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Rome tour free time ideas? Winter tour

Hello thanks for your help before our tour. From my earlier question. Now planning our free time during the tour. Saw Rome briefly during our BOE14 a few years ago. Now going with College student & teen by the holidays on Rome 1 week tour

Looking for ideas for free time? We know it could be rainy & damp. Holiday ideas? Out of the way locations? Something other teens enjoyed?

Thank you!

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Visit the church of San Clemente. There is an archeological dog underneath exposing times back to early days of Christianity, very interesting.

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I did the 7 Days in Rome tour and went on my own to Naples and Pompeii after the tour which might interest your teens. If it is not rainy and damp, you might try walking or biking the Appian Way, I think it is car-free on Sundays.
Walks of Italy has cooking classes and tours of the Catacombs. I took a cooking class which had a family with several teens. It was a pasta class and really fun!

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I really enjoyed the History Museum of the Liberation. It's near San Giovanni Laterano and also the hotel that we stayed in for the Rome city tour. It talks about a period of the history of Rome that I don't know much about. It is a former WWII prison in an apartment building.

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Thank you these are all great ideas. Would love to try the cooking class as one option. Who did you do it with ? We do plan to see Pomepeii when we go to Sorrento before the trip. I would also like to see the Appian Way. Is that doable in winter ? My son is a media student. Any film tours or studio tours anyone has taken? Thanks for the personal insight.

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We took RS 7 Day Rome Tour in May of this year, it was our 15th RS tour. During our "off-tour" time we visited several of the places that were recommended in the Rome Guide Book. Hope you have that book as it came in helpful not only for suggestions of places to visit but more important, places to eat when not being fed by the tour.

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LA,
I did the cooking class with the Walks of Italy, they offer all sorts of walks, tours, and cooking classes. After you made the pasta, the chef also made the entree and other courses and the group sat down and enjoyed dinner. I liked it because it was a nice way to meet other travelers and socialize.
Also, I would look up the Appian Way online to see what’s like in winter but I think it is available all year. On Sundays it is closed to cars.

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Thanks everyone. Will check out the cooking class. We also did Eatwith on our last trip & really enjoyed that experience in a locals apartment. We may do that again too.