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Middle Age Miles Is Heading Back to Italy!

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Middle Age Miles at Trevi Fountain in Rome

We just wanted to give Middle Age Miles readers a heads up that we’ll be a little slower on posts through the end of next week. We’re very excited to be heading back to Italy!

The short of the trip is that we’re running back an itinerary that we took in April 2018 – a couple of days in Rome, followed by a few days in Positano on the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. In between, we’ll re-visit Pompeii, climb back to the top of Mt. Vesuvius, and make our first visit to the Royal Palace of Caserta.

Ruins of Pompeii, with Mt. Vesuvius looming in the background

The biggest difference between last year’s trip and this year’s is that this year we’ll be joined on our adventures by Middle Age Miles son Dylan and daughter-in-law-to-be Alli. We’re looking forward to the family travel time together. We’re also heading out to the Pope’s summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, which we didn’t have time to do last year. Finally, we’ll be trying out some new accommodations – the lovely-looking Grand Hotel Palace in Rome, and an Airbnb in Positano with a spectacular view.

Grand Hotel Palace, Rome
View from our Airbnb in Positano (Amalfi Coast), Italy

We’re on Saver-level business class award tickets from DFW to Rome, one-stop through Philadelphia. We felt very fortunate to score Saver-level business class to Europe, even though we’ll have a stop and a few hours’ layover at PHL. On the return, we’ll be using the first leg of an originating-in-Europe round-trip ticket, as we described in our earlier article, Combining 2 Tricks for Massive Savings and AA Elite Qualification Miles/Dollars – Originate in Europe & Buy Biz Class Partner Tickets.

After we get back, we’ll pull all of our information from the April 2018 and April 2019 trips into a single combined Trip Report. We’ll also try to Instagram interesting sites to post along the way. We can’t wait for the trip and to share it all with our friends and readers!

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2 thoughts on “Middle Age Miles Is Heading Back to Italy!

  1. HS

    Have a great trip.

    If you are not en route already, just to say that the PHL Centurion lounge is kind of small, can get very crowded, and now there is that annoying three-hour before next flight rule. All this said, the food spread (Israeii/Mediterranean) is seriously good, enough so that you might want to adjust your consumption patterns to work it in. We’ve started eating more at Centurion and less in J on the overnight — better food, more time for lying down.

    1. Craig at Middle Age Miles Post author

      Hi HS, thanks for the great tips! It turns out that in order to get Saver space, we get to enjoy a 5+ hour layover at PHL – long enough that we’re going to head into the city to eat a late lunch and walk around. We’ve actually only been to Philadelphia once before – somewhat ironic since the bride is named Philly 🙂

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