Was it worth the 4am alarm call…you decide?
So we’d booked a 3 night break to Rome via jet2.
The flight was leaving at 07.15 so we stayed in the Hilton on a park and stay deal overnight.
Top tip is to sign up for a free 1 month trial of taste card as we got 50% off the cost of our evening meal which equated to £19.
At 4 am this morning I hoped that the stingy eyes and pillow wrinkled face were going to be worth the trip…
Check in and flights were smooth and ran to time. Transfer from the airport to our hotel in Rome was seamless.
Arrival and check in at the wonderful Marcella royal hotel was expertly handled by Mario who gave us a detailed but simple explanation of how our next 3 days in Rome could be spent.
A couple of lines have to be committed to the hotel and staff … yes , even at this early stage…
Location is prime and via Flavia is filled with smart and contemporary cafes, restaurants and hotels. The hotel itself is immaculate- very similar in decor to the Grosvenor Hotel in Chester and by that I mean understated opulence coupled with exceptional staff from reception to porter to bar staff.
We took advantage of having a quick drink on the beautiful roof top terrace which is quite a luxury in Rome, and then set out on our first objective which was to collect our Omnia passes which would give us access to the hop on hop off bus for 3 days, access and fast track passes to a number of attractions of our choice with a further discount on any others we want to visit.
We meandered through the quaint streets passing iconic landmarks such as the Trevi Fountain and the obelisk.
Amazing. Despite the narrow streets thronging with tourists, there was space!
We eventually reached the ticket office which was located by the Pantheon and a very helpful lady booked our adventures for the next 2 days.
We headed back to the hotel and at 7.30 went to a beautiful restaurant which we had managed to book from the UK after checking out trip advisor reviews.
The restaurant was called Il Boncompagni and we had cocktails to start, starters and main along with bread, a lovely bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon .. all for 85 euros.
So now we’ve had a night cap on the roof terrace – had to be an aperol spritzer – and are getting an early-ish night before we get fast tracked through the Vatican and Sistine chapel tomorrow. We know how we’re getting there and who we are looking to meet so no hassle there.