Eating Testaccio – Market Tour & Tasting


Testaccio is one of the ancient and most charming districts of Rome. In modern times, it has become the place in Rome to try real Roman food. Our food tour will take you to discover the food and architecture of this charming neighbourhood – one of Rome's least-known yet most-typical districts.

Testaccio has a distinctive Roman spirit which hasn’t been affected by the gentrification of the city. In fact, Testaccio is the perfect example of how the Romans combine old and new to create something modern and exciting. We’ll take you to taste the classic Roman dishes but also to some of the great new interpretations of these classics like a bolito sandwich in the market or a pizza bianca sandwich pocket filled with with stewed chicken.

The local market in Testaccio is one of Rome’s best: lively and characterful. Depending on the season the market is awash with green artichokes, piles of chicoria, or crates of Roman zucchini with their beautiful flowers ready to be fried. It’s a great place for people to watch and taste: pizza, arancini from Sicily, or a bruschetta crammed with fresh tomatoes, olive oil and basil.

Discover all these treats and the history of this vibrant Roman neighborhood in the company a local guide with our Testaccio Food Tour.


What's Included

Includes English speaking guide, food, wine tastings and a sit down lunch

This tour does not normally run on Sundays and Italian public holidays, since some of the eateries are closed.

Start Time: 10:30 AM (morning only because market closes in the afternoon)


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  1. Serenity

    Thursday 6th June, 2019
    Group of 5 with wide-ranging interest in food from "should have been a chef" to "I'm hungry", on a wonderful evening with Sara who took us from mozzarella to prosciutto to cheese to cod to artichoke to suppli to pasta to coffee to gelato... Sara was knowledgeable and friendly, the walking route was just right to work up an appetite, and the food was amazing. We would definitely sign up for more tours - and maybe the cooking class next!

  2. Don

    Friday 7th September, 2018
    The Testaccio food tour was one of the best experiences my family had in Rome. Our guide Sara took us first to the Testaccio Market, where they still have the ancient roman market visible underneath, where we went around trying all the Roman classics - pizza, suppli (fried rice balls with meat sauce), different meats and cheeses and wine! Being a massive history buff, I mainly came to Rome for the ancient stuff. But Sara managed to accommodate me by showing us the Pyramid of Cestius and Mount Testaccio (a manmade mountain made from broken roman pottery!) during the tour. In fact this amazing restaurant we ate at, Flavio al Velavevodetto, was dug into this mountain! We all loved this experience and would recommend it to anyone visiting Italy.