Travel Dates: 
July 9, 2012 to July 19, 2012
Destination: 
Italy
Leaders & Speakers: 
Dr. Marc Shapiro

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Join Torah in Motion and Dr. Marc Shapiro for a unique and intellectually inspiring trip to Italy. We'll be visiting Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Pisa, Ferrara, and Venice. This trip promises to be an unforgettable Italian experience, with a focus on places of Jewish interest. A central feature of the tour will be Dr. Shapiro's expert discussions of the many places we will visit, making the trip nothing less than a travelling classroom. In addition, we will be joined by expert local guides who will provide their own angle. Before departure, Dr. Shapiro will send participants an educational packet that will be used on the trip. And of course, in addition to the special Torah in Motion educational and spiritual nourishment, our Journey Through Jewish History in Italy will feature: • luxury hotels in prime locations; • strictly kosher food; and • expert local tour guides for sites of general interest. Comments from the 2011 trip to Central Europe: "Beyond words... the degree to which all attempted to accommodate the group was superb." Shmuel Rosenberg, Elizabeth, New Jersey "Marc was absolutely amazing. Jewish history came alive in this wonderful TiM trip!" Yehudit Shier Weisberg, Toronto "It brought our European heritage alive- It was everything I had hoped for..." Jeff Shanes, Chicago, Illlinois "Exceeded my expectations... Marc Shapiro is a major attraction." Moe and Faigy Green, Toronto, Ontario "A truly inspiring experience." Florence Weinberger, Toronto "An amazing trip... brings Jewish history to life..." Seth Cohen, Mamaroneck, New York "I must compliment all involved in the efficient and smooth running of all aspects of the trip. It exceeded all expectations." Barbara Abrams, Toronto

Cancellation and Refund 
For all cancellations, we will refund your payment less the following cancellation fees:



Prior to the departure cancellation fee
 up to 91 days initial deposit;


61 to 90 days $600 per person; 


31 to 60 days $1500 per person;


30 days or less Full Payment.



Suppliers, such as airlines, might impose additional cancellation fees. 


Travel Protection Plan 
We strongly recommend that each traveler buy a Travel Protection Plan. Momentum Tours & 
Travel sells group Travel Protection Plans on behalf of Travelex Insurances. However, for all 
travelers up to 60 years of age, we suggest the use of individual policies. In order to be 
covered for pre-existing conditions, insurance plans must be purchased at the time of final 
payment to Torah In Motion. No exemptions can be made from this rule. Travel protection plans
 are not refundable. Please call 305.466.0652 and speak with Jan. 


Passport and Visa 
No visa is required for this departure. Each participant must possess a valid U.S. or Canadian 
passport. For travelers not holding a U.S. or Canadian passport, Momentum Tours & Travel does not have responsibility to check for entry regulations. All passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the tour has been completed. It is crucial that travelers check the status of the passports.
 
 

Cancellation and Refund 
For all cancellations, we will refund your payment less the following cancellation fees:



Prior to the departure cancellation fee
 up to 91 days initial deposit;


61 to 90 days $600 per person; 


31 to 60 days $1500 per person;


30 days or less Full Payment.



Suppliers, such as airlines, might impose additional cancellation fees. 


Travel Protection Plan 
We strongly recommend that each traveler buy a Travel Protection Plan. Momentum Tours & 
Travel sells group Travel Protection Plans on behalf of Travelex Insurances. However, for all 
travelers up to 60 years of age, we suggest the use of individual policies. In order to be 
covered for pre-existing conditions, insurance plans must be purchased at the time of final 
payment to Torah In Motion. No exemptions can be made from this rule. Travel protection plans
 are not refundable. Please call 305.466.0652 and speak with Jan. 


Passport and Visa 
No visa is required for this departure. Each participant must possess a valid U.S. or Canadian 
passport. For travelers not holding a U.S. or Canadian passport, Momentum Tours & Travel does not have responsibility to check for entry regulations. All passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the tour has been completed. It is crucial that travelers check the status of the passports.
 
