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Trip Report Rome, Perugia, Spello, Orvieto - 15 mostly warm nights in October 2012

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Rome, Perugia, Spello, Orvieto – 15 nights

I can’t thank you all enough for all the information I have received over the years from Fodorites. I have never written a trip report but have benefited tremendously from the generosity of others that share and I thought I would give it a try.

Itinerary -

Rome (1) @ Cenci B & B (Steps to Trevi Fountain, 170E)
Perugia (3) @ Hotel Fortuna (Unbeatable location, 147E)
Spello (3) @ Residenza dei Cappucini Apartment (Top of the hill town, incredible value, 72E)
Orvieto (2) @ B&B Michelanegeli Apartment (Lovely hosts, great location, cute apartment, 95E)
Rome (6) @ Apartment http://www.vrbo.com/423093 (Comfortable new apartment in the heart of the lively Campo de’ Fiori area, 135E)

A July e-mail alert from airfare watchdog for fall travel set everything in motion. www.airfarewatchdog.com A jaw dropping low price to Rome from San Francisco ($856) and I ran with it – British Airways one stop in London.

The flights were great, no complaints, in seat entertainment. On the way back, the Rome to London flight was delayed due to fog at Heathrow, the SFO flight was held for us and others flying in from other locations with delayed landings. One World staff were waiting for our flight (maybe 10 people total from the Rome flight) as soon as we got of the plane and the two of them escorted the group all the way to the another gate to catch the SFO flight, and helped get us through security quickly. I was so impressed with the service from British Airways/Heathrow.

The Facts

This was our second trip to Italy (my third if counting the post -college Grand Tour). Previously, we covered Venice and Tuscany (Florence, Lucca, Siena, San Quirico d'Orcia (and surrounding areas), and San Gimigiango).

I was uncertain how we would fare in Rome. My previous expectations for Venice and Florence had been all wrong! I was so unsure about Venice after reading such spirited and differing opinions and we ended up adoring it. Then I was surprised to find that we did not connect with Florence when so many others seem to love it. I had read a thread where others who did not connect with Florence enjoyed Rome – and that gave me hope. Plus, we love love love Paris, we keep going back even though we have so much more of the world to experience.

Would we like Rome? Vespas zooming? Graffiti? Traffic? Can't cross the street? Gritty?

The answer was a resounding YES!

Not only that, I think it helped push me out my Paris safety box. I was so energized, that on the plane ride home, I was plotting trips to Spain and Slovenia and London (so many great recent trip reports – thank you all). I hope to visit Rome again at the beginning or end of future trips to Italy as we have much more Italian territory to cover.

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