So here's the drill as close to final as possible. Everything's open for debate as all adults agree, we can't come home from this vacation needing a vacation.
Depart Tuesday afternoon at 1:00. Yousef of Edison Coach will pick us up for the drive to JFK. We're flying out of JFK b/c stupid Continental cancelled our flight, didn't tell us, and booked us on a flight out on Wednesday. We didn't want to depart on Tuesday so the best they could do was transfer us to a flight on Delta out of JFK. They're picking up the difference though in the limo ride between Newark and JFK.
5:55 PM Departure. Arrive Rome 8:15 AM.
Sandro from Roma Limo will pick us up and hopefully we'll make our pitstop at the keyhole. Now the rest of this day will be up in the air. Assuming Sammi's well.
Drop our bags at Albergo Del Senato and head across the piazza for some cappucino and bombolini. Then a stroll down to the Campo Dei Fiori and perhaps further along to the Ghetto (if not today than next morning).
Return to the hotel around 11:30 - 12:00 to shower and freshen up. If the kids don't need major naps, we'll head to La Lampada for lunch and what will hopefully be Chris's first of many truffle dishes (I'll settle for porcini) though I am committed to trying truffles again. If they need naps, it will be Pasquales.
After lunch, a visit to Santa Maria Della Vittoria to see Bernini's Agony of St. Theresa and Santa Maria della Concezione to see the capuchin crypts.
Return to the hotel to relax for a couple of hours, perhaps enjoy a pre-dinner proseco to celebrate our 14th wedding annivesary then off to Ristorante Abbruzzi for dinner.
SAR arrive. Slow, relaxing morning, lunch with Peter Kilby at Pasquales for Pizza. SAR will head to Forum and Coloseum with Peter while we head to Palatine and St Pietro in Vincolo to see Moses and the chains. Dinner this evening will be at Piccolo Arancia (with a stop on the way home to throw our coins in the Trevi fountain).
Peter meets us in the morning and we head over to the Vatican Museum. Lunch hopefully at Taverna Grachi for our first Buon Riccordo plate. Depending on how tired we are, returning to the basilica for a climb or maybe Castelo st. Angelo - or maybe just back to the hotel to hang and relax. Dinner tonight at L'Orso Ottanta.
Early morning departure (9:30 ish to rental office on Via Sardegna) to pick-up our two mid-size cars, one automatic, one manual from Avis (via AutoEurope). 2 1/2 hour (probably more) drive to Castelmuzio. R's sister, who's taking a language course in Perugia will meet us there. We'll enjoy a late afternoon drink with our hosts, Mark and Rebecca, and dinner in the evening at the restaurant in Castelmuzio, Il Carmalengo.
Relativiley early morning departure (9ish) for Arezzo to enjoy the Antique market. We have 1:00 reservations at the church of San Francesco to see the frescoes, followed by a 1:30 reservation at Buca di San Francesco to obtain our 2nd Buon Riccordo dish. Dinner at the villa - probably something simple like eggs, or cheese and crackers.
Mid-morning departure (10:00) for Montepulciano where we have an 11:00 appointment to tour the DEI wineries. We're big fans of their Nobile and I think this will be the highpoint of the trip for Chris. After our tour, lunch and stroll through Montepulciano (hopefully the stores will open and we can do some shopping). Not sure what we'll do for dinner this evening.
Early morning departure (8:00)is for Firenze. I'm going to make an 11:00 ish reservation for Accademia so everyone can visit the David. Chris may climb the Duomo but the most of the day will be devoted to strolling and shopping. Hopefully, I'll meet Diva before our reservation and have tentative plans to meet Pauline Priore for a late afternoon drink. Late return to the villa and doubt we'll do anything special for dinner.
Montalcino - departure, we'll play be ear but probably 9:30 ish. I'd love to do some shopping and we definitely want to do some wine tasting. Nice lunch somewhere (unfortunately, bocadivino may be closed so perhaps Taverna Grappolo Blu (sp)). Late afternoon vist to Sant Antimo then home.
Early morning departure - 8:30 ish for Monteriggioni then we're meeting Cristina (slow trav moderator) for the "Insider's Tour of Siena" ;). Also to make a much needed delivery of Nestle Toll House morsels ;D.
Pienza in the morning for the market and some shopping, lunch at Latte dei Luna - perhaps - or just a picnic somewhere. Special dinner tonight for R's 55th birthday!! R's sister, will return from Perugia and her language class to join us.
Early morning departure (8:30 ish) for Chiusi to return rental cars and take the train to Roma. We have a 5:00 pm reservation at the Borghese Gallery. For dinner, we're meeting TravelswithDeb (AOL) and her husband at L'orso ottanta for fairwell meal.
9:55 flight on Continental back to the states with a 1:40 pm arrival.