Most delicious and best Rome food tours and experiences

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Eating the best pasta and pizza is, of course, an important part of any trip to Rome. After all, Italian dishes are some of the most popular around the world.

When you join a Rome food tour you’re taken on a journey of discovery of the best eateries in the Eternal City, its famous dishes and some surprises you may not have heard of.

In this article, we share the best Rome food tours and experiences in the city to add to your Rome itinerary.

Why take a food tour in Rome

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Usually in a small group of no more than 10 people,  Rome walking food tours take you around one or two of the city’s neighborhoods. You’ll stop at traditional eateries and try local specialties like suppli (fried rice balls) and cacio e pepe pasta. Along the way, your guide tells you about the history of the dishes and explains their importance to local culture. You’ll share wine, make new friends and eat a delicious meal or lots of snacks (sometimes both!).
At the end of your experience, the best food tours of Rome provide a list of restaurants to visit so you can continue your eating adventures on your own. It’s the best way to learn about the cuisine of a city and also build confidence to explore on your own. You can even find food tours that cater for dietary requirements and preferences.

Top food tours in Rome

Here is our pick of the best tours you can do in Rome that focus on food, wine and local food culture. 

Rome’s Favorite Food Tour: the 10 Tastings by WithLocals

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Get ready to taste your way around Rome with this tasty food tour that takes in the famous Campo de Fiori market and surrounds. This 3-hour food tour will have you navigating the best pizza, gelato and street snacks.

Choose your guide for Rome’s Favorite Food Tour: the 10 Tastings from the passionate city team at WithLocals. Start when you like and work with the guide to make sure the itinerary is just right for you and your companions. If there are 2 or more of you this tour costs around the same or even less than a small group tour so you’ll be able to ask all the questions you like and relax at your own pace.

Tour details:

  • Days operated: Monday – Saturday except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
  • Start time: Available between 12:00 midday and 17:00 pm 
  • Tour length: 3 hours
  • Group size: private – so up to you

Best tour for: an introduction to the best food in Rome – from pizza to suppli and the best gelato in town. 

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Twilight Testaccio Rome Food Tour by Eating Europe

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Food tour specialists Eating Europe take you on a stroll through Testaccio, the area of the city that has been known as Rome’s pantry since ancient times. This is a great tour to take if, like us, you’ve visited Rome several times and you want to discover a new area full of surprises.

On the Twilight Testaccio Rome Food Tour you’ll learn the evolution of the making of three of the most famous Roman pasta dishes starting with one process, discover an underground cellar with ancient origins and learn what the latest street food sensation trapizzino is. By the end of your tour, you’ll be plotting your return to this area to taste just one more bite of delicious cacio e pepe.

Tour details:

  • Days operated: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
  • Start time: Various times between 17:00 pm and 18:45 pm
  • Tour length: 4 hours
  • Group size: 12 or under

Best tour for: visitors returning to Rome who want to discover a new and lesser-known neighborhood with an incredible food heritage

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Rome Street Food Tour by Raphael Tours on GetYourGuide

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If munching on street food snacks is more your style of eating than sit-down meals, the Rome Street Food Tour will keep your tummy happy. This tour walks through the Pantheon, Jewish Quarter and Largo di Torre Argentina areas on a mission to keep your hunger at bay with tasty snacks.

You taste Suppli rice balls to pizza and gelato, all washed down with local wine or beer, while you take in the sights of these historic Roman neighborhoods dating back 2000 years. Choose from Jewish Quarter, Trastevere

Tour details:

  • Days operated: Every day with a break over Christmas and some public holidays
  • Start time: Jewish Quarter Tour 11:00 am and 17:15pm / Trastevere Tour – 10:30 am and 17:45pm
  • Tour length: 2.5 hours
  • Group size: 20 or under

Best tour for: people who like their food bite-sized

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Rome’s Ultimate Vegan Food Tour by WithLocals

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Italy’s food staples may not seem to lend themselves easily to eating a vegan diet but take this tour and you’ll learn that is a myth. Over 3 hours your guide will take you on a vegan-friendly tasting expedition around Rome in search of the most delicious dishes.

The Ultimate Vegan Food Tour of Rome includes 8 tastings such as dairy-free gelato, wine and even pizza. You’ll learn all about what dishes to look for on menus so you can continue your eating adventures on your own. 

