An Afternoon in Roma!

There's nothing quite like an afternoon in Roma pre-cruise! Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

There’s nothing quite like an afternoon in Roma pre-cruise! Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

When my Lufthansa A321 touched down at Rome’s Fiumicino airport today just after 12:20 pm local time, I instantly perked up. I’d been drifting in and out of sleep on the 90-minute flight down from Frankfurt; a side-effect of spending my transatlantic flight watching all the great movies on Lufthansa’s video-on-demand program.

Arrival in Frankfurt with Lufthansa was quick, efficient and on-time. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Arrival in Frankfurt with Lufthansa was quick, efficient and on-time. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

I’m here for an overnight stay prior to embarking the sleek – and newly-refreshed – Silver Wind, one of ultra-luxury line Silversea’s most treasured ships. Together with her sister, Silver Cloud, the 1995 Silver Wind helped put the line on the map in the mid-1990’s, and her basic design and general arrangement would prove to be so successful that they can still be found in the line’s four-year-old flagship, Silver Spirit.

But it’s not my first time aboard the 296-guest Silver Wind. I last saw her in the port of Cape Town, at the tail end of a life-altering 10-day cruise along the coast of South Africa.

This evening, I'm spending an overnight stay at Rome's Hotel Bernini Bristol. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

This evening, I’m spending an overnight stay at Rome’s Hotel Bernini Bristol. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

My home for tonight is the Hotel Bernini Bristol, one of Silversea’s Silver Shore Simply hotels in Rome. It’s an elegant little hotel with a classic, boutique feel to it.

In the lobby, overheight ceilings reflect the kind of grandeur Rome is known for. Floors are a combination of marble and hardwoods; and tapestries adorn the walls. Even with guests milling about the lobby, there’s no mistaking it: this is one soothing property, and it’s situated right at the heart of the action.

My room at the Bernini Bristol. Very fitting of a Silversea pre-cruise hotel, don't you think? Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

My room at the Bernini Bristol. Very fitting of a Silversea pre-cruise hotel, don’t you think? Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Located in Piazza Barberini, the Bernini Bristol is a five-minute walk from the famous Spanish Steps. It’s roughly the same distance to the iconic Trevi Fountain, and only 15 minutes on foot to Piazza Navona, and well within walking distance of some important sights I missed on my last trip.

The room is quite large by Rome standards. Many rooms even in luxury properties here tend to skew on the small size. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

The room is quite large by Rome standards. Many rooms even in luxury properties here tend to skew on the small size. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

After arriving from Fiumicino, I got myself “settled in” to my room here at the Bernini Bristol – but I didn’t linger long. Nowhere is the phrase “When in Rome” more appropriate than right here in Roma!

I particularly like the hallway decor. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

I particularly like the hallway decor. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Click here to continue reading Our Live Voyage Report through the Mediterranean aboard Silversea’s Silver Wind will continue tomorrow as we travel to Civitavecchia to embark this ultra-luxury liner! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

2 Responses to Silver Wind Mediterranean Live Voyage Report – Day 1

  1. Kim says:

    Looks beautiful! better then the rain here

  2. Vanny says:

    That shot of Rome looks so different from the summer time! Wow, I think I need to go to Europe during the cooler months. That hotel looks sweet, too!

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