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Italy 2007

Well we did not make our connection in Munich (we knew when we bought our tickets that this would be a possibility as we had a tight connection). Lufthansa got us on the next flight to Rome and we arrived only 1 hour later than expected. Unfortunately mu luggage did not arrive. While they promised that I would have my bags the next day (Saturday), I was concerned since we would be leaving Rome for Tuscany at noon that day.Lufthansa assured me that they would deliver my bags to Tuscany. I made sure that our hotel had our contact info (I had a cell phone, thanks to ST Friend Jeannenew) and notified Isabella our host at Cretaiole. She gently suggested that I do some shopping as it was unlikely that I would see my luggage before Tuesday as nothing was likely to happen over the weekend. Though I wasn't going to let this spoil my excitement of being in Italy, I did kick myself for not cross packing with my husband.

Anyway, we checked in to the Hotel Smeraldo for one night. This was a great budget hotel located in the area of Campo Di Fiore. The room was tiny, but it was immaculate and air-conditioned. I might have been claustrophobic if I had been stuck in the room due to bad weather. It was fine as a place to sleep at night. We would return here for the last night of our trip as we flew in & out of FCO. After a short nap we headed out to make dinner reservations at nearby Costanza which had been recommended by some friends, and then on to Piazza Navonna for gelato and people watching.

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Costanzo was a great choice for dinner. We were unable to get a reservation later than 8:00 p.m.. The place was empty when we arrived, but started to fill up with locals out to begin the weekend by 9:00 p.m. The atmosphere was lively and seemed to be a mix of families and young couples. The food and service was wonderful. By 10:00 p.m. we were falling asleep over dessert and headed back to the Hotel. We both slept well that night!

Before leaving Rome on Saturday morning, I took Isabella's advice and did some shopping. In a little more than one hour, I bought a dress, a skirt, 2 tops, and a pair of sandals. I know that I have never shopped so quickly before, and I doubt that I ever will again. We picked up our rental car about 1:00 p.m. and headed to Cretaiole in the beautiful Val D'orcia. It took us about 4 hours,including a stop at an Autogrille for a bite to eat and to pick up a few staples, and getting a bit lost after we left the A-1.Our new Garmin Nuvi kept "recalculating" with each wrong turn and eventually got us to our destination. We were so excited to be in Italy that getting lost was just an adventure, and my missing luggage was just a minor inconvenience (though by the time it arrived on Tuesday, I was most definitely cranky!).

We both fell in love with Cretaiole, our host Isabella,and the Val D'orcia. More about this in the next entry.

Comments (4)

I can spend hours in Piazza Navona, and eat multiple gelatos too.

Missing luggage is such a pain! I too loved Piazza Navona and spent a wonderful afternoon there one time. Love seeing your photo!

Marcia:

On our last trip Rome was where we stopped to get over the jet lag, and all I needed was a stroll around the Piazza Navona and a good meal, so easy to find. I am hoping that our next trip, whenever that is, will get us some time in the Val d'Orcia. Oh, and my trip reports are still in my head, at least on the last trip I brought the laptop and tried to write as I went.

I am glad you finally got your luggage. It must have been frustrating waiting for it. I lost a bag once (returned later) and once never got one back (am sure it was stolen) - fortunately both times on my way home. Since then, I always pack half my clothes in my carry on and half in my check in. Good thing you were in Rome first where there are lots of stores to buy a few things. Did the airline reimburse you?

Sounds like you had a nice start in Rome. Gelato and a good espresso are always tops on my list when I arrive. Both Sandra and I were in Rome in June 2007 also! Late June though.

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