Taking advantage of United's brand-new flight from San Francisco to Rome to take a quick break from work. As befits most inaugural flights, United had a big party at the gate, although as United already has several flights to Italy and Rome in particular, this one was a smaller deal than others, with much more limited executive presence than most other inaugural flights I've been on. Although the Italian consulate to Rome was clearly very happy for this flight to launch.
11 hours 4 minutes (actual) and 6264 miles (great circle) non-stop from SFO to FCO sure beats connecting in Chicago, DC, or New York to get to Rome from the west coast.
Day 1: inaugural flight of UA 507, SFO-FCO. Obligatory speeches and ribbon cutting and party at the gate, but no one super senior from United.
Day 2: arrival in Rome, witnessing the FCO-SFO inaugural depart, and some excellent bolongese at a random restaurant.
Day 3: wandering Rome, including a bunch of tourist traps and tourist trap food.
Day 4: return home on UA 506 after a morning walk to the Vatican and a failed attempt to get porchetta.