If I never see Rome again that will be ok. I really wasnt prepared for our stay here. My wife booked the Hilton Gardens Inn very close to Fumicino airport. The hotel is nice and the price is ok, but it is far from anything that you want to do. A cab ride cost 40euros into town, one way. A cab ride to a local restaurant in Fumicino is 12 euros. A coke at the airport is 2.50 euros minimum. The Leonardo express train from the airport to the end of the line at Termini is 11 euros. It is not airconditioned and is very hot. If you plan on sightseeing Rome, this is not the place to stay unless you plan on spending a fortune using cabs to the center of town. And if you plan on using the trains it will take you at least an hour to get to the center of town from the airport. And its not cheap. As I said it costs 22 euros roundtrip from the airport. There is no place of interest to walk to from this hotel. They do provide a free shuttle from the hotel to the airport and back every 30 minutes.
As for the food. I understand why the Italians are very slim. The food aint that good, so why eat too much? And it is always over priced. A simple hogie with the slimmest cut of meat I have ever seen with some non tasting cheese cost about $7. I guarantee they can get about 5000 sandwiches from one spiral cut ham. I dont understand how Italian natives can afford to eat out. The jobs here must pay very good.
We leave for Sorrento tomorrow. I dread hauling my luggage a mile or so to and from trains. I guess I am just spoiled. I love my Texas truck and the thought of being able to drive it anywhere I want and not have to give blood and my firstborn to the hotel to park it there.