This morning, I found a flight for the itinerary that we want for $1068.
The only problem? A 12 hour layover in Charlotte, NC!
We would arrive in Rome on Friday instead of Thursday, effectively losing a day, but also skipping a night in a hotel.
What to do, what to do???
For me, it's not that bad a deal - I've been to Rome before and don't mind arriving at 9am, spending a day, and then moving on to Siena on Saturday. But we're traveling with people who have never been to Rome, and I feel like it's kind of cheating them out of seeing Rome.
Also? The super cheapo flight I found from Venice to Dublin that cost $40? Is now up to $130! Boo! And WTF!
Some re-thinking may be in order.