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2018 Mid-Year Meeting
   
November 3 - 10
   
The Westin Excelsior, Rome
   
REGISTER FOR TOURS here.
   
DOWNLOAD A TOUR REGISTRATION FORM here.
 



Full-day Tours

  
Florence 
Travel from Rome to Florence via high-speed train, arriving in just 90 minutes. 
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Thursday, Nov. 8
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
$245 per person
  
Some of the greatest architecture and artistic treasures in the world are found in Florence. Visit the most popular and important sites including the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the House of Dante. A visit to Florence would not be complete without viewing Michelangelo’s masterpiece, The David, in the world-renowned Academy of Fine Arts, as well as strolling the Piazza della Signoria. Wander through some of the oldest streets in the city then cross the Arno River, over the Ponte Vecchio, and experience the "newest" area, the Oltrarno.
  
After the private tour, enjoy ample free time to have a late lunch and explore this charming city on your own before returning to Rome. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
    
The tour includes:
Private motor coach transfers to and from the Rome train station
Round trip train fare
English-speaking tour guides
Admission fees  
    



Pompeii and Naples
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Thursday, Nov. 8
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
$150 per person
  
Visit Italy’s largest southern city and tour the historic and archeological wonder that is Pompeii. Two thousand people died when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD and the city was abandoned for almost as many years. When the site was rediscovered in 1748, explorers were surprised to find Pompeii mostly intact underneath a thick layer of dust and debris. The buildings, artifacts and skeletons left behind in the buried city have taught us a great deal about everyday life in the ancient world.
  
After lunch, you’ll arrive in Naples and enjoy a coffee and a walk in the city center where you can admire Piazza del Plebiscito and Castle Angioino among other interesting sites.
  
This tour involves walking on cobblestone and uneven ground.
  
The tour includes:
Private motor coach
Lunch
Admission fee and VAT
English-speaking tour guide  



Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio
Wednesday, Nov. 7
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
$325 per person
     
Take part in a daytrip to two of the most striking hill towns in central Italy. The first stop is Orvieto, which sits 1,000 feet above the valley floor, overlooking the cypress-dotted plains of Umbria. The Duomo’s Gothic 13th century façade is one of the most colorful mosaic works of art in Italy. A local guide will take you inside and point out the most important works of the many sculptors, goldsmiths and painters who contributed to this magnificent building.
     
Civita di Bagnoregio will take your breath away—literally and figuratively! At one time a donkey path connected Civita to its sister city, Bagnoregio. Long worn away, the path has been replaced with a footbridge— the only way in and out. Arrive at the top and enter through the Porta Santa Maria gateway, which was built by the Etruscans over 2,500 years ago, and visit a place where time has stood still since the Middle Ages. Artists and photographers will love this city with its many hidden stairways and vine-covered arches and balconies. Don’t miss this most picturesque of the so called “dying cities.”   
     
This tour involves extensive walking uphill and on cobblestone and uneven ground.
 
The tour includes:
Private seven-passenger mini vans
Three-course lunch with wine in Bagnoregio
Admission fee and VAT
English-speaking tour guide  
  


Cerveteri and Casale Cento Corvi (Cellar of One Hundred Crows)
Thursday, Nov. 8
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
$165 per person
  
Cerveteri is a town northwest of Rome known for its well-preserved necropolis complex, once part of an Etruscan city, dating from the ninth century. The combination of sea breezes and protective hills make Cerveteri an ideal location for growing grapes. Visit Casale Cento Corvi where white and red wines are produced from ancient vines. Owners Constantino and Giorgia will share the passion they have for the region and work they do, including: vine care, wine making and bottling. After the tour, sample several wines and enjoy a grand buffet of traditional hors d’oeuvres, followed by a delicious lunch.
  
This tour involves walking on cobblestone and uneven ground.
  
The tour includes:
Private motor coach
Reception and lunch with wine
English-speaking tour guide  
  


 

Half-day Tours


  
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel by Night
Tuesday, Nov. 6
5 - 9 p.m.
$115 per person

  
The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel will close their doors to all but the New Jersey State Bar Association for this exclusive evening tour. View the extensive collections of art, archaeology and ethno-anthropology gathered and preserved by the Roman Pontiffs over the centuries. The works of masters including Botticelli, Perugino, Signorelli, Pinturicchio and Michelangelo will leave you breathless. 
  
Please note, St. Peter’s Basilica is not included in this tour, as it is closed in the evening. A separate daytime tour of St. Peter’s and Castel Sant’Angelo is being offered.
  
