from foods at produce market near Rialto Bridge
and/or snack shops/bakeries/cheese shops on nearby side streets.
Vaporetto to Rialto stop and walk to best gelato in Venice
at La Boutique del Gelato at Salizada San Lio, Castello 5727, Vaporetto Rialto,
open 10-9 daily). Walk back to entrance to Royal Gardens in San Marco Square for…
PM: Part Two, The Grand Canal Tour (70 minutes):
“Limited to a max. of eight people so everyone can sit outside to take photos, this guided tour features a cruise along the Grand Canal, followed by a journey through a labyrinth of smaller canals through which we take
you on a fascinating tour of the lesser known areas of the city.”
PM: Progressive cicheti dinner at Enoteca al Volto (Calle Cavalli, San Marco,
closed Sundays –est. 1936) and Osteria al Bomba (near Campo S.S. Apostoli,
1 block off Strada Nuova on Calle dell’Oca
on benches in Campo Manin from Pizzeria l’Angelo, Calle della Mandola, San Marco)
PM: 90-min. Vivaldi Concert – find a good concert from “A Guest In Venice” newsletter available at TI, ~20
PM: Stroll San Marco Square
PM: Overnight at Corte Campana
Friday, Sep 8
AM: Breakfast in the hotel
AM: Check out of room and store luggage.
AM: Tour the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) Open 9-7. Take “Secret Itinerary” tour including private rooms.
12.50 Euros each + 5.50 each Secret Itinerary
PM: Lunch at Trattoria Alla Rivetta, a haunt of gondoliers at Ponte San Provolo
Bridge behind St. Mark’s Square (Castello 4625, on Salizzada San Provolo – near hotel)
PM: Last-minute shopping and strolling. Pick up snacks for dinner on train.
PM: Pick up luggage at hotel. Take Vapporetto #1 to Santa Lucia train station.
PM: Train (Eurostar) from Venice to Rome,
arriving at 11:05 PM.
PM: Check in at Hotel Sonya at Via Viminale 58, across from Opera (1 quintuple
for 170 Euro/night w/ special Rick Steves rate and cash discount—includes breakfast)
Saturday, Sep 9
AM: Breakfast in hotel
PM: Take Metro from Termini station to San Pietro stop (change at Colosseo stop). Stand
in line for tickets to Vatican Museum. Visit to Vatican Museum,
including Sistine Chapel, open 8:45 AM - 1:45 PM, closed Sunday (12 Euros each). Exit museum through shortcut exit at rear of Sistine Chapel (to save 10 min walk back
to entrance) to St. Peter’s Basilica.
Take self-guided tour of Basilica using Rick Steves guide. (also free
90-min. English-language tour available at 2:15 PM or 3 PM) Open daily 7-7.
PM: Walk down pedestrianized Borgo Pio to Castel Sant’ Angelo, ancient burial
tomb for Hadrian and backdrop for film location in Roman Holiday.
PM: Walk across Ponte S. Angelo and have coffee at Caffé Sant’Eustacio (http://www.santeustachioilcaffe.it/), one of the two best and oldest coffee houses in Rome,
near the Pantheon—famous for “gran caffé” w/sugary flavor & creamy foam.
Coke Light and snack from Antica Salumeria (grocery store on Pantheon square—Eduardo speaks English) for Alexandra.
PM: Walk over for comparison coffee AND granita di caffé (sweet frozen coffee in whipped cream) at Tazza d’Oro at Via degli Orfani, 84, just off Piazza della Rotunda.
Have gelato at Gelateria della Palma, Via della Maddalena 20, just off
Piazza della Rotonda near Pantheon-100 flavors including semifreddo mixed w/whipped cream.
option: Lunch buffet at Restaurant Coco at Piazza delle Coppelle 54 near Pantheon (served 12:30 - 3:30 PM, 10 Euros each for
large plate, indoor and outdoor seating).)
PM: Tour inside of Pantheon (free, open until 7:30 PM, 5:30 on Sundays).
PM: Take the self-guided Rick Steves “Dolce Vita Walk” – stroll
with the fashionable locals, from Piazza del Popolo (Flaminio station) to Spanish Steps
7:00 PM: Dinner at Ristorante il Gabriello at Via Vittoria 51 (3 blocks from Spanish Steps, reservations smart (tel. 06-6994-0810)
OR at Ristorante Alla Rampa (100 yards east of Spanish Steps at Piazza Mignanelli 18, no reservations, 9-Euro self-service
antipasto buffet) OR L’Archetto –113 kinds of spaghetti, Via del Archetto, 26, or at Trattoria Monti at Via di
San Vito, 13 - 06 4466573
PM: Have gelato at Gelateria alla Scala, Piazza della Scala 51, Travastere—fantastic pistachio flavor. Second gelato at Il Gelateria di San Crispino, Via della Panateria, open til midnight, closed Tuesdays—widely
considered the best gelato in Italy—no
Sunday, Sep 10
AM: Breakfast at hotel.
