You'll want to fill it up, when you learn about our world famous Colosseum Underground Tour!
We will walk between the restaurants, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
Did you know that Rome's Pyramid of Cestius was completed in 12 BC? See the structure up close - this is the meeting point for the tour.
The French eat "croissants", the Italians eat "cornetti". Learn the difference between the similar-looking breakfast pastries as you try the the Italian version and sip on a fresh-pressed espresso.
The Testaccio neighborhood is known as Trastevere's edgier brother. In recent years, Testaccio rejuvenated itself with a new food market, built on top of ancient Roman ruins.
If you're not eating at least one slice of "pizza al taglio" everyday in Rome, you're doing it wrong. Try some of the best pizza in Testaccio.
If you could eat just one panino in Rome, then it should be the best one in the city. The panini sold at this stand in the market sells out on a daily basis.
Wine is always a good idea. Taste some of the wine that's served at Roman dinner tables across the city. It comes straight from the barrel.
Ever wondered why olives are different colors? And why are they are so good for you? This not so secret ingredient contributes to the long and healthy lifespan of many Italians.
For lunch, try three types of pasta at a place known for its authentic and delicious food. Plus, this restaurant is built into Monte Testaccio - a man-made hill that consisted for terra cotta fragment
We never pass up the opportunity to eat gelato. Sunshine or showers, it's the perfect end to a meal.
Not only is the Testaccio neighborhood considered one of the best places in Rome to live, but it’s also an excellent area if you’re a visiting foodie. Once home to the biggest slaughterhouse in Europe, Testaccio is now a hip neighborhood and a mecca for the best food in Rome. Led by your own personal foodie guide, meet some of our favorite local vendors and sample the best Roman pasta dishes, panino sandwiches, wine, olives, pizza and gelato. And along the way, learn more about the Eternal City’s history and culture.This 3.5 hour tour includes:
Although not as picturesque as some other areas of Rome, Testaccio has an abundance of fantastic food, rich history and vibrant character. Back in ancient times, the neighborhood served as Rome’s city docks. Olive oil, grains and other foods arrived in terracotta vessels called amphorae, and workers broke open the pots to access their contents. Over time, the terracotta fragments grew into a pile. After a few hundred years, the pile became a hill called Monte Testaccio.
Testaccio is linked with classic cucina povera, a word that translates into “poor kitchen”. This is because of the area’s proximity to the massive slaughterhouse that once defined it. Developed as a way to minimize food waste and use every part of an animal, the working-class style of cooking is responsible for the popularity of classic Roman dishes like trippa alla romana (Roman-style tripe). These days, the new market and eateries have transformed the neighborhood into a food-lover’s dream destination.
The first stop on this Testaccio food tour in Rome is a local “bar” for breakfast. Remember to arrive hungry - by the end of this tour, you’ll be absolutely stuffed. No alcohol is involved at this stop - the word "bar" in Italian simply means a café. Sample a typical Roman breakfast of cornetto e caffe, as your guide introduces you to some of Rome’s local culture.
Getting away from the crowds in the more touristy parts of Rome is an important part of an authentic trip to Italy. Visiting a local food market is the perfect way to experience the Eternal City like a local. One of the best food markets in Rome, the Testaccio Market offers a glimpse of what daily life is like for locals. And not only will you simply pass through and admire this vibrant slice of Roman life, but you’ll meet the vendors who earn their living here. It doesn’t get much better than that!
It should be a crime to visit Italy and not eat pizza. Stop for some Roman pizza or pizza al taglio (cut to go). The Italian version of fast food, pizza al taglio is a popular way to grab a bite to eat on the run. Unlike pizza you order in a sit-down restaurant, pizza al taglio has a thin, crunchy crust. Once you learn how to order it, this type of pizza is an excellent staple for the rest of your trip to Rome.
Usually we don’t offer panini on our Rome food tours, but this one is an exception. That’s because it's the best in Rome! You'll find a line at any time of the day at this stall inside the Testaccio Market. Once you try this panino, it will make sense why locals go crazy for this popular street food. An excellent example of take-away classic Roman working-class fare, this panino is a hit with locals and food-motivated foodies alike.
A visit to any food market in Rome is never complete without filling up your bottles with vino sfuso. This wine is decanted straight from its metal barrel, into recycled water bottles to take home. Included in the price of this tour is an opportunity to fill up your glass before continuing on with your stroll around the market. And while vino sfuso isn’t pricey, it still tastes incredible. This is because you aren’t paying for a fancy brand or label, just the luscious nectar of the vine.
Do you the know the difference between olive oil, virgin olive oil and extra virgin olive oil? Learn about the importance of where they are grown, the difference between them and the process used to press them into olive oil. Even better, taste the different types yourself from a place that specializes in them.
After our selection of delicious appetizers, it’s time to sit down down for lunch at one of the best restaurants in Testaccio. Built against the side of Monte Testaccio, a hill comprised of the fragments from ancient terracotta storage containers, this restaurant is packed with hungry locals. Usually reservations are required to eat at this hidden gem, but we take care of that when you book this Testaccio food tour. Enjoy three kinds of popular pasta dishes and wash it down with more delicious vino. This is an excellent opportunity to kick back and get to know your group a little better.
You didn't think we'd finish a food tour without gelato, did you? If you've been in Italy before, you know how important it is to end a meal with gelato. If you’re headed to Rome, one thing you absolutely have to do is try gelato – the Italian version of ice cream. You’re in luck, because we know one of the best spots for fresh delicious gelato in Testaccio. Learn how to spot a real-deal gelato from a fake one with additives.
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Q: Is wine included in the price of the tour?
A: yes, all the stops on the itinerary and the delicious food and drinks served there are included in your tour price.
Piazzale Ostiense at the bottom of the Pyramid. Your guide will be waiting for you holding a sign that says "The Roman Guy".
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