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6 Reasons to Take a Food Tour in Rome

Rome is full of so many fabulous treasures.  Home to the world-famous Roman Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Vatican, you will find fascinating sites around every corner of this iconic city

Another of the many treasures of Rome has some of the top traditional Italian food that you can find, making a food tour in Rome a perfect addition to your Rome itinerary!

The best food tours in Rome take you beyond the bad tourist restaurants. 

A Roman food tour takes you outside of just pizza and pasta and introduces you to the Italian food in Rome and maybe even a wine tour during your guided walking tour. 

Rome food tours allow you to eat like a local in Rome, tasting some incredible Italian food, making your experience so much better! 

So, keep reading to see why food tours in Rome can introduce you to some of the finest food venues in the Eternal City.

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    How to Choose a Roman Food Tour

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    As you have probably already discovered, there are many options when choosing one of the food tours in Rome.  There are so many food tours in Rome that it can be overwhelming.

    I say to look for one of the food tours in Rome that meet your specific needs. 

    By that, is there a specific reason you are doing your Roman food tour?  For example, do you want to know a specific neighborhood better?  Do you want to try a specific type of food, like street food or food venues? Are you interested in wine tastings?

    If so, you would probably enjoy a Roman food tour that focuses on that neighborhood, like this tour that focuses on the Trastevere neighborhood, this tour outlining the Monti neighborhood, or the neighborhood around the Trevi Fountain, all of which focuses on native Italian cuisine.

    We chose to take a walking tour with Secret Food Tours for our Rome food tour. 

    We loved our time with Secret Food Tours in Dublin, so we knew we would have a great experience with them in the Eternal City, and we were right!

    We have found Secret Food Tours to be some of the best food tours anywhere and are one of the best food tours in Rome!

    Whatever you desire, you can find Roman food tours that match it; do your research before deciding, especially if you are looking for an evening food tour or private tours.

    Next time we visit, I will do a wine tour because I love wine tasting while I explore Rome!

    Reasons to Take a Roman Food Tour

    Take Food Tours in Rome to Learn Local History

    Now, don’t let them scare you off; this isn’t going to be a boring history book type of history.  NO!  This is cool, food and culture-related history.

    We met our guide before the famous Pantheon to start our walking tour.

    Not only did we learn some fabulous facts about the Pantheon, but we also learned about the Piazza, some of the ancient ruins, the Trevi Fountain, and surrounding neighborhoods. 

    Don’t worry, though, your guide knows that you are there for a food tour, so they keep the historical facts to a minimum and instead truly focus on the Italian cuisine.

    The best food tours in Rome give you the opportunity to see the town through an entirely different lens while providing you with several delicious tastings.

    These tours are available throughout Rome and the Vatican City.

    Discover Off the Beaten Path Restaurants During Rome Food Tours

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    It is no secret that restaurants in the Eternal City are a dime a dozen. 

    Don’t fall victim to the ones that focus strictly on tourists. They are truly just tourist traps. 

    To get true Italian cuisine, you must venture off the beaten path and eat where the locals eat, tasting authentic Roman dishes. 

    One of our favorite ways to discover these local food venues is by asking the locals. 

    This is exactly what we were introduced to on our food tour. 

    We were led off the beaten path and into local butcher shops, street food, bakeries, gelato shops, true Italian trattorias, and some of the best pizza ever!

    We ventured down little side streets that I didn’t even know existed and wound our way through cobblestone lanes only to be introduced to some of the best food in Italy we had ever tasted.

    Discovering off-the-beaten-path restaurants with a local is one of our favorite things about taking food tours.

    Tasting Local Food is a Highlight of Food Tours

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    Our Rome food tour allowed us to visit places we normally wouldn’t. 

    During our Roman food tour, we visited local restaurants and tried local foods, street food, and wine. This was truly some of the finest food we have ever tasted.

    Marty and I upgraded our tour with Secret Food Tours to get the drink package. 

