Food Walking Tours in Rome – The Fave Five + One

Rome + walking go together like Italy + food, like pizza + gelato… you get what we mean! It can be intimidating to first enter a bustling Rome food shop, or know how to shop at a Roman food market. Not to worry, food walking tours in Rome take you to the best with the help of a local food expert. Why waste time? Get eating!

As you sample your way through the city, you also meet the people who keep Roman food traditions alive. There are so many delicious tastes — gelato at Rome's oldest gelateria, fresh pasta in an authentic trattoria, pizza from the "Michelangelo of dough". Romans love to eat and your local guide will introduce you to the city's favourite eateries. Here we've gathered and reviewed the top rated tours. Buon appetito! Eat, drink & be Roman.

1. Food Walking Tour – Historic Testaccio

Rome Food Walking Tour-Testaccio

Explore the culinary epicenter of Rome — Testaccio.

During the day Testaccio is more country town than big city, with its buzzing market stalls selling lush produce, cured meats and local cheeses. It's really a shame that most tourists don't venture into this vibrant food market — but you will!

On this highly-rated tour you go behind-the-scenes of the local market, meet the vendors, take in fun food facts, and sample — prosciutto, suppli (Rome's favourite fast food, rice balls), mozzarella di bufala, bruschetta, pecorino cheese, gelato & pastries. It's a moveable feast, Roman style. This popular food tour includes all tastings plus a copy of The Local Food Lover's Guide to Rome.

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This was a blast. We learned so much and tried a lot of different foods. Emma was a phenomenal guide. Highly recommend doing this when you first arrive in Rome because the tips they tell you will be great to use during the rest of your trip."
– 5-Star Review

2. Trastevere, Campo de' Fiori & the Jewish Ghetto

Food Walking Tour: Trastevere, Campo de Fiori + Jewish Ghetto

Jostle with locals at some of the best bohemian neighbourhoods in Rome.

We told you that the Trastevere neighbourhood is a vibrant area where bustling eateries spill outside into pretty piazzas and cobblestone streets. It's there you meet your guide in the famous Piazza Farnese, the center of historic Rome.

Next stop is Campo de' Fiori, Rome's most famous outdoor food market. Browse the market stalls and admire the artistically arranged stands of vegetables, stacked cheeses & perfectly cured salamis. As you soak up the market's friendly ambiance you meet the vendors and sample their wares — classic Roman pasta, the best pizza bianca (tomato-free pizza), fresh mozzarella, locally cured salami, and artisan gelato.

Still hungry? Stroll to Rome's Jewish Ghetto, a bohemian neighbourhood famous for its delicatessens and kosher food shops. Sample the staples of Italian Jewish cuisine — Carciofi alla Giudia, fried artichokes smothered in garlic and herbs; bacalao, long-simmered salt cod; and potatoes at Piazza della Cinque Scole (Piazza of the Five Synagogues).

Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group walking tour to ensure you get enough gelato!

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Fun tour, very worthwhile! Best to do at the beginning of your stay in Rome if you've never been there before. There's a lot of great food, and the history fits in so naturally and logically with the food. All three neighborhoods are fascinating and easy to walk around, and if you're staying awhile you'll probably return to some places on this tour, like I did."
– 5-Star Review

3. Espresso, Gelato & Tiramisu Walking Tour

Espresso, Gelato & Tiramisu Walking Tour

Speaking of gelato, you don't want to miss out on this tour! Go behind the scenes and learn the secrets behind Italian's holy trinity — espresso, gelato and tiramisu.

Meet your guide near the Pantheon and stroll past by Roman icons — Piazza Navona, Via Condotti, the Spanish Steps. There's so much history, but today your focus is on food!

At Rome's famous coffee shops, you study the coffee-roasting process and sample a flight of espressos. At Sant'Eustachio, you see their special wood roasting method that was developed in 1948. You also go to the granddaddy of them all — Cafe Greco opened its doors in 1760 and served coffee to poets John Keats and Lord Byron. Today it's a still a popular haven for writers, politicians, artists and celebrities.

Next, visit one of the most popular tiramisu shops in the city, Bar Pompi, il regno del tiramisu, "the kingdom of tiramisu". As you taste the delicious light layers, you learn how this delectable dessert was invented.

After tiramisu, it's time for gelato! Visit a famous gelaterie and learn the secrets of traditional Italian gelato. Hungry for more? Upgrade to include an artisan gelato class at one of Rome's most popular gelaterie. Put on an apron and make your own authentic gelato. The tour is limited to 15 people, to ensure you have enough tiramisu!

