Equal parts 19th century elegance and urban decay, the intriguing Esquiline district is a multicultural hub located near Rome’s Termini Station and a short distance from the Forum and Colosseum. Its main square (Piazza Vittorio), eclectic market, and transport connections make it a natural destination for Rome dwellers of all sorts. During this walking tour we’ll delve into Rome’s intriguing international cuisine, old Roman favorites, as well as the new Mercato Centrale, which is hoping to revitalize an underused stretch of Termini. Piazza Vittorio, trimmed with porticoed buildings, is a jumping off point to discover the legendary maritozzi con panna at Pasticceria Regoli, while the bustling halls of the Nuovo Mercato Esquilino represent a dazzling pastiche of colors, smells, and languages—making it the best place in the center to see multicultural Rome at work. Artichokes and okra rub elbows here, making it a go-to market if your’e on the hunt for exotic ingredients. Meanwhile, with its long list of purveyors—here you’ll find Bonci pizza and trapizzini, as well as fresh pasta and truffles—the Mercato Centrale will give us a chance to explore a myriad of themes depending on your interests. Overall, the Esquilino is the perfect area to get an unexpected overview of what Rome is today. Watch my videos exploring the Esquilino and Pasticceria Regoli for a sneak preview.