Testaccio Food Tour

Discover the taste of Rome! Carbonara, amatriciana, supplì: explore Testaccio market with us and try the most delicious Roman products and wines.


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What’s included

Supplì, Carbonara and many other typical Roman products (see description below)

1 glass of beer and 3 glasses of wine!

Try some Roman pasta in a traditional local restaurant!

Fluent English Speaking guides

Tour of Testaccio Market & walk through the neightborhood



This is a tour for foodies. Forget about randomly arranged tastings of Italian dishes: during our Testaccio food tour we will take you to a traditional Italian market, to one of the best restaurants in the neighborhood and to a delicious local cafeteria-bakery.

Duration: about 2.5 hours

We will show you the vegetables and meat stands, talk to the sellers who have worked in the market for many years and, of course, let you try some of the most traditional dishes, products and wines.

Your private tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and, after a free cab ride to Testaccio, you will start the tour of the market.

The Testaccio market is an authentic Italian market dating back to the 1920s, and many of the stands have belonged to the same families since the market opened. Others are much newer: the market has evolved over the decades and it’s now also a meeting place, where you can see all kinds of people gathering to enjoy fresh pasta, sandwiches, vegan products and smoothies.

You’ll discover how Italians approach local food, whether it’s for a sit-down lunch or a snack on the go. Your private food tour will start at FoodBox, the stand of the chef Marco Morello. Here, you will discover Italian culinary traditions and taste some delicious appetizers popular in Rome, which will be cooked right in front of you.

You’ll try the famous Roman supplì (a deep fried ball of rice with tomato or cacio e pepe sauce), and a traditional zucchini flower. A glass of Italian beer will accompany the first tasting.

Rome is also famous for its seafood, so we will visit the stand of a traditional Roman “pescheria” (fish shop), where you’ll try a real Italian “cuoppo” – a paper cone piled high with delicious seafood, freshly fried right before you. A glass of white wine will be the perfect match for this delicious entrée.

The third food stop will be at the Prosciutteria di Enzo e Lina, a couple of salumieri who have owned their shop for decades. We will offer you a plate with mortadella, prosciutto di Parma and buffalo mozzarella, along with some “pizza bianca” and a glass of prosecco.

Afterwards you’ll leave the market and take a walk around the Testaccio hill, also known as Monte dei Cocci (the “pottery-shards hill”). This is one of the most interesting sights in Rome: it’s a mountain made almost exclusively of ancient Roman pottery vases, gathered here after they were unloaded from the ships that arrived at the port of Rome from all over the Mediterranean. It’s a fascinating and unique site, and it’s still part of the neighborhood’s daily life. Many houses, bars and shops are nestled along the slopes of the hill, including the famous restaurant where we will take you: Flavio al Velavevodetto.

Flavio is an old-school Roman restaurant: the perfect place to try two of the best local dishes: you can choose between Amatriciana, Carbonara and Cacio e Pepe.

What are the ingredients of a real Carbonara? What kind of meat are you supposed to use when you make it? How can you create the delicious Cacio e Pepe sauce? Ask your guide or the restaurant staff and make the most of your private food tour!

At lunch you’ll also try a red wine from Lazio, the region of Rome, which pairs best with these kinds of pasta. No Italian lunch can end without an espresso: we will take you to Barberini, a local cafeteria and pastry shop, where we’ll offer you a small pastry as a perfect ending to your private food tour.

Is the Alfredo sauce really Italian? Why can’t you find pasta with chicken in Rome’s restaurants? Do Italians ever drink cappuccino after lunch? All your questions about the Italian food culture will be answered, and you’ll be left with unforgettable (and delicious!) memories of your Roman holiday.

Sights Included

Testaccio Market & Neighborhood
Tour of a traditional Italian Market
Tour of Testaccio Neighborhood
Traditional Roman & Italian Food
Supplì, Parma ham, buffalo mozzarella, Mortadella
Carbonara, Amatriciana or Cacio e Pepe, Calamari
Delicious beers and wine
Italian beer, Prosecco
Local white and red wines
Desserts & Coffee
Pastry from a local patisserie
An authentic Italian Espresso

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300 € up to 2 people, 50 € per each additional adult.
Kids under 18 pay only 25 € each.
Pick up, food, wine, transportation by cab included*.

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*Pick up and transportation are included only if you’re staying within the pick up area. If your hotel is not in the pick up area, we will find the best solution to accommodate your needs.  Click here to see the free pick up area 

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