We said reluctant goodbyes to Michael, and Lena (our delightful coffee/breakfast friend), and loaded the van with the first group to go to Rome. Dianne and Gary had a flight from FCO to London for a few days, so they AND their luggage were in the "early shift". Maureen and I also opted to be dropped off at our Rome hotel, with her luggage. Les came along for the ride, and to keep Brad company on the return trip. After dropping Dianne and Gary at the airport, and Maureen and I at Piazza Farnese, Brad and Les were back in Umbria by 1:30 to pick up Jan, Itz, and the rest of the luggage.
Meanwhile, Maureen and I did a short tour of the neighborhood around the Campo dei Fiori, as they have never stayed in this part of Rome. It was fun showing her "the hood". We had a prosciutto and melon lunch, then did some shopping. We bought 50% off purses, and a couple of gifts. After an afternoon cappucino, we returned to the hotel. Brad was back with Jan, Les, Itz, and the rest of our bags by 4. He and I returned the rental car, and headed off to a wine bar. No more designated driving, Brad could relax! We were "off duty" as the tour guides! We really enjoyed being in Rome with friends, so we all met for an easy dinner, right down the street at Da Sergio. We introduced Itz to caccio and pepe pasta, and he washed down the saltiness with some fresh watermelon. Everyone returned to the hotel, and Brad and headed back to the campo for grappa and coffee at the Mozzarella Bar. We marveled over our successful first group tour and enjoyed the boisterous campo energy.