Here We Come! | Italy | May 1, 2024 | BC2024*

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Day 1 | Departing Washington, DC – Dulles (IAD)
Delta 2456 at 3:30 PM

Tuesday, May 1, 2024

Sample Non-Stop Package
Air and Hotels*

Package Price $4,426.05*
Depart 1-May2024
Washington-Dulles, DC (IAD) 4:15 PM
to Rome, Italy (FCO) 7:00 AM +1 Day

Return 15 May-2024
Rome, Italy (FCO) 10:20 AM
to Washington-Dulles (IAD) 2:20 PM

Accommodations
Venice 3-nights
Hotel Montecarlo Standard
Florence 3-nights
Rivoli Boutique Hotel Double Comfort
Rome 3-nights
Best Western Hotel President

Amalfi Hotel Not Included (TBD)
*Terms and Conditions Apply

Departing CVG on Delta DL 3456 at 3:30 pm

Day 1 | Arrive Atlanta Airport | 3 Hour Layover

Monday, May 27, 2024 at 5:05 PM

Day 1 | Depart Atlanta | Delta 0192 for Venice

Monday, May 27, 2024 at 8:00 PM


Day 2 | Arrival in Venice, Italy

Tuesday, May 2, 2024 at 11:25 AM

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Days 5-7 | Florence, Italy

Friday – Sunday, May 3 – June 2, 2024


Days 8-11 | Amalfi, Italy

La Bussola Hotel

The hotel is in a building that in 1900 was originally a pasta factory.  It is on the seafront and conveniently located, just a short walk to the center of the city. Your breakfast is included. (map)

You will luxuriate in a Prestige Room, with a beautiful balcony overlooking the sea of Amalfi and a jacuzzi. Decor is a fantasy of coastal ceramics and fresh Mediterranean colors, with large balconies and high ceilings, lots of natural light, air conditioning, heating, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and a minibar. 

Monday-Thursday, June 3-6, 2024


| Amalfi to Capri

Private Boat with Skipper and Visit to Grottos and Capri

Marina Lo Smeraldino

You will enjoy a relaxing private boat excursion with pickup and return in Amalfi. Cruise along the beautiful coast, enjoying the drinks that are included. Visits to the Blue Grotto (entrance fee 14€) and Emerald Grotto (entrance fee 7€) and stops along the way. Lunch in Capri before returning to Amalfi. The 10-meter nel blu di pinto is all yours’s!

Day xx | Amalfi, Italy

Xxxxx, June x, 2024

Amalfi Heaven Gardens
Cooking Class

Learn the secrets of Italian cooking from local chefs in the terraced gardens of the stunning Amalfi Coast. Enjoy the intimate and friendly atmosphere of a small-group cooking class, taste typical local products and savor the dishes you’ve prepared.

Arriving from Amalfi

  • ​​​On foot: Take a nice walk of about 20 minutes in the direction of Positano and up the stairs from the road. Gardens entrance is on the right, in front of G.A.S. Bar.
  • By bus: Take a bus in the direction of Sorrento, Agerola or Pogerola and ask the driver to be dropped off at G.A.S. Bar. The journey takes just 3 minutes. We are just up the stairs in front of G.A.S. Bar. Tickets CANNOT be bought on board; you need to buy them before to get on the bus. Bus schedules can be checked on sitasudtrasporti.it/orari (select Campania).

Arriving from Amalfi

  • ​​​On foot: Take a nice walk of about 20 minutes in the direction of Positano and up the stairs from the road. Gardens entrance is on the right, in front of G.A.S. Bar.
  • By bus: Take a bus in the direction of Sorrento, Agerola or Pogerola and ask the driver to be dropped off at G.A.S. Bar. The journey takes just 3 minutes. We are just up the stairs in front of G.A.S. Bar. Tickets CANNOT be bought on board; you need to buy them before to get on the bus. Bus schedules can be checked on sitasudtrasporti.it/orari (select Campania).

Need transportation? Mimmo Taxi is the #1 taxi in Amalfi, literally! Look for the white van with taxi license #1 on the rear. If my cousin Mimmo’s taxi isn’t available, Marcello in the white van with taxi #5 can provide you with excellent service.

Lunch on Bar Gran Cafe’s Terrace
Dinner at Lo Smeraldino
Shopping at Il Ninfeo Ceramic Shop
Shopping at Destination Amalfi

S. Croce Beach – Amalfi

Da Teresa restaurant is a great place for lunch while enjoying a relaxing day on the beach at Santa Croce. You arrive by a free shuttle boat from the pier in Amalfi. This is where many Amalfi locals enjoy a bella day on the beach. Check out this video and their reviews on Trip Advisor and a travel blog.

The restaurant is open from 12:00.
The beach service and the bar await you from 09:00 in the morning.

Santa Croce Beach, 1 – 84011 Amalfi (SA)

Tel.089831237
Mobile 3351596166
Email: info@ristorantedateresa.it 
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Who does Vince know who does tours of the lemon groves? Georgia does tours!

Jane Pauley and the CBS Sunday Morning show have the story “Growing lemons on the Amalfi Coast” here.

  • Walk among the lemon groves.
  • Visit the farm and a enjoy a refreshing break with typical products such as lemonade and lemon pie
  • Visit the Museum of rural culture, arts and crafts.
  • Sign up for a cooking class. TripAdvisor Reviews

The Amalfi Coast

Discover the stunning Path of the Gods, without stress on this private tour along the Amalfi Coast. Be led by a professional, local tour guide. If you want to enrich your day, you can best choose the option with private transfer and local lunch included.
Click here for info and to book.

