Here We Come! | Italy | May 27, 2024 | BH2024

Day 1 | Departing Greater Cincinnati Airport
Delta 2456 at 3:30 PM

Tuesday, May 27, 2024

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 28, 2024 at 11:25 AM

Days 2-4 | Venice, Italy

Tuesday, May 28 to Thursday, May 30, 2024

Private Water Taxi to Hotel

Take the hassle out of arriving in Venice or departing from Venice with a private water taxi service from Venice Marco Polo Airport to your hotel in the city center or vice versa. Get Your Guide $209.09.

Hotel Olympia

395 Fondamenta delle Burchielle
One Classic Quadruple Room
1 Queen and a sofa bed. (MAP)

Enjoy the solarium in a peaceful garden in bloom, a corner of paradise set aside for our guests, an ideal spot for eating breakfast in the summer.
The hotel is furnished in 18th century Venetian style and offers a TV room, room for breakfast buffet and a pretty bar in decorated antique wood with service at tables overlooking Rio delle Burchielle.

Arrival and Departure

The hotel is 100 meters from the airport shuttle!
To get to the hotel from the Venice and Treviso airports quickly, easily and economically, take the Airport – Piazzale Roma ATVO shuttle bus that stops just 100 meters from the front door! GPS Lat. 45,436602 Long. 12,318056

By train

From Santa Lucia train station, crossing Ponte Della Costituzione bridge, designed by Calatrava, you will reach Piazzale Roma in just 5 minutes. If you have luggage, take vaporetto line 1 and get off at the Piazzale Roma stop. The hotel is visible from the square.

You can use my links to book or contact me to make the booking. If you self-book, please email me your confirmation so that I can make sure it is credited to my agency.

Days 5-7 | Florence, Italy

Friday – Sunday, May 31 – June 2, 2024

Globus Urban Hotel

Located in Via Sant’ Antonino, very close to the San Lorenzo Church and to the Central Station. The most famous monuments, the postcard views and the coolest venues of downtown Florence are all within walking distance. 

Your Urban Breakfast is included. It is a generous buffet offering different, delicious sweet and savory options, from classic Italian breakfast foods to international dishes.

Via S. Antonino 38/R, 50123 (MAP) Firenze+39 055 211062

Train from Florence to Salerno

Please visit my page on Trenitalia for information on the types of tickets you can book, and sample pricing.

Days 8-11 | Amalfi, Italy

Monday-Thursday, June 3-6, 2024

Hotel La Bussola

Situated on Lungomare dei Cavalieri, 16 on the sea front. Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, the bus station and the port, from which you can take a boat or the hydrofoil, are walking distance from the hotel. (MAP)

Two rooms for a four-night stay, sea view, breakfast included.
€2560.00 Deluxe Terrance Rooms
€3080.00 Superior Rooms, balcony

Deluxe Terrace Rooms

The Deluxe Terrace rooms are all on the first floor, have a balcony facing the sea and a comfortable terrace. They have an area between 18 and 26 square meters.

Superior Room

Superior rooms are all with a balcony overlooking the sea, each one different from the other, in a pattern of coastal ceramics and fresh Mediterranean colors. Room size between 18 and 26 square meters.

Visiting the Beaches of Amalfi

On the cliff in front of Hotel La Bussola there is a wooden platform with deck chairs, umbrellas and shower. The service is reserved for hotel guests and is normally active from mid-June to mid-September. Click here for the hotel’s informative page on the beaches of Amalfi.

Amalfi Webcams

【LIVE】 Amalfi | SkylineWebcams

| 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, 2023

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 (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)

Mobile 3351596166

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

B.W. 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 Atlanta Airport at 6:58 pm – Greater Cincinnati Airport (CVG)

Links for More Information

Rome with Kids – Fun things to do, what’s free, what to expect (

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

GetYourGuide – Please book through this link.

Contact Vince to plan your unforgettable trips.


Water Shoes, the beaches are primarily rocky.