Italy, Here We Come! April 2023

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Day 1 Depart Greater Cincinnati Airport

Wednesday | 4/19/23

Depart Cincinnati (CVG) at at 11:00 am on Delta DL2099 for Boston.

Arrive in Boston (BOS) at 1:09 pm for a 3h 41m layover | Depart at 4:50 pm for Rome (FCO) on Delta DL0112.

Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card Members have access to the Delta Sky Club exclusive per-visit rate of $50 per person with up to two guests at the per-visit rate of $50 per person, per location. BOS Lounges

The Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card must be used as the payment method to receive the exclusive per-visit rate.

Day 2 Arrive in Rome, Italy

Thursday | 4/20/23

Arrive in Rome at 7:00 am

Private Transfer to Hotel $ 80.18

Forget the usual airport transportation stress, and pre-book a comfortable and convenient private transfer between Rome airports and the city center, or vice versa. The service is available from and to Fiumicino Airport

Once landed, you will have an hour to make your way through the airport and meet your driver. A friendly and professional driver will be waiting with a name sign for ease of contact. They will then take your bags and show you to your waiting vehicle. Sit back and relax as you enjoy a swift and safe journey to your hotel or city center accommodation.

The comprehensive service takes care of all elements of your journey, including flight tracking to ensure your driver is ready when you are, no matter what time your flight arrives.

Pre-book here.

Book a Private Transfer

  • Hotel pick-up or drop off
  • Airport meet and greet service.
  • All taxes and VAT
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any parking and/or toll fees
  • Waiting time due to flight/train delays will not be charged.

Days 2-5 in Rome, Italy

Thursday – Sunday | 4/20/23 to 4/23/23

Hotel Scalinata di Spagna

A charming 3-star Hotel in downtown Rome, located inside an age-old building built in 1888, on a pre-existing late seventeenth-century building. The Hotel’s façade is protected by the Belle Arti. The Hotel boasts a fabulous location.

It is located on top of the Spanish Steps, Piazza Trinita dei Monti, one of the most beautiful places of the capital. From the veranda and the adjacent terrace of the Hotel you can enjoy a view over the roofs and domes of Rome.

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Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel

Private Guided Tour for 3 | $400.90

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of the Vatican City and see some of the highlights from the papal collection in the miles of galleries that form the Vatican Museums.

Marvel at masterpieces of art from across the centuries on an itinerary focused on the most important areas of the museum. Go to the Cortile della Pigna (Pine Cone Courtyard) to see the fountain of a pine cone that once stood next to the Temple of Isis. Marvel at the octagonal courtyard of the Cortile Ottagono.

Next, go to the Gallery of the Candelabra to see some 2nd-century candelabra from Otricoli. Continue to the Gallery of Tapestries to admire Flemish tapestries by some of Raphael’s students. Discover historic maps of the world in the Gallery of Maps, before visiting one of the most beautiful Renaissance rooms in the world. Enter the apartments that Raphael painted for Julius II, before going to the private chambers of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI.

Enter the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s masterpiece frescoes and ceiling painting of the “Last Judgment.” Then, go inside the Basilica of St. Peter to experience the grandeur and spirituality of one of the world’s most important cathedrals. Discover a treasure trove of art contained within, such as the “Pietà” by Michelangelo and “St. Peter’s Baldachin” by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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.

Dinner at Veccia RomaThe antipasto on our last visit
Their menu. Reservations are strongly recommended, contact me and I will arrange them.
This is a restaurant enjoyed by the locals and a must do on every trip I make to Rome.

Days 6-10 in Amalfi, Italy

Monday- Friday | 4/24/23 to 4/28/23

Hotel Luna Convento

Almost two hundred years have passed after the conversion from a Franciscan monastery grounded in the thirteenth century by St Francis of Assisi first into an inn, and after that into a Historical hotel designated “Hotel Luna Convento” which has been continuously managed by five generations of the Barbaro family.


It is one of the oldest cloisters in the Amalfi area, a spectacular example of Moorish architecture that leaves you amazed by the evocative mystic atmosphere that reigns after almost 800 years since its foundation in 1222, by Saint Francis of Assisi

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

Lunch on Bar Gran Cafe’s Terrace
Tell the Dipino brothers that Vincenzo said Ciao!
Shopping at Destination Amalfi
Dinner at Lo Smeraldino
Shopping at Il Ninfeo Ceramic Shop
Don’t worry if you can’t fit it all in your suitcase, Simone can ship it for you!

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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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.

Amalfi Lemon Experience Cooking Classes and Tours

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

Book your private boat tour here and enjoy lunch at da Paolino Restaurant on Capri while you are there.

