Magic in Italy: Getting There

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Trip Report Index:

Introduction
Getting There
Hotel Review: St. Regis Rome
Hotel Review: Hotel De Russie
Visiting Rome
Hotel Review: The Westin Europa & Regina
Visiting Venice
Hotel Review: St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace (previously reviewed)
Driving around Lake Garda
Hotel Review: Hotel Sirmione
Day in Sirmione
Dinner in Sirmione
Hotel Review: Hotel Ideal
Night in Verona
Lake Idro
Lake Iseo
Lake Maggiore & Day Trip by Train
Hotel Review: Sheraton Milan Malpensa
Retrospect

I had booked our flights in Lufthansa First Class using miles before United’s devaluation which meant only 67,500 miles per person. Arriving at the airport, I went to Terminal 1 for a quick check-in. I almost always travel with hand luggage only which shaves off time on both ends of trips. There was time to go to a lounge or get something to eat before boarding but I wasn’t hungry yet so I just caught up on some work. I knew I would be enjoying the meal service later.

Lufthansa’s 747-400 has first class upstairs, which meant that we got both a comfortable seat AND a full bed. You aren’t right next to someone if you are traveling with them, but since there are only 8 seats the cabin is usually quiet and you can always join them for a while.

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One of the best parts of the meal is Lufthansa’s delicious caviar offering.

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With a quick flying time of barely 7 hours, I had just enough time to eat and take a nap. The cabin was a bit warm for my liking, but the bed was extremely comfortable and I felt refreshed upon waking.

Once in Frankfurt, instead of going to one of the regular lounges, I went to the separate First Class Terminal that Lufthansa offers. It’s a little out of the way depending on where you arrive but a really a cool experience.

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One of my favorite lounges worldwide, I can always find something to enjoy off of their buffet or menu.

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They even have a wall of bottled waters from around the world.

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After a good meal, I went to freshen up. There are showers, but I opted to take a bath, which came complete with one of their coveted rubber duckies.

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A little lounge time to daydream about all the fun we’d have in Italy was next.

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When it was time to catch the connecting flight, an attendant came to get us. Sometimes if there are a handful of people on the same flight a van will be used. Luckily, it was just the two of us this time so a Porsche was ready to take us directly to the plane, via the tarmac.

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After the flight, we caught the Leonardo Express train from Rome’s Fiumicino airport to the main train terminal which was 14 EUR per person, much easier than renting a car to drive. The nonstop train leaves every 30 minutes and is “guaranteed” even in times of strike (which is always a possibility in Italy). A cab straight from the airport to your hotel is a fixed price of 48 EUR so if you have more than two people in your party it would be quicker and cheaper to just take a cab.

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The weather was warm, but the air conditioning was working great so the train was nice and cool. Plus, it was a scenic route and fun to watch the surroundings go by.

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The ride was quick, as it only takes half an hour to get to the main train station.

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Next stop, St. Regis Rome!

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