Tour details:

  • Days operated: Wednesdays
  • Start time: Between 10:00 am and 15:00 pm
  • Tour length: 2 hours
  • Group size: Private tour so up to you

Best tour for: vegan visitors to Rome – this tour is one of a kind!

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Twilight Trastevere Food Tour by Eating Europe

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With street food tastings, pizza, pasta, gelato and a twilight walk through the picturesque Trastevere district, the Twilight Trastevere Food Tour gives you a great overview of Roman cuisine. You’ll learn about the tastiest local snacks and best pasta dishes as you walk through one of Rome’s favorite traditional neighborhoods.

Hosted by the fun guides from Eating Europe, this tour makes four stops starting at bustling Campo de’Fiori and crosses the Ponte Sisto into Trastevere, where some of the city’s best restaurants are found. This tour is a great way to learn about the local area as well as discover restaurants and eateries you’ll return to during your time in Rome.

Tour details:

  • Days operated: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat
  • Start time: 17:30pm
  • Tour length: 3 hours
  • Group size: 12 or under

Best tour for: discovering a pretty part of the city with fun food tastings. You can read more about this tour in our Rome food guide

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Best food experiences in Rome

Rome Food Tour with Pizza-Making, Trattoria Tastings & Gelato by Take Walks

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This experience is so much more than a food tour – Take Walk’s Rome Food tour (formerly Walks of Italy’s) their tour covers pizza-making skills as well. You’ll wander through the Jewish Quarter and taste iconic produce and dishes such as pecorino romano sheep’s milk cheese, cured meats and specialty baked goods. 

At your pizza stop it’s time to get hands-on with the dough as you learn pizza-making techniques that have been passed down over centuries. Eat your creation straight from the oven as Romans intended. You’ll make a final stop for gelato and a recap of the history and traditions of Rome’s food culture.

Experience details:

  • Days operated: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat
  • Start time: 16:45 pm
  • Tour length: 3.5 hours
  • Group size: 12 or less

Best experience for: a combination of tasting and cooking

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Catacombs and Gianicolo food tour by EatWith

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Explore 2,000-year-old catacombs on Giancolo hill with your local guide Debora before returning to her home close by for an ancient Roman feast prepared by her family. The Catacombs tour and ancient Roman feast is a truly unique half-day experience that we had the pleasure of trying on our last trip to Rome. 

On this tour you go underground below a beautiful church dedicated to a special saint to view ancient burial grounds. You’ll learn some of the incredible secrets of Rome including something very special about Debora’s home. As you feast on your Roman meal, prepared according to ancient recipes, you’ll also have the opportunity to dress up as a gladiator or Roman aristocrat. So. much. fun.

Experience details:

  • Days operated: Mon, Fri
  • Start time: 09:30 am 
  • Tour length: 4 hours
  • Group size: 10 or under

Best experience for: history and food buffs wanting an unusual experience in Rome

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Rome Pasta-Making Class

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Enjoy an amazing time in the charming Trastevere neighborhood, with Take Walk’s Cook, Dine & Drink Wine With A Local Chef experience.

Start off with a glass of prosecco and a couple of small Roman bites, the cooking class will teach you hands-on how to make incredible pasta which you can then re-create at home.  Concludes with getting to eat your delicious dinner and enjoying some wine and gelato.

Experience details:

  • Days operated: Daily from mid-March (various weekdays in lower seasons)
  • Start time:  16:15pm, 9.30 am (from mid-April)
  • Tour length: 3 hours
  • Group size: 12 or under

Best experience for: a combination of cooking and tasting – enjoying the essence of Rome

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Rome Food Tour by Night

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If you’re interested in foodie districts and the city’s most-loved establishments, join this 4-Hour Food Tour by Night.

With over 20 tastings, you get to try some of the best foods, wines, and local products that Rome has to offer. Highlights include tasting a 25-year-aged balsamic vinegar and the world’s most expensive ham and getting to meet the people and families behind the food.

Experience details:

  • Days operated: Every day
  • Start time: 15:30 pm, 16:30 pm, 17:30 pm, 18:30 pm
  • Tour length: 4 hours

Best experience for: foodies keen to try the best products

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Local Food Experiences with EatWith

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Immerse yourself in the Roman food scene and culture with an EatWith experience.  When you join one of these experiences you can get to taste things you may not find in a restaurant, as well as enjoying unique activities such as a Roman dinner party in a stylish apartment, a traditional Roman family feast, street food tasting tours to secret spots, learning to cook a variety of local dishes and dining on terraces with spectacular views. These are the kinds of experiences that you will remember for a lifetime. 

