Kristin's Blog: Day 1 (Rome)
Upon waking up for our first breakfast in Rome, we headed down for our complimentary breakfast in our hotel. It was a great buffet and had a wide variety of Italian foods, including meats, cheeses, local grown fruits, and prosecco (anyone who knows me well knows I was happy to see my favorite adult beverage at breakfast).
With full stomachs, we met our Adventures by Disney® Guides, Korey and Alexa, in the sitting room just off the lobby. Korey has been with Adventures by Disney® for several years and in the off season is a college history professor. Alexa is from Rome and has been with Adventures by Disney® for over six years. These two were so fun and energizing to be around! They gave us a map of Rome which had all of our spots circled that we would visit. They offered suggestions as to what we could go off on our own and do before we were supposed to meet up with the group at 3pm for our private tour of the Coliseum. Korey and Alexa gave us some Italian candies as well as our Adventures by Disney® Bag, with luggage tags for our bags to be transferred between destinations.
My family went back to our rooms to retrieve our backpacks and we then headed out of the hotel to shop a bit in Rome. We took a cab to the downtown area, which cost about 15 Euros. Much to our surprise, we found a Disney store in downtown Rome. It was neat to see some of the Disney Store stuff with the Italian flag on it. After a few hours of shopping we were hot as most of Rome does not have air conditioning.
Tink's Tip: I recommend bringing some local currency with you to Italy as well as also getting a cash card (we used this just like a credit card in Euros or in American Dollars. The cash card permitted us not to have so much cash on us.