Testaccio Food Market Tour

Testaccio Food Market Tour

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If you want an authentic Roman food experience, make sure you don’t miss out on our Testaccio market food tour with your private guide & local food expert

You will sample dishes synonymous with Rome alongside some modern favorites, meanwhile exploring the Testaccio neighborhood and market with your guide will bring you in contact with a community that has managed to save itself from the influence of mass tourism which has characterized much of the center.

What Is Included In Our Testaccio Food Market Tour?

  • Your English speaking, local guide for the evening
  • An introduction to the cultural background and significance of the market
  • Visiting stalls and meeting the vendors
  • A wide selection of food to sample – from traditional classics to modern favorites
  • Wine tasting – sampling produce from the nearby countryside

Testaccio Food Market Tour Description

Located in what was once the heart of working-class Rome, Testaccio, the food market has been a favorite with local Romans for many years. Once the home of factory workers from the nearby slaughterhouse, it has slowly become a trendy bubble, a self-contained little city within a city. Sitting in Piazza Testaccio you can still experience real Italian piazza, people of all ages congregating and chatting as a sort of extension of their living rooms. 

You will be greeted by Luxe’s food expert, Marta, who will start your culinary journey through what is the history of Italian cuisine.

Eat Like A Local – Getting To Know Testaccio

Testaccio’s history and factory origins blend beautifully with modern reinterpretations of classic Roman dishes. In our tour, we’ll be experiencing both tradition and innovation, meeting the representatives of both.

This is one of the things we love about the market and this area, you’ll be able to chat with vendors who have had stalls for decades as well as chatting to the new generation of vendors and how the two compare. Like a big family, they’ll welcome us and our curiosity with warmth like only Romans know how to do.

Find Your Flavor! A Selection Of Food & Drink To Sample

We’ll start with the basics, cured meats like prosciutto and coppiette, fresh mozzarella, and Alpine cheeses. Passing by the bakeries where you’ll taste the number one child’s snack: pizza bianca, drizzled with fresh olive oil out of the oven. 

We’ll also explore Casa Manco’s creativity through their numerous, unusual pizzas which are the work of months and months of experimentation and taste studies, and here we won’t find staples but new entries which change every day! 

We’ll stop by Mordi e Vai, where a local butcher has begun turning his ready-to-eat dishes into sandwiches. We’ll bite into sandwiches filled with meatballs, pollo alla cacciatora, and picchiapò

We’ll taste wines from the surrounding countryside from an ex-newspaper seller who jumped on the chance to change his life and pursue his passion for wine!

More Than Just A Food Market Tour

While we eat our way through the market we will also have the chance to observe and discuss how Romans shop in the fresh produce markets. We’ll talk about seasonality, sustainability, and how this affects the chains of supply across the nation. We’ll talk about how organic affects production and what that actually means in a country like Italy. 

By the end of this tour, you will not only have a ‘panza piena’ a full stomach, but you will have learned about what it’s like to live, shop & eat like a true Roman.

Where Does This Testaccio Food Tour Start?

Our Testaccio Food Tour meeting point is in front of the ‘Mattatoio’, Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4. Once you confirm your tour, your guide will be in touch to provide any further directions as well as offer additional transport and transfers if required.

Testaccio Food Tour Starting Point

In front of the 'Mattatoio'

Meet Your Private Guide To Testaccio


Marta will be your licensed food tour guide in Rome. An Italian foodie, Marta is the perfect local food expert to lead the way!

“Head out for an “evening in Roma” to try true Roman street food while walking through the alleyways of a typical Roman neighborhood”

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