Here We Come! | Italy | March 23, 2024 | SJ2024

Day 1 | Departing for Atlanta

Sat., 23 March 2024




Group 1
Departing CVG on Delta 2330 at 1:43 pm
Arrival in Atlanta 3:15 pm

Group 2
Departing CLE on Delta 630 at 1:40 pm
Arrival in Atlanta 3:37 pm
The two groups meet in Atlanta Airport (Terminal Map)




Day 2 | Arrival in Rome, Italy

Sun., 24 March 2024


Arrive in Rome at 10:35 am


Days 2-3 | Rome, Italy

Sun. – Mon., 24-25 March 2024

Best Western Hotel Artdeco

The hotel is located a short walkfrom Termini Train Station, the Colosseum (1.2 mi) and Palatine Hill (1.3 mi). It features a 24-hour front desk, a concierge, and room service. The included breakfast provides a pleasant respite from your busy day. (Info) (Map)

Via Palestro 19, Roma, 00185 



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.

Loggiato dei Serviti

This upscale hotel in a 16th-century structure facing a square is a 3-minute walk from the Accademia Gallery, a 7-minute walk from the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

The elegant rooms offer period furniture, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and desks. They also come with minibars.

Breakfast is served in a casual dining room. Other amenities include a low-key bar, a TV room and a lobby lounge.

(Map) (Rick Steve’s Review)

Where does Rick Steve’s stay in Florence? Here!

Days 6-7 | Felitto, Italy

Thur. – Fri., 28-29 March 2024

Thur. – Fri., 28-29 March 2024

We will depart Florence Station S. M. Novella at 10:24 am for our train to Salerno.
We will be travelling in Business Class, Coach 2 of Frecciarossa 9519.

Review my Trenitalia page for options on seating.

Arriving in Salerno at 2:16 pm, we will pick up a rental van and a car for our drive to Felitto.


B&B Al Vicolo del Cilento

We will be hosted by Allessandro, in a centuries old building he lovingly converted into a charming B&B. Breakfast is typical Italian fare of the region, with delicious local fresh fruits and pastries.

Breakfast pastries from our last visit.


Area Attractions

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 8-11 | Amalfi, Italy

Sat. – Tue., 30 March – 2 April 2024


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)

Day x | 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 x | 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 
Facebook


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 12 | Rome

Wed. 3-April 2024

Best Western Hotel Artdeco

The hotel is located a short walkfrom Termini Train Station, the Colosseum (1.2 mi) and Palatine Hill (1.3 mi). It features a 24-hour front desk, a concierge, and room service. The included breakfast provides a pleasant respite from your busy day. (Info) (Map)

Via Palestro 19, Roma, 00185 


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 13 – Depart Rome, Italy at 12:25 pm

Thursday 4-April 2024

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

Arrive at 5:35 pm – Layover in Atlanta (ATL)

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

Arrive at 5:35pm

Group 1 Departs Atlanta for Cincinnati | DL2395 10:30 pm


Group 2 Departs Atlanta for Cleveland


Return Home


Group 1
Depart ATL on Delta 2395 at 10:30 pm
Arrival CVG 11:51 pm

Group 2
Departing ATL on Delta 2750 at 8:30 pm
Arrival in Cleveland 10:15 pm
The two groups meet in Atlanta Airport (Terminal Map)

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.


PACKING LIST

Contact Vince to plan your unforgettable trips.

Water Shoes, the beaches are primarily rocky.

I can also provide insurance from Allianz, Travelx, MedJet Assist, and many other reputable companies.