hairdryer, Wake-up service/Alarm clock, Balcony, Free toiletries, Toilet, Private Bathroom, Heating, Satellite channels, Bathtub or shower, Laptop safe, Flat-screen TV, View, Hardwood or parquet floors, Wake-up service, Wardrobe or closet, City view, Towels, Linens, Clothes rack, Toilet, paper, Trash cans, Childrens' cribs, Shampoo, Body soap, Socket near the bed, Non-feather pillow, Smoke Alarm)
Cancellation 3 days in advance

 

Day 20 Sunday June 30th
  See: Barcelona
    (Turn left on the La Rambla. At the metro station take L3-Trinitat Nova. Get off at Passeig de Gracia. Go north/ straight up the street. On the left.)
10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.   Casa Batllo 25 Euros/22 Sr (9-9)
Visits include the legendary Noble Floor (the original residence of the Batlló family), Attic (formally storage rooms and wash tubs), Roof Terrace with its mythical Chimneys (girded by the backbone of the famous dragon, slain by Saint Jordi (St. George)) and the fabulous Stairwell (once the communal stairwell). The visit concludes with the splendid Entrance Hall and Main Staircase.
Gift Shop, free Wifi, photos allow-no tripod
    (Across the street on Carrer d'Arago.)
    Mossol Arago Restaurant- Good prices
    (Continue left up Passeig de Gracia 3 blocks. On the right.)
Pick your own time   La Pedrera (Casa Mila) 29 euros (9-8:30 sometimes 11)
Casa Milà, popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’ (the stone quarry), an ironic allusion to the resemblance of its façade to an open quarry, was constructed between 1906 and 1912 by Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). For its uniqueness, artistic and heritage value have received major recognition and in 1984 was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List, for its exceptional universal value. Nowadays it is the headquarters of Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation and houses a cultural centre that is a reference point in Barcelona for the range of activities it organises and the different spaces for exhibitions and other public uses it contains.
    (Behind Casa Batllo on Carrer de Provenca.)
    Artespanol Restaurants-Tapas, Paellas, Desserts
    Dora Tapa's Bar
    (Turn right/north on Passeig de Gracia. Take the Diagonal Metro L5 towards Vall d'Hebron. Get off at the 2nd stop Sagrada Familia. Across the street.)
5:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. See: Gaudì's La Sagrada Familia Audio Tour 25/20 Sr Euro (9-8)
Photos allowed
He worked for 43 years on the temple until 1926. In 1914 he left all other work to concentrate exclusively on this sole project until his death on 10 June 1926, the result of a tragic accident three days earlier. His funeral cortege, which went through much of Barcelona and finished in the Sagrada Familia, was a grand event in the city in recognition of his status as the greatest architect Barcelona has ever seen. Gaudí was buried in the chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the crypt of the Sagrada Familia.
    (Take the L5 Metro at Casa Familia towards Cornella Centre. Get off at the 2nd stop Diagonal. Take the L3 Metro towards Zona Universitaria. Get off at the 4th stop Liceu. Turn right on La Rambla for 2 blocks. On the right.)
  Lodge: Hostal Benidorm
Rambla dels Caputxins
37, Ciutat Vella
Barcelona, 08002, Spain

 

Day 21 Monday July 1st
    (Turn right on the La Rambla. At Carrer del Portel de Santa Madronna turn right to the Drassanes metro station. Take L3 towards Trinitat Nova 3 stops. Get off at Passeig de Gracia. Walk left/south on the Passeig de Gracia to the Placa de Catalunya. Follow Rick Steve's walk.)
  Do: Barri Gotic Walk
    Catedral de Barcelona (Mon-Sat 12:30-7:45 Free, 1-5:30 donations, Sun 2-5 donations)
    (Turn right when outside on Carrer dels Comtes. In 2 blocks turn left on Carrer de Jaume 1. Go about 6 blocks. Turn right on Carrer de Montcada to 15.On the left in a block. Go right to the entrance. No more than 15 minutes late.)
3:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Do: Museu Picasso with audio guide (Mon. 10-5, Tues-Sun 9-8:30, Thurs 9-9:30) 17 Euros/12 Euros 65+
Photos allowed/no tripod, but not in exhibition rooms.
Best collection of Picasso (1881-1973) and his earlier works.
    (Turn right, then left on Carrer de Jaume 1 for a kilometer. At the Rambla turn left. Go one block. On the right.)
   

