Rome Food Tour: Savoring Local Roman Cuisine

Sample iconic local flavors and uncover Rome's culinary traditions
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Tour Details
3 hours
Product Type
  • Campo de' Fiori
  • Jewish Ghetto Neighborhood
  • Artisanal Food Shops
Photos & Highlights
  • Explore the city’s flavors while touring iconic neighborhoods and squares, gaining a glimpse of Italy’s history through its food scene
  • Taste culinary staples from family-run restaurants that can’t be found in a guidebook
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Tour Description
Imagine the hum of conversation, the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee, and the sweet, yeasty scent of baking bread. Stroll the picturesque streets of Rome, stopping every few blocks to savor a local specialty at small, family-run shops other tourists might miss. 

This 3-hour tasting adventure focuses on Rome’s revered street food culture, offering a charming culinary wander through the city's heart with a local food expert. Your guide will be your translator, both in language and culture, unlocking a world of authentic flavors and experiences often intimidating to visitors.

Indulge in classic Italian food and drinks – strong coffee, fresh focaccia, creamy gelato, and crunchy biscotti. Sample cured meats and cheeses, and maybe even discover seasonal delights like fried supplì (rice balls) or pizza by the slice.

Between culinary stops, allow your guide to dive deeper into Rome's rich culinary heritage, from its ancient Roman roots to modern influences. Learn about the city's fierce coffee rivalries, discover the secrets of perfect focaccia, and explore the art of artisanal gelato.

As your tour comes to a close, you'll have a newfound appreciation for Rome's vibrant food scene and the confidence to navigate cafes and shops like a local, armed with the knowledge and recommendations from your expert guide.

  • You’re looking for more than average pasta and pizza. You crave a deep dive into the unique culinary culture with a local.
  • You don’t want to feel intimidated to enter and dine at small, local Italian family establishments. Our local expert will alleviate anxieties and make you feel more comfortable in hidden neighborhood gems.
  • You know there’s more to the food scene in Italy but aren’t sure how to find reputable foodie destinations outside of guidebooks and social media feeds. 

  • A few things previous visitors have tasted: 
    • Italian coffee
    • Homemade foccacia
    • Fresh gelato
    • Crunchy biscotti
    • Delicious charcuterie spread
    • Local cheeses
    • Suppli, fried rice balls
  • These tastings should certainly replace a meal, although you may find a light lunch or aperitivo satisfies any lingering hunger. You are in Italy, after all, why skip another opportunity to eat? 
  • We are taking you to local establishments that are often family-run, hours and availability may vary.
  • Dietary restrictions should be shared in advance in order to possibly adapt the tour. We don’t recommend this tour for vegans or gluten-free eaters. 

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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. This tour is not suitable for vegans or clients with gluten intolerance. Vegetarian diets can be accommodated.

Is this tour available in August? 
The small shops we visit on this tour are closed for the better part of August for the annual Italian vacation period. 

We understand that some of our valued guests may have mobility concerns, and we want to ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience throughout your tour. If there are any accessibility concerns that your tour guide will need to be aware of, please let our team know at the time of booking.

Is this tour wheelchair-friendly?
​​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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We immensely enjoyed our walking and food sampling tour with Massimo. It was just the right combination of a walking tour of the sights of Rome with the intimate knowledge of local food delicacies. We experienced Rome like a true native on this tour.
Wow!!! Had an amazing tour with Sandro and have already recommended him to friends and family for their nect trip to Rome. Sandro was very engaging and gave me a much deeper understanding of Rome and its culture. The food was delicious too!! Sandro is passionate about what he does and it shined through within the first few minutes of the tour.
Passionate sharing of some of the standard hits - pizza! Cannoli! - as well as some hidden gems. The Jewish ghetto “pizza” and local eapresso were a nice surprise

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