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Buon giorno Roma! 39 days and counting...here's the plan....

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It is with great anticipation that we start the countdown toward our first trip to Rome!

As always, we are doing lots of planning and are hoping we get most of it right.

We are in our 40s, in good shape and want to see lots but we also want to eat and drink lots!
We are staying on points at the Hilton Cavalieri (don't bother chastising me for not staying in central Rome, free is the point this time...next time we will stay closer in). Between the shuttle and cabs, we will get into central Rome.

We have been given lots of help by many Fodorites and thank you, thank you, thank you for all of it. (Especiallly LowCountryIslander-who is my own Rome expert and has shared tons of info....Eat Rome and Rome Foodie food apps, in particular).

So, here is the plan as it stands for now. Any thoughts on this....any huge mistakes? We want a mix of planned days and free time to do whatever comes to mind. Here goes:

Arrive Friday AM early....hope to get through customs, etc...unscathed and at hotel late AM.
Clean up, have a snack overlooking Rome (great view from Hitlon), unpack if possible.
Late day, head into Rome for the Pantheon and a look around, apertivo and then dinner later on at Costanza ( I am planning on carbonara :-) ). Trevi Fountain later....

Saturday....still being planned but for now we will acquaint ourselves with Rome, a little cornetti, espresso for Chaz (a diet coke/ coke light for me, as you know). Take a look at a few churches, etc...lunch....Roscioli for pizza maybe. Late afternoon, Head to Hadrian's Villa and then enjoy the evening hours at Villa d'Este...maybe a apertivo/snacks in between. Probably through a private tour with Context, so we will let them handle the details. Or we will just go to Villa d'Este on our own for the evening.

Sunday...AM tour with Walks of Italy for Coliseum VIP tour (top tier and underground), with the rest of the day free. Dinner at Glass.

Monday....we have a Scavi tour (1pm) booked at the Vatican and then a late afternoon/early evening food tour with Elizabeth Minchilli.

Tuesday...day trip by train to Orivieto. Wine tasting and lunch at the regional enoteca, shop for pottery and see the cathedral...St Patrick's well maybe; dinner at La Pergola at our hotel

Wednesday...open, no plans currently...L'Asino d'Oro for dinner

Thursday....day trip to Ostia Antica for the ruins/excavations...La Gensola for dinner

Friday....pristine Sistine with Walks of Italy 8am ; climb tower afterwards (??) Spanish steps and shopping dinner at Flavio de Velavevedetto

Saturday...Borghese Gallery late morning, Sparkling wine tasting at VinoRoma early evening, dinner Perilli

Sunday...fly home, vow to lose the weight gained, hope the credit card bills are not as bad as we think, swear to write T/R promptly

Sure, something will go wrong, something usually does. Overall, we think this is a good itinerary to see Rome and a bit of the surrounding area...if we are missing something MAGIC, let me know!

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