All visitors must have shoulders and knees covered.
  
The tour includes:
Private motor coach 
English-speaking tour guide
Admission fees and VAT 
  



St. Peter’s Basilica and Castel Sant’Angelo
Monday, Nov. 5
Friday, Nov. 9
1 - 5 p.m.
$80 per person

  
Originally built as the family tomb of Roman emperor, Hadrian, Castel Sant’Angelo was converted into the impregnable stronghold and eventually, into a Papal military fortress. A viaduct from the Vatican allowed popes to seek safety here in times of crisis.

  
Not only is St. Peter’s Basilica the world’s largest church, it is the heart and soul of Christianity and the repository of some of the world’s most beautiful art, much of it by Michelangelo and Bernini. Your guide will reveal many of the basilica’s mysteries and secrets—artistic, architectural and spiritual.   
  
All visitors must have shoulders and knees covered.
  
The tour includes:
Private motor coach 
English-speaking tour guide
Admission fees and VAT 
  



Roman Ghetto and Trastevere
Monday, Nov. 5
Tuesday, Nov. 6
Friday, Nov. 9
1 - 5 p.m.

$65 per person

Hidden in the heart of the city, Rome’s Jewish Ghetto is one of the best attractions and also one of its least-known. As the oldest Jewish community in Europe, this beautiful, thriving neighborhood is as central to the history of the city as it is to the Jewish faith. Visit the Great Synagogue, as well as the Jewish Museum. Opened in 1960, the museum displays textiles, parchments and marble carvings from the collections of the Jewish community and tells the history of the Jews and the Jewish Ghetto in Rome. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, there are more than 15 churches in this small area. We’ll visit one of the most famous—Santa Maria del Pianto. 

This tour involves extensive walking on cobblestone and uneven ground.

The tour includes:
Private motor coach
Admission fees and VAT 
English-speaking tour guide



Imperial Rome
Monday, Nov. 5
Friday, Nov. 9
2 - 5 p.m.
$80 per person
   
Your journey into imperial Rome begins by walking into the largest amphitheater in the ancient world—the Colosseum, constructed in AD 72 – 80.
   
The tour continues to the Roman Forum, which was the heart of ancient political, judicial and commercial power and the symbol of civic pride for 1,000 years. Admire the remains of the Senate House, where the destiny of Rome and most of the Western world was decided.
   
Completing this journey through ancient Roman times, you will drive by the Circus Maximus and the Theatre of Marcello and, finally, to Piazza Venezia to admire the enormous marble monument to King Victor Emanuel II.
   
This tour involves extensive walking on cobblestone and uneven ground.
   
The tour includes:
Private motor coach
English-speaking tour guide
Admission fees and VAT  



Fountains and Squares of Rome
Tuesday, Nov. 6
1 - 5 p.m.

$50 per person
  
Although Rome is a large city, many of its most impressive monuments and statues are within walking distance of each other. After a short transfer from the hotel, visit the Trevi Fountain, a baroque creation designed in 1762 by Nicola Salvi and made famous in Federico Fellini’s film “La Dolce Vita.” Next, make your way through the alleys, arriving at the Pantheon, one of the greatest and best-preserved monuments of ancient Rome. Built in 27 BC, the monument was erected as a Pagan temple and, in 609, was converted to a church. The walk continues to Piazza Colonna, to see the marble column built by the Roman Senate in memory of the Emperor Marco Aurelio. Finally, you’ll reach the Spanish Steps, one of the most popular spots in the city. There will be ample free time for shopping in the famous streets surrounding Piazza di Spagna.
  
Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  
The tour includes:
Private motor coach 
English-speaking tour guide
   



Rome Golf Cart Tour 
Sunday, Nov 4
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 5 (Rome by night)
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 9
2 - 5 p.m.
$85 per person
  
Back by popular demand is this fun and unique way to explore Rome! Rome is a fascinating maze of narrow streets, many of which are closed to cars. Enjoy an up-close-and-personal tour of Rome that you’ll never forget in a three- or seven-passenger golf cart. This tour combines the intimate features of a walking tour with the comfort of a driving tour. Your excursion begins next door to The Westin Excelsior in the beautiful and historic Villa Borghese Park. Then, continue to the city center to see all the major sites, stopping now and then so your driver can point out specific places of interest. At any time, you may hop out briefly to explore the sites. Every corner has a story in Rome and your driver will share them. Round out the experience with an espresso or gelato at the counter, just like the locals.
  
The tour includes:
English-speaking tour guide
 
   

 

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