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Report 1405: Four Nights In Bella Roma!

By Monica Pileggi from Maryland, Fall 2007

Trip Description: I spent four nights in Rome (October 9-13, 2007) prior to taking a wonderful Mediterranean & Black Sea cruise. This is my trip report on Rome.

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Rome

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; Single Traveler

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Page 1 of 6: Off to Rome

photo by Monica J. Pileggi

Tony and Monica

October 8, 2007: I spent four nights in Rome, arriving Tuesday October 9th, 2007, one day after my 19th wedding anniversary. Tony was supposed to travel with me, but the airlines, as usual, screwed him once again with vacation time. So he drove me to the airport and I carried a dozen red roses in hand all the way to Rome. At least we celebrated our anniversary before my trip.

My travel plans included four nights in Rome followed by a two-week Mediterranean and Black Sea cruise on Celebrity's ship the Galaxy.

The flight was over an hour late due to air-conditioning problems. I met up with Beth and Harry, who were also going on the cruise, so when we were informed the flight would be delayed, I said, “Let’s to go the bar and get a drink.” The bar was just down from the gate area. About 45 minutes later we decided to head back and sit in the waiting area. As we walked (with Harry in a wheel chair) I heard an announcement, “This is the last call for flight 718 to Rome.” We ran! Apparently when we were told the flight would be late an hour, they must have changed their minds just after we walked away. The airline had decided to let everyone on board so that the flight could take off as soon as the air-conditioning was fixed. My heart was pounding for a long time!

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