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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)

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Scout out the best pizza in town on this 3-hour pizza walking tour of Rome, led by a friendly food-expert guide! Discover the best family-run bakeries, popular pizzerias and real locals’ favorites, sampling various toppings plus ‘pizza al taglio,’ ‘alla palla’ and, of course, the crispy Roman ‘scrocchiarellas’! Hear the history of the humble pizza, sample traditional drinks and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – one of Italy’s largest churches – on this must-do tour.

Numbers are limited to twelve on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.

Highlights

  • 3-hour pizza tour of Rome, led by a food-expert guide
  • Sample pizza and topping ingredients like mozzarella in five eateries
  • Learn about pizza in Italy and of classic variations like capricciosa
  • Visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in between pizza stops
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of twelve ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Rome Pizza Walking Tour

Enjoy the best pizza while in Rome!

Meet your guide in the Monti area of central Rome – near Piazza Venezia – and then stroll to a 100-year-old, family-run bakery for a late-morning breakfast of pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice). As you walk, your guide will talk to you about pizza in Italy; hear about its origins, the regional differences, and most importantly, pizza’s place in Rome.

Born in Naples, pizza is likely to have started out as focaccia (Italian flat bread) topped with fresh and readily available ingredients like tomatoes and milky fresh mozzarella – simple staples of Italian cuisine. Hear of Neapolitan pizzas today, characterized by thick doughy rims and elastic bodies, and learn of the Roman’s take on the dish – scrocchiarella pizzas with crispy-thin crusts.

Make your way to another local delicatessen and learn about the ingredients used on variations like capricciosa (made with mushrooms, artichokes, ham and olives), and discovering how the toppings are added at different stages of the cooking process. Sample mozzarella cheese, cold cuts of meat and pickled vegetables, washed down with a citrus-flavored soft drink called chinotto. Then, work your way further into the Monti neighborhood while learning about iconic Roman monuments like the Colosseum.

Stop in another family-owned bakery to sample pizza alla pala, a pizza cooked on flint rock rather than the usual tin surface. Now is time to get ready for a dessert. Stop in a Rione Monti shop and enjoy a tasting of Italian gelato, made with seasonal ingredients. Continue your stroll, stopping for photos at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – one of Italy’s largest churches. Admire its architecture and hear how Pope Francis celebrated his first mass inside after becoming the new pope. Head inside to see the tomb of famous Baroque artist Bernini alongside other notable Italian dignitaries.

Finally, visit one more pizzeria, for – you guessed it – more pizza! Popular for its wood-oven specialties, the bakery is always packed; it’s a testament to its deliciously crunchy pizzas, baked with passion and pride. Watch the bakers work their magic in the kitchen, and then enjoy a slice of pizza washed down with a refreshing local beer. Your tour finishes inside the pizzeria, where you can stay longer, if you wish.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Excellent tour for adults and children alike. There was enough pizza for everyone and enough history to keep the adults interested. Barbara was our tour guide and was very knowledgeable. She's great! Included a trip to St. Mary's Basilica and gelato.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

If you love Pizza and want to know more about how Pizza is made in Rome this is a tour for you.
We visited five locations and learned much about how Pizza are made and sold in Rome. Not only was this a tasting but and educational tour at the same time. Our Tour guide was fantastic. Note: This tour is only done in small groups. Negative: If you have any walking disabilities I do not recommend this tour.

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