Walks of Italy

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Key Details

  • City: Rome
  • Duration: 3hrs 30mins
  • Start Time: Times vary.

Tour Highlights

  • A complete exploration of the flavors that make Roman cuisine one of the tastiest in Italy.

  • Make your own pizza, visit traditional trattorias and go behind the scenes at a local butcher and cheese shop.

  • Learn why there's no such thing as 'Italian food' & where to eat when in Rome.
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EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

EXPLORE THE TRATTORIAS OF THE JEWISH GHETTO WITH SPECIAL TASTINGS

Your voyage through the flavors of Rome starts in one of the city's finest foodie neighborhoods: the old Jewish Ghetto. Rome's Jewish population is one of the oldest in Europe and has had an outsized effect on the city's venerable culinary traditions. As you stop into some of the neighborhood's favorite trattorias to taste typical Roman starters, your guide will tell you how Roman cuisine developed from the unique mix of people in the city and the ingredients that were seasonally available to them.

Your Rome food tour leaves the ghetto and heads straight to an artisanal cheese shop for a tasting of Pecorino Romano and other Italian cheeses complemented with a glass of local white wine. Then it's on to one of the city’s most iconic delis to try the deep-fried rice balls called supplì with a glass of Italian craft beer. Didn't know the Italians were enthusiastic beer brewers? This is just one of the many revelations on this tour.

Less surprising will be the mouth-watering charcuterie that you will taste at your next stop, a neighborhood butcher who specializes in local favorites like salami spiked with fennel. You'll also get another glass of wine; this time a red produced in the region.

MAKE YOUR OWN PIZZA AT A ROMAN PIZZERIA

After a quick olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting, it’s time to play chef at a local pizzeria. Because it takes so long for the dough to prove, it'll be ready and waiting for you when you arrive. You’ll roll it, add your own toppings and slide it into the huge wood-burning oven. As you work you'll also learn interesting hints and tips for making pizza at home, as well as the very important difference between Roman and Neapolitan pizzas.

You'll finish off the evening in the Italian style; with a stroll through the city and a cup or cone of gelato, learning what differentiates this Italian treat from normal ice cream or sorbet.

LOCAL EXPERTS TEACH YOU WHAT AND WHERE TO EAT IN ROME

With small groups of only 12 people or fewer, your Rome Food Tour will be more like a casual outing with friends than a traditional tour. You’ll be able to engage more with your guide as they teach you what you should eat in while in Rome and where to eat it, with restaurant recommendations specific to your tastes. They’ll teach you how to tell an authentic restaurant from a touristy one (not always that obvious), or which dishes on “Italian” menus back home won’t show up in Italy. Because your time in Rome should certainly be measured in meals!

Our local experts are hand-picked for their passion for Italian food. They’re obsessive about getting the best meals and the best bang for their buck, making them the perfect people to lead your culinary exploration of Rome. With small groups and friendly guides, you’ll truly experience one of Italy’s most pleasurable passions – food!

Guests with food allergies are asked to contact us upon booking so we may facilitate you. For more, please read our Important Notes section.

Sites visited

  • Old Jewish Ghetto
  • Trattorias
  • Deli
  • Local Butcher
  • Local Cheese Shop
  • Roman Pizzeria

Included

  • Pizza-making at a central Rome pizzeria
  • Food tastings including small plates, olive oil, meats, cheeses, supplì & more
  • desert and coffee
  • Expert local foodie to give you insider tips & tricks
  • Small groups of 12 people or fewer

Reviews

5-stars from over 511 Customer Reviews

We had four different groups take the tour in March and each one loved their guides and the tour itself.
Julia was wonderful. Excellent guide with great knowledge of both food and Rome. We will definitely recommend this to our friends and family and will definitely be using Walks of Italy for our future travels.
Was a fantastic tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable. She had fascinating stories about the area and the history of all the food we tried. Also loved that we had a smaller group as it made it more personable. Would highly recommend this tour to others.

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

Please notify us before booking if you have any food allergies, dietary restrictions, or other special requirements. Unfortunately, we are unable to cater to coeliacs on the pizza-making section of this tour as we use a working pizzeria kitchen. While we can provide an option for vegetarians, guests should be aware that tastings such as the cold meats on this tour cannot be replaced with a vegetarian alternative.

As this tour includes a meal's worth of tastings, we encourage you not to have a big breakfast before the tour begins.

