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Ahhh, Rome. EVERYTHING about it is delicious.
As you walk through the streets and pass restaurants, bars, gelato shops & bakeries, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with your options. And since I feel it is my heartfelt duty to help you navigate your food travels + avoid having any bad meals while on your trip, I’m giving you this advice >> Go on a food tour.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do- and be sure to eat well. The way to accomplish this is by going on a food tour (a.k.a. a moveable feast) with The Roman Guy. They will help you not only eat really well, but they'll teach you things about the food, culture and city that you didn’t even know you needed to know.
If you’ve hung around here for awhile you know how much I love Rome. I have returned time and time again and am continually surprised and enamored with this city- its beauty, history, charm and food.
I have dedicated quite a few years to tasting my way through Rome. Even so, I was thrilled when The Roman Guy invited me to join one of their walking food tours while I was in Rome recently.
Today I'm sharing a peek into the Trastevere Foodie Walking Tour offered by The Roman Guy- as well as my thoughts, experience and details on how you can book this delicious tour for yourself.
For this trip, I had based myself in charming Trastevere, a neighborhood across the Tiber rIver. On previous trips, I had enjoyed a few meals and a few strolls in Trastevere but didn’t know it well. The Roman Guy’s Trastevere Food tour was the perfect introduction for my week there.
The tour I went on was in the evening, which is great for travelers who want to eat well, but want to eat earlier than the traditional Roman dinner hours (most all of the good places don’t open for dinner until close to 8pm)
Now, I love a good meal AND a good food tour. The thing that many food tours don’t do is combine both of those things. The Roman Guy skillfully led us through the streets of Rome to tiny hidden places for tastings of various Roman foods, but then our 5th (!) stop was at a little trattoria where we sat together at a table with some wine and bruschetta and tried several traditional Roman pasta dishes.
A brilliant twist, I think. By then, after snacking and sipping our way through the city center, everyone felt very comfortable with each other and we chatted and swapped food & travel stories.
I don’t want to give away all the secrets in store for you when you take this tour, but I will tell you that even after visiting Rome many times over the past decade- I learned and tasted so much.
What we ate:
Local cheeses, salumi, street food (pizza al taglio & baccala) crostini & bruschetta, a sampling of Roman pasta dishes, hand crafted gelato & of course some lovely local wines.
I've taken plenty of food tours, but this one was particularly lovely because we ended at a restaurant, gathered around the table- sharing our love of Rome and food and wine and stories about our travels.
It was the perfect end to a delicious night.
Tips for taking a tour with The Roman Guy
Yes, I really do think it is worth a trip to Rome for JUST the food. Even if you aren’t a self proclaimed food nerd like me, treat yourself with this food tour with the Roman Guy. It will educate, entertain and fill you up- and *bonus* it is the best way to get the inside scoop on not only what to eat in Rome, but where to eat it.
Is there anything better? I don’t think so. This food tour is worth its weight in gold for the information, local tips, food & culture education you will gather and of course, the delicious food.
How to book your moveable feast with The Roman Guy
Trastevere Food Tour with Wine & Dinner (the tour I took)
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Disclosure: I was invited by the Roman Guy to join their Trastevere Food Tour and I'm so thankful they did! However, all views & opinions are my own. I love sharing helpful tips on traveling and eating well and only share things I would tell my BFF about!