After we obtained our bags at the airport in Rome, we were escorted outside and walked to our driver. Our driver pushed our entire luggage to a nearby parking garage and drove us to our hotel for our pre-night stay. The Gran Melia (our hotel) is amazing! It is located in the heart of Rome. We can see the walls of the Vatican from our hotel. Since we are a family of four, we had to get two rooms (most hotel rooms in Italy only hold three guests comfortably). We had two adjoining rooms that had two king-sized beds in them, along with a small refrigerator. Our hotel had a gorgeous swimming pool and a small restaurant. Our check-in at the hotel was seamless! Our rooms weren't ready upon check in, but we didn't care because we grabbed some lunch poolside and were eating when we were notified that our rooms were ready.
After we got settled in our rooms and refreshed ourselves, we returned to the pool for a bit as we wanted to stay awake as long as we could before we crashed for the night. We swam, rested on our chaise lounges, and had our first incredible gelato in the best of circumstances - poolside! Around 4:00pm, we headed back to our rooms to shower and order some room service before turning in for the night around 7pm local time.
Tink's Tip: Arrange a pre stay the night before your Adventure by Disney® trip begins. It is a great way to rest up for the upcoming days of experiencing Italy!