I loved this tour and would definitely recommend it. It was very informative and I really enjoyed being able to go underground and see the chambers. The day before my tour it had rained quite a bit so when we met up for our tour our guide did not yet know if we would be allowed underground. Luckily, we were. But realize that there are times the underground area does close due to weather issues.
Fantastic experience!!!! I was picked up by my hotel and then we all met up and were taken to a quaint, adorable Italian Village about 40 minutes from Rome. There were 6 of us in our class total and it was the perfect size. Chef Monica is awesome! She is so easy going, fun to talk to, a great teacher and you can tell she absolutely loves her job. When we arrived in Mazzano Romana (my spelling might be off) we stopped in the butcher shop as well as in a little market to purchase items to cook with. Monica will make sure that the menu she selects takes into account if anyone has any food allergies or certain items they will not eat. We walked to the apartment and what a view! The apartment is gorgeous and when you stand out on the small balcony the scenery is gorgeous! In the course of several hours, we prepared bruschetta, zucchini/cheese filled ravioli, a vegetable filling that we made a lasagna with, 2 chicken items, rosemary potatoes and tiramisu. Everyone participated in all of the preparation. It was fun because as we were cooking we would chat and everyone got along very well. After all of the work was done, we sat done and ate an amazing meal together. Everything we made was absolutely delicious. Monica also served red and white wine with our meal as well as bottled water. It was truly one of the best days and such a great vacation memory!!!!
One note I will make - and this is not any fault of Monica's - one of the people in our class was quite sick with a cold. Personally, I feel this person should have just observed and not been doing any preparation. She did though and she would stop back and be coughing into her arm and come right back to prep again. Honeslty, It made a few of us frustrated - I still had 11 more days of vacation left and the last thing I wanted was to get sick. As a result, I only tasted each item - did not eat much.
This was an amazing tour - the walking tour was so informative, perfect speed and the guide was so knowledgeable and entertaining. I really enjoyed it! On to the cooking class - it was amazing! So fun, so informative and such a great way to spend a few hours. Fernando and Monica could not have been nicer. The restaurant is beautiful. We learned how to make fresh pastas - ravioli, bow tie, etc. Then when we finished, Fernando cooked an amazing meal for us. Absolutely delicious. There were 9 of us in class and we sat down to have the meal together - we enjoyed it so much we ended up staying another hour after we finished eating just chatting. We were from Germany, England, and the U.S. If you have a 4 hour block of time - definitely sign up for this tour! It is a great way to spend some time in Rome.
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