An unexpected 24 hours in the Italian capital
05.12.2012 - 07.12.2012 10 °C
With the number of flights we were to take during our travels, it was not totally unexpected that somewhere along the route things might not necessarily go according to plan. For us this occurred in Milan....
The flight from Tunis to Milan arrived on time; however the connecting flight to Rome which would have allowed for a 2 hour stopover before catching the flight to Sao Paulo was significantly delayed. The reason given was the weather in Rome which had delayed its departure to Milan, although a quick check on the internet did not reveal anything climatically untoward in Rome.
In any event we were forced to leave Milan some 4 hours later than scheduled, rendering us unable to make the Rome flight to Sao Paulo. Thus, courtesy of Alitalia, we were accommodated at the Rome Airport Palace Hotel for 24 hours and rebooked on the next available flight to Sao Paulo at 10pm the following day.
Despite the inconvenience and delay, we were quite excited by the prospect of spending a day in the Italian capital and the following morning we venture out on a whirlwind tour of the sights of Rome.
Our day began by walking to the very close metro station to buy a one day ticket, and we proceeded to use the day to visit the Basilica of San Paulo, the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican, whilst still allowing time for coffee and ice-cream.
It was a full day which we thoroughly enjoyed, and it provided us with the incentive to return one day in the future to discover the city more.
We made our way to Rome airport that evening for the flight to Sao Paulo. The Rome skies were clear, and our flight, this time, departed without delay.