The Food

Will I be full by the end of the tour?

99.9% of our guests feel comfortably full by the end of our tours.

Should I eat before the tour?

On all our tours we start tasting almost right away. So, if you must eat before a tour, we recommend keeping it to a light snack.

I’m pregnant. Can you adapt the tour for me?

Firstly, congratulations! Secondly, of course we can! Simply let us know that you’re pregnant in the “Notes” section when you book the tour, and we’ll take care of the rest (i.e. we won’t serve you cured meats, uncooked unpasteurized cheeses or alcoholic drinks).

Are drinks served on the tour?

All tours offer beverages, and water is also provided at points throughout the tours.

What if I don’t drink alcohol? Will I still enjoy the tour?

Of course you will! While we do highlight typical alcoholic drinks on our tours, drinking alcohol is not at all necessary to enjoy our tours! Simply tick that you prefer not to drink alcohol when you book, and we’ll serve you non-alcoholic drinks instead. Given the curious fact that non-alcoholic drinks here are often more expensive than wine and beer, we don’t offer discounts for non-drinkers.

I’m under 18. Can I drink alcohol on the tour?

The legal drinking age is 18, which means that if you’re under 18 we’ll provide you with non-alcoholic drinks. Guides are not able to bend this rule, as it would be against the law and wouldn’t be fair on the law-abiding establishments we visit.

Booking Your Tour

Should I take the tour at the beginning of my stay?

Definitely! Anytime is a good time to take a Devour Rome tour while staying in Rome. But if it works for your schedule, it’s best to take the tour at the beginning of your trip. Why? As well as feeding our guests delicious food and fun facts during the tour, part of our goal is to give you the tools you to tackle eating in Rome all on your own. After our tour you’ll be able to lead your own self-guided tour with the recommendations of your guide. Also, when you book, you’ll receive our Devouring Rome mini-guide, which is packed with our top recommendations for eating in the city.

Do we just walk around and eat food?

We aim to fill bellies and minds and so our tours are so much more than a just a tasting experience! Your guide will tell you about the city, its history, monuments, and food evolution. During your experience you will learn loads about local culinary history, the current food scene, typical plates, and ingredients.

Do I have to buy my tour tickets in advance? Can I just turn up and pay in cash?

All tour tickets must be purchased in advance through this website. We don’t allow walk-ups or cash payments on the day. You can book a tour through this website up until one hour before the tour start time. But our tours do often sell out in advance, and we’d hate you to miss out so to ensure you get the time and date you want, please book well in advance.

How do I pay for the tour?

When you book your tour through our secure booking system, you will be able to pay with credit card.

Is your booking system secure?

Our booking system (provided by FareHarbor) is secure and safe for credit card use. Payments accepted through FareHarbor are done through a PCI Compliant processor, Stripe. You can refer to Stripe’s security protocols here.

I’m a solo traveller. Can I book a tour too?

Of course you can! One of the great things about our tours is the chance to meet other fellow foodies. If you’re still the only one booked 36~48 hours before your tour, we’ll get in touch with you to offer a few options including: switching to a different tour that has other guests booked on, staying on your current tour for a tour with your amazing guide, or a full refund.

Are your tours suitable for kids?

We love having curious kids and their parents on our daytime tours! However, we remind parents that there is a fair bit of walking involved and the samples may not always be what children are used to. Any doubts, just get in touch. And keep in mind that non-eating children under 5 are free of charge on our tours!

What if a tour is full? Can you squeeze me in?

Given the traditional and often small establishments we visit, we’re unable to exceed the guest limits on a tour. But please get in touch by emailing [email protected] and we’ll let you know what your options are.

Is there a waiting list?

There’s no official waiting list. If a tour is full, please feel free to email us at [email protected] and we’ll see if we can open another tour.

Something came up! Can I cancel or reschedule my tour?

We allow free cancellations and date changes (pending availability) up to 48 hours before your tour. Cancellations and/or date changes must be communicated by email at [email protected] no less than 48 hours in advance of the tour in order to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within 48 hours of a tour and no refunds or rebookings are available once a tour has commenced.

Do you offer private tours?

Depending on availability, we do offer private versions of our tours. We can also offer customized tours and experiences for larger groups. Contact us at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you with options.

Who are the guides?

We know that along with the food, the most important thing on a food tour is the guide. And that’s why we work with the smartest, most passionate, most talented bunch of local gurus around. Our guides not only know and love this country, but are gifted storytellers and have a rare knack for making our guests just as excited about Rome as they are.

I see you have food tours in more than one city. Are they all the same?

Not at all! A number of our guests take tours in more than one city. Why? Because in each place we offer tours, we give you a true taste of the local cuisine, insight into the local culture, and tailored tips for tackling the food scene in that city. Every tour is unique and complements the other experiences that we offer. So, if you’re hungry enough, we’d love to welcome you on a tour in more than one Devour city!

Logistics

What if I’m running late for the tour?

Our tours start right on time so that the food doesn’t get cold. When you book a tour you will receive an email confirmation from us with the meeting details for that tour. It is essential to be on time (we recommend arriving 10 minutes early) as we are unable to wait for latecomers, and you will not be able to catch up to the group. Late arrivals and no-shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after a tour’s departure.

Are bathrooms available during the tour?

There are bathrooms are stops throughout each tour (though not necessarily at all stops). Please check with your guide.

Are cameras allowed on the tour?

Not only are they allowed, they’re encouraged! And please share your experience with us by tagging any pictures with our social media accounts!

Can I shop during the tour?

Our tours do include some time to shop at certain food shops, however unscheduled stops are discouraged for the sake of finishing the tour on time and out of respect to other guests. If you’d like to return to any shops or stops for shopping after the tour, please ask your guide for directions.

What happens if it’s raining?

Grab an umbrella and let’s go! Our tours are held rain or shine. Please check the conditions and dress appropriately.

Is the tour wheelchair and baby stroller accessible?

Unfortunately, due to small alleyways and multilevel restaurants, our tours are not wheelchair or baby stroller accessible.

Do the tour guides expect gratuities?

Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although never expected nor mandatory. The standard gratuity in the tour industry is 10-15%.

What language are your tours in?

Currently our small group tours are offered exclusively in English, but if you would like a private experience in another language, please get in touch and we can see if it is possible to accommodate your group.