 

Cancellation and Refund 
For all cancellations, we will refund your payment less the following cancellation fees:



Prior to the departure cancellation fee
 up to 91 days initial deposit;


61 to 90 days $600 per person; 


31 to 60 days $1500 per person;


30 days or less Full Payment.



Suppliers, such as airlines, might impose additional cancellation fees. 


Travel Protection Plan 
We strongly recommend that each traveler buy a Travel Protection Plan. Momentum Tours & 
Travel sells group Travel Protection Plans on behalf of Travelex Insurances. However, for all 
travelers up to 60 years of age, we suggest the use of individual policies. In order to be 
covered for pre-existing conditions, insurance plans must be purchased at the time of final 
payment to Torah In Motion. No exemptions can be made from this rule. Travel protection plans
 are not refundable. Please call 305.466.0652 and speak with Jan. 


Passport and Visa 
No visa is required for this departure. Each participant must possess a valid U.S. or Canadian 
passport. For travelers not holding a U.S. or Canadian passport, Momentum Tours & Travel does not have responsibility to check for entry regulations. All passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the tour has been completed. It is crucial that travelers check the status of the passports.
 
 

<div class="view-content"><div class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first views-row-last"><div class="views-field views-field-field-program-schedule-value"><div class="field-content"><p><u><strong>Itinerary</strong></u></p><p><strong>Day 01 Monday Departure</strong></p><p>Departure for your flight to Rome.</p><p><br><strong>Day 02 Tuesday Arrival in Rome</strong><br>Arrival in Rome airport. In the afternoon, sightseeing in the former Ghetto area of Rome. The tour will include the Jewish Museum, the Great Synagogue, and the Trastavere. We will also visit the Campo Di Fiori where the Talmud was burnt. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner in a local restaurant. Hotel Lunetta.</p><p><strong>Day 03 Wednesday Rome</strong><br>Breakfast.&nbsp; This morning begins with a visit to the Arch of Titus and the famous Menorah, and the Colosseum, with its legacy of horrors and bravery as slaves fought for their lives to the roars of spectators cheering and booing. Continue to the ruins of the Roman Forum, an international center filled with great palaces and all the pomp that we connect with names like Caesar, Nero and Cicero. Later, drive to the Spanish steps and soon find yourself in the romantic setting of the glorious Trevi Fountain, beloved spot for many great films made in "Roma." After lunch, enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore Rome on your own or join an optional tour of&nbsp;the Vatican Museum. In the evening, meet for dinner. Hotel Lunetta.</p><p><strong>Day 04 Thursday Rome – Pitigliano – </strong>San Gimignano<strong> – Florence </strong><br>Breakfast. Depart Rome this morning and drive towards the hills of Umbria and Tuscany.&nbsp; En route, visit the remote town of Pitigliano, where Jews settled in the 16th century as anti-Jewish sentiment became stronger in the Papal States. Pitigliano became known as "Little Jerusalem" as the Jewish community grew increasingly prosperous throughout the following centuries. Visit the former Ghetto, Synagogue and Museum. Lunch boxes are provided this day. Continue along typical Tuscan roads to San Gimignano, known as the "Town of Towers." With its narrow streets and picturesque houses, San Gimignano will leave a lasting impression of the richness of the traditional Tuscan and Italian culture. Later, continue to Florence and upon arrival stop on the hillside Piazza Michelangelo for an amazing panoramic view of the city below. Even the dome of the Synagogue is visible. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant. Hotel MonnaLisa.</p><p><strong>Day 05 Friday Florence</strong><br>Breakfast. Begin your walking tour of Florence with a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia), home of Michelangelo's statue of David. Later, continue to the extraordinary Synagogue whose dome punctuates the skyline of the city. Visit the attached Jewish Museum with its fine collections. After lunch, continue on the walking tour and be inspired by the beauty of Florence as you walk the charming streets and great squares. Visit the Uffizi Gallery. Return to the hotel in the afternoon. Celebrate Shabbat in Florence. Attend services followed by Shabbat Dinner. Monna Lisa Hotel.