Testaccio Neighborhood Food & Market Tour

Discover Testaccio, an off-the-beaten-path neighborhood where you'll explore a local market and taste Rome's most iconic dishes.

Note: All our tours are private for you and your group until March 2022.

In order for us to comply with new Italian health & safety rules, all guests will be required to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test obtained within the last 48 hours, or proof of full recovery from COVID-19 at the start of the tour. Please see more information under "What To Expect" below.

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Includes: 15+ tastes, including two different Italian wines. Enough food for a full meal. Optional add on available: The Full Drinks Experience.
Experience Size: Private until 2022
Times: 10am
Duration: 3.5 hours

What's Included

  • Take part in a typical Italian breakfast of coffee and pastries, including a very special Roman delicacy!
  • Discover how Romans do their grocery shopping with a tasting tour through the Testaccio market.
  • Hear from one of the oldest establishments in the neighborhood about his family's 100-year-old vineyard.
  • Try traditional cured meats and cheeses and taste test different balsamic vinegars and extra virgin olive oils.
  • Experience a Roman lunch with three types of pasta and wine, and learn some tips on how to do lunch like the locals do!
  • Learn about the difference between gelato and ice cream and enjoy a cone of your favorite flavors!

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Dietary restrictions

This tour is adaptable for...
  • Vegetarians
  • Pescatarians
  • Dairy free
  • Non-alcoholic options
  • Pregnant women
  • We love providing delicious options for those with dietary needs. If you have a dietary requirement or food allergy, please note it when booking. Please note that this tour is not recommended for those with a gluten intolerance or celiac disease.

    What to Expect

    **IMPORTANT: NEW VACCINATION RULES**
    The Italian government has recently announced new regulations to better control the spread of the virus. All people ages 12+ are now required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, a recent negative test (obtained within the previous 48 hours), or proof of full recovery from COVID-19 to enter public indoor venues in Italy.

    As you can see, this new regulation will affect your ability to enter the bars, cafes, and restaurants we visit on our Rome tour, as well as any other leisure spaces you plan to visit during your time in Italy.

    In order to comply with these new legal regulations, your guide will be checking for this information at the start of the tour. If you are unable to provide either of these, we will be unable to run the tour.

    You can read more about the requirements on the digital certificate website here.

    Please let us know if you have any additional questions. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to welcoming you on tour.

    Please note that this description is an example and stops or tastes may vary depending on the season, day of the week, and group size. Regardless of where your tour goes, you always have a delicious experience.

    TOUR SNAPSHOT:

    Discover what everyday life is like for Romans in this traditional, authentic neighborhood while trying all of Rome’s typical dishes. Learn about the passion these small business owners have for their family-run market stalls, meat and cheese stores and trattorias, where they serve up mouthwatering food with incredible stories behind it. Find out what makes Testaccio unique and how its evolution over the centuries has influenced Roman culture and food today.

    STOP BY STOP:

    Start your morning the Italian way with coffee and pastries in this bustling bakery that serves as the meeting point for locals all over the neighborhood.

    Following a typical day’s schedule for Romans, we’ll make our way to the local market to speak with some of the passionate stall owners who have had their stalls for 40 years and try one of Rome’s famous pizzas as well as cheese brought in from all over Italy.

    After taking a look at the monument which has greatly influenced Testaccio’s history and food, we’ll relax with the original Roman street food panino and some wine from a multi-generational family vineyard more than 100 years old.

    Next, we will get a crash course in all things local at a traditional-style delicatessen. Sample locally-produced prosciutto and salami, marinated vegetables, and of course, learn the ins and outs of two of Italy’s most famous exports – olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

    In a nod to the traditional Italian-style lunch, we’ll try the three most famous Roman pastas at a local trattoria, paired with local red wine, while learning more about what meal times typically involve for Italians.  

    And what better way to end the day than topping all these delicious bites off with gelato? We’ll get it at a historic gelateria serving up flavors that are made in the back by scratch, every morning.

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    Meeting point Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice
    Places we'll visit Testaccio

    Away from the hustle and bustle of the historic center, Testaccio is a true Roman neighborhood, birthplace of some of the most iconic Roman dishes and home to a host of family-run food stores, restaurants and market stalls.

    Ending point Piazza Testaccio
    Great question! A Devour Rome food tour is a fun, fascinating and (most importantly!) delicious introduction to the city of Rome. Our food tours visit some of the city’s best traditional establishments including trattorias, delicatessens, local markets, pastry shops and hidden gems that few even know exist! You’ll taste some of Rome's best local food and gain fascinating insight into the Testaccio neighborhood. We keep our groups small, and every tour is led by an English-speaking guide who knows Rome like the back of their hand.
    The tour lasts approximately 3.5 hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 2.1 kilometers (1.3 miles) and there is seating at three stops.
    Don’t worry, you won’t be part of a massive crowd following a guide with a flag! We keep our groups small and intimate, so the tour can squeeze into small, hidden places and you get personal time with your guide. The maximum number of guests on this tour is usually 10 people, and we only require a minimum of two people to operate. However, until March 2022 all tours are exclusively private for you and your group.
    We want as many people to be able to enjoy our tours as possible. Scroll up the page a little to see what dietary restrictions this tour is adaptable for.
    Families love getting a true taste of Rome together on our Testaccio Neighborhood Food & Market Tour. The tastes are suited to kids and teens.
    The tour does not include transport to the meeting place, or from the ending point (ask your guide for guidance at the end of the tour if you’re not sure where you are). Also, please feel free to tip your guide if you think they did a great job! The standard gratuity in the tour industry is 10% to 15%.
    Most importantly, your appetite! Keep in mind tours take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately and bring an umbrella if it looks like rain. Also, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking a few kilometers. Finally, while we do serve water on the tour at some stops, we recommend you bring a bottle of water.
    Absolutely! In fact, until March 2022 all of our tours are private for you and your group. If your group is 8 people or less you can book this directly through our website (scroll up and click book now!). We also offer customized private experiences for larger groups. Email us your group size, the date you'd like the tour and anything else you'd like us to keep in mind, and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.

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