Watch a drone YouTube video of La Tagliata over Positano
Restaurant, Location, Cooking Class

Want to kick it up a notch and enjoy a private driver and guide? MimmoTaxi can provide the transportation and I can arrange a half day or full day customized trip for you to Pompei with lunch at Donna Sofia’s and shopping in Sorrento. You can enjoy points of interest along the way, on your own time. Contact Vince now.

Have Lunch at Donna Sofia Ristorante .Tell Mario Vincent from Cincinnati said ciao.!

Dinner and Dessert at Sal de Riso in Minori

Cooking Class | Ravello

Ravello | Mamma Agata’s Cooking Classes on the Amalfi Coast

From her website Mamma Agata’s cooking course takes place in her private home situated high on a clifftop, 1000 feet above the sea level. Mamma’s Hidden Treasure is a very gracious home that majestically overlooks the Amalfi Coastline, with wonderful terraces and a spacious garden full of lemon trees, fruit trees, flowers, vegetables and poultry and she produces nearly all the food that she cooks for the school and the family!

“Mamma Agata” has been the chef for many major Hollywood actors and actresses, including Humphrey Bogart, Anita Eckberg, Richard Burton, Lyz Taylor, Fred Astaire, Charles Cubbon, Van Efflin, Federico Fellini (a big pasta e fagioli lover), Jaqueline Kennedy (1962 in Ravello), Marcello Mastroianni and also for important international journalists, writers and politicians such as Susanna Agnelli.

See her Facebook page and reviews on Trip Advisor.

Day 11 in Rome, Italy

Sunday | 4/30/23

Hilton Airport Hotel

The hotel is a five-minute walk from Leonardo da Vinci International Airport. Nuova Fiera di Roma is within 12 kilometers. Rome attractions like the Colosseum and St Peter’s Basilica are a 35-minute ride away. Enjoy a swim in our indoor pool and a peaceful soak in the whirlpool.

Day 15 – Depart Rome, Italy at 9:50 am

Tuesday 6 June 2023

Pre-book here.

Book a Private Transfer

  • Hotel pick-up or drop off
  • Airport meet and greet service.
  • All taxes and VAT
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any parking and/or toll fees
  • Waiting time due to flight/train delays will not be charged.

Arrive at 1:10 pm – 7h 49m Layover
Logan International Airport (BOS)

Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card Members have access to the Delta Sky Club exclusive per-visit rate of $50 per person with up to two guests at the per-visit rate of $50 per person, per location. BOS Lounges

The Delta SkyMiles Platinum Card must be used as the payment method to receive the exclusive per-visit rate.

Logan International Airport (BOS) | Layover Ideas

Top Recommended Layover Activities:

1. U.S.S. Constitution
Launched in 1797, “Old Ironsides” sailed her way into the history books by taking on the British fleet in the War of 1812. She fought in 40 naval battles, and never lost. The vessel received her unusual nickname after French cannonballs bounced off her sides during an 1815 military engagement. Still seaworthy, the ship is the oldest commissioned warship in the world. Free admission and tours, conducted by U.S. Navy personnel offer a look back in time. An adjacent museum features interactive exhibits. Visitors will undergo security checks before boarding.

2. Boston Common
America’s oldest park is the heart of Boston, offering recreation opportunities and a glimpse into history through numerous monuments to the past. Designated as public space in 1640, British soldiers later camped here during the Revolutionary War. Part of the Freedom Trail, the park adjoins the Massachusetts State House and Beacon Hill. A favorite spot is the Frog Pond, which doubles as an ice skating rink. The park is the beginning of the “Emerald Necklace,” a seven-mile string of local parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Free.

3. Freedom Trail
The red line on the sidewalk leads you on this 2.5-mile, self-guided tour of Revolutionary sites, which starts at the Boston Common, America’s oldest public park, and ends up at the famed Bunker Hill Monument.

4. New England Aquarium
The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank is the centerpiece of the Aquarium, Boston’s most visited tourist attraction.

5. Boston Massacre Site
In front of the Old State House, a circle of cobblestones commemorates the Boston Massacre. At this site, tensions between the colonists and British soldiers erupted into violence on March 5, 1770. A minor dispute between a wigmaker’s young apprentice and a British sentry turned into a riot. The relief soldiers that came to the aid of the British were met by an angry crowd of colonists who hurled snowballs, rocks, clubs, and insults. The soldiers fired into the crowd and killed five colonists. Samuel Adams and other patriots called the event a “massacre”.

Arrive at 10:21 pm – Greater Cincinnati Airport (CVG)

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