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.
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.