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Rome FOOD Experience


Rome FOOD Experience

You don’t need to sit for hours in an expensive restaurant: enjoy this all-round food experience where you enjoy Rome’s street food traditions!

Rome Food Experience photo by Gabriella Clare Marino on Unsplash


  • Walk through the heart of the city of Rome (Campo de’ Fiori, Ghetto, Trastevere – can be tailored upon request).
  • Food tasting – street food and local specialties tailored according to your tastes and desires.
  • A guided tour through the food history of Rome from ancient times to the present day. Learn about the history of our city through its food.
  • The chance to visit the oldest artisans and producers of our food in Rome.


Do you have a sweet tooth? Are you mad about pizza? Do you go crazy for pasta, or maybe your children can’t get enough ice cream?

Well, with our food tour all of your desires will be fulfilled: we’ll stuff your tummies with great food, we’ll fill your hearts with the beauty of our city and expand your mind with wonderful stories connected to our food traditions! Our walking tour in the heart of the city will let you discover, in just a few hours, the best places to taste and enjoy the best Roman specialties – off and on the beaten track.

We will sample Rome’s classic, tasty fried foods, learn how different cultures have contributed to our cuisine; and explore the fascinating narrow streets in the heart of the city – your guide will show you were to go to find the best around town.

We’ll wander through our beautiful city with you looking for the best bakeries, explaining the Roman, Jewish-Roman and Italian traditions, – and we’ll take you to taste the roman’s favourite specialties. This tour is for anyone who wants to learn more about Rome, who loves to eat delicious food and for anyone looking for a non-traditional tour of Rome!

What will happen when you realize that pizza Hawaii doesn’t exist here but there are many different kinds you don’t know and you don’t want to miss any? What shall you have? A Napoletana or Romana? Focaccia or Genovese? Stuffed white pizza or a famous branded Bonci one? A round one in a restaurant or sliced one to take around while you visit the city? “Alla pala” or “al taglio”?!!

Want to find out what makes a “gelato” so good?

You can taste the best fried foods in Rome, learn how different cultures from all over Italy and the