If you are a bit of a foodie, Rome is a fantastic travel destination. The Italians have a real passion for food. They enjoy eating good-quality food that has been cooked by someone who loves to cook. As you will see, in Rome you are spoilt for choice.
It really is a great destination for a food-themed city break. Here is just a taste of what you can expect to be able to enjoy while you are there.
Learn to Cook in Rome
Cooking lessons are fun. Plus, you usually get the chance to eat what you cook. Nothing could be better than learning to cook pizza from a chef who does it every day or letting an Italian Nona show you how to make gnocchi and fresh pasta. These types of cooking lessons are typically short and sweet, leaving you the afternoon to chill out and do something else.
If you want to learn to cook more sophisticated food, you can. There are plenty of professional cooks who run one-day gourmet cooking classes, in the city.
Take a Food Tour in Rome
Rome is full of food and drink tours. Some are themed others are more like taster tours. If you love pizza, just choose a guide who will take you to the city´s best pizzerias. Food tours of the Jewish Ghetto area are another option. These are particularly popular at the moment. Food tours in Rome take place at various times of the day and night, so you can still eat at a time that suits you.
Drink Tours in Rome
There are drink tours too. Not as many as in other cities, but if you like wine, there are several wine tours available. There are also more beer tours becoming available.
Enjoy Street Food Rome Style
Rome does not yet have a huge street food culture, but it is getting there. These days there are actually quite a few food trucks touring the city offering deconstructed pizza, tigelle, fried gnocchi, and other tasty delights. But apart from the markets, there is no one place you can head to and find a row of stalls or trucks serving up street food in the modern way.
Try Some Hole in the Wall Food
In Rome, there are plenty of hole in the wall style restaurants that only serve takeaway food. You will find them in any busy part of the city, and they are well worth trying. Look out for ones that have a mix of builders, office workers, and shop workers in the queue. They are the ones that tend to sell the best food. If everyone eats there, you can be pretty sure you are going to enjoy something tasty.
Visit One of Rome´s Fresh Food Markets
As already mentioned above, Rome´s markets are a good place to go and try small portions of food. One of the best is Testaccio. Here you can try traditional Roman dishes and buy the ingredients you need to make it when you get home.
Food Festivals and Sagres in Rome
If you are looking for a more traditional street food experience, try to visit Rome when there is a food festival being held. August is a good month for this. But bear in mind that most Italian food festivals focus on one ingredient. Pretty much everything that is served at the festival will contain that ingredient. Remember to check which food product the festival is celebrating before booking your tickets.
Taste the Cuisines of the World
Rome is a huge and diverse city that is home to 2.8 million people drawn from all areas of Italy and the rest of the world. This means that you do not necessarily have to eat Italian foods during your stay. As you would expect, there are plenty of Chinese and Indian restaurants. But if you are looking for something a bit more exotic, Rome has it. For example, there are some really nice Saharan and Peruvian restaurants located in the city.
The food culture of this wonderful city is constantly in flux. It is somewhere that you can easily go back to and revisit after a couple of years. You are bound to find new and fresh food-related activities to enjoy when you do. The above ideas are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Rome has to offer food lovers.