May 8–17, 2014
Begin in Florence, where highlights include visits to Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, the Museo di San Marco and its former library, and the incomparable Uffizi Gallery. Travel to Rome to enjoy exclusive entrée to the literary collections of the Eternal City with private visits to the Vatican Secret Archives, Villa Medici library, and American Academy of Rome library. Take in the city's artistic treasures, including the Sistine Chapel, Borghese Gallery, works of Caravaggio and Raphael in the Church of Sant'Agostino, and Santa Maria sopra Minerva, with its Michelangelo and Bernini sculptures.
Traveling with You: Ken Soehner, Arthur K. Watson Chief Librarian of the Thomas J. Watson Library; and Frank Dabell, former Metropolitan Museum fellow, author, and art history professor at Temple University Rome. Listen to Ken discuss his favorite depictions of books in his Connections episode, "Books."
Land Rate: $10,995
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Above: St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy