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Trip Report ITALY TRIP REPORT: Venice, Positano & Amalfi Coast, Rome

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We just returned for 12 glorious nights in Italy. Thanks to everyone on this board that helped us plan accordingly! I will be posting this in chunks as I complete it.

OVERVIEW
DH and I decided to return to Italy for our first anniversary after a wonderful honeymoon there last year. Last year’s itinerary focused on northern destinations and excluded Rome. I had been twice before, so Rome was a big part of our trip for my husband this year. The only city we returned to from our honeymoon was Venice. It’s so enchanting and even though it was out of the way, we knew we had to return. We spent 12 nights in Venice, Positano, and Rome.

ITINERARY
Venice : 3 nights
Positano : 4 nights
Rome : 4 nights
Venice : 1 night

FLIGHTS
We purchased r/t tickets from Cincinnati - Venice (we are based out of Indianapolis) for $700 each as part of a special offer with Delta. The flight had one layover in Rome. We thought we might be able to make our own open-jaw itinerary and begin our trip in Rome, but it is against Delta’s policies to do so. We saved a significant amount of money with this offer, though, so we returned to Venice at the end of our trip to return home.

Our flights from and returning to Cincinnati were fine. The Rome – Venice leg was operated by Alitalia as a part of Delta’s sky team. We flew Alitalia last year and had a miserable time with them. This year was no different. For starters, our flight into Venice was cancelled at the last minute. Alitalia rerouted us through Verona on a later flight, telling us they would take us to Venice’s airport via a shuttle bus. We had not checked our luggage, so once we landed, the DH and I went into Venice on our own via train to avoid any further hassles. This set us back quite a few hours.

We also flew Alitalia direct from Venice – Naples when leaving for the Amalfi Coast. It was storming in Venice and the flight left two hours late. Alitalia forced us to check our small bags and somehow managed to lose one of them. Ugh. Considering it was a direct flight, we have no idea how this happened. Alitalia told us not to worry and said they would deliver it to Positano the next day. The bag did not arrive until 7:30 pm three nights later! So, my DH was without a change of clothes for three days. We also had a few small things stolen from the bag. Alitalia was unapologetic.

On the return flight home, Alitalia forced us to check the bags yet again. We pack very light and had small bags that would easily fit into the overhead bins. I explained that I did not want to check the bags because we had only just recovered one of them from being lost. Again, the employee we were dealing with could not have cared less. She said that there was a 5-kilo maximum, but judging by some of the other bags they allowed into the cabin, I find it hard to believe. Luckily, the bags did make it back to the US. I do not plan to fly with Alitalia again, though. We’ve had nothing but bad experiences with them.

RESTAURANTS
We chose reasonably-priced restaurants throughout the trip (often two EEs by DK guide standards). We enjoy food and wine quite a bit and are full-blown gelato snobs (LOL). I did a lot of research on this site beforehand to make sure we would eat well. =) Thank you again for everyone’s suggestions!

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