Several years ago , I met a young Airline Captain who has become a very close friend and with whom I have shared many memories on both sides of the Atlantic. Captain Maurizio de Benedetti is one of AlItalia's most experienced Pilots and one of the the most fun loving guys you will ever meet. Maurizio, whom I fondly refer to as the " Roman Chick Magnet," frequently drops in to New Orleans and adds a European Italian flavor with both his cooking and electric mannerisms. In June of each year, he calls me up to coordinate his schedule to the USA so as to pick me up in his plane ..........along with 300 other travelers.
Captain Maurizio and his ride
Preparation for take off
I am sure Rome is around here somewhere
Bed and breakfast for the Captain
Preparation for landing..... flaps down.....mascara on.
Planes, motorcycles and cars....he drives them all
What time is my next flight ????
A typical ending to a Roman day