5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
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 2015

Especially good tour if you are traveling with kids! Our guide Marco was terrific - very engaging and engenertic. It was obvious that he loves his city and his job which made our experience even more enjoyable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We were looking for something different to do in Rome besides museums and monuments. We had 3 teenagers with us. This was a great 3 hours. We got a locals look and telling of the history of the Colosseum area, a guided walking tour of the Monti neighborhood, a look at how Romans look at Pizza, and samples of many kinds of pizza, drinks, toppings, topped off with a pizza and beer or soda lunch. We made one stop at the Basilica in the neighborhood. Had a great guide and we really enjoyed the tour. Would recommend to anyone who can handle the walking.

Mrs Cameron
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We were the only ones on the tour but Lucy the guide was great. We walked into the only part of Rome we had not managed to explore on our own which was a coincidental bonus. The food was great and she was very informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This is a must do when first visiting Rome!!! Sandro introduced us to the history of pizza and then some of the best pizza ever. When doing this tour, you must have an empty stomach. There is so much to sample. After making 3 food stops, we toured Saint Maria Maggiore Basilica. The gelato was great!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Barbara was such a great guide for this tour. LOVED how we walked all over and tasted the different pizzas and cheese. Barbara is very knowledgable and we learned so much not only about pizza but about Italy and the neighborhoods too. Book this trip now! You'll be happy you did !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great guide and lots of interesting and funny facts

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

very friendly and fun guide. Learned about the local area which is off the beaten path. Tried many types of pizza at small places that we would not have experienced without the tour. The food was good and plentiful. Nobody left hungry for sure.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Fabio, was Fabulous. Great tour and such genuine interest and passion that he over ran by over 90 minutes! great tour and you see so much more than just pizza, real history and real local people. Fantastic

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our tour guide, Giovanna (or Big Mama G as she called herself!) was the best! Not only was she funny, she was one smart little biscotti! We ate great pizza, sampled cheese. olives, Limoncello and of course gelato! We also visited the Basilica of Santa Mara Maggore. History, fun facts and food-it was great!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

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.

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