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To react on: "Do yourself a favor and find a reputable airline."I partly agree - AZ has a long history and a long reputation, and I would agree that it's reputable despite its current financial problems.
Do not get a wrong impression: Alitalia is a reputable airline not an obscure company with three fifty year old airplanes or something like that. True, it is in financial distress like almost every other airline but at least it is government backed.
The other option is to spend an extra day in Rome and take a flight out the next a.m., which isn't out of the question. It's just that after a two week long vacation, I'll be anxious to get homeOkay, I can understand that...but I just gotta say that if I had a chance to spend an extra day in Rome, there's not much that would keep me from doing it!