AM: Church in room.
AM: Take Archeobus from Termini train station to last Appian Way stop (Take bus
714 from Termini to the stop at St. John Lateran Square (Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano), then bus 218
and stop at Fosse Ardeatine. The entrance to the Catacombs is opposite (n. 2 on the map).) Walk down Appian Way, stopping at Catacombs
of San Callisto for a tour (5 Euros each, open 8:30-12:00 and 2:30-5:30), and other tombs and ancient road markers along
PM: Buy tickets to Colosseum (frequent English guided tours, 4 Euros each + 10 Euro entrance fee) at less crowded ticket stand
near Forum. Tour Colusseum.
PM: We do the Caesar Shuffle! With
Colosseum as starting point, follow Rick Steves’ self-guided walk around
ancient Rome, including…a stop at the Roman Forum, then over Capitol Hill to the Pantheon.
PM: Dinner with outdoor dining at Ristorante La Cabonara on Campo de’ Fiori (closed Tuesday, http://www.la-carbonara.it/ristorante_en.htm), or at Di Tirambo (http://www.ristoranteditirambo.it), Piazza della Cancelleria, 74-75; or Filetti de Baccala, one block off Campo de’ Fiori at Largo
dei Librari 88 (open til 11 PM, no credit cards)
PM: Take the self-guided Night Walk Across Rome, from Campo de’ Fiori, one-mile stroll starting at Campo de’ Fiori, then through Piazza Navona (gelato stop at Tre Scalini café on Piazza Navona, home of world-famous tartufo, order to go for
4 Euros and sit in front of) The Four
Rivers Fountain, Pantheon (gelato stop at Giolitti’s –ask for
it con panna—at Via Uffici del Vicario, 40 for most famous gelato in Rome, available in coppetta: Follow Via Del Pantheon, on right side of Pantheon, facing away from its front, which after 100 m becomes
via della Maddalena. About 200m further you will get to Via Degli Uficci del Vicario. Turn right, you'll find Giolitti on
your left, near Piazza Montecitorio), Spanish Steps, and ending at Trevi Fountain
the Barberini Metro stop back to Hotel.
Monday, Sep 11
AM: Breakfast and check out.
AM: Walk down riverside to Mouth of Truth
at Church of Santa Maria
(From the Colosseum take the Via di San Gregorio VII until you meet the Via dei Cerchi on the right hand side, this leads
to the Piazza Bocca della Verita)
Cross river to visit Trastavere (medieval) area of Rome. Or visit Emperor Nero’s Palace (mandatory reservations for 50-minute tour, open
9-7:45). Or explore Villa Borgese park.
PM: Walk to Snack Bar Gastronomia at Via Firenze 34 (Greek yogurt w/fruit and honey, sandwiches, salalds) for to-go lunch
for train. Walk to hotel and pick up luggage, and walk to Termini station. (Or lunch at deli in Termini station off of Via Marsala.)
PM: Train to Naples, arriving at 2:30 PM. Use underground passageway from train station to smaller Circumvesuviana train station for Sorrento, leaving
at least every 30 minutes (67-minute journey, a few Euros each, get off at last stop)
PM: Buy tickets for SITA bus to Positano from tobacco shop in train station. Board bus leaving every hour (1.30 Euro each) for Positano—40-minute trip, leaving
from the square in front of the train station. Sit on right side of bus for breathtaking
view. Get off at Sponda stop in Positano.
5:30 PM: Check in at Albergo California
at Via Cristoforo Colombo 141 – 84017, Positano. Rent quadruple room w/one
extra bed (two bedrooms, two baths, 300 Euros/night).
6:00 PM: Stroll town, enjoy view. View inside of cathedral, with Byzantine artifacts.
PM: Dinner at La Cambusa, on the Piazza Amerigo Vespucci—fresh fish dishes caught that morning in the bay, with large
windows overlooking sea
Tuesday, Sep 12
AM: Breakfast on the terrace at Albergo California
AM: Get picnic lunch materials from Delikatessen in Positano to go
AM: Water taxi from Positano to Amalfi Town, 30-min trip, 9 Euros
each, with stunning coastal views.
AM: Stroll/shop in Amalfi. Have our picnic lunch on a bench.
PM: 15-min (each way) walk to Atrani, small rustic town outside of Amalfi with
pretty town square and sandy beach
PM: Water taxi back to Positano.
