Mark Gelmon

Hello Nicoletta,

My entire trip, was just so great.

Italy-vespa-tour_0Florence and the Tuscany countryside, with the beautiful architecture of the Duomo and the Academy with the statue of David are just indescribable. A private driver took us one day touring in Siena and San Gimignano 2 quaint and so beautiful Tuscan towns, visited ancient forts, and a medieval monastery. Also on the way we saw lots of olive groves and vineyards, and stopped for a private wine tasting that included a traditional Tuscan lunch.

Rome was wonderful, I loved the cooking class. We went out just outside in the Roman country side, where we made bruschetta, and a Roman style pizza without yeast.  It was really interesting, and was quite good.  We made three types of pasta’s, fettucini, Ravioli and another kind but don’t remember the name.  Then we made saltimbocca.  For dessert we had diced peaches soaked in white wine.  We were full long before the final course, but we managed to stuff as much down as we could.  The fettucini was served with a pesto, and we prepared the pesto for that course as well. I kind of lost count as to how many things we ended up preparing, but everything was sooo delicious.  
I will be heading to an Italian deli asap to get my fix, but it’s not the same as being in Italy and just having all that food at your beck and call everywhere.   I am going to start to make some of the food that I learned on my Mazzano excursion as well.

I also went to the neighborhood of Trastevere for my last evening in Rome, and enjoyed it very much, it is so picturesque!  Honestly I couldn’t have planned this on my own, as there is so much to see and do in Italy, so your itinerary that Cultural Italy planned for me was a lifesaver in that I didn’t have to stress about what to do and where to go.

Mark Gelmon