This morning, it’s a ten minute drive to another country – Vatican City! With our expert local guide, we’ll tour the Vatican Museums, a massive collection of ancient Greek sculptures, medieval tapestries and Renaissance paintings.
Our visit starts in the Sistine Chapel, the room where the Pope is elected. Next we visit St. Peter’s Basilica, by far the largest church in Christendom. We’ll see Michelangelo’s Pieta`, sculpted when he was just 24 years old, as well as Bernini’s seven-story bronze canopy located above the main altar.
(Please note that the visit of St. Peter’s Basilica is subject to availability based on the events planned by the Pope.)
This afternoon, you’ll learn the secrets of some traditional Italian dishes. In a way, the simplicity of Italian cooking makes it a special challenge because there are few rich sauces to hide behind!
Our test kitchen is in a centuries-old brick vaulted underground cavern. The perfect atmosphere to drink, eat and learn the secrets of la cucina romana! Learn to prepare fresh pasta dough, “al dente”, along with various sauces and wine pairings. At the end of class, you’ll get to enjoy your homemade meal!
Tonight, you’re free for a night out in Rome, on your own. Be sure to have a gelato at one of the best shops close to the Trevi Fountain, “Il Gelato di San Crispino.” Try the nocciola – you won’t regret it!