Testaccio Food Market Tour

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Testaccio Food Market With Your Private Guide

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 and Drink To Sample

We’ll start with the basics, cured meats like prosciutto and coppiettefresh 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 meatballspollo 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.

We highly recommend the Tours by Luxe experience! During our week in Rome in July, Amy and her fabulous assistants Irenes P and V put together two wonderful tours for us. Our first was a tour of the Vatican Museum accompanied by our guide Jessica, the second to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Forum with Letizia. Both guides were knowledgeable, entertaining and fun. We all got a lot out of the tours - it’s so much better than wandering around by yourselves. Discovering secret messages in famous art works or having centuries old graffiti pointed out is just thrilling. It’s also fabulous bypassing the queues and having air-conditioned transfers to and from the sites. We highly recommend the Tours by Luxe experience.

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