Testaccio Market

A privately guided food tour of Rome’s Testaccio market and neighborhood.

In the shadow of the Mattatoio, Rome’s ex-slaughterhouse–which now houses contemporary art exhibitions–food lovers are guided through the heart of working class and food-centric Testaccio by local food experts who focus on showcasing only small, family-run food artisans, and who love creating friendly connections between travelers and locals.

This walking food adventure offers the chance to experience the Nuovo Mercato di Testaccio, one of the city’s most versatile neighborhood markets, sitting above the well-preserved remains of a market warehouse dating back to the 1st century.

Relatively untouched by mass tourism, visiting the Testaccio farmer’s market, and surrounding specialty shops, offers cultural insight into the local food scene.

We encourage talking to the friendly and trusted vendors; and experience the local cucina romana by observing (and tasting!) the work and products of local fishmongers, butchers, farm-to-market organic produce sellers, street food kiosk owners, cured meat and cheese vendors, bakers and pasta makers.

Between tastings and photos, we discuss the meaning of eating seasonally and how local recipes and cucina povera are crucially connected to market-fresh produce and traditions.

Highlights

What you'll be tasting

  • Tasty samples as we move through Testaccio may include local Pecorino cheese and prosciutto di Norcia, pizza alla pala, espresso coffee, pastries, beer, a steaming plate of freshly cooked pasta, natural wine and street food.
  • For the brave there’s tripe and other offal stuffed in ciabatta sandwiches, plus much more. 

Practical Info

Key Points to Consider

  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Bring a small reusable shopping bag to pick up treats at food stops. 
  • Tours operate in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • In summer we suggest wearing a hat and sunscreen, and carrying a small reusable water bottle. 
  • Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Duration

Tour Length

The length of the tour is 3 hours.

Start time is flexible, suggested start time for this tour is 10:00 am

FAQs

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We enjoyed a wonderful tour of Rome. We visited a neighborhood food market and several local food merchants, including a bakery, a pizza place, and a cheese store. Our guide was very knowledgeable about food, history, and traditions. Highly recommended!

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