</p><p><strong>Day 06 Shabbat Florence</strong><br>Breakfast. Attend services this morning. After lunch, choose to relax or join a short walk to Piazza Delle Signoria. Your tour will take you by the famous Duomo. &nbsp;Later, Seudah Shlishit is served. Hotel Monna Lisa.</p><p><strong>Day 07 Sunday Florence – Siena&nbsp;– Livorno – Pisa – Florence</strong><br>Breakfast. Begin your day with a visit to visit to Piazza Michelangelo for a wonderful view of the city below. Next, drive to Siena where we will see the town square and fascinating synagogue. After driving through the Chianti District we will arrive in Livorno for lunch, hosted by the Jewish community. Livorno was the home of R. Hayyim David Azulai and R. Elijah Benamozegh, and we will learn about these two great figures. We then travel in Pisa, the town associated with Galileo (and of course the Leaning Tower). Today, traces of the Jewish past are seen at the cemetery and the Pisa synagogue. Unlike most other Italian towns, Pisa never had a Ghetto; its Jewish population lived in different areas of the city.&nbsp;Return to Florence in the late afternoon. Hotel Monna Lisa.</p><p><strong>Day 08 Monday Florence – Ferrara – Venice</strong><br>Breakfast. Depart Florence and drive north towards Venice. En route, stop in the seaside town of Ferrara, where Jewish communities have been active since early medieval times. Tour the city, including a visit to the Jewish Museum, and learn about the great R. Isaac Lampronte, the first Jewish encyclopedist. Lunch boxes are provided this day.&nbsp; In the afternoon, proceed to Venice. Upon arrival in the floating city, transfer to a small boat and travel in this romantic way to the luxury Dei Dogi hotel. The hotel is housed in a former prestigious palace in the lagoon of Venice. The hotel also boasts a peaceful secret garden and it is located only a brief walk from the Ghetto. Dei Dogi Hotel.</p><p><strong>Day 09 Tuesday Venice</strong><br>Breakfast. Today, enjoy the unique flavor of Venice as you sightsee in this legendary city. Begin with a Tour of the Jewish Ghetto (Europe’s first official ghetto). The tour will include the synagogues and the Jewish Museum. After lunch, continue by boat to the Venice Lido for an exclusive visit to the Jewish cemetery, which has been in use for more than 600 years. Return to the hotel by hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner in a local restaurant. Dei Dogi Hotel.</p><p><strong>Day 10 Wednesday Venice </strong><br>Breakfast. Proceed on a tour to the area of Piazza San Marco with a visit to the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs (with artwork by Tintorreto, Veronese and Bosch), and the San Marco Basilica. Continue, via Venice's characteristically narrow streets and alleys, to the Rialto Bridge, which spans across the Grand Canal of Venice Island. Lunch boxes are provided this day. Return to Piazza San Marco and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to browse this unique town of bridges and canals. Choose to return to the hotel by the Vaporetta or browse your way back through the narrow streets. In the evening, farewell dinner in the Ghetto. Dei Dogi Hotel.</p><p><strong>Day 11 Thursday Venice – Home</strong><br>Breakfast. Transfer by boat to the airport for your flights back to America or Canada.</p></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p>

Testimonials

"Thanks to Torah in Motion, we were able to view Italy from two perspectives. Marc taught us Jewish-Italian history, taking us to fascinating places few tourists get to see. Native Italian guides showed us the iconic sites of Rome, Florence and Venice. This made the tour a wonderful, educational experience."

- 
Mady and Ethan Kra

"Magnificent sites and thorough explanations from our past heritage given by an excellent and knowledgeable Marc Shapiro."

- Hanna Zehnwirth

"Kudos to Marc – he made the trip a truly memorable and enjoyable experience."

- Steve and Mali Schwartz