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The Rivieras: France, Italy & the Isles 2014

Post-trip: Bologna, Italy

Either before or after your vacation to Italy and France's rivieras, perhaps you'll extend your stay in Bologna, Italy. For nearly a thousand years, the brightest minds of Italy have gathered in Bologna, the original university town. And the smartest travelers continue the tradition, soaking up the beauty of this city of porticos and towers. With ample time to explore the greatest sites of architectural splendor and religious devotion, you'll revel in a chance to experience Bologna at the pace you desire.

It's Included:
Accommodations for 4 nights in Bologna at the limited Service First-Class Dei Commercianti Hotel, the First-Class Art Hotel Corona d'Oro, or similar
5 meals: 4 breakfasts and 1 dinner
Included tour: Bologna
Exclusive services of a resident Grand Circle Program Director
All transfers
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    As your vacation to The Rivieras: France, Italy & the Isles comes to a close, you'll depart Florence and travel overland to Bologna, arriving in the early afternoon. After a brief orientation walk in the vicinity of your hotel, dinner will be on your own. Your Program Director will have suggestions for every palate.

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    For 3000 years, red-roofed Bologna has been the heart of Northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. With miles of covered porticos snaking through the historic city center, and stone towers representing centuries of empire, Bologna’s architecture is distinct and well-preserved. You’ll experience the timeless qualities of the city on a guided walking tour this morning.

    Your tour includes the city’s most famous institution: the world’s oldest degree-granting university, founded in 1088. Students who attend University of Bologna today find themselves strolling down lanes walked by their predecessors almost a millennium ago, as will you.

    After lunch on your own, enjoy free time to explore Bologna. Perhaps you’ll visit the two “leaning” towers, Asinelli and Garisenda, icons of a 12th-century building boom. If you feel hardy, you might climb the 500 steps of the Asinelli for views of the countryside from a 318-foot perch.

    Tonight, dinner is on your own. Consider one of the many restaurants serving handmade pasta and fresh sauces, including the meaty Bolognese which originated here.

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    Join us for an optional visit to Ravenna. Our walking tour includes the Basilica San Vitale, built in the sixth century, and now the only remaining intact church from the era of Emperor Justinian I. Then, you’ll enter the neighboring Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, filled with well-preserved fifth century mosaics. Our visit ends with an included lunch in a local restaurant.

    Or explore Bologna at your leisure. You might choose to immerse yourself in history and tradition by strolling the covered Portico of San Luca. A series of 666 vaults winding from ancient city gates to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Lucca, the two-mile arcade serves as the route of the annual procession honoring the Virgin Mother.

    Dinner is on your own this evening.

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    Get a true taste of Bologna on our optional Balsamic Vinegar & Parmesan Cheese tour. In the morning, depart for Modena, where you’ll witness traditional organic cheese-making methods at a family-owned farm. Then you’ll visit Acetaia di Giorgio, to discover the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena. This small-batch formulation is produced directly from grapes harvested from the region, and aged over several years to create a delicate balance in fragrance and flavor. You’ll sample this and other local delicacies during an included light lunch, before departing for an afternoon at leisure in Bologna.

    Or enjoy a full day for your own discoveries in Bologna. You might choose to immerse yourself in history and tradition by strolling the covered Portico of San Luca. A series of 666 vaults winding from ancient city gates to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Lucca, the two-mile arcade serves as the route of the annual procession honoring the Virgin Mother.

    Dinner is on your own this evening.

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    • Meals included:

    Today, you’ll transfer to the airport in Bologna for your return flight home.