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Umbria to Rome...TWICE!

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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.

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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.

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Comments (2)

Debra:

Back in Rome..I have been waiting to read this part, having been on the other side of the Palazzo Farnese in March, and will be again in October.
The mozzarella bar opened when we were there but we didn't try it. Should we?
Sergio's; my husband and friend gave it two chances a few years ago, loved the food but not the service.
I am going to judge this myself in October!

sandrac:

All the times I've stayed in the Residenza in Farnese and I still haven't gotten to Sergio's. Tony (da Roma) also recommends it -- next time!

Like Debra, I'd be curious to hear what you thought of the Mozzarella bar?

I don't know if Debra will see this, but I wonder if she has rented Barbara's studio apartment on the other side of the Palazzo Farnese? A friend just spent a week there and loved it, but I still have some questions.....

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