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Get a taste of Rome’s Testaccio neighborhood, the center of the local food scene, on this 4-hour tour. With a foodie guide, you’ll enjoy nine tastings of regional cuisine as you walk through the neighborhood to meet vendors and learn about secret Roman recipes. From gelato to cheese to pastries to fresh pasta, you’ll enjoy the best of Italian food. Select a departure time when booking.

Highlights

  • 4-hour food walking tour of Rome with a guide
  • Discover the Testaccio neighborhood, considered the birthplace of Roman cuisine
  • Enjoy nine samples of regional food, as you tour popular Rome establishments
  • Meet market traders and restaurant owners, and hear of their passion, creativity and enthusiasm for food
  • Visit a gelateria, pastry shop, delicatessen, restaurant and trattoria to try samples galore

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What You Can Expect

Rome Food Walking Tour

Rome Food Walking Tour

Make your way off the tourist track for this walking tour through Testaccio, a historical Roman neighborhood. After meeting your food-loving guide, set off on your exploration that introduces you to the local culinary scene.

Stop by shops and eateries like the Barberini pastry shop, where you can sample baked treats that have been enjoyed here for more than 50 years. Visit a food market for a look at high-quality produce, and chat with some of the local vendors. At Testaccio Market, you’ll have the chance to sample authentic buffalo mozzarella and make your own bruschetta.

Next, enjoy a fried rice ball, a local specialty known as suppli, at Trappizino, and then visit one of the neighborhood’s best restaurants for traditional Roman cuisine, where you’ll taste fresh pasta and wine. Other stops on your tour include Giolitti Caffe and Gelateria, where artisan gelato has been made for more than 100 years, and the Volpetti cheese shop, where 150 cheeses can be found.

While you walk, your guide will share some of Rome’s lesser-known history and point out sights like the city’s only pyramid and the Protestant Cemetery, where John Keats is buried. Your tour ends just a couple of blocks from your starting point; you are free to continue exploring on your own from here, or hop on public transport, a short walk away.

Customer Reviews

JOHN H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Whatever time trip you choose don't eat before you go on this tour, this is not a tour you will leave feeling hungry. Sample very Roman food in one of the less touristy parts of Rome.

mevalente58

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We missed the day tour because our train was late. They were so helpful in helping us book a tour for the evening. Our guide was amazing, the tour went beyond our expectation. We learned about the local foods, and drinks of the locals in Rome! The tour we took was the Supper Walking Tour!

Rachel Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Wonderful in every way. Superb experience. Our guide, Emma, was not only thoroughly knowledgeable about food, Rome, and the intense food culture of the neighborhood we visited, the food-shop vendors and merchants knew her well, addressed her by name, and showed a lot of warmth--all things that convinced me of their mutual respect, professionalism, and humanity. The merchants could not have been warmer to the group members as well. The food itself was astonishingly good and quite varied, and the introduction to the shops alone worth the price of admission. How would we otherwise guess, for example, that a very unassuming storefront houses some of the best breads and pizzas in Rome, and has for generations? Very grateful that Emma also took us through some related historical sites along the way, such as the lovely Protestant cemetery where famous poets are buried, also giving us a lovely respite to re-gain our appetites between tastings.

Michelle H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Loved this.. Must do!

Paul D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was the highlight of our trip. Emma, our guide, was fabulous. Each of the destinations was exceptional and all of the owners seemed to genuinely enjoy having us there!

Allan N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was so much fun! Our guide, Anna, really knew her stuff and made it big fun. We visited butcher shops, bakeries, a fish market, ate our fill at a notable pasta restaurant, visited John Keats grave in a wonderful botanical garden cemetery, sampled all kinds of cheeses, meats and basaltic vinegars in a fancy deli and had a wonderful time! I would definitely recommend this one!

dogsx2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was so much fun. Great to see a part of Rome that only locals see. Learned so much and had samples of great food. Would highly recommend and can't wait to try in other countries. Viator tours are terrific, they made our first visit to Europe wonderful

Nikki B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Really enjoyed this tour!

Our guide was excellent and provided just the right amount of information!

And so much wonderful food to learn about and taste!

Enjoyed learning about the neighbourhood and it's history and particularly liked our visit to the cemetery to see Keat's gravesite.

Highly recommend this tour!

FILIPE G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

My wife and I absolutely loved the tour. Our guide Sarah was very knowledgeable and a fun person, and the food was just great. Definitely recommended.

Jodi C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved this tour. Lots of fun seeing the less touristy side of Rome, as frequent visitors to Rome, we now feel as though we have a new neighbourhood which we will return to. Insightful info, delicious food, definitely worthwhile. Kids loved it too.

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