Natalie & Chris's vacation to Italy: August 2007
Italy Trip report August 24 - September 4, 2007
We returned from our relaxing 10 day "birthday celebration" vacation to Italy including
4 nights in Rome, 3 nights in Capri and 3 nights in Positano.
Our Trip begins in Rome...
We landed about 6:30pm. This was our 2nd arrival at FCO airport and as usual it was easy to navigate. We took a
40 euro cab to our hotel.
We stayed at the Hotel De Russie near Piazza del Popolo. Arriving at De Russie I was surprised to see how
contemporary it was. The gardens were breathtaking. Check in was smooth (although they did comment how
cheap our “internet” rate was including breakfast). We arrived at our hotel room with a complimentary chocolate
mousse birthday cake and card since it was my 29th birthday. We were happy (I adore chocolate mousse)! Our
room was a classic double queen about 30 sq meters, room 326. It was beautifully decorated including a neutral
colored marble bath. It was the decent size room but again the amenities, décor and location did make up for the
room size. We had a great blow dryer (which was a relief since my converter and adapter didn’t work again). They
had a towel warmer in the bathroom, slippers, robes (of course). Due to TV limitations on our last trip we purchased
a portable DVD player and rented Six Feet Under as well as Bones. We also purchased an ipod docking station so
that we could enjoy our music on this trip. We also enjoyed using the in room internet service to surf the net and
email back home. This trip was going to truly be a vacation of sleeping in and doing everything at a relaxing pace.
RESTAURANTS and EVENING adventures:
The FIRST night we ate at our hotel at Le Jardin De Russie (The Garden). It was a very enchanting and romantic
candle lit outdoor restaurant. It was unplanned but due to our missed connection we were happy to have dined
there. It was good yet pricey, I enjoyed red snapper and Chris had steak. We returned to our room and watched Six
Feet Under then ordered room service just for fun. We got ham and cheese which wasn’t very good, pizza and
yummy ice cream. We put our breakfast order on the door knob which we always have SO much fun doing.
Breakfast was included in rate. We really enjoy filling out the breakfast order and putting on the door. I don’t know
why, but we do!
The SECOND morning, Sunday August 26th we enjoyed room service at 9:30am. We ordered poached eggs,
scrambled eggs, proscuitto, delicious coffee. We took all morning enjoying ourselves and finally headed out to go
shopping on del Corso (the main road). There were great affordable clothes at Sisley, I got Miss Sixty jeans (omg
tiny). They were so incredible and sexy. The concierge recommended “Gusto” a fun and trendy restaurant. We
mistakenly ate upstairs/inside which was very hot. I ate beef filet sliced thin. It tasted like steak-ums which I love.
We took a leisurely walk home and ordered room service yet again. This time at 1am. We actually had saved the
proscuitto from breakfast and stored it in the mini-frig so I could eat it that night.
The THIRD morning, Monday August 27th was my 29th birthday (21st birthday plus tax). We ordered breakfast for
9:30am but didn’t wake until 11:30am to cold/edible eggs. We finally left our room about 2:00pm to go shopping.
Found Bvulgari sunglasses in the mall which I loved, but couldn’t justify buying since I had an incredible pair from
our honeymoon (in Rome) by Roberto Cavalli. We shopped most of the day and ended up seeing gorgeous
rhinestone shoes at Re Michelle by Baldini. I got a gold pair and black pair. Both were incredible. They were my
birthday gift. Chris finally gave in and bought a pair of white loafers which were so nice. On our honeymoon in
2006, one of our best meals in Rome was outside the Pantheon. So we returned on my birthday to recreate the
magic. We ordered gnocchi and carbonara pasta our favorite dish. We had a great waiter! Later we found an
internet café, bought a few more DVD’s for our player and looked for the Michael Bubble CD (Irresistible/Crazy) my
favorite song at the time. We returned to our hotel to watch Six Feet Under and have dinner at Mirabelle another
favorite restaurant in Rome. It was a magical birthday from start to finish. We had a lovely outdoor table on the
rooftop. To my surprise, they had the Michael Bubble CD playing in the background and ACTUALLY played my
favorite song “Crazy” twice during the 3/4 hour evening. I was in my glory! I ordered beluga caviar which is
absolutely my favorite appetizer in the world. We enjoyed ravioli and steak. It was delicious. We had chocolate
mousse cake for dessert. It was funny, there were 3-4 birthdays that evening and the restaurant was not very full.
Luckily Chris didn’t tell them it was also mine! hehe
The FOURTH and final day in Rome, Tuesday August 28th we planned to meet Angelo Frattini our driver from our
honeymoon. We met him in our lobby and drove over to Hotel Exedra for drinks. I had a bellini and enjoyed extra
large capers and nuts. He told us that his favorite hotel in the city was the St. Regis and Cavalieri Hilton (which we
visited on our honeymoon, but thought it was TOO far away). We had gotten a few small gifts for Angelo’s son and
daughter. Of course I underestimated his daughters’ age, but we tried. I think his son’s name was Carlo. Angelo
called a few restaurants for us to dine at, many were closed or booked solid. We finally ate at a charming restaurant
and headed home. We finished watching Six Feet Under and proceeded to order the next “season” online and
requested shipment to our hotel in Capri. Hey you never know!
We took a taxi to the train station and headed to Naples, Italy.
Lufthansa airlines 9:00PM flight delayed! My husband and I were considering upgrading to
business class to make our ride more enjoyable especially since we were going to be
severely delayed for our connection. After speaking to the woman at the gate (her name
was Fatima – love her), she mentioned she would see what was available after bookings
were closed. To our surprise when we checked with her again she handed us two “free”
business class tickets seats 10d/e. We were ecstatic as you can imagine. I was so happy I
could hardly fall asleep on our flight. I wanted to stay up and enjoy the amenities. Our
good fortune was truly enjoyed. However, due to the two hour delay we missed our
connection. We arrived in Frankfurt to hear we would not only miss our 12:10 flight by
“minutes” but they listed us on a 9:45pm flight to Rome which was incredibly upsetting.
After some negotiation at ticketing, we boarded a 4:45pm flight to Rome. It was a long day!