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We had four different groups take the tour in March and each one loved their guides and the tour itself.
Julia was wonderful. Excellent guide with great knowledge of both food and Rome. We will definitely recommend this to our friends and family and will definitely be using Walks of Italy for our future travels.
Was a fantastic tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable. She had fascinating stories about the area and the history of all the food we tried. Also loved that we had a smaller group as it made it more personable. Would highly recommend this tour to others.
This tour was excellent. I also found the "value" of the tour to be great. Perfect activity to do with a family and the quality of the food was excellent. Mattia was personable, professional and fun - an excellent guide. The only thing I'd be cautious of is the the "pace" - it sometimes felt rushed - which I'm sure is tricky because you need to move people from place to place on a schedule and the service of some of your cheese partner was tricky (which I'm sure is difficult to control). The people at the cheese shop didn't seem too happy to see us - almost looked like poor Mattia had to negotiate with them to have us be served. He succeeded! But it would be good if they received this feedback. Mattia is a gem- thank you!
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The tour was excellent and our guide, Kylie, was incredibly enthusiastic, and not just about the food of Italy. I have attended food tours before, but felt that I gained so much more than I expected from this tour. Not only did I taste amazing food and produce, but the information that Kylie gave us about Rome/Italy and its history was thoroughly appreciated. I have friends visiting Rome later this year and will be recommending this tour to them.
Guide was Andrea, he was wonderful. The whole tour was well planned and allowed me to learn things I would have missed on my own. Great way to see Italy
We regret we took this tour on the last day of our trip to Italy; we should have done this tour on the first day - it would have helped us a lot in picking where we ate and how to determine other things. Our guide was extremely friendly, pleasant, enjoyable to listen to, introduced us to others in the market area - just a wealth of information on food and the Italian culture. My sister is going next year and I told her to book this tour first before any others. Thank you for a great event and experience!
Great guide and wonderful choices of food. We had a very fun day and would highly recommend!
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Was my favourite tour while in Rome - Marta was great and we loved all of the places we stopped with her.
Marta was an excellent guide. We loved theopportunity to taste a great range of the best Italy had to offer. We went back to multiple places after the tour. We even got Xmas gifts for our family.
It was amazing! Such a great guide and wonderful things to eat!
Our guide Julia was the best!! She’s funny, knowledgeable and very personable. It was nice being able to share stories, ask questions and learn new anecdotes. I would highly recommend this tour!
Highly recommend. Very informative guide and delicious food.
Loved the guide!! Tasting was nicely prepared. We thought this was going to be a complete pizza making experience, not just putting the sauce and toppings on the already prepared dough.
I would like to say that Andrea was a fantastic guide.
Julia exceeded our expectations in every way! She was exactly the right amount of both knowledge and fun. This food tour was an excellent way to spend some time getting to know more about the local food traditions in Rome and the surrounding areas. We couldn't recommend it more highly!
Fun and informative tour.
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History, culture and food at its best!
Julia was very lovely, a natural and enthusiastic tour guide. It was very lovely and very good value for money. We had a really enjoyable time. Thank you
Marta was fabulous! Very knowledgeable and the best personality.
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Our guide, Melanie, was superb! Personable and knowledgable. She made the tour what it was. We enjoyed sampling some of the tastes of Rome.
Melanie was amazing and made all the difference. Wonderful all the way around. So much fun. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Julia was sucha delight and incredible knowledgeable . The food was amazing and the guided was outstanding.
We had such fun on this tour! I was glad we scheduled it between the Vatican tour and the Colosseum tour.
Loved the tour and finding out more about Italian food. Andrea was a great guide, informative and friendly.
We loved our tour guide. She gave us an experience we will never forget. She also went above and beyond and had print offs for recommended restaurants etc.
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Melanie was great! I would recommend this tour!
Amazing experience, would book again and recommend to friends. Hope to be back in Italy again soon!
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Some points for improvement, maybe focusing on the market and not only one single store there.
We loved this tour with Andrea! He was even able to find me some gluten free options during this tour on short notice. It was much appreciated.
We really enjoyed our guide.
Enthusiasm and knowledge was fantastic. Our group thoroughly enjoyed every part of the tour. Wonderful experience!!
Mathias was an absolutely fantastic guide -- he deserves a raise! Incredible.
Julia was wonderful and a very fun guide. We enjoyed the food tour immensely.
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Our guide was wonderful and I really enjoyed the tour!
Amy was great. The food tour was wonderful. Our only issue was that we were so full after our tour we were unable to eat the pizza we cooked.
Great guide. Would have loved to know a bit more about the market itself though.
Guide was fabulous knowledgeable , interesting and fun!! We hope to get him again, since we r in Italy every year. Tour was well done 😄
We had a fabulous time on our food tour with Mattia. He was so friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable.
We had Melanie and she was amazing!! We actually did the bone crypts tour with her Tuesday and enjoyed her so much we booked the food tour Friday with her. She was our best guide that we had all week while in Rome. She was so polite and personable. We felt like we really got a true behind the scenes look into Rome. She stayed after and gave restaurant recommendations which did not dissappoint. We can't express how much we enjoyed her! Thank you for everything!! Austin and Megan