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One of the best experiences during my stay in Rome was getting to know Andrea and Erica, the chef owners, of Cooking Classes in Rome.  Every class was a new adventure as we learned about regional Roman cuisine.   The small classes of no more than 12 located in rione Trestevere allowed everyone to participate, learn, and get to know one another by the end of the day.  I am still cooking the dishes I learned from Andrea and now and again I hear from one of my classmates.   Cooking Classes in Rome

Cooking Classes in Rome, Trestevere, 2013

A favorite place in Rome that I returned to again and again was the Protestant Cemetery, officially known as the Non-Catholic Cemetery, near the Pyramide Metro Station in rione Testaccio.   Finding open green spaces in Rome is not always easy and this off the beaten path gem is a wonderful place to discover.   Among the notable permanent residents; John Keats and Percy Shelly.   Protestant Cemetery

Non Catholic Cemetery, Rome, 2012

Drinks with a view – Grand Hotel De La Minerve.   Call first to ensure that the rooftop isn’t rented for a special event.  Check online to find the time for sun set and then plan to arrive at the rooftop bar about 30 to 45 minutes prior.  The view of the setting sun over the dome of the Pantheon is breathtaking.  Drinks are expensive but your paying for the view and service and no one will rush you.  As with most 5 star hotels when you order drinks they bring endless snacks – enough to make you consider skipping dinner.

Grand Hotel de la Minerva, Rome, 2013

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