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Rome Food Tour: Savoring Local Roman Cuisine

Sample some of Rome’s most cherished food traditions
From US$160 for 1 person
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Tour Details
Duration
3 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Campo de' Fiori
  • Jewish Ghetto Neighborhood
  • Artisanal Food Shops
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  • Rome food tour led by a gastronomic expert
  • Visit traditional shops and sample Italian street food
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Tour Description
In this three-hour Rome food tour, accompanied by a food writer, chef, or culinary educator, you will explore some of the city's delicious specialties, with an emphasis on its revered street food culture. Rome shines brightly as one of Europe's top food destinations, with a gastronomic culture that can be traced back to ancient Roman times, and you will look at how this history, and more recent outside influences, make for a unique, stimulating, and diverse eating experience. You will walk through the historic city center of Trastevere on the hunt for the best coffee, chocolate, foccacia, cheese and gelato during the tour.

Though the tour route will vary depending on the season and our interests, you will hit several local shops that illustrate the rich food culture of Rome. Whether it be coffee, gelato, or biscotti, all of the samplings will teach you more about the tapestry of foodstuffs that are integral to the cultural attitudes and history of the city. Your tour will most certainly include an experience with a coffee (or cappuccino) at a local coffee bar, where you will learn about the history of coffee culture and the fierce rivalries that exist today between different coffee shops.

Of course, you may also have time to taste Roman-style focaccia or enjoy some local cheeses and discuss characteristic varieties. Finally, you will wrap up the tour at a family-run, artisanal gelateria, where the gelato is made by hand using the freshest ingredients sourced from all over Italy. By the end of the tour, you will come away with an appreciation for, and understanding of, the rich culinary tradition that still exists in the center of Rome. Using the lessons learned with your gastronomic expert, you will comfortably be able to navigate Rome's cafes and food shops like a native.


FAQ


Can I participate in food tours if I have food allergies or other dietary restrictions?
Yes. If you have any specific allergies/intolerances please indicate these in the Notes section when you're booking and your guide will do his or her best to accommodate.

Vegetarian and nut-free diets can certainly be accommodated, although the shops we visit do use wheat flour and nuts in the kitchen for other items. Gluten-free clients may have fewer choices available to them.

It looks like this isn't available in August. Why? 
The small shops we visit on this tour are closed for the better part of August for the annual Italian vacation period. 

Are the tastings included?
Yes, tastings are included in the price. These tastings do not replace a proper meal. If you wish to buy anything to take with you, these purchases will be at your own expense. 

Is this tour mobility-friendly?
Overall, yes. All sites are accessible although the length of the itinerary and terrain might pose difficulties to slow walkers or wheelchair users. Please note, the shops we visit do not have wheelchair-accessible toilets.
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Massimo has a real passion for food culture and is happy to share it with his clients. As a life-long Roman, he has a real sense for the culture and history of Rome. Our food tour delved into the history and relevance of Roman cuisine as well as the different periods of Roman history and its influence on its architecture and culture of the eternal city. I appreciated that he was attentive to my interests ahead of the tour and he accommodated them. I am a travel advisor and I would not hesitate to recommend him to a client.
We had a fantastic time! Sarah was very knowledgeable about the food and history
Massimo was the best! Friendly and so knowledgeable we really enjoyed our time together

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