PM: Dinner at Bruno or Caffe Positano or Santa Caterina or da Vincenzo or Da Giorgio or pizza at da Contantino at Via Montepertuso,
107, or Chez Black (below)
Wednesday, Sep 13
AM: Breakfast on terrace at Albergo California
AM: Take water taxi from Positano to Sorrento on Metro del
Mare www.metrodelmare.com, arriving at 9:50 AM (10 Euros each). Arrives at Marina
Piccola, then 10-minute walk to Piazza Tasso, main square. Another 5-minute walk
to train station.
AM: Catch Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento to Pompeii, arriving at 11:06 AM.
(Leaves every 30 minutes.) Get off at Pompeii-Scavi Villa dei
Misteri stop. Shops and restaurants there.
5-minute walk to Pompeii entrance.
11:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Explore Pompeii with self-guided Rick Steves tour and/or local English
language live tour.
4:16 PM: Catch Circumvesuviana train from Pompei to Sorrento,
arriving at 4:47 PM
5:30 PM: Bus back to Positano
PM: Dinner in Positano at one of the places listed above.
PM: Overnight at Albergo California
Thursday, Sep 14
AM: Relax in our room and/or in Positano, check out before noon and hold luggage at front.
AM: Buy dinner snacks at Delikatessen (for eating at train station)
PM: Take free motorboat to Da Adolfo restaurant across main jetty to have late lunch.
Shellfish dishes and mozzarella in lemon leaves, etc.—reasonable prices.
Eat large meal (no real dinner today).
PM: Buy tickets for SITA bus to Sorrento at Bar Mulino Verde
on Via Colombo.
PM: Catch SITA bus from Sponda bus stop in Positano to Sorrento
(1.30 Euros each), arriving at 6:00 PM).
PM: Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento to Naples
(leaves every 30 minutes, 70-minute trip, 3.20 Euros each).
PM: Eat packed dinner in Naples train station.
PM: Overnight train from Naples to Milan, arriving at 7:15 AM (non-stop) on Friday. One
3-bed and one 2-bed compartment.
Friday, September 15
AM: Breakfast at cafeteria in train station
AM: 5-minute walk to Hotel “The Best” (Via Benedetto Marcello, 83) (rent one quad and one single) (http://www.thebesthotel.it/english/dovesiamo.php). Store luggage until checking in later tonight.
PM: Lunch and shop at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, glass-covered shopping arcade built in 1870, next to the Duomo. Consider lunch at Bar Zucca in Galleria, former haunt of Verdi and Toscanini.
at Luini (http://www.luini.it/index.htm) bakery on Via Radegonda, 16, near Duomo, for traditional panzerotti foldover sandwiches; or at Ciao,
a bakery chain across from the Duomo (Piazza Duomo, 24). Or at Latteria Cucina
Vegetariana (grocery store w/tables, just off Via Gtorina at Via dell’Unione 6) or at Pastarito Pizzarito (pizza and
pasta in large portions, Via Verdi 6).
PM: Stroll through Piazza della Scala with statue of da Vinci. Walk down Via Speronari (one of Milan’s
oldest and most charming streets) and window ship at the Quadrilateral haute coutre area.
PM: Take 3-hour live guided bus tour of city by Autostradale, departing from Piazza Duomo.
(http://188.8.131.52/interna.aspx?gr=2&sez=7&sot=1&lingua=en) Guided tour
includes Cathedral - Gallery - Scala Theatre and Museum - Brera Gallery - Sforza
Castle - Leonardo Last Supper (visit assured). Fee: 47 Euro each, includes entrance to all monuments—credit cards accepted, reserve in advance.
PM: Peek into “Peck,” an aristocractic deli/coffee/gelato/grocery shop at Via Spadari 9, open until 7:30 PM.
PM: Dinner at Ristorante Bruno (RS, Via M. Gonzaga, 6 – self-service antipasto buffet, outdoor dining under fascist
columns) OR L’Assassino (Via Amadei 8, http://www.ristorantelassassino.it/default_en.htm)
PM: Gelato from Odeon Gelateria on Piazza Duomo (next to McDonald’s), open daily until midnight
PM: Early to bed
Saturday, Sep 16
AM: Continental breakfast at the hotel.
AM: Check out of hotel and walk 650 feet to train station.
AM: Catch STAM bus from train station to Linate airport (3.20 Euros, 3 per hour, 20-minute journey), arriving around 8:30
AM. OR TAKE A TAXI FROM HOTEL TO AIRPORT (ABOUT 15 EUROS)
AM: Flight 565 to Heathrow, arriving at 12:30 PM.
PM: Lunch at Est Est Est or Giraffe and shop at Harrods store at Heathrow.
PM: Flight 299 to O’Hare, arriving at 6:30 PM.
PM: Call for limo pickup to drive home.
Sunday, Sep 17
AM: church services in Kenosha or Palatine
PM: Lunch at Walker Brothers Pancake House
PM: Alexandra flies back to California on United Flight
645, arriving at 7:11 PM.