From Sorrento to Arrivederci Roma
We were leaving Sorrento after 3 weeks and were almost finished our 10 weeks in Italy! With an easy chauffeur driven limo ride from Sorrento to Naples, we caught our high speed train to Rome. We had avoided the crazy crowd at the train station so were happy to settle into our seats in the quiet business class. With electrical plugs at each seat, we could work away or just sit back and relax for the quick 70 minute trip at 300 km/h (almost 200 mph).
We would have two nights and one full day to deal with our depression at leaving Italy, to say “Arrivederci Roma” and to mentally prepare to return to work and the cold (it had snowed a bit at home the day before). Rome at the end of our trip often got ignored as we moped about. I was also on the front end of a cold so that might keep us close.
Exiting the train station at Termini we walked past all the taxis. Our hotel was a few blocks away and we were walking. Last year the taxis wanted to charge a fixed rate of 50€ to go the few blocks and I could do without that fight again. While we ultimately got a cab at a less userous rate, it was a relatively easy walk and I could use a bit of a stretch.
A Spa Day At The Artimide Hotel in Rome
From the moment we walked into the Artimide Hotel we were pleased. Our room, tucked into a tiny alcove, was newly renovated with some attention to modern needs: USB ports at every light outlet, lots of outlets, a variety of lighting options, it was dead quiet and had lockout shutters.
The hotel itself was well laid out with lots of nooks for lounging out of your room. Breakfast was good and the rooftop provided both a restaurant and an outdoor patio area where you could catch the setting sun and a distant view of the birds flying over Vatican City. We could take our “Arrivederci Roma” pics from there.
We headed off for our Rome walk to dinner. The Spanish Stairs were on our route so we stopped to see the newly unveiled fountain and enjoyed the crowd lounging on the stairs as night came on.
We walked quickly through a few alleys that were a bit darker than we felt comfortable with to emerge almost at the Ad Hoc restaurant for dinner. This restaurant specialized in truffles, with special truffle dinner selections for appetizers through to after dinner cheese. Since neither of us really wanted a heavy truffle dinner, we enjoyed the small samples the chef sent out through the night. It was a bumper crop for the more expensive white truffles this year and the restaurant was full as people enjoyed the truffle specialties and the great service. Our non-truffle dinner was a great ending to our Italian food delight!
The best part was a full spa. It didn’t take me long to choose a spa day over a tourist walking day in Rome. In the morning, we went down and moved from water treatment to water treatment for 90 minutes (sauna, steam room, ice bath, mood showers and a large multi-jet jacuzzi). Sitting in the relaxation room when we were done, I felt like a bowl of jelly and we weren’t done! Later in the day we went back for a salt scrub, deep tissue massage and a facial. While the spa services were not the best I have had, they provided a great relaxing way to totally decompress before returning home.
Not to ruin the mood, David brought a picnic in for lunch and we ate at the hotel for dinner. A total cocoon day before saying before saying “Arrivederci Roma”.
Flying Home From Rome to Toronto
Our 6am taxi got us through very light traffic quickly to the airport. The first part of our Air Canada flight home was a hop thru Munich with Lufthansa. I had thought they would offer high customer service but the business class checkin was horrid and the shared lounge was minimal with awful food. Certainly neither experience was worth the extra price we paid for business class on this leg! When we got on the plane and saw that Business Class on the Munich leg, our disappointment increased.
To add insult to injury, the plane was delayed with a maintenance issue and we fretted the whole way worried about our connection in Munich.
Throughout the flight the stewardess assured us we would make our connection but the 8 of us in Business Class were quite skeptical that both us and our bags would make the Toronto flight even with a quick exit from the front of the plane. The passport control in Munich provided to be efficient and we arrived at our next plane with a bit of breathing room. We would certainly connect through Munich again!
While we might have felt ripped off on the Rome to Munich portion of our Business Class flight, Lufthansa regained some points on the long flight back to Toronto. With a day flight I was not looking to sleep, but the service and food was great.
We arrived relaxed in Toronto and with a quick limo ride home, this 10 week vacation was over! Except of course for the editing of 15,000 photos and 10 weeks of almost daily blog drafts to get into final shape!
What is the top of your Rome list? We know we will be back and every gateway stop we try something new!