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Food Tours of Rome

Daniela del Balzo in the Testaccio Market.

Rome’s food tour offerings have grown exponentially in the past year or two. A slew of the city’s culinary scholars, journalists, food lovers, and bloggers offer private tours and/or itineraries for small and large mixed groups through the Rome’s culinary landmarks. Taking a food tour is certainly a great way to learn more about Roman culture through the eyes of a resident expert. Here’s a round-up of some tours you might run into on your next trip to Testaccio or Roscioli (please add the ones I’ve missed to the comments section):

Context Travel: Food writers, chefs and culinary educators (including Eleonora Baldwin, Gina Tringali, Maureen Fant, Brette Jackson) lead vistors through the city’s markets and backstreets, linking sensorial encounters with contextual information on the evolution of Rome’s eternal fixation with culinary delights. Website.

Daniela Del Balzo: Daniela del Balzo is a brilliant cook and natural teacher. She meets her guests in Testaccio to shop for ingredients then takes the short stroll to her house where a meal is prepared and enjoyed at her table. Website.

Flavor of Italy: Wendy Holloway offers eno-gastronomic tours of Rome and its environs and teaches hands-on Italian cooking courses in her stunning home, which is also a B&B. Website.

Gina Tringali: Food journalist and Italy expert Gina Tringali leads market tours in the Esquilino, Testaccio and Monteverde districts and offers a wide range of customized culinary itineraries in Rome. Join her for a market stroll, a trip to a coffee roaster, a visit to historic gelato shops, or a meal paired with wines. Website.

Eating Italy Food Tours: Philadelphia native Kenny Dunn offers huge group tours of Testaccio. There are 7-8 tastings. Website.

Italy Hotline: Artist Sienna Reid’s company offers culinary itineraries of Rome’s historical center and countryside led by food professionals and sommeliers (including Sarah May Grunwald). Website.

Maureen Fant: Spend a day in the life of Rome’s leading food scholar and join Maureen Fant for a tour of the Testaccio neighborhood, followed by a cooking lesson in her home. You will visit Volpetti, a historic gourmet food shop, as well as the Testaccio market, then head to Maureen’s apartment near the Colosseum to transform your purchases into a classic Roman meal. Website.

Parla Food: Excuse the personal horn tooting! I have been offering private cultural and historical tours of Rome and southern Italy for 8 years. Join me for a beer or wine tasting, culinary tour, curated lunch, or market visit. Website.

Tavole Romane: Rome’s leading anonymous bilingual bloggers inaugurated their food tour company yesterday. They will be offering itineraries in Testaccio, Monti, Monteverde, Esquilino, and Trastevere. Website.

Vino Roma: Rome’s premier wine tasting school also offers tours of Rome’s gourmet food shops and markets. Itineraries vary from day to day, and they are even available Sundays. Proprietor Hande Leimer is a consummate host and charismatic culinary guide. Website.

2017-02-17T15:24:13+00:00 November 11th, 2011|Categories: Culture, Gastronomic Traditions, Rome & Lazio, Travel|5 Comments


  1. @passerotto November 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Grazie for the shout-out!!
    A giovedì…

  2. Melissa Eiseman November 27, 2011 at 2:40 am - Reply

    We are looking for a food tour late on New Years Eve 12/31/11 or for New Years Eve.

    Please let us know if you are aware of any such event.


    Melissa and Phil Eiseman

  3. Elizabeth Minchilli January 13, 2012 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Mmm….did you forget me?

  4. Sarah May Grunwald March 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    <thank Katie! Our link is now at http://www.antiquatours.com

  5. Kyle O'Ren June 20, 2016 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    I had no idea a food tour was an option! My wife and I love to eat and last time we visited Rome we were somewhat disappointed with our food choices. Next time we will be taking a private food tour for sure.

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