Day 2 Continued.......we met up with our tour director Francis Touschek and the other 38 members of our group. (we had a full coach). We boarded the coach and went for a group dinner where Francis gave us some history, and a few organization items needed for the tour. Dinner was ok, not as good as what we had the night before; but it was fun getting to know a few people. Names are hard to remember (I thought that last year in Ireland), so decided this year I would make notes.
We dinnered with Jeanie and Earl and their friends Sharon and Bill. Others were at our table but at the other end of the table so hard to chat much. The 4 of them traveled together.......knew each other from high school days; but no longer lived in the same area together.
Half the group returned to hotel, meanwhile the rest of us opted for our first optional experience (add on) for a night tour of Rome. Yes, my eyes are closed...and I was sleepy...though that's not why my eyes were closed. I do that often in pictures unknowingly. Mostly we were on the coach, but for about 10 minutes here for photo's at St. Peter's Basilica at night without the hoards of people. Tour was about 1.5 hours long and cost 19 Euro's. In retrospect, going back and going to bed might have been a better option. We really didn't see much at night, and most of what he said then he repeated later on our tour
So, if you're looking to take Insights Italian Escape Tour, I would not recommend the first optional called Rome by Night. Two fold, most of the group arrived that day and still hadn't had a decent nights sleep. While we had arrived the day before, we were still very tired. And secondly, the info he gave us that night was repeated, as I mentioned above. So, really nothing missed if you opted not to do the first optional.