Experience Rome like an insider with people who call it home.
Whether you are visiting Rome for the first time or have lived there for years, The Tour Guy’s 3-hour walking food tour in and around the Trastevere district is just for you. Trastevere is a trendy area of Rome and the perfect place to take a local food tour led by a Rome foodie insider.
Connecting deeply with a place, its people and local culture are what makes a holiday memorable. Taking a local food tour is where you get to meet and learn more about the chefs and hear the stories behind the food establishments, buildings and neighbourhoods.
Visiting the major Rome attractions is a must but experiencing the local life of Rome is just as important. Feel like a local as you wander down the cobbled streets of Rome’s best foodie neighbourhoods and experience the vibe that encapsulates Campo de’ Flori and Piazza di Santa Maria.
Rome’s Trendy Neighbourhoods
The colourful Trastevere district has become well-known to travellers for its artisan shops, traditional trattorias, craft brewpubs and boutique bed and breakfasts. A visit to Trastevere is more than just a tasting, it provides a glimpse into its centuries-old working-class roots. Each iconic dish showcases the delicious Italian cuisine that has been enjoyed for centuries and today loved all over the world. From quintessential pasta to local farm to table dishes, there is something delicious for every palate.
Best Trastevere Restaurants
You will discover where the locals eat and drink from classic, family-owned traditional restaurants to funky hidden gems. The Tour Guy Local Rome Food Tour will have you savouring an authentic taste of Rome. Delicious food served on checkered tablecloths with rows upon rows of wine bottles displayed on ancient old timber shelves is what gives Trastevere it’s appealing old-world vibe and irresistible charm.
Market in Trastevere | San Cosimato Fresh Food Market
Directly behind Piazza Santa Maria and the Basilica of Santa Maria is one of Rome’s most authentic Italian food markets. San Cosimato Markets is open daily from 8am to 1pm; selling meat and fish and a large selection of fresh organic fruits and vegetables sourced from local farms around Rome. Right next to the market is a small cheese shop that sells a large range of hard and soft cheeses to suit every taste. A childrens playground is next to the piazza, so kids can play safely in eyes view, while you shop for fresh produce. A visit to the Trastevere Market is a must when you are in the neighbourhood.
Big after-work crowds gather in these trendy neighbourhoods for drinks and the aperitivo buffet of antipasti, pasta dishes, salads, breads, savouries and more. The complimentary buffet is included in the drink’s price during happy hour. Customers can choose from a selection of great Italian wines, classic cocktails and craft beers.
Campo de’ Flori
The Tour Guy local food tour also includes a visit to Campo de ‘Flori marketplace, one of the oldest markets in town. Campo de’ Flori (Field of Flowers) was once an open meadow before the rectangular square was laid in the mid-15th century. Today, the colourful, lively square is always busy and hosts one of Rome’s best-known markets. It is framed by many bars, bistros and restaurants.
By night it is buzzing with tourists and a younger crowd of locals spill out of its nightclubs and chic bars to sit around the statue of the philosopher, Giordano Bruno. Throughout the day and night, you can enjoy any type of meal, drink or snack there. First-timers to Rome should not miss a visit to this location. It has a vibrant present and fascinating past.
fNeed to Know Tour Information
The Tour Guy small group local food tour begins at Piazza Farnese at the meeting point by the fountain facing Palazzo Farnese. Your tour guide will be holding a sign with The Tour Guy name on it. There are two identical decorative fountains located in the Piazza Farnese so look out for the sign to ensure you are at the right one. The fountains granite stone basins are believed to originate from the ancient Roman Baths of Caracalla and placed there in the 16th century.
You will be immersed by the old-world splendour as you explore the quaint local restaurants and cobbled stone streets throughout your walking tour. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended as the tour involves uneven terrain, stairs and a fair amount of walking. Dress for the weather, it can get very hot and cold in Rome. Although on this tour you will spend most of your time inside restaurants, shops and the market, you must walk outdoors in the elements
You will stroll from bakeries to restaurants and visit specialty stores to learn about unique products and interesting facts about the history of the area. You will meet local restaurateurs, growers and vendors, and taste their grown and made-in-Italy produce. Come hungry, you will sample locally made breads, pastas, pizza and gelato together with authentic Italian antipasti, cheeses and meats. Leave room for ‘Cacio e Pepe’ which means ‘cheese and pepper’, a local pasta dish from modern Roman cuisine. This very simple dish is easy to make and made up of 3 simple ingredients – spaghetti, grated pecorino romano cheese and cracked black pepper.
Food Allergy | No Problem
Don’t let dietary restrictions or food allergies put you off taking a Rome food tour. With notice, your tour company can almost certainly prepare and adjust the menu for you and accommodate your needs. You must convey this information beforehand to allow local vendors to plan menus ahead of time. Non-drinkers can also enjoy alternative beverages to accomplish the foods served.
Your Roman Guide
The Tour Guy is recognised as one of the leading tour providers in Italy. They have cultivated unique and creative ways to see Italy and engage in local culture with others. They haven’t forgotten what it’s like to see Italy as a visitor and provide unforgettable experiences to those who are visiting this beautiful country. Your guide will introduce you to the places, people and traditions that make Rome unique and unforgettable.
They are adept at sharing their insights and perspective on local life that most visitors never experience. From the lesser-known gems to the well-known attractions like the Vatican Museums to the Roman Colosseum tour. You name it, they’ve done it!
Specialty Small Group Tours
Limited to 12 people; this small-group tour is ideal for a more personalised sightseeing experience. If you are looking for a different experience in Rome, then why not book the Trastevere Food Tour with The Tour Guy for your bachelor, bachelorette, birthday party or just a good night out with friends.