Rome for Foodies Private Tour

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In this three-hour Rome food tour, accompanied by a food writer, chef or culinary educator, we will explore some of the city's delicious specialties, with an emphasis on its revered street food culture. Rome shines brightly as one of Europe's top food destinations, with a gastronomic culture that can be traced back to ancient Roman times, and we’ll look at how this history, and more recent outside influences, make for a unique, stimulating, and diverse eating experience. During the tour, we will walk through the historic city center or Trastevere on the hunt for the best coffee, chocolate, pizza, and gelato.

Our time together will begin near the Jewish Ghetto, where we can sample some of Rome's legendary fried snacks, and possibly carciofi (artichokes). Though the route of our tour will vary depending on the season and our interests, we will hit several different local shops that illustrate the rich food culture of Rome. Whether it be pizza, coffee, gelato, or biscotti, all of our samplings will teach us a bit more about the tapestry of foodstuffs that are integral to the cultural attitudes and history of the city. Our tour will most certainly include an experience with a coffee (or cappuccino) at a local coffee bar, where we’ll learn about the history of coffee culture and the fierce rivalries that exist today between different coffee shops.

Of course, our tour will not be complete without a slice of pizza. We’ll taste thin-crusted Roman-style pizza and discuss characteristic varieties, especially the renowned pizza bianca. Finally, we’ll wrap up our tour at a family-run, artisanal gelateria, where the gelato is made by hand using the freshest ingredients sourced from all over Italy. By the end of our walk, we’ll come away with an appreciation for and understanding of the rich culinary tradition that still exists in the center of Rome. Using the lessons learned with our gastronomic expert, we’ll comfortably be able to navigate Rome's cafes and food shops like a native.

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