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? You'll see the structure up close as this is the meeting point for our Testaccio Food Tour in Rome!
The French eat "croissants", the Italians eat "cornetti". You'll learn the difference between the similar looking breakfast pastries as you tuck into a "cornetto" and sip on a fresh-pressed espresso.
The freshly-baked treats don't stop there! Next, your local foodie guide will take you to the best bakery in the neighborhood for more morning snacks. Oh, and some wine too!
If you're not eating at least one slice of "pizza al taglio" every day you're in Rome, you're doing it wrong!
The Testaccio neighborhood is known as Trastevere's edgier brother. In recent years, Testaccio rejuvenated itself with a fresh food market, built on top of ancient Roman ruins. Next stop, the market!
If you could eat just one panino in Rome, then it might as well be the best one in the city! The panini made by these men sell out on a daily basis, so you know they are good!
Wine is always a good idea. At the market, you'll taste the wine that is served at Roman dinner tables across the city. Straight from the barrel.
Italian cured meats come in all shapes, cuts and sizes. In the market, you'll try some tasty cured meats sold by our friends and local vendors.
Ever wondered why olives are different colors? And why are they deemed so good for you? This not so secret ingredient contributes to the long healthy lifespan of many Italians.
Choosing the right place to eat in Rome is important. For lunch, you'll eat 3 types of pasta at a place both known for its local food and the historical landmark it sits on.
If you know The Roman Guy, then you know we never pass up the opportunity to eat gelato. Sunshine or showers, it's the perfect end to a meal.
Why is everyone crazy about the Testaccio neighborhood in Rome? We think we've got it down to a T. This old working-class neighborhood is not only considered a "cool" place to live in Rome, but it's also the place to go for some really great food. And wherever you smell good food in Rome, The Roman Guy isn't far away.
Home to what was once the biggest slaughter-house in Europe, an Egyptian Pyramid and a mountain made of broken terra-cotta pots, Testaccio may surprise you. Historically, this was a very busy area for ancient Roman trade with grains and other goods being delivered into the city, via Testaccio. Today, it's what many Romans call a "hipster" neighborhood. It may not be as beautiful as the historical center of the city, but it's certainly a mecca for foodies.
We always advise our clients to arrive at our food tours running on fumes (i.e. empty stomachs). You'll be stopping to taste such a variety of food during the tour that, although eating two breakfasts every other day on vacation is a great idea, you'll be glad to have plenty of room to fill during our 4-hour tour.
The first stop on our Testaccio Food Tour in Rome is at a local "bar" of breakfast. No alcohol involved at this stop as the word "bar" in Italian, without "cocktail" before it, means a cafe! At this local cafe, you'll experience a real Roman breakfast of "cornetti e caffe", as your guide introduces you to some of the local cultures in the city.
The "Pasticcerie", or Bakers, in Rome are plentiful. It's difficult to walk down any street in the morning without being lead astray by the sweet smell of pastries. It sometimes takes The Roman Guy team members a little longer to arrive at the office in the morning, and we blame the bakers.
Inside a traditional Roman bakery in Testaccio, your guide will introduce you to the different tasty treats on display. You'll have some time to admire the sweet and savory snacks, before tucking into some homemade pizza. But it's not the type of pizza you'd expect. Depending on what is freshly baked that morning, you'll sample some other local savory treats, before moving onto the next stop - the market.
It doesn't get more real than visiting a local food market on vacation. Market veterans flock here from Testaccio and neighboring areas, to get their hands on fresh and seasonal produce each day. During this market food tour, you'll get to meet the vendors behind the ingredients that have been used to make Italian homes smell so delicious for years.
We don't tend to offer panini as part of a tasting on our Rome food tours, but this one is an exception. Why? Because it's the best in Rome! You'll find a line, throughout the day, at one of the stalls inside the Testaccio Rome Market. You guessed it, the stall you’re going to be visiting with us! The locals go crazy for this panino and once you taste it you'll soon understand why.
Your local food expert will lead you through the market, passing the stalls and pointing out typical ingredients in Roman cooking, as well as seasonal favorites. You'll stop at many of the stalls, including one stall that is a favorite for selling cured Italian meats. As you taste your way through a freshly cut platter, your guide will explain the differences in the cuts, their history and how the Romans use them when cooking.
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. We'll fill up our glasses as we stroll around the market. Eat, sip, eat, sip, eat.
Ever wondered what the difference is between olive oil, virgin olive oil, and extra virgin olive oil? During your market adventures, your food guide will explain more about the importance of olives in Italy. You'll hear about where and how they are grown, the difference between them and the process used to press them into olive oil. Even better, you'll taste the different types!
Full yet? Well, it's lunchtime and we haven't even tried the local pasta yet. In Testaccio, you'll find "Monte Testaccio", a small hill. So, what is so significant about the hill? This hill is made up of broken "amphorae" (terra-cotta pots and vases), once used to transport food and goods into and around Rome. These broken pots started piling up, basically creating a "refuse site". Today, however, this incredible hill of pots is a piece of history itself, with an estimated 50 million amphorae making up this 2000-year-old hill.
On this Testaccio food tour, you'll be eating lunch in a restaurant that is built onto the side of this hill, meaning you can see the pots up close while eating some good local Roman grub. You'll be tasting three different types of local pasta, along with plenty of wine. Your guide will explain the history of each pasta dish, the ingredients and how you too can recreate the pasta dishes at home.
You didn't honestly think The Roman Guy would finish a food tour without gelato, did you? We've found the best place in Testaccio for gelato! As you squeeze in that last taste, your guide will help you understand the difference between gelato and ice cream, and show you how to tell the if gelato is fresh or not.
This is a great food tour to add to your next time you visit Rome, especially if you want to discover a vibrant local foodie neighborhood of Testaccio, and taste amazing food along the way. Your expert food guide will tell you all about the local foods your eating, bringing to life the depth of Italian food culture. Don’t forget to ask them for suggestions on where to eat in Rome, as they’ll be able to point out the best Testaccio restaurants, as well as recommend other top eateries in other parts of the city. For those foodies visiting Italy for the first time, this tour is a great way to start your trip, as you’ll be all the more clued up for the rest of your stay!
- Local Rome Food Tour in Trastevere
- "Privileged Entrance" Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
- Colosseum Arena Floor Tour with Roman Forum
- Local Florence Food Tour with Market Lunch
- Hidden Venice Food Tour with Rialto Market, Cicchetti & Gondola Ride
Close to the Pyramid , right at the exit of the Metro Piramide on the B Line
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Child (6 or under)
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