Please Note: This tour is best to take in the morning on a weekday because the Camp dei Fiori Market is open, it's less hot and there are fewer crowds - although if you book later on a weekday or a Saturday, our experts have alternative itineraries available so your tour experience is not impacted by the market closure.
Our time together will begin near the Jewish Ghetto, where we can sample some of Rome's legendary fried snacks, and possibly carciofi (artichokes). Though our tour route will vary depending on the season and our interests, we will hit several local shops that illustrate the rich food culture of Rome. Whether it be pizza, coffee, gelato, or biscotti, all of our samplings will teach us a bit more about the tapestry of foodstuffs that are integral to the cultural attitudes and history of the city. Our tour will most certainly include an experience with a coffee (or cappuccino) at a local coffee bar, where we’ll learn about the history of coffee culture and the fierce rivalries that exist today between different coffee shops.
Of course, our tour would not be complete without a slice of pizza. We’ll taste thin-crusted Roman-style pizza and discuss characteristic varieties, especially the renowned pizza bianca. Finally, we’ll wrap up our 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 our walk, we’ll 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 our gastronomic expert, we’ll comfortably be able to navigate Rome's cafes and food shops like a native.
Fancy a bit of a tipple? Check out our Exploration of Italian Wines.
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.
Yes, tastings are included in the price. If you wish to buy anything to take with you, these purchases will be at your own expense.
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.
Gina is a food historian, coffee connoisseur and cook. Born into an Italian-American family, Gina spent countless hours in the kitchens of her mom and her Neapolitan and Sicilian grandmothers – watching, cooking, tasting – dreaming of living in Italy. In 2007 she relocated to Rome where she earned a Master’s degree in Italian Gastronomic Culture from the Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, and became a certified sommelier and member of AIS. She also holds an MBA from NYU. Before relocating to Rome, she worked for Tom Colicchio's Craft family of restaurants in NYC in business development and marketing and she spent some time in the kitchen. Her writing appears on numerous food and travel publications.
Eleonora is a TV host, journalist, and culinary connoisseur based in Rome, Italy. Her writing appears in several food and travel publications. Her show “ABCheese” is broadcast on Italian food network Gambero Rosso.
Chiara is a native Roman with family roots taking her back to the rugged mountains of Abruzzo. A passionate connoisseur of Rome and its rich cuisine, she is a trained nutritionist and a personal chef. She's also worked as a personal shopper for years, thanks to her deep knowledge of the artisans' traditions in the city. Over the years, her energetic, multifaceted personality has allowed her to combine valuable volunteer opportunities in several prominent cooking schools, architecture projects, and even nursing. A mother of four high school and college age children, she lives on top of some of the most exciting, trend-setting venues in Rome, culinary and otherwise!
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