An Afternoon in Roma!
When my Lufthansa A321 touched down at Rome’s Fiumicino airport today just after 12:20 p.m. 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 movies on Lufthansa’s video-on-demand program.
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 it 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.
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.