Here We Come! | Italy | May 23, 2023 | Flo2023

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Day 1 | Departing Greater Cincinnati Airport

Tue., 23 May 2023

Departing CVG on Delta DL228 at 6:50 pm

Arriving in Paris (CDG) at 9:15 am for a layover – Depart at 3:30 pm for Rome on DL8581.
6h 15m Layover at Charles de Gaulle Airport

Star Alliance Lounge Terminal 1 Paris Charles de Gaulle (prioritypass.com)

Icare Lounge Terminal 1 Paris Charles de Gaulle (prioritypass.com)


Day 2 | Arrival in Rome, Italy

Wed., 24 May 2023

Arrive in Rome at 5:35 pm

Departing Rome Fiumicino Airport for Florence, Italy by train.


Days 2-3 | Florence, Italy

Wed. – Thur., 24 May -25 May 2023

Great and panoramic flat situated in the very heart of Florence

House Arnolfo is located right in the heart of Florence, you see” Piazza della Signoria” from the windows. The Uffizi Gallery is 50 meters away and within a few minutes walkink you get to the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and all the most important monuments of the town.

The apartment is on the third floor of an old building,it has an elevator and all the amenities including a professional air conditioning system.

Arnolfhouse was completely restored in 2007 and has all the accessories, satellite TV, wireless Internet access throughout the apartment. The house consists of 4 rooms with 9 comfortable beds + a very comfortable two-seater sofa bed, two bathrooms and a large living room.

It is located right in the heart of the historic city and is surrounded by buildings and monuments. Living here is like going back to the times of the Renaissance. Nearby are major shopping areas with shops of jewelers and all the major Italian designers. Excellent restaurants with typical Tuscan cuisine are within walking distance.


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.

Days 4-6 | Fri. – Sun., 26 May – 28 May 2023 | Felitto

B&B Al Vicolo del Cilento – The breakfast pastries from our last visit.

The Gate of Cilento Underground

At the gates of the National Park of Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni, the Castelcivita Caves are about 4800 m in length. The complex is one of the largest speleological complexes in southern Italy. Download an audio guide before entering.

May Entrance Hours

Mon.- Sat. 10:30 am -12:00 pm
1:30 pm -3 pm
Sundays 10:30 am -12:00 pm
1:30 pm -4:30 pm


Days 7-11 | Amalfi, Italy

Mon. – Fri., 29 May- 2 June 2023

Hotel Antica Repubblica

Situated in the Historical Center, in one of the typical Amalfi alleys, overlooking the main road. Accessible by 29 steps from the main road or the alternative by “Piazza dei Dogi” with 4 steps. Just 50 meters from the Cathedral, 150 meters from the nearest beach and 200 meters from the port and bus station.

via Salita Truglio 1, 84011 Amalfi IT+390898736310+393331015925info@anticarepubblica.it


Tuesday, May 30, 2023 | 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 10 | Amalfi, Italy

Thursday, June 1, 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 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

Days 12-14 in Rome

Sat. 3 June – Mon. 5 June 2023

3 Nights at the Best Western President

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

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 10 am

Tuesday 6 June 2023

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

Arrive at 1:45 pm – 2 Hour Layover in New York (JFK)

Priority Pass Lounges

Arrive at 5:30 pm – 2.5 Hour Layover in Washington (DCA)

Priority Pass Partner Offer

Arrive at 9:27 pm – Greater Cincinnati Airport (CVG)


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.


Contact Vince to plan your unforgettable trips.

PACKING LIST

Water Shoes, the beaches are primarily rocky.