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Enjoy a tantalizing taste of Gelato School

Go behind the scenes and discover the secrets of what makes gelato so delicious.

We don’t know if Spartacus paused between bouts and tickled his tonsils with a pistachio-flavored gelato, but we wouldn't be surprised if he had. Synonymous with Italy, gelato dates back to ancient Rome, where it was made from snow and ice brought down from mountaintops, and its frosty goodness was preserved below ground.

One of the many, tasty stops on AutoVenture’s private, chauffeured tour of Italy’s Renaissance Road is the Gelato School in Rome. Many luminaries have visited here to tantalize their taste buds, including the Obama family, Susan Sarandon, Antonio Banderas, Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz.

Here, a Gelataio will teach you how to make this creamy, sweet or tart concoction in the traditional way. Choose a flavor and your English-speaking professor will walk you through step-by-step in a private lesson.

Thankfully, the process won’t involve hiking up to gather buckets of snow from the nearby peaks. Rather, you'll spend a merry couple of hours learning to combine the perfect, heavenly blend of milk, cream, and various sugars and flavorings, such as fresh fruit and nut purees. The upside is that you’ll know how to make a light, flavorful dessert with far less fat than ice cream. Plus, getting to savor an exotic dessert of your own making is that much more delectable.

The unfortunate downside of the experience is that you may never be able to settle for mere ice cream again.

It’s just one of the many wonderful discoveries you'll have exploring Italy with AutoVenture. From the Amalfi Coast to Florence, Venice and Lake Como, the Renaissance Road tour provides new marvels at every stop.

For those unfamiliar with Italy, an AutoVenture guided tour is the surest way of getting closest to the culture, and of capturing an unforgettable land.

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