Traditional Italy Easter 2016

Work in progress!!!

23 March – 2 April
Total Distance: 4400 km
Group: 60 adolescents + 8 staff
Weather: partly sunny and cool in Padua, clouded and cold in Venice, sunny in Florence, partly sunny and warm in Rome (some raindrops), Pompei, Pisa and Lucca (24°C)

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Programme Traditional Italy Easter 2016

23/3 Transfer Herentals – Padova (coach ride via Milano, 1200 km): ‘Hotel Europa’

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Po Valley near Lake Garda

24/3 Padua: Scrovegnikapel, Battistero of the duomo, Prato della Valle, Basilica di Sant’Antonio di Padova

25/3 Padua – Venezia – Padua (train journey)
City walk : Scuola di San Giovanni Evangelista, Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, San Rocco (patron saint of Aarschot), Ponte de Rialto & Canal Grande, Fondaco dei Tedeschi, San Marco (Campanile, Torre dell’ Orologio, Basilica, Palazzo Ducale, Café Florian, Ponte del Sospiri), Santa Maria di Giglio, Campo Santo Stefano, Ponte dell’Accadamia, Peggy Guggenheim, Punta della Dogana o della Salute.

Padua by night

26/3 Padova – Firenze (coach ride): ‘Hotel Conference Florentia
Visit of Galleria dell’ Accademia (il Davide) and San Marco monastery
Tip: divine grappa vecchia in corner bar next to Galleria Europa

27/3 Firenze: Uffizi Museum (Botticelli, Ucelli, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rafael); Piazza della Signoria; Ponte Vecchio,  lunch (tip: excellent self-service restaurant near duomo: Self Service Leonardo, Via de Pecori; Piazza della Republica, Santo Croce (closed), Duomo + Battisterio (closed); Casa di Dante

28/3 Firenze – Roma (coach ride): ‘Best Western Hotel President’
Visit of San Clemente, lunch (tip: excellent enoteco restaurant near Colosseo: Divin Ostilia, Via Ostilia), Foro Romano, San Pietro in Vincoli, San Clemente, Colosseo

Rome by night: Trevi-fountains

29/3 Roma: Vatican Museum (Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo, Rafael) and St Peter’s , Castell and Ponte S.Angelo

30/3 Roma – Pompei – Roma (coach ride)
Visit of the buried city

31/3 Rome – Pisa (coach ride)
morning: city walk (Colosseo, Piazza Venezia, San Ignazio, Pantheon, Piazza Navona)
afternoon: transfer to Pisa with late dinner in Pisa (B&B Hotel Pisa not worth mentioning)

1/4 Pisa – Lucca (train ride) – Herentals
morning: Campo dei Miracoli (Torre Pendente, Battistero, Duomo, Campo Santo)
afternoon: transfer to Lucca by train: city walls, San Martino, San Michele, Torre Guinigi, Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro); tip: excellent food & wine: Il Cuore Bistrot, Piazza San Giusto)

2/4 Herentals via Milano (coach ride: 1238 km)

 

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