Thursday, August 16, 2012

Summer of Travel 2012: Italy (Part 3 - RomaMilano)


(Don't forget to check out Part 1, Hotel Eden Rome here and Part 2, Exploring Rome here)

After a quick trip to Rome, it was off to Milan for an even quicker trip. There's no semi-reasonable Star Alliance routing between Rome and Milan, so once again it was time for Alitalia (and a few more Delta SkyMiles in the "bank").

We took a cab to the airport, and then proceeded to bumble through the check-in process. In case you're flying from Rome to Milan in the near future, and would like a guide on how NOT to do it efficiently, just follow these simple instructions:
  • Step 1: Attempt to check in at the international check-in area. Wait in line for a few minutes, only to be told by the agent that you are flying to Milan, and would therefore need to go to the other side of the terminal
  • Step 2: Proceed to the domestic check-in area. Wait in line for a few minutes, only to be told by the agent that you are are flying to Milan, and would therefore need to go to the special MILAN check-in area of the terminal.
  • Step 3: Proceed to the MILAN check-in area. Finally find an agent who can check you in and print your boarding pass!
  • Extra credit: Complete steps 1-3 while carrying your suitcase in your arms because the handle is stuck, thereby eliminating the usefulness of the "roll" feature of your "rollaboard". (Damn you, Travelpro!)
Now to be fair, we discovered at the very end of the ordeal that Alitalia's RomaMilano service provides an express experience for passengers flying between Rome and Milan, including expedited check-in and expedited security screening. It's actually a really nice service - similar to the shuttle that USAir and Delta run in the Northeast, but classier. I just wish I'd known about it beforehand!


After clearing security, we made our way to the gate, and grabbed a classic Italian breakfast at a cafe nearby:

Breakfast of Champions

Boarding commenced soon thereafter, and we made our way onto a very tired looking Alitalia MD-80.

No "nostalgia filter" necessary for this pic

Fortunately, an equipment swap worked out in my favor this time, and I was able to snag an exit row seat! We pulled back from the gate, and then it was off to Milan!


(Check out Part 4, Sheraton Milan Malpensa here)


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