Crispy thin pizza, chocolate-covered gelato and pasta to die for – Rome has plenty of incredible dishes to keep you satiated. But as good as the food is, it would be a shame to spend all your time in restaurants and miss the city’s gorgeous weather and incredible architecture.
How to settle this moral travel dilemma and balance short timing with good eats? Simple: combine the best of both worlds by taking a food tour.
These six mouth-watering food tours each explore a different corner of Rome, so be sure to arrive hungry.
1. Sample the real Rome with a Trionfale food tour by Casa Mia. Only a few streets from the Vatican, the tour begins at a market that feels miles away from the tourist crowds. You’ll meet vendors at this classic Roman mercato while snacking on cheese, cured meats and seasonal produce. After eating your way through the market, more pizza, pastries and gelato await in the surrounding Prati neighborhood. Finish up with a coffee or a glass of wine and pat yourself on the back for planning the perfect Roman day.
2. Set out at twilight with the Roman Guy for a food tour of Trastevere. Winding across the river into one of Rome’s cutest neighborhoods, you will try everything from appetisers to mains and dessert by stopping at some of the best hidden gems in the historic centre. Bonus? The evening timing of the tour means that a healthy dose of wine is included and highly encouraged.
3. Turn to local expert Elizabeth Minchilli to eat your way through one of Rome’s hidden neighborhoods. Just a few streets away from the Colosseum, Monti is one of the most historic areas of Rome. Packed with boutiques and artisan workshops, the residential quarter comes with an edge of reclaimed modernity that is totally irresistible. You will walk along ivy-draped streets and leave with a new appreciation of Rome and Italian food after the 10 stops which include wine and cheese tastings at an organic market, chocolate, a gourmet panino, Calabrian sausage and lunch with pasta tasting.
4. Testaccio has been a food destination for centuries. The neighbourhood was once an ancient Roman port where olive oil and grains entered the empire. In the 1900s, it was home to one of Europe’s largest slaughterhouses. Today, you can explore this culinary corner of Rome with Eating Italy’s Testaccio market tour to taste the distinct dishes inspired by the neighborhood’s foodie past and present.
5. Each Roman neighborhood is a microcosm of history and influence, and in the Ghetto this is a difference that you can literally taste. To learn (and eat) more, join journalist Katie Parla to experience Cucina Ebraica: Roman Jewish Cuisine. The walking tour explores how 22 centuries of history have shaped the unique dishes which hail from this small slice of Rome. Opt for the curated lunch, and be sure to try carciofi alla giudia – twice-fried artichokes – before finishing your tour of culinary history with kosher treats from local bakeries.
6. Does it sound like all that walking is going to get in the way of your calorie consumption? Luckily, Scooteroma offers foodie tours that take you to farther-flung food destinations via Vespa. Rather than sticking to a single neighbourhood, you can catch a glimpse of Rome as you buzz between locations on the back of a motorino. With your stylish transport taken care of, you’ll have more time for savouring the flavours.
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