Taste of Testaccio in 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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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 taste of daily life while tasting the best of what the city has to offer. You’ll experience a 3rd generation local bakery, Volpetti- the gourmet food shop that is considered to be the most precious in the city. No trip to Testaccio would be complete without discovering the the famous Testaccio Covered Food Market filled with 107 family run market stalls. Not only will you taste some of the best food on offer you will meet the colorful people behind the food and hear their family’s story. From there we will head to Flavio al Velavevodetto for a full pasta lunch- this restaurant that has been a permanent fixture in the Top 20 in Rome for over a decade- the food and location are unforgettable. And we will finish the tour at Giolitti, the historic 105 year old gelateria that makes you feel like you just walked back in time.

What you’ll Experience on this tour:

  • Skip the line at Mordi e Va, Rome’s most famous panino shop and taste what all the hype is about
  • Be pampered in Volpetti, the crown jewel of food shops tasting aged balsamic, prosciutto and Italy’s finest cheeses
  • Make your own bruschetta al pomodoro learning a little trick that will serve you forever
  • Enjoy the best Carbonara and Cacio e Pepe of your life
  • Get a crash course in Gelato learning how to spot the real thing from the fake stuff

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

Note: itinerary & tastings subject to change due to seasonal availability, individual closings or local holidays.

  • €79

    Adult From 18
  • €59

    Adolescent 13-17 years
  • €49

    Child 4-12 years
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Tour Highlights Include

Make your own bruschetta with the freshest tomatoes you have ever tasted

Taste all of Italy's finest products like Olive Oil, Aged Balsamic Vinegar, Artisanal Cheeses and Prosciutto at Volpetti

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

Mett the people of the Testaccio Market like Lina, hear their story and taste their incredible food

Roman pizza is now trendy in cities across the globe- time to taste the original

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

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. 

TOUR SIZE

Max. 12 People

DURATION

4 Hours

TIME OF DAY

Morning/Midday

LOCATION

Testaccio

DIFFICULTY

Uneven cobblestone lined streets

DIETARY ACCOMMODATIONS

Adaptable for Vegetarian, Gluten-free & Allergies

CANCELLATION POLICY

24 Hours in Advance for Full Refund

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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!