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Trip Report 16 Days in Italy....best trip ever!

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I spent nearly a year researching my dream trip to Italy. I spent a lot of time on this website so I thought I would try to pay it forward and help others if I can! I'm 34, my DH is 41 and our DD is 9. We spent 4 days in Rome and then 10 nights in the city of Pietrasanta in a beautiful villa with a pool. We tried very hard to see as much as we could without killing ourselves and our daughter. We tried to get relax time in as well as tours and museums. Here's the beginning of our trip, I will update as I can around getting back to the "real world"!

Day 0
Friday, June 17, 2016

We had a direct flight from Miami International Airport to Rome Fiumicino International Airport. Our flight departed at 8:30pm from Miami and landed at 12:30pm Rome time. We got to the Miami airport just shy of three hours early. We usually do two hours for our domestic flights, but I am a worrywart so I wanted to be extra early for international travel. No need to be that early. It took all of 30 minutes to check in and get through security. Oh well, DH just had to get over it!
The flight was alright, I wasn’t able to sleep I was too excited! DD slept pretty well though so that was good!

Total Steps for the day: 6258

Day 1
Saturday, June 18, 2016

We landed at Rome Fiumicino at 12:30pm. We collected our bags and breezed through customs. I had done so much research before we left and then it kind of all went out the window. I knew that as long as we took an official taxi from the airport that it would be a fixed rate of 48€. However when you walk out of the terminal and someone stops you and asks “Are you looking for a taxi” all I could think was “Yep, I haven’t slept in 20 hours and I need a taxi”…..and then we started walking towards a parking garage and I realized that we were walking towards a private car. I told DH that we were not going to an official taxi and I had no idea how much it was going to cost us. He was as dead tired as I was and said not to worry about it and just keep going. The guy walked us to a nice Mercedes sedan. He helped us load our luggage and was super nice. The entire way to the hotel he gave us history of the area and talked to us about Rome. We got to the hotel and it was 70€. So we spent 22€ more than we would have needed to if I had my wits about me….but ah well…..mistakes happen and we got a nice tour out of it!
It was approximately 2:30-3:00 by the time we got to the hotel. We were staying our first 4 nights right in the heart of the Pantheon square at the Pantheon Royal Suites. We checked into our room no problem. The hotel staff was so friendly! The front desk person let us know that with our suite the minibar was complementary and told us the Wi-Fi password. She also gave us a map of Rome and pointed out all the highlights. She also told me that a package had been delivered for me. My WiTourist Wi-Fi Hotspot was there waiting for me just like it was supposed to be! Yay! That was probably the best thing we pre-booked for the trip. We used the heck out of that unlimited 4G connection for GPS and information!
We then took the smallest elevator ever up to our fourth floor room and waited for the bellman to bring us our bags. The room was awesome. I had spent a lot of time researching hotels because I wanted a room that was not super tiny and would have a decent sized bathroom. This absolutely fit the bill. It had a bedroom with a separate living room that DD slept in on the pull out couch and a good sized bathroom. It also had a small window balcony that overlooked the Piazza della Rotonda and the Pantheon. It was such an incredible view! I got us unpacked and then we decided to walk around a little bit before our food tour.
We went into the Pantheon and were immediately amazed. Being from Miami “old” buildings are early 1900’s. The architecture, the artwork, the beauty and the age….just breathtaking. We left the Pantheon and walked about the Piazza and I’m sure looked like total first time tourists just taking it all in…..but who cares, we were first time tourists taking it all in!
We had decided that we wanted to do something right away on Saturday night because we wanted to get adjusted to the time in Rome and get the lay of the land. So we had booked a food tour with Secret Food Tours. We met at the Piazza Novona. This was only supposed to be a 10 minute walk from our hotel, but we quickly realized that we are not good with directions in Rome and that we should plan on everything taking us twice as long! This was okay with us because we saw pretty awesome stuff on our (many) detours!
The Secret Food Tour was great. I wish I would have written down all the places they took us. But I was so overwhelmed at that point just being in a new city and trying to take it all in that I didn’t think about it. We had samples and tastes of: espresso, mortadella, different cheeses, wines, cannoli, pasta carbonara, and gelato.
After the food tour we were pretty pooped! We walked back to our hotel and CRASHED!

Total Steps for the day: 20,265

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