Lunch at Donna Sofia Ristorante Tell Mario Vincent from Cincinnati said ciao.!
Dinner and Dessert at Sal de Riso in Minori

Day 4-5 | Florence, Italy

Tue. – Wed., 26-27 March 2024

Today we will depart Rome at 11:10 am for a train to Florence.
We will be travelling in Business Class Coach 4 of Frecciarossa 9514.

Please watch this video on the train between Rome and Florence.

Friday-Sunday, June 7-9, 2024

Hotel Options

Hotel Scalinata di Spagna

A charming 3-star Hotel in downtown Rome, located inside an age-old building built in 1888, on a pre-existing late seventeenth-century building. The Hotel’s façade is protected by the Belle Arti. The Hotel boasts a fabulous location.

It is located on top of the Spanish Steps, Piazza Trinita dei Monti, one of the most beautiful places of the capital. From the veranda and the adjacent terrace of the Hotel you can enjoy a view over the roofs and domes of Rome.

Watch the Video


Hotel President: a 4-star hotel in the historic center of Rome: 3 Nights

3 Nights at the Best Western President

Class, luxury and functionality are what represents Best Western Hotel President 4-star hotel, the ideal place for your stay in Rome near the Termini railway station and in the heart of its enchanting historic centre.

Situated in the core of the Eternal City, placed near the Basilica of St. John Lateranthe Colosseum, the spectacular Domus Aurea, and few steps away from the shopping area, the hotel is housed in a stately and elegant modern building.

A few metres from the hotel, here is the Metro A subway line and several public transportations stops to ensure you a fast and functional link with the rest of the City, for a comfortable permanence in complete freedom and independence.

Line A (Orange)

Line A runs from the northwest to southeast, from Battistini to Anagnina. The most important stops are the following:

Dinner at Trattoria Vecchia Roma at 8 pm

Dinner at Vecchia RomaThe antipasto on our last visit
Their menu. Reservations are strongly recommended, contact me and I will arrange them.
This is a restaurant enjoyed by the locals and a must do on every trip I make to Rome.

The menu.


Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel

Take a stirring journey through art and religious history with skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Avoid the long ticket lines and then enjoy your visit at your own pace.  Wander through the Greek Cross Gallery to see elaborately-carved sarcophagi that might just contain the earthly remains of some of antiquity’s famous kings and queens.

Peek at the Cabinet of the Masks, or tour the Sala degli Animali to see a virtual menagerie of fantastic beasts, real and imagined. Walk the Upper Galleries, including the Gallery of Maps, to see how cartographers depicted the world through the ages.

See masterpieces by Renaissance masters in the Raphael Rooms, and rest for a while in the Borgia Apartments. Then, it’s time to marvel at Michelangelo’s exquisite Sistine Chapel, the crown jewel of the Vatican, and perhaps even of all the world’s art treasures.

Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo with Reserved Ticket

Click here for some history on the Castel.

Click here for directions. Church History.


Day 15 – Depart Rome, Italy at 9:15 am

Monday, June 10, 2024

Priority Pass Lounges at Rome Fiumicino Airport
Rome Fiumicino Airport Plaza Platinum Amex Lounges

Arrive Atlanta Airport at 2:25 pm – 3 Hour Layover


Arrive Dulles Airport (IAD) at 6:58 pm – Washington, DC


Links for More Information

Rome with Kids – Fun things to do, what’s free, what to expect (romewise.com)

Rome Taxi- Guide to Taxi to/from airport and city center.

GetYourGuide – Please book through this link.

PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP

Cellular Phone Service | Verizon Phone Service

Plan your trip overseas with our travel planner | Verizon

Currency Exchange

Foreign currency exchange is the act of exchanging one type of currency for another. For example, if you’re planning an international trip to Europe, you may want to plan ahead and exchange U.S. dollars for Euros so that you are prepared to cover cash expenses as soon as you arrive without having to stop at an exchange office at your destination. Two hundred euros should get you through until you get to an ATM.

Making ATM Withdrawals – USE A BANK ATM!

The best way to get cash in Italy is to make an ATM withdrawal when you arrive. The Visa or Mastercard exchange rate applies and is better than any rate you’re likely to get exchanging currency at an exchange office or a bank.

Italian bank ATMs are called bancomats and some don’t charge a local ATM operator fee — but avoid using independent ATMs. These third-party ATMs charge like a wounded bull, and it’ll be obvious which ATMs are affiliated with a bank and which aren’t.

Cash and Currency Tips for Europe by Rick Steves

Foreign Currency Exchange Services (pnc.com)

How long does it take to receive foreign currency bank notes that are ordered at a PNC branch?

Standard foreign currency orders entered before 4:30 p.m. ET will be delivered to the branch by the end of the next business day. (during business travel season please allow 1 – 2 additional business days)

Customers may request overnight delivery for a $15 charge. Overnight delivery foreign currency orders entered before 4:30 p.m. ET will be delivered to the branch by noon the next business day. Overnight delivery is only available Monday through Friday and isn’t available on bank holidays.

Foreign Currency Exchange | Fifth Third Bank (53.com)

Fifth Third customers can buy and sell foreign currency at their local branch with competitive exchange rates. And when you return from your trip, Fifth Third can buy back any unused foreign currency, exchanging it back into U.S. dollars.  Contact your local branch if you have questions about a particular currency carried.


Contact Vince to plan your unforgettable trips.

*TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY

PACKING LIST

Water Shoes, the beaches are primarily rocky.