It's been a while since I've posted b/c I've actually been spending most of my free time planning.
Here's the current thinking on Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive Roma
We won't get to the hotel until 9:30 - 10:00 ish I figure b/c of our snafew with our flight (did I mention that here)? Anyway - I'll post about that at another time...Sandro will pick us up at the airport and hopefully we'll make a pit stop at the keyhole as Chris and Sammi would like to see that again.
After we drop our bags (assuming our room ins't ready yet), we'll head across the piazza for some cappucinio, ciocolatti caldi and bombolini. Then we're going to hike down to the Campo dei Fiore and possibly the ghetto for a bit. Both girls have mentioned their desires to purchase shofars which they can use next year at High Holy Day services. My thinking is, if we can find a Judaica store in Rome, that would be an excellent souvenier.
After our stroll, we'll return to our room to rest/shower and freshen up before we make a late afternoon visit to two churches I've wanted to see:
Santa Maria Della Concezione and Santa Maria Della Vittoria (I believe - my notes are at home). I want to see the capuchin crypts and Bernini's Ecstacy of St. Theresa. The girls would rather visit the crypts on Haloween and as I've mentioned while that thought appeals to me, I'm not sure we'll have any time.
Hey - you know what - I already posted this stuff - duh!
Okay - so see below for day one and day 2 - I'm off to planning Day 3.
Day 3 - Vatican
I've spoken with Peter Kibly () and we're going to meet him for a tour of the Vatican Museum this morning. After the museum (which I'm hoping we'll be able to squeeze two hours with the kids, we'll head over to the basillica (or maybe vice versa - whichever).
For lunch, I'd like to eat at Ristorante Dante-Taberna De'Gracchi so we can get a buon riccordo plate - and hopefully have a decent meal to boot. I need to double-check the location but it doesn't seem too far from the Vatican.
I'm leaving the late afternoon unplanned but if we have time, maybe we'll stop at Castello St. Angelo or maybe we'll just hang out - perhaps this would be a good time to walk over to the Trevi or Spanish steps if we haven't already done that.
Dinner this evening - L'Orso Ottanta - can't wait!
Day 4 - Travel Day
We're picking up our cars from Avis this morning (rental via Auto Europe). Sally Watkins arranged the rental cars for us and originally we were with Eurpoecar but we've changed our drop off point to be the Chiusi station from where, we'll train back into Rome rather than returning to the airport.
Anyway - I'm hoping for a pickup around 9:30 and then we'll hit the road. We still have a couple of options for today.
The first, and the one I hope works out, would be to attend a Slow Traveller GTG (get together) in Orvieto for lunch. But I haven't checked this out yet with the rest of our travel companions.
Our second option is to track down the Buon Riccordo restaurant that Grinisa (aka Anita) enjoyed on one of her previous trips - if memory serves it's near Viterbo. Driving there, have a leasurely lunch and then hit the road again.
Our third option will be to drive to Pienza and spend the afternoon strolling around the town, hopefully, have lunch at Latte de Luna. Rebecca and Mark at In Tuscany said no one's in our rental the week before, so if we want to arrive a bit early we can.
Our fourth option - explore Orte (looked really cool from the A1).
My concerns for this day relate mostly to traffic and openings since it's All Saints Day - when will we do our shopping? Will we get stuck in major traffic jams leaving the city - that sort of thing...
We're hoping to join Rebecca and Mark for a drink when we arrive and my guess, we'll stay in that night and munch on cheese, sausage that sort of thing for dinner - maybe make the girls some pasta.
Day 5 - Tuscany
We can either have one of two types of days here and I'm pusing for the first type.
I know it's a haul but I really would like to take the drive to Arezzo to see the monthly antique market.