Rome wasn't built in a day, but you can spend fourteen days eating and drinking your way through Italy's top culinary destinations! Go for a gondola ride in Venice, try the decadent tiramisu, and sample the local Cicchetti. Head to Bologna to see 11th-century architecture and try the Parmeggiano, then head to Florence to see Michelangelo's David and Leonardo's top works. Pair a bottle of Tuscan Chianti with a farm-to-table charcuterie board, then head west for four days on the sunny Amalfi Coast. Explore medieval fishing villages and learn to make the perfect Neopolitan pizza before capping your trip off with visits to the Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, and local gelateria in Rome.
Your evening starts in one of Rome’s most romantic and beautiful squares, Piazza Mattei, near the Fountain of the Turtles. You’ll meet your local food expert and start socializing in Italy’s favorite way: the Aperitivo. You’ll sit or stand in a nearby wine bar and learn about Italian conviviality, which prioritizes the value of eating together, sharing a meal with your family and friends, sipping on amazing wine, and tasting meats and cheeses.
Next, make your way into the Jewish Quarter, famous for its fried treats and rich history. Before you sit down to eat, take a quick tour of the area. Your guide will help you understand the value of the Jewish Ghetto and the neighborhood's emotional connection with the center of Rome. Then discover some of the best Roman Jewish food the area offers, including fried fior di zucca (zucchini flowers) and fried artichokes, paired with a crisp glass of prosecco.
Continue into the streets, where you’ll find Rome’s historical street food culture. Even though street food has boomed in the past decade, Rome has served friggitorie and pizza al taglio since the early 1960s. Stop at one of the best pizza-by-the-slice spots in Rome and take it with you as you meander to Largo Argentina. While looking at the beautifully lit Roman excavations and listening to stories about Julius Caesar, you’ll enjoy this prominent Roman street food.
No food tour in Rome is complete without pasta! You’ll sample a variety of local pasta specialties while sitting outside in front of the historic Pantheon. With a spectacular view of this ancient Roman temple, you’ll eat at a local restaurant that has been open for three generations. Feast on fresh Italian pasta and learn the differences between noodle shapes and sauces. Now’s your chance to try different combinations you’ve never heard of or have always wanted to eat! Finally, pair your pasta with carefully selected Italian wines.
Your final stop includes gelato or coffee. With so many cafes and gelaterias in Rome, you’ll have your pick of flavors and brews. Enjoy an espresso and creamy gelato with a rich taste free from any additives.
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Itineraries with Rome Food Tour
If spending 15 days relaxing on the beautiful Amalfi Coast and exploring history and culture in Rome sounds perfect, this itinerary is for you. Start in Amalfi to see old-timey fishing villages, go wine-tasting, and eat fresh-caught seafood. Take a day trip to see the Pompeii ruins, then visit Naples' medieval city center. End your trip in Rome to see world-famous art in the Galleria Borghese and explore ancient Roman ruins.
Indulge in the best of the Mediterranean region's food and wine on this comprehensive three-week getaway. Start the trip in Athens, home to both the famed Acropolis and the bustling Varvakios Market. Spend a few days island-hopping for winery tours and some of the world's best olive oil, before catching a flight to the south of Italy. Enjoy the best of Italy's cuisine, from pizza in Naples to parmesan in Bologna as you eat and drink your way through the country.