Hostal Benidorm
Rambla dels Caputxins
37, Ciutat Vella
Barcelona, 08002, Spain

 

 

Day 22 Tuesday July 2nd
7:30 a.m. Do: (Turn right on the La Rambla. At Carrer del Portel de Santa Madronna turn right to the Drassanes metro station. Take L3 to Zona Universitaria. Get off and take the L9 metro. Get off at T1. Use Hola BCN Card.)
10:30 a.m. Depart: Barcelona
  Do: Delta Flight 195 Seats 31JH, 32JH (10 hrs, 19 min)
Dinner
2:49 p.m. Arrive: Atlanta Airport
  Do: Lunch
5:24 p.m. Depart: Atlanta
  Do: Delta Flight 2863 Seats 29EF, 30EF (5 hrs, 36 min)
Refreshments
8:00 p.m. Arrive: Seattle
  Do: Shuttle service runs on a daily basis from 5 AM to Midnight only.
  Lodge: Rodeway Inn
2930 S. 176th St.,
SeaTac, WA, US, 98188
+1 (206) 246-9300
(Queen $80.99, 2 Queens $89.99)

 

Day 23 Wednesday July 3rd
  Do: Shuttle service runs on a daily basis from 5 AM to Midnight only.
9:30 a.m. Depart: Seattle
  Do: Delta Flight 5686
10:40 a.m. Arrive: Spokane

 

 

Attraction Adult Cost Senior Cost Actual Book
Delta Seattle $116.60   $116.60 -
Delta Europe $1,131.91   $1,131.91 -
ATVO Bus €8,00 € 8,00   Airport
ACTV Travel Card- 3 Day €40,00 €40,00   Venice
Luggage Storage €16,00 €16,00    
Omar €135.20 €135.20    
Frari Church €3,00 €3,00    
St Mark's Basilica $6.74 $6.74   Pd
San Marco Museum €5,00 €5,00    
Treasury € 3,00 € 3,00    
MUVE Pass $58.32 $44.35   Pd
Gallerie dell'Accademia $36.88 $36.88 $73.76 Pd
Train to Florence $62.77 $62.77 $125.53 Pd
Firenzia Card €92.00 €92.00   Buy in Florence
Close to Michelangelo $105.50 $105.50   Arrival
Galleria dell'Accademia €16,00 €16,00 Booking Code Firenzi Card
Duomo Museum €20,00 €20,00   Firenzi Card
Duomo Free Free    
Boboli & Bardini Gardens €10.00 €10.00   Firenzi Card
Medici Chapel €11.00 €11.00   Firenzi Card
Bargello €12.00 €12.00   Firenzi Card
Ufizzi Gallery €20.00 €20.00 Booking Code Firenzi Card
Train to Rome $75.00 $75.00   Pd
Rome 72 hour Bus Pass (BTI) €18,00 €18,00   Train Station
Relais Raselle 47 €152.25 €152.25    
Borghese Gallery
$44.77 $44.77 $89.54 Pd
Colisseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour $65.15 $65.15 $130.30 Pd
Musei Capitolini $28.02 $28.02 $56.04 Pd
Vatican Tour $86.96 $86.96 $173.91 Pd
Disney Bus $55.00 $55.00 $85.00 Paid
Pompeii Tour $105.00 $105.00 $105.00 Ship
Metro Ticket €2 €2 €2  
Naples National Archaelogical Museum €17,00 €17,00 €17,00 Online
Cinque Terre Scenic Boat Tour $177.00 $177.00 $177.00 Ship
Milan on Your Own $69.00 $69.00 $69.00 Ship
Castle Sforzesco $11.21 $8.97 $40.35 Pd
Santa Maria delle Grazie-Leonardo Da Vinci's Lord's Supper $12.00 $12.00    
St. Paul de Vence $70.00 $70.00 $70.00 Ship
Aix En Provence $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 Ship
Montserrat Half Day, End at Hotel $70.00 $70.00 $70.00 Ship
Hola BCN Card 72 Hours $44.78 $44.79 $89.57 Pd
Musee Nacional d'Art de Catalunya €12 Free   Buy at door
Casa Batllo $66.13 $66.13 $132.25 Pd
La Pedrera (Casa Mila) $65.03 $65.03 $130.05 Pd
Museu Picasso $38.28 $27.01 $65.29 Pd
Gaudì's La Sagrada Familia $56.27 $45.02 $101.29 Pd
Catedral de Barcelona Free Free    

 

Day Port Ashore Onboard
1 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy 4:00 PM
2 Naples (Pompeii), Italy 7:30 AM 6:00 PM
3 At Sea
4 Livorno (Florence, Pisa), Italy 7:00 AM 6:45 PM
5 Genoa (Milan), Italy 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
6 Cannes (Monte Carlo, Nice), France 7:30 AM 5:45 PM
7 Toulon (Provence), France 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
8 Barcelona, Spain 7:00 AM