Taste of Testaccio Rome Italy

Get a taste of daily life in Rome's original foodie neighbourhood on this 4-hour adventure that introduces you to all the Italian classics - from brushetta to gelato.
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Due to COVID-19, we are not running food tours in Rome. Please click here to sign-up for an alert when tours begin to run again.

An introduction to Roman food favourites…

Known to locals as the “Heart of Rome”, Testaccio is the city’s original foodie neighbourhood and where cucina Romana (Roman cuisine) was born. Our 4-hour walking food tour lets you experience Rome like a local, in an authentic neighbourhood where people still live, eat and shop.

Escape the crowds and get a real glimpse of daily life while tasting the best of what the city has to offer. You’ll visit our local market and meet the vendors who have been there for generations, taste the most delicious pasta in the neighbourhood, and sample everything from a traditional antipasto to a typical Roman street food snack.

Along the way your local guide will give you a fascinating insight into Rome’s culture and history. You’ll also discover some of the city’s most fascinating landmarks, like the ancient Pyramid of Cestius and John Keats’ mysterious tomb.

There is no better way to really experience Rome like a local than on our Taste of Testaccio Food Tour.

Please note: this tour is in the same neighbourhood as our Twilight Testaccio tour and has some similarities. If you’d also like to join one of our evening experiences as well, we recommend you choose the Twilight Trastevere tour.

Tour stops, tastings and number of tastings may change slightly to reflect seasonal produce, vendor opening hours and availability.

Due to COVID-19, we are not running food tours in Rome. Please click here to sign-up for an alert when tours begin to run again.

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Tour Highlights Include

Make your own bruschetta and try real buffalo mozzarella at the famous Testaccio Market.

Experience real Roman street food – supplì (fried risotto ball).

Savour Rome’s 3 most famous pasta dishes with wine at a popular restaurant built into the side of Monte Testaccio.

Sample authentic Italian cheeses, prosciutto, salami and even olive oil.

Try authentic Roman craft beer.

Become a gelato–tasting expert and discover how to spot the fake stuff from the real thing.

Visit Rome’s Pyramid of Cestius and explore Rome’s oldest food neighbourhood.

Start the day the Italian way at a local bakery.

Get three additional drinks during your tour with our Premium Drink Package for only €12 per person!

Enhance your taste of local life with three additional alcoholic drinks expertly paired with your food tastings. On the Taste of Testaccio Tour, the Premium Drink Package includes:

  • A glass of Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) to kick off the tour.
  • A glass of locally produced red wine.
  • An amaro/digestivo, typical Italian after dinner liquor with your dessert.

You can add the Premium Drink Package to your booking during checkout.

Note: this option is only available for ages 18+; Eating Europe reserves the right to substitute a non-alcoholic drink should the guest become inebriated. 



Let's make one of your favourite Rome memories together



In addition to receiving our food lover's guide to Rome, your local guide will give you her/his tips and picks to the best spots in town



Our aim is to make all possible accommodations for gluten-free, dairy-free or vegetarian diets



How to Arrive for Your Rome Food Tour

How you get there is up to you (transport to the meeting point is not included)

When you reserve your spot, we’ll give you the exact location of the meeting point

At the end of our tour, our guides can point you in the right direction or call a taxi for you (or give you a recommendation of what to see next nearby)

Your Food Tour Schedule



The food tour starts in the neighbourhood of Testaccio, a 10-minute walk from the Piramide Metro Station.



You can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour date. For further details please review our cancellation policy.



Our tours run Monday through Saturday. There are no tours on Sundays, Italian National Holidays and 2-3 weeks in August. Check our calendar for available dates.

Luca (Luke) was a fabulous guide, friendly, superb English and very knowledgeable. The food was fantastic, we only had room for small portions of the enormous and utterly delicious main courses, as we had eaten so many ‘snacks’ along the way! 

- Mark Camp

I thought the guide was great and that we learned a lot as opposed to just eating.

- Neal Schopick

Absolutely loved the food tour with Valentina. The tour is well-designed, with amazing food, such interesting bits about the history and information about the food and set in a great, off-the-beaten-track part of Rome which is lovely to discover. This was actually my second time doing this tour and I would still highly recommend it to friends.

- Lientjie Jooste

Emma took us through her neighbourhood Testaccio, just like a good friend hosting and sharing the wonderful experience of her day to day life. We learned about the true Roman culture, and tasted wonderful food, along with beer and wine. The tour was fun and Emma was amazing!

- Liat Alush

Sarah was a lovely person, we felt very welcome, could learn a lot of things and had generally a great tour! The visited places are an experience worth

- Ruth Yosief-Tesfagaber

One of our favorite tours we’ve ever taken. Nasim was an amazing guide—so knowledgable about the neighbourhood, and Roman food in general. He made the tour really fun and enjoyable, and we feel like we walked away with real insight into daily Roman life.

- Abby Gartner

The tour was really good and our guide was very knowledgable – he gave us loads of tips and told us all about the history of the area too which was really helpful!

- Sarah West

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