I did an at-home test today in my apartment in Rome and it came out negative. I have an online COVID test scheduled with iHealth tomorrow afternoon. I am hoping it will be negative so I can get onto the airplane. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
As an aside - I chose to NOT purchase travel insurance; a strategy I do not recommend for the average traveler. I am old and retired. My trip length was to be three months. The cost to insure my trip for COVID related concerns was actually more than my entire trip as I had to insure the entire trip, not just get COVID insurance. Whatever algorithm the insurance companies use (and I checked with several) at my age and with the length of my trip, insurance was just not a wise investment.
So, I dug into my savings and set monies aside for a possible two week stay should I test positive. If I have to use it, so be it. If I don't have to use it, I will just apply it forward to my next trip to Rome.
Of more concern to me are the Schengen Visa rules. I am staying 87 days out of the 90 I am allowed. Should I test positive tomorrow, I will need to apply for an emergency visa here in Italy. It is complicated and I don't have answers for anyone, but I do know that I can at least apply and not mess up my Schengen visa status.