Numbers are limited to twelve on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.
- 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
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.
Without question, this was our favorite activity during our 4-day stay in Rome! Our guide was superb and very knowledgable about Roman history, and, of course, pizza history. We learned a lot from her, had many laughs, had a delightful walking tour near Trajan's Market and through Santa Maria Maggiore Church, and ate lots and lots of pizza and gelato. Very interesting to learn about, and eat, the different types of genuine Italian pizza. A great walking feast right at lunch time. Do this one.
Tour was really good. Guide was extremely knowledgeable about pizza and I went to the tour hungry and came back full from so much good pizza.