Best experience for: those looking for personal, hyper-local experiences and home-cooked food

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Food tours and activities for families in Rome

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Children love eating and learning about food and there’s no better way to get them acquainted with the local culture than let them taste their way around the cuisine. These days, tour companies have created special tours and experiences just for families that kids will love. Here are some favorites:

  • Illuminated Rome Tour for Kids with Gelato and Pizza [GetYourGuide] – with engaging activities, this fun tour is perfect for all the family. You get to learn Roman History in a fun way, taste some delicious gelato and pizza and experience a Roman sunset >> click here for details
  • Pizza and gelato making class [Cookly] – learn to make Italian staples pizza and gelato. This is a fun class for children to learn about Italian food close to Piazza Navona >> click here for details

Some tour companies like Devour Tours are happy for kids to join a standard tour. Prices are cheaper than adults for kids aged 5 to 12 and free for kids 4 and under. Our kids held their own on their Rome street food tour and loved every minute.

Recommended Rome food tour companies

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Photo: Jax Hanna

Didn’t find quite what you were looking for in the list above? We have tried and tested tours and experiences by all these companies and recommend them wholeheartedly for their professionalism, customer service and of course, the deliciousness of their food tours.

  • Eating Europe (Eating Italy) – are food tour specialists and experts at finding the best examples of local dishes and knowledgeable foodie guides. The company started in Rome over 10 years ago so it is fair to say they know a bit about the local food culture >> browse all tours
  • WithLocals – offer unique private guided experiences at very reasonable prices – sometimes less than small group tours. Choose your guide and customize set itineraries based on your interests and enjoy the expertise of passionate locals ready to share their city with you >> browse Rome food tours
  • Take Walks (Walks of Italy) – design wonderful tours and have a longstanding reputation for excellent service, groups under 20 people and guaranteed departures. So if you are the only person booked on a tour it will still go ahead. Cancelations and changes can be made up to 72 hours before departure >> browse all tours
  • Liv Tours – are a Rome-based family-run company specializing in very small and private tours and experiences across Italy. If you click on this link or use code ‘UntoldItaly’ on their website and make a booking, a 5% discount is applied at checkout

Top tips and FAQ about food tours in Rome

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When should we take our food tour?

We recommend joining a Rome foodie tour early in your stay. You don’t need to research where to eat, as the best food tours will give you a list of establishments your guide will let you know the perfect spot to dine depending on your tastes and preferences. After your tour, you’ll know how to order a dish or two. You’ll have all the knowledge and confidence you need to explore on your own. No bad gelato for you!

Are there any markets we can visit on a tour?

Yes! Campo de Fiori and Testaccio markets are often included in food tours in Rome itineraries. If you’re interested in visiting markets then choose a tour during the day as the markets usually close before 5 pm

Do tour companies cater for food allergies and intolerances?

Yes, food tour companies generally cater well for allergies and intolerances. Gluten intolerance is increasing among Italians so you will find they can cater for that easily. If you are vegan you may like to look for a specific tour like this one that will cater to your specific needs.

Make sure you mention your dietary requirements when booking your tour.

How much will a food tour cost in Rome?

Expect to pay between €60 and €90 for 2.5 to 4 hours – this is excellent value considering you’ll get a guided tour and all the amazing food plus tips on where to eat next

How much food will I eat on the tour?

Lots! Eat light before your tour as you will be generously fed as we have been on all the food tours we’ve tried

I don’t drink alcohol – is a food tour still worth it?

Yes, it is. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on all that yummy food. If you don’t drink alcohol you will likely be offered mineral water as an alternative. Sodas and soft drinks are generally more expensive than good table wine so are not usually offered as inclusions in tours. Let the tour company know when you book that this is your preference

More fun times in Rome

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Taking a food tour in Rome is a must-do activity for your trip to the Eternal City. Food plays such a big part in the city’s culture that if you skip these activities you’ll miss out on understanding what makes Rome tick. We hope you found the perfect food tour for your trip in our list of tried and tested favorites.

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