4th of July in Italy…Bellissimo

Friday, July 1, 2016

I’m heading across the Atlantic to spend a week in Rome, Italy with my friend, Pat. We’ve both downloaded various important apps such as “What’s App”, a free text app to avoid the $.50 charge through normal channels and google translate so I can always get a glass of wine and find a bathroom. My passport is safely zipped into a side pocket of my purse; I have cash, a credit card, and my toothbrush. I’m carrying a pillow, sleeping pills, snacks, lotion, Ipad, Kindle, Visine moisturizer and 75 other misc., yet very  important “small sized” items that make a transatlantic flight bearable.

I’m flying out of Dulles Airport this afternoon at 3:25pm EST on Lufthausen Airline, landing in Frankfurt, Germany at 5:20am, German time. Leaving Germany at 7:35am and arriving at the Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy at 9:20am where I will meet Pat. She’s taking the train down from Zurich where she’s staying with her daughter, Jackie and her family.

We’ve chosen to stay in an Airbnb for this trip. The difference in cost between renting someone’s apartment and a hotel is astonishing! And frankly, it’s really nice to have a full sized apartment with everything that goes along with it – like a kitchen and balcony. We found a place right in the main “foodie” district of downtown Rome, Trastevere. Our address is Vicolo del Bologna 30, Roma, Lazio 00153, Italy. Home sweet Home.

Lonely Planet writer, Louise Hanzlik, writes about Trastevere

You’ve thrown coins into the Trevi Fountain and marveled at the Colosseum – what next? Take a trip across the Tiber river to Trastevere, a charming medieval neighborhood with a fiery temperament. A stroll around Trastevere, a formerly working-class district with a heady nightlife, will take you away from the crowds to the hidden corners of Rome.


We have scheduled tours for a few important destinations such as the Colosseum, the Underground Crypts, and Vatican City – the rest of it we’ll find as we stroll and explore. We are also renting a car for a couple of days to drive down some of the most beautiful coast in the world – the Amalfi Coast. We’ll visit Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius plus Naples, Capri, Ana Capri and the Blue Grotto. So much to see and do! I think it’s time to head to the airport.

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