Today our adventure begins - three weeks in Bella Italy!
A kind neighbor consented to drop us off at Palm Springs Airport where our journey was to begin. We first flew to Chicago on American Airlines, arriving at 8 pm and then departed for London Heathrow at 10 pm. A couple of hours in London before our British Airways flight to Rome. The good part was that we got to check our luggage all the way to Rome. Yeah!
I had arranged a pickup from RomeLimoService (Andrea sent a charming man named Giancarlo to pick us up).
Funny thing happened - I saw someone with a sign "Hallowell" and thought they had misspelled my name, so we greeted the driver and started out of the terminal when we saw another driver with my name spelled correctly.
What are the chances of two people with such similar names being in the same place at the same time? We met the other couple - they were from Florida. Pickup cost was 45E plus tip.
We arrived at Hotel Diana, our home for the next four nights. We really liked the hotel - it was near the train-bus station, and it had a great rooftop bar with lots of foliage and a great singing bartender named Franco. We visited him every evening and even met and chatted with two Finnish sisters one evening.
Dinner that first evening was down Via Cavour at La Matriciana. We sat inside to watch the locals and had Fettucine with Wild Mushrooms and Risotto with Scampi, Antipasti and wine for 65E.