Lufthansa First Class Munich to Chicago

Italy 2017: Introduction
Alitalia Business Class Chicago to Rome
Hotel Lungarno (Florence)
Around Florence
Dining in Florence
Il Falconerie (Cortona)
Around Cortona
Dining in Cortona
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
Around Rome
Dining in Rome
Alitalia Lounge Rome (FCO)
Lufthansa Business Class Rome to Munich
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich
Lufthansa First Class Munich to Chicago
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Lufthansa First Class Munich to Chicago (Airbus A340-600)

Super excited to finally try Lufthansa First Class we boarded through door 1L and were met by the friendly flight attendants and shown right to our seats (1D and 1G) in the first row of the plane. I initially tried to book the 2nd row when I booked our tickets but I admitted our son was over 25 pounds on the call so the phone rep wouldn’t give me row two which contains the bassinet seat. Funnily enough when we boarded the purser asked us if we wanted to sit in row two! At that point though we just thanked her and declined her polite offer.


Lufthansa First Class cabin

It turned out the entire First Class cabin was full thus all six seats would be occupied. All the window seats were occupied by male travelers and behind us in row two were what appeared to be a middle-aged mother and her 20-something daughter..


Lufthansa First Class cabin

I thought the cabin was quite elegant overall at first glance. I do think the seating fabric could use a slight refresh but otherwise the cabin is very nice.


Lufthansa First Class cabin

The roses at every seat is a nice touch.


Lufthansa First Class seat

The seat is plenty wide though Cathay Pacific and Singapore have much wider First Class seats but unless your 400 pounds it shouldn’t matter much. Continue reading

Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich

Italy 2017: Introduction
Alitalia Business Class Chicago to Rome
Hotel Lungarno (Florence)
Around Florence
Dining in Florence
Il Falconerie (Cortona)
Around Cortona
Dining in Cortona
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
Around Rome
Dining in Rome
Alitalia Lounge Rome (FCO)
Lufthansa Business Class Rome to Munich
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich
Lufthansa First Class Munich to Chicago
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Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich

My family and I had the chance to hang out in the beautiful Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Munich prior to our flight to Chicago.  This was one of our favorite lounge visits!


Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich reception

After a friendly welcome by the reception agents we were welcomed in to relax for a while. We found a nice spot to hang out and quickly a lounge agent came over and took our drink order.

The lounge was very spacious and it was great that there were only a small handful of other guests during our visit.


Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich


Lufthansa First Class boarding passes Continue reading

Lufthansa Business Class Rome to Munich

Italy 2017: Introduction
Alitalia Business Class Chicago to Rome
Hotel Lungarno (Florence)
Around Florence
Dining in Florence
Il Falconerie (Cortona)
Around Cortona
Dining in Cortona
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
Around Rome
Dining in Rome
Alitalia Lounge Rome (FCO)
Lufthansa Business Class Rome to Munich
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich
Lufthansa First Class Munich to Chicago
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Lufthansa Business Class Rome to Munich

We had a quick hop from Rome to Munich on Lufthansa regional business class.  Typical intra-European business class is economy seating with the middle seat blocked.  Since there were three of us we let the baby sit in the middle seat once we were at cruising altitude. For take off and landing he was on my wife’s lap with the lap seatbelt attachment on.

The business class cabin was about half empty. The crew was very nice and friendly!  They gave our son a little grab bag of toys and a little yellow blanky to hold (although he didn’t use it.).

The bag had little cardboard cutouts of airplanes which he loved playing with. Continue reading

Alitalia Lounge Rome

Italy 2017: Introduction
Alitalia Business Class Chicago to Rome
Hotel Lungarno (Florence)
Around Florence
Dining in Florence
Il Falconerie (Cortona)
Around Cortona
Dining in Cortona
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
Around Rome
Dining in Rome
Alitalia Lounge Rome (FCO)
Lufthansa Business Class Rome to Munich
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich
Lufthansa First Class Munich to Chicago
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Alitalia Lounge Rome (FCO)

After checking in we found our way over to the Alitalia lounge.  It appears it’s used for all Etihad owned (or part owned) airlines.  However we were flying home via Lufthansa first class so I am not 100% sure who all gets access.


Alitalia Lounge entrance

There was a brief wait as two other guests were ahead of us but after just a moment or two we presented our boarding passes and were welcomed in.


Alitalia Lounge reception desk

The lounge was fairly spacious and when we first arrived there were plenty of available seating. All of the chairs feature comfortable Italian leather.


Alitalia Lounge seating Continue reading

Dining in Rome

Italy 2017: Introduction
Alitalia Business Class Chicago to Rome
Hotel Lungarno (Florence)
Around Florence
Dining in Florence
Il Falconerie (Cortona)
Around Cortona
Dining in Cortona
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
Around Rome
Dining in Rome
Alitalia Lounge Rome (FCO)
Lufthansa Business Class Rome to Munich
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich
Lufthansa First Class Munich to Chicago
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Dining in Rome

We only got to try a small sampling of Rome’s many restaurants because as I mentioned earlier we had ate at our hotel on a few occasions. But I wanted to share which spots we tried.

Satiricus

Satiricus is located in near Vatican City and St. Peters Square. Our guide mentioned to us after the Vatican Museum tour that it would be a pretty good place to eat so we tried it out.

It was very busy and large.  Satiricus has large indoor and small outdoor seating areas. Actually I think the restaurant caters to large tours and tourists groups because they told us they could accommodate us but we only would have an hour to eat (which was plenty for us) due to a large group reservation coming in.