    I recommend doing this or at least looking for the option when you are looking at food tours. 

    This allowed us to enjoy delicious tastings of alcohol, including wine tasting and coffee beverages at the stops along with the food.  Several friends we made on our tour wished they had upgraded, too!

    During our Roman food tour, we tried so many amazing foods.  We visited Roscolio (which I probably never would have found on my own), where we had the most amazing arancini. 

    Don’t know what arancini is?  I didn’t either until this tour.  Arancini is a rice ball with cheese and meat deep-fried to perfection. 

    Trust me when I tell you they are delicious. 

     Get Tips From a Local Guide

    As I said in the history section, having a local guide is incredible. 

    We were taken along the back streets and alleys as we ventured from destination to destination, all while hearing about the culture and history of the area we were visiting.

    Our guide apparently knew the businesses we were visiting and the community. 

    This was especially true when we visited the market and the butcher had prepared our cured meats.

    Several times he was greeted on the street while giving our tour.  We enjoyed hearing his take on Rome’s food and drink scene as we ate through the city!

    While exploring food tours, be sure they provide you with a local guide knowledgeable about Roman cuisine.

    Pro Tip: Include that information in your booking if you have any food allergies. The guide will be sure that you, the restaurants, are aware of all food allergies.

    Make New Friends

    Nothing brings people together like delicious food and great Roman cuisine! 

    We had so much fun making new and interesting friends on our Roman food tour. 

    On our tour, we met people from all over the United States, a lady from Scotland and one from Japan. 

    Really, bonding while enjoying delicious tastings is such a great experience.  We still have friends that we talk to from our Galveston food tour and our Dallas food tour!

    Food tours are truly an awesome way to make new friends.

    Try Some New Drinks

    We were glad we purchased the drink upgrade for our Roman food tour! This upgrade allowed us to see even more of Rome’s food culture.

    As our fellow participants were drinking water (unless they paid for it), Marty and I sipped Aperol Spritz, delicious lattes, ice-cold Italian beer, wonderful Italian wine, and Limoncello.  These perfectly accompanied our delicious tastings, especially the cured meat and street food!

    If you haven’t tried limoncello or Aperol Spritz, you need to! 

    We first experienced limoncello while in Capri, and we loved it!

    We were introduced to Aperol Spritz during the hot summer months in Venice and have drunk them in Italy ever since.  I wouldn’t have survived the summer heat in Cinque Terre or Florence without my Aperol Spritz!

    Adding the drinks truly made this the best food tour ever! Especially when you combine it with a great wine tasting or two!

    Final Thoughts on Food Tours in Rome

    We loved our Roman food tour in the Eternal City with Secret Food Tours.  They gave us the best food tour and let us taste some delicious local foods, making this one of the great cultural tours.

    This tour allowed us to kick back, relax, do a wine tasting, eat amazing food, and meet some awesome people.  If you do anything while in Rome, take a Roman food tour!

    This is the perfect activity whether you are looking for a family food tour or a tour as a single person!

    Now I’m looking for that wine tour with all the possible wine tasting since I have uncovered Rome’s favorite food tour!

    Happy Travels, Friends!!! 

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    Book Your Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks

    Book Your Flight:

    We love using CheapOAir, Kayak, and Kiwi to search for the best flight prices. We love using these search engines because they search the web for airlines worldwide to ensure you get the best deal! In addition to flights, you can also find great hotel prices on Kayak and Kiwi.

    Book Your Vacation Package:

    If you want to book an entire vacation package, we suggest using Expedia. We love how easy Expedia is to use, and we always find good deals on entire vacation packages on their site.

    Another great site for vacation packages is BookVIP. BookVIP offers super cheap vacation packages to incredible destinations. You are sure to save money using their site!

    For full guided vacations, including hotels, some meals, transportation, and guides, then we book with Trafalgar. Trafalgar is a trusted tour company that will meet all your needs while ensuring a great experience.

