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Fly with Delta to discover Minnesota. Experience, tips and impressions

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Fly with Delta Airlines to discover Minnesota thanks to a new seasonal air route from Rome to Minneapolis.

Fly with Delta to discover Minnesota

Fly with Delta to discover Minnesota

A stimulating, intense and busy project which allowed to me to tell live in only five days about two intercontinental flights (round-trip ticket) and two different travel classes – the Delta Comfort Plus and the Delta One.

It offers to me the precious chance to be able to talk once again, even more deepen, about a very beautiful American state, less famous to Italian travellers: the surprising Minnesota – it is really like that, trust me, a land rich in surprises and wonderful places to discover.

Fly with Delta in Comfort Plus

Fly with Delta in Comfort Plus

But let’s begin with things in order.

Starting from June 2nd 2016 until October 1st the American Delta Airlines company will operate a new flight from Rome/Fiumicino to Minneapolis/St. Paul to allow a further direct access from Italy to Real America.

It allows to repeaters – Italian travellers who love the United States universe as we love so always curious to enjoy different and unusual destinations – to reach and discover Minnesota in an easier and immediate way: to set out on new exciting on the roads in an authentic land which is opening with enthusiasm to international tourism.

Discover Minnesota: Minneapolis where the Great River Road passes

Discover Minnesota: Minneapolis where the Great River Road passes

Fly with Delta to Minneapolis in Delta Comfort Plus

11 hours flight spent in Delta Comfort Plus to reach the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.

A new travel class that is equivalent to a Premium Economy, more or less half way among the Main Cabin, the Economy Class and the Delta One, the Business Class.

Fly with Delta Airlines, Comfort Plus cabin

Fly with Delta Airlines, Comfort Plus cabin

What are its values added?

  • More space for your legs and a further 50% reclining seat compared to the Economy Class
  • Boarding and disembarkation priority
  • At the airport free access to the Casa Italia lounge (with all related benefits)
  • On demand movies and entertainment choice and Amenity Kit with mask, ear plugs, brush teeth and toothpaste
  • And a real gem. The Starbucks Coffee prepared at high altitude, surprisingly strong and delicious, ideal to face at the best (for people travelling often but also for people who are at their first experience) an intercontinental flight and handle the jet leg at one’s own arrival.
Starbucks at 10.000 meters with Delta Airlines

Starbucks at 10.000 meters with Delta Airlines

And what about the Wi-Fi?

It’s possible to have it all over the flight thanks to Go-Go In-Flight at $16,00 or buying different hourly ($5 per hour) or monthly ($49,95) passes if you are regular travellers.

How can we have access to this travel class?

If you already have an Economy ticket you can get the Upgrade Plus with an additional charge from 80 to 160 € through the website company or at the airport Kiosk.

On the contrary, the access to the Comfort Plus is free for Sky Miles Diamond and Platinum Medallion passengers and for Economy tickets holders purchased at full fare.

Comfort plus seats

Comfort plus seats

Fly with Delta to discover Minnesota

Surprising Minnesota.

A way of speaking, an expression I already noticed during my first journey to this very beautiful state and about I often thought during my latest stay between Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Discover Minnesota, nature and surprising falls, the Minnehaha Falls

Discover Minnesota, nature and surprising falls, the Minnehaha Falls

Minnesota is a surprising state, simply because you would never expect – due to the very little information material about it, above all in Italy – to find there so many paths, itineraries (even during its icy winter with the most incredible winter sports), nature parks, lakes (really an infinite number of lakes), modern and functional cities among the most liveable ones in the country: they don’t forget their past, on the contrary they strain to keep it.

Discover Minnesota: the Mississippi River seen by the ruins of the Mills Museum, Minneapolis

Discover Minnesota: the Mississippi River seen by the ruins of the Mills Museum, Minneapolis

A past made of great railways centers for the run to the West, the epic gangsters that here wrote its hardest and most charming pages, the old carpentry and flour industries arisen around the precious Mississippi River (it rises right in this state at about 250 km to the north of Minneapolis).

And the memory of the strong north European immigration during the last two centuries which contributed to form its character and the commitment.

Discover Minnesota through “its” Mississippi

Discover Minnesota through “its” Mississippi

Mall of America, Minneapolis and Saint Paul

The stunning Mall of America, considered as the greatest mall in the United States, actually much more than this. A boundless container of experiences, besides shopping and funs, lifestyles and gastronomic varieties recalling the traditional cuisine as well as that one of the different ethnic groups in the state.

Discover Minnesota and its boundless Mall of America

Discover Minnesota and its boundless Mall of America

Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe indoor playground

Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe indoor playground

The modern, captivating and funny Minneapolis, its passion for art from the museums to the public parks, sport (did you know the really new US Bank Stadium will welcome the 2018 Super Bowl?), the music nights in the First Ave places, where Prince started his own career. The wonderful lakes and falls neighboring it as far as the Mississippi River banks and the strong relationship with the near twin, actually so unlike, Saint Paul.

Discover Minnesota: Minneapolis seen by the Nicolette Mall

Discover Minnesota: Minneapolis seen by the Nicolette Mall

Saint Paul is more European, bounded to its past, to the wonderful Victorian dwellings along the Cathedral Hill, to the life and the tales of Francis Scott Fitzgerald.

To the Peanuts, the characters of one of its most famous “children”, the comic-strip writer Schultz, to the old Mississippi and the wonderful Art Deco buildings reflecting at the passage.

Saint Paul seen by Mississippi River

Saint Paul seen by Mississippi River

And then there are 5 national parks, 67 state parks (among them 25 National Historic Landmarks), 12.000 lakes and the little villages scattered along the state: a succession of stories, tales, movies sets, the nearness of Canada and the as wonderful states of the Real America.

A journey into the journey.

I will talk to you about it in details soon, trying to offer to you – as always – cues, itineraries and tips to optimize your visit at the best.

Discover Minnesota: ancient Victorian dwellings in Cathedral Hill, Saint Paul

Discover Minnesota: ancient Victorian dwellings in Cathedral Hill, Saint Paul

Fly with Delta to Rome Fiumicino in Delta One

9 hours 35 minutes flight spent – or maybe I’d better say literally “flown” – in Delta One to reach the Rome Fiumicino Airport.

Fly with Delta in Delta One

Fly with Delta in Delta One

A return definitely comfortable at first thanks to the free access to the Delta Sky Club, the lounge Delta of the Minneapolis Airport waiting for the intercontinental flight.

And afterwards during the flight thanks to the travel quality in Delta One besides obviously to the faultless onboard service.

Fly with Delta One and Sky Priority

Fly with Delta One and Sky Priority

A few details.

  • Check-in, boarding and priority baggage delivery, thanks to Sky Priority
  • Completely reclining bed seats with wide personal spaces: certainly the great value added of this travel class which allows to relax and wake up rested about one hour before landing and to start handle immediately the heap of the jet leg
  • 10.6 inches display, on demand movie and entertainment choice, Ipad and pc outlets, Amenity Kit (very useful) with Kihel’s face/body products
  • High speed internet connection with Go-Go In-flight, as described above
  • Main menu with even 5 dishes (particular menus requests included and a wide selection of wines and liquors) created and cared in details by starred chefs working together with Delta: this is another great value added
The faultless onboard service in Delta One

The faultless onboard service in Delta One

Dinner in Delta One, the starter

Dinner in Delta One, the starter

My report, my impressions and my tips as regards the experience with Delta Airlines and Explore Minnesota end here.

Now, it’s your turn.

Are your ready to fly with Delta to discover Minnesota?

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