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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

beckysmith5349

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide Gigi was fabulous! Loved every moment! Highly recommend.

mimisochor

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We loved the tour! Our guide was outstanding. She enjoyed her job and transmitted her enthusiasm to the group. We did nine food tastings which were much more than a tasting. We learned about the shop owners, their lives. We met them all and our guide interacted with all of them. It was a wonderful walk through a Rome neighborhood!

Ashok N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This is a great tour, perhaps one of the best we did while in Rome. Francesco was a tour guide, he was charming, humorous and full of great information about places to eat in Rome. The stops we made during our tour were filled with amazing food, we actually went back to one of the shops after the tour to purchase some goodies. You can not go wrong with this tour, worth every penny!

Linda D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was VERY fun. The food was awesome as well as our guide.

Ellen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I absolutely loved this tour and would do it again tomorrow if I could. My 10 year old foodie granddaughter Lucy also enjoyed it and was 100engaged at all times! As for our guide Domenico ... Well we loved him also. The whole tour was fun, informative, interesting and a very enjoyable experience. Domenico even concluded the tour with a rendition of Lucy in the sky with diamonds which was something Lucy will always remember! Thank you Domenico from Marg and Lucy from Brisbane Australia. One of the highlights of our trip!

Sandra D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed the food walking tour and our lovely guide, Anna, provided a great commentary. This was just a small taste of the true Rome, and my husband, and two children aged 21 and 14 also had a great time tasting their way through prosciutto, fritte, pasta, and gelato to name but a few of these wonderful foods. Another highlight was seeing a Pyramid in Rome - who would have thought. Highly recommended.

Nancy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The food was amazing and you felt as if you got a real insiders tour of Roman cuisine. Loved it!

David F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Testacio is a bit off of the tourist path. It was wonderful to explore this rising food Mecca. Our guide was absolutely fabulous

Gin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a great tour....well worth the money! Tour guide was quite interesting and knowledgable and we thoroughly enjoyed all the stops, especially the market! Tour landed about 4 hours Nd as others have warned....do not eat before you go!

Robin W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was our favorite of the 3 tours we did in Rome, Francesco was a wonderful guide -- funny, warm, energetic, and with a nearly native command of English. Walking around Trastavere was really cool, since that's a part of Rome not many tourists see, and the food along the way was delicious. Our tour group members were a lot of fun as well. I would even do this tour again.

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