    Trip.com allows you to book flights, hotels, train tickets, rental cars, airport transfers, tours, and more all on one site. Owned by the parent company that also owns Skyscanner, this is a trusted resource for travel booking and a great “one-stop shop.”

    Book Your Accommodations:

    We always begin our search by checking out honest reviews on TripAdvisor hotels. This allows us to narrow our search for specific properties once we are ready to book. Of course, you can also book directly on the TripAdvisor site!

    There are several accommodation sites that we like to use. One of our favorites is Booking.com because it offers a wide variety of hotels and guesthouses at a good price.

    Another “go-to” hotel booking site for us is Hotels.com. We love their loyalty program that allows you to earn free nights, and their “secret prices” for members are fabulous deals!

    HotelsCombined is another cool site. They allow you to compare all the top travel sites with one search to ensure you find the best deal out there. Kayak works in this way as well.

    If you want a luxurious all-inclusive vacation, consider checking out the Sandals/Beaches properties. Sandals properties are for couples only and Beaches are for families. We have visited Sandals in the past and absolutely love the attention to detail and the service they provide.

    Tour Companies We Trust:

    We love taking guided tours when visiting new places. Our go-to tour companies are Viator.com and Get Your Guide. Both of these companies have been in business for years and provide excellent customer service. You can trust booking tours from their sites for sure!

    For a guided city tour, check out City Sightseeing and BigBus Tours. These bus tours are so much fun and easy to hop on and hop off at top attractions in cities around the world.

    CityPass is a great way to save money when visiting large cities. CityPass allows you to get free admission to major attractions once you buy their pass. The savings add up quickly with this pass, often saving 50% with combined admissions.

    Another great pass to save money in larger cities is the Sightseeing Pass. This pass allows you to save valuable time and money by combining admissions to major attractions. They also have a handy app that keeps everything you need at your fingertips.

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      About the Author

      Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures. Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through creative content creation and her informative writing style on her blogs, That Texas Couple and Totally Texas Travel and accompanying social media accounts.  She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.

      Portia Jones

      Wednesday 24th of June 2020

      I always love your articles guys, such a great post on Rome. Will save for my next trip over. xx

      Susan

      Sunday 21st of June 2020

      Ok, so all of this looks so delicious!! Thanks for the tip on the drink upgrade. I would have serious FOMO if I didn't do that :) Will keep this tour in mind for someday when I return to Rome!

      thattexascouple

      Wednesday 24th of June 2020

      Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it!

      Lauriane

      Sunday 21st of June 2020

      Great post - we can almost smell the cheese and visualise the ice-cream :). It is an amazing idea to really enjoy tasty Italian food outside the tourist trap shops and restaurant. What a fun activity to visit the city. Thank you for sharing :).

      thattexascouple

      Wednesday 24th of June 2020

      It really is a lot of fun. Of course, we enjoyed the food, but we also love meeting the other people on our tour!

      Anja

      Sunday 21st of June 2020

      Love this! Always wary to take a food tour because I fear they are "touristy" but if you get a true food lover they will probably be amazing! Especially Rome can be one big tourist trap so I like to eat away from major monuments, and often stay a bit further away cos its cheaper! I like the San Lorenzo neighbourhood behind Termini for this, even though its becoming a bit hip now, or Re di Roma. But I haven't been to Rome in three years, maybe it changed. The food in Italy generally is really high in standard - also can ask locals for recommendations or take a random bus to the suburbs and get off where you like the look of the restaurants :-)

      thattexascouple

      Sunday 21st of June 2020

      We agree with you 100%. We love Rome also but are careful to not eat or stay in the tourist areas. We actually stayed in san Lorenzo on our last visit and loved it!!!

      Arielle Kurtze

      Sunday 21st of June 2020

      I love food + I love Rome = perfect day! What a great idea, to take a food tour. This is definitely on our bucket list!

      thattexascouple

      Sunday 21st of June 2020

      We really enjoyed this tour. It allowed us to go to less touristy, more local places. We really recommend it.