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We highly recommend this tour in Rome. Antonia was amazing and immediately made us feel comfortable and welcome in her city. We loved weaving our way through some parts of Rome we would not have seen on our own and learned so much about the coffee culture in Italy. We were both pleasantly stuffed at the end! Thank you for such a great experience!"
– 5-Star Review

4. Pizza Walking Tour of Rome!

Rome Pizza Walking Tour

That's right — pizza. In Rome.

Discover Rome's best family-run bakeries & pizzerias. Along the way you also learn the history of pizza, the regional differences, and sample Roman-style pizza — pizza al taglio, alla palla and crispy scrocchiarella.

You meet up with your guide near Piazza Venezia, a central hub of Rome, and stroll to a 100-year-old, family-run bakery for a late-morning breakfast of pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice). The second slice is at a local delicatessen with pizza capricciosa (mushrooms, artichokes, ham and olives).

The third slice is at another family-owned bakery. Try pizza alla pala (baked on stone). The fourth and final slice is at a pizzeria that specializes in the thin-crust pizza that Romans adore.

Ready for dessert? The last stop is at local gelaterie for refreshing and freshly-made gelato. The tour is limited to 12 to ensure you get enough pizza!

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This tour was spectacular. They use an inductive approach to pizza. First trying crust, then sauce, the ingredients, then finished pizzas of all kinds. At the end of it I knew so much more about the Italian approach to pizza, food, and culture. The tour gives you a nice tour of the Monti neighborhood but Alessandra gave us restaurant recommendations for all over. We had better meals because of this tour. The group size is small, we had 5 on our tour. Don't eat lunch before you go. You get a lot of pizza."
– 5-Star Review

5. A Taste of the Real Rome at Trionfale Market

Taste of Rome Trionfale

You'd better arrive hungry — there are 18+ tastings. Don't worry, though, there's also plenty of walking on this four-hour whirlwind culinary tour of Rome. What we like about this one is that it takes you off the typical tourist route to places most tourists will never experience.

The tour begins with a classic Italian breakfast — cappuccino and a freshly-made cannoli. Fortified, you visit the lively Paciotti market to sample Italy's favourite cheeses, cured meats, 25-year aged balsamic vinegar, white truffles, and regional wines.

Next stop is to meet Gabriele Boncio (the "king of pizza", discovered by Anthony Bourdain) at his legendary Pizzarium. Boncio has written the book on pizza and is wildly inventive with his toppings. Choose from 80 varieties! Pizza with grilled peaches and chicory, anyone?

Now it's on to Trionfale, the largest food market in Rome. to meet the families who have worked the stalls for generations and to sample their wares — seasonal fruits and vegetables, tender buffalo mozzarella, eggplant parmesan & bruschetta. Next stop and the main event, a tasting flight of freshly made Roman pasta — carbonara, amatriciana & cacio e pepe, with regional wine.

The tour ends on a sweet note at the famous Fatamorgana gelateria. Discover how real gelato is made, then struggle to decide which flavours to choose!

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This was the highlight our our trip to Rome. We ate our way through back streets of Rome where the locals eat and we toured & tasted food and wine at a local market. Very informative and the food was awesome!! Guide Jesse is top notch…extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and a sweet person."
– 5-Star Review

Bonus – Evening Food Walking Tour in Rome

Evening Food Walking Tour in Rome

Make the most of a balmy Roman evening with a walking tour that combines history with essential Roman food & wine flavours. Arrive hungry — there are enough samples to make a complete dinner and then some.

As dusk falls, meet up with your small group in Campo de' Fiori and make your way to a famous Roman pizzeria to sample pizza bianca, called white pizza because it's made without tomato sauce. At the historic Norcineria Viola market you sample cheeses — fresh buffalo mozzarella and burrata a delicacy from Puglia, and cured meats washed down with a refreshing glass of Castelli Romani wine.

Taste Rome's most popular street food, suppli — those rice balls we mentioned, made with butter and cheese, coated with breadcrumbs and deep-fried until crunchy on the outside and bursting with melted cheese. Also sample Rome's finest Margherita pizza, plus authentic carbonara and cacio e pepe pasta.

Dessert is everyone's favourite and once again it's refreshing gelato at one of Rome's leading artisanal gelateria. Best part? Your guide will give you insider tips on the the best dining, bars & gelato in Rome.

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This was truly a highlight of our time in Rome. We had 2 guides, Francesco who is a hilarious, charming, and knowledgeable Roman native, and Stefano, a professional chef. Both added such value to the tour and brought us to only the best places for pork, cheese, pasta, street food, and gelato! I highly recommend this tour – you won't be disappointed."
– 5-Star Review