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Spur of the moment...we booked the coolest Groupon to Italy!

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Hard for me to believe that when I showed this Groupon to DH, he immediately said, OK book it! I gave him the chance to renege, warned him that if he told me to book it again, I would do it! He did, so I did! We weren't looking for a second summer vacation!

So the Groupon is for a week long, full-immersion culinary vacation at the Tour d'Eau Palazzo in the tiny hill town Carunchio east of Rome in the Abbruzzo region. We cook most of the days - pasta, pizza, pastry, sauces, and other things - and have a wine pairing class and excursions to an olive oil mill, salame plant, fishing village, and a bell foundry where bells are handmade for the Vatican.

The hotel provides transportation back to Rome, but we couldn't leave without visiting Rome for at least a couple of days. We've booked Clelie's House near the Piazza Navona for 3 nights before going back home. (Thanks for the info annhig!) We went to Rome last summer, so this time we'll be going to the Borghese Museum and the Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, along with lots of eating, wine, gelato, wandering, cafes, etc.

Just wanted to share with people who would understand how exciting this is! :)

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