EF College Break traveler Allison Dascani recently went on The Grand Tour of Italy. Allison was also our first Instagram takeover leader, and we were graced with her great images for two weeks posted as she posted from every stop on her tour. We had a few minutes to talk with her about her experiences in Rome.
Q: Tell us about your arrival in Rome, the Eternal City!
Rome came after a few amazing days in Sorrento and then on the Island of Capri via ferry. This part of coastal Italy is spectacular. After Capri, en route to Rome, we visited Pompeii. Seeing the ruins of the city and learning about the history of the town and Mt. Vesuvius made me feel like I was back in the 7th century. The group was anxious to get to Rome. When we arrived we were all so ready for it and getting acquainted with Rome was just so much fun – with so many sights and so much history, the time just flew by.
Q: You did the Rome Foodie Experience Excursion, can you tell us about it?
Yes! The excursion was nice because we got to learn about fresh Italian produce. Wandering the Campo di Fiori with our personal guide, we were also able to taste various types of olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette, and other bread toppings like white truffle. Having an early morning sampling of limoncello really cleansed my palette as well. After exploring the Rome markets, we walked over and met up with a local chef, David. While sipping on sparkling Italian style white wine called prosecco, we learned how to make authentic handmade pasta step by step with only the best ingredients. Plus, the setting was just beautiful – up on the top floor of a center city building and a nice rooftop terrace.
Q: Will you be making any handmade pasta in the future?
Someday, definitely. Italian culture is a big part of my heritage and watching David cook, I realized how important food could be if you allowed it to be. I think the Rome Foodie Experience helped connect me with my heritage and really inspired me to get more serious about my food and of course, travel and trying new things. It was just a sheer bonus that David was more than willing to give out his recipes.
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