I had a tasty Neapolitan pizza and a few Aperol Spritz’s.


Neapolitan pizza

My wife was still going strong on her Caprese salad kick and ordered one of those. Continue reading

Around Rome

Italy 2017: Introduction
Alitalia Business Class Chicago to Rome
Hotel Lungarno (Florence)
Around Florence
Dining in Florence
Il Falconerie (Cortona)
Around Cortona
Dining in Cortona
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
Around Rome
Dining in Rome
Alitalia Lounge Rome (FCO)
Lufthansa Business Class Rome to Munich
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich
Lufthansa First Class Munich to Chicago
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Around Rome

We had the opportunity to see some of Rome’s most famous sites. Here I am just going to touch on a few things.

Coliseum Tour

We had a great guide who was born and raised in Rome.  He had lots of props and materials to show us and knew many details of the Coliseum. He made the experience very seamless.  No waiting in lines with him, just stand here for a moment and he would be right back with our tickets and getting us right in.  There was a quick security check (metal detectors and such) at the entrance and once inside we took an elevator to the top and worked our way down. Continue reading

Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Review

Italy 2017: Introduction
Alitalia Business Class Chicago to Rome
Hotel Lungarno (Florence)
Around Florence
Dining in Florence
Il Falconerie (Cortona)
Around Cortona
Dining in Cortona
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
Around Rome
Dining in Rome
Alitalia Lounge Rome (FCO)
Lufthansa Business Class Rome to Munich
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich
Lufthansa First Class Munich to Chicago
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Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria


Waldorf Astoria Rome front entrance

We spent our three nights in Rome at the grand Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri. We were dropped off by our driver and greeted by the bellmen. We were invited inside to the reception desk and after a very short wait we were helped by a front desk agent.


Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri lobby

Immediately you can sense the overall “grandness” of the property.  It feels very regal and formal. Perhaps its all the unique renaissance paintings on the walls in the lobby and hallways. Continue reading

Dining in Cortona

Italy 2017: Introduction
Alitalia Business Class Chicago to Rome
Hotel Lungarno (Florence)
Around Florence
Dining in Florence
Il Falconerie (Cortona)
Around Cortona
Dining in Cortona
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
Around Rome
Dining in Rome
Alitalia Lounge Rome (FCO)
Lufthansa Business Class Rome to Munich
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich
Lufthansa First Class Munich to Chicago
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Dining in Cortona

On our way out Florence and checking out of the Hotel Lungarno the staff asked where we were heading next.  When we replied Cortona the check-out agent perked up and said that we must eat at La Bucaccia.

So upon arrival in Cortona it was the first place we made reservations for.  We were lucky to get a table, the staff at Il Falconiere was able to call and reserve one for us.


La Bucaccia menu

The restaurant is small, very charming and it is very well regarded.  We had a bit of trouble finding it as it’s sort of in a basement of a building.  We wondered around and eventually found it. There are signs in the town square pointing the general direction of La Bucaccia.

We were shown to a nice corner table, the entire place was full or just about full.  We had a friendly young waiter.  Not long after we had a bottle of wine and our appetizers. Everything here is made by hand and very authentic.  In fact they sometimes run out of popular dishes towards the end of the night so it was good we got in before 8pm. Continue reading

Around Cortona

Italy 2017: Introduction
Alitalia Business Class Chicago to Rome
Hotel Lungarno (Florence)
Around Florence
Dining in Florence
Il Falconerie (Cortona)
Around Cortona
Dining in Cortona
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
Around Rome
Dining in Rome
Alitalia Lounge Rome (FCO)
Lufthansa Business Class Rome to Munich
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich
Lufthansa First Class Munich to Chicago
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Around Cortona

We hired a car to drive from our hotel, Il Falconiere to Cortona.  It was always a black Mercedes Benz van usually our favorite driver Micky. The cost is about $40 round trip for the 10 minute drive.  On the way to Cortona we asked Micky to stop off at the sunflower fields in the distance and he happily obliged. He was even nice enough to take a photo or two of us as a family. The sunflower fields are just a short 2-3 minute diversion from the main route up the hill to Cortona.


Our son in the sunflower fields 


Family shot in the sunflower fields

Once winding up the narrow roads to the hilltop city of Cortona you will be at a sort of town square area with lots of action.  This area gives you amazing views down all around the Tuscan countryside and you can see as far as Lake Trasimeno! As you walk down the small main road into the heart of the city you can’t help but enjoy the authenticity of the city.  It oozes classic Italy.   Continue reading

Il Falconiere Review

Italy 2017: Introduction
Alitalia Business Class Chicago to Rome
Hotel Lungarno (Florence)
Around Florence
Dining in Florence
Il Falconerie (Cortona)
Around Cortona
Dining in Cortona
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
Around Rome
Dining in Rome
Alitalia Lounge Rome (FCO)
Lufthansa Business Class Rome to Munich
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich
Lufthansa First Class Munich to Chicago
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Il Falconerie


Il Faloniere entrance sign

After an amazing time in Florence we were excited to arrive in our Tuscan resort, Il Falconiere.   We arrived via train and met our driver eventually who after a 15 minute drive arrived down the long driveway of Il Falconiere.


Relais & Chateaux placard at Il Falconiere entrance

We were dropped off right in front of the reception and our driver said he would take care of our bags.  The first thing I said when we got out of our black Mercedes van was “wow, it smells great out here”! You could smell the lovely flower and lilac permeating the property! Continue reading