Italy, Here We Come! May 2023

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Day 1 – Departing Greater Cincinnati Airport

Tue., 23 May 2023

Departing CVG on Delta DL228 at 6:55 pm

Arriving in Paris (CDG) at 9:15 am for a layover – Depart at 3:25 pm for Rome on DL8581.
3h 10m Layover at Charles de Gaulle Airport

Star Alliance Lounge Terminal 1 Paris Charles de Gaulle (

Icare Lounge Terminal 1 Paris Charles de Gaulle (

Day 2 – Arriving in Rome, Italy

Wed., 24 May 2023

Arrive in Rome at 5:30 pm

Departing Rome Fiumicino Airport for Florence, Italy by train.

Days 2-3 in Florence, Italy

Wed. – Thur., 24 May -25 May 2023

Days 4-6 in Felitto, Italy

Fri. – Sun., 26 May – 28 May 2023

B&B Al Vicolo del Cilento – The breakfast pastries from our last visit.

Days 7-11 in Amalfi, Italy

Mon. – Fri., 29 May- 2 June 2023

Hotel Antica Repubblica

Situated in the Historical Center, in one of the typical Amalfi alleys, overlooking the main road. Accessible by 29 steps from the main road or the alternative by “Piazza dei Dogi” with 4 steps. Just 50 meters from the Cathedral, 150 meters from the nearest beach and 200 meters from the port and bus station.

via Salita Truglio 1, 84011 Amalfi

Need transportation? Mimmo Taxi is the #1 taxi in Amalfi, literally! Look for the white van with taxi license #1 on the rear. If my cousin Mimmo’s taxi isn’t available, Marcello in the white van with taxi #5 can provide you with excellent service.

Lunch on Bar Gran Cafe’s Terrace
Dinner at Lo Smeraldino
Shopping at Il Ninfeo Ceramic Shop
Shopping at Destination Amalfi

S. Croce Beach – Amalfi

Da Teresa restaurant is a great place for lunch while enjoying a relaxing day on the beach at Santa Croce. You arrive by a free shuttle boat from the pier in Amalfi. This is where many Amalfi locals enjoy a bella day on the beach. Check out this video and their reviews on Trip Advisor and a travel blog.

The restaurant is open from 12:00.
The beach service and the bar await you from 09:00 in the morning.

Santa Croce Beach, 1 – 84011 Amalfi (SA)

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Who does Vince know who does tours of the lemon groves? Georgia does!

Jane Pauley and the CBS Sunday Morning show have the story “Growing lemons on the Amalfi Coast” here.

  • Walk among the lemon groves.
  • Visit the farm and a enjoy a refreshing break with typical products such as lemonade and lemon pie
  • Visit the Museum of rural culture, arts and crafts.
  • Sign up for a cooking class.

The Amalfi Coast

Discover the stunning Path of the Gods, without stress on this private tour along the Amalfi Coast. Be led by a professional, local tour guide. If you want to enrich your day, you can best choose the option with private transfer and local lunch included.
Click here for info and to book.

Lunch at Donna Sofia Ristorante Tell Mario Vincent from Cincinnati said ciao.!
Dinner and Dessert at Sal de Riso in Minori

Days 12-14 in Rome

Sat. 3 June – Mon. 5 June 2023

3 Nights at the Best Western President

Hotel President: a 4-star hotel in the historic center of Rome: 3 Nights

Class, luxury and functionality are what represents Best Western Hotel President 4-star hotel, the ideal place for your stay in Rome near the Termini railway station and in the heart of its enchanting historic centre.

Situated in the core of the Eternal City, placed near the Basilica of St. John Lateranthe Colosseum, the spectacular Domus Aurea, and few steps away from the shopping area, the hotel is housed in a stately and elegant modern building.

A few metres from the hotel, here is the Metro A subway line and several public transportations stops to ensure you a fast and functional link with the rest of the City, for a comfortable permanence in complete freedom and independence.

Line A (Orange)

Line A runs from the northwest to southeast, from Battistini to Anagnina. The most important stops are the following:

Dinner at Trattoria Veccia Roma at 8 pm

Dinner at Veccia Roma (menu)Our antipasto on our last visit.

The menu.

Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel

Take a stirring journey through art and religious history with skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Avoid the long ticket lines and then enjoy your visit at your own pace.  Wander through the Greek Cross Gallery to see elaborately-carved sarcophagi that might just contain the earthly remains of some of antiquity’s famous kings and queens.

Peek at the Cabinet of the Masks, or tour the Sala degli Animali to see a virtual menagerie of fantastic beasts, real and imagined. Walk the Upper Galleries, including the Gallery of Maps, to see how cartographers depicted the world through the ages.

See masterpieces by Renaissance masters in the Raphael Rooms, and rest for a while in the Borgia Apartments. Then, it’s time to marvel at Michelangelo’s exquisite Sistine Chapel, the crown jewel of the Vatican, and perhaps even of all the world’s art treasures.

Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo with Reserved Ticket

Discover the history of this mausoleum-turned-museum with skip-the-line, hosted access. Located on the right bank of the Tiber only a short distance from the Vatican City, the Castel Sant’Angelo is an ancient fortress with centuries of history. Explore the museum’s seven floors to discover an extensive collection of ancient artifacts and perfectly preserved frescoes from the Renaissance period. Built in 135 AD for the Roman Emperor Hadrian, the building has played an important part in Rome’s architectural history. Climb the spiral staircase to reach the Chamber of Ashes where a number of historical figures were incarcerated, before continuing up to visit the Papal Residence. Immerse yourself in the stories of each different room as you admire the art within. Finish your experience with a panoramic view over Rome and the River Tiber from the castle terrace. A great opportunity to take some photos of the Ponte Sant’Angelo bridge, also known as the Bridge of Angels.

Click here for some history on the Castel.

Click here for directions. Church History.

Day 15 – Depart Rome, Italy at 10 am

Tuesday 6 June 2023

Priority Pass Lounges at Rome Fiumicino Airport
Rome Fiumicino Airport Plaza Platinum Amex Lounges

Arrive at 1:45 pm – 2 Hour Layover in New York (JFK)

Priority Pass Lounges

Arrive at 5:30 pm – 2.5 Hour Layover in Washington (DCA)

Priority Pass Partner Offer

Arrive at 9:27 pm – Greater Cincinnati Airport (CVG)

Links for More Information

Rome with Kids – Fun things to do, what’s free, what to expect (

Rome Taxi- Guide to Taxi to/from airport and city center.

GetYourGuide – please book through this link.

Contact Vince to plan your unforgettable trips.


Water Shoes, the beaches are primarily rocky.