Rome is synonymous with many things, including a rich history, ancient Roman architecture, fast moving traffic and, of course, amazing food.
While visiting Rome last summer, I joined Walks of Italy for a Rome food tour & pizza making, which, if you ask me, is the best way to discover a city!
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• • • Campo de’ Fiori Market • • •
We began our day at the Campo de’ Fiori Market, a colorful meeting of vendors selling everything from olive oil to fruit to Limoncello.
A trip to Rome wouldn’t be complete without visiting a local market, but having a guide made the experience even sweeter. We chatted up the venders who shared their passion for their goods.
We sampled a variety of olive oils and balsamic vinegars (including a life-changing truffle infused balsamic reduction) and learned about where they are produced throughout Italy.
Then, we made our way to a Limoncello vendor where we sampled different flavors of the sweet concoction. I had no idea it was available in flavors other than lemon and fell in love with pistachio cream.
It tasted like a cocktail made from melted pistachio gelato! YUM!
• • • Meat, Cheese & Bread… Oh My! • • •
The next few stops on our tour led us to meat, cheese and bread shops that showcased traditional Italian specialties.
First, we stopped at a local butcher where we sipped on wine while learning about the different types of meats that are typical in Italy. I don’t eat meat, but I think it’s safe to assume things were delicious based on the group’s “mmm’s and yum’s!”
Our next stop was a cheese shop with every type of cheese imaginable! This was like a personal heaven to me. We nibbled on countless types of cheese and, of course, there was more wine!
We rounded out our appetites at a local bakery where we shared different types of sweet and savory Italian breads.
• • • Mamma Mia it’s a Pizza! • • •
My belly was already feeling full as we made our way through Rome heading to the part of the tour I was most looking forward to! Luckily, they don’t call it “Walks” of Italy for nothing as the informational walk helped me gain my second wind.
We arrived at a traditional Roman pizzeria where we were going to make our own Napoli-style pizza. The wood-burning stove created a cozy atmosphere and the smell of fresh baked pizza had my tummy grumbling once again.
I had SO much fun stretching the dough and topping my pizza with fresh mozzarella, mushrooms and arugula!
• • • The End: Coffee • • •
Our final stop on the food tour was Sant’Eustachio II Caffè, a cafe established in the 1930’s that serves up some of the best coffee in Rome.
A cappuccino was the perfect end to a food-filled experience around Rome!
I had an absolutely amazing time on my Walks of Italy tour and encourage anyone visiting Rome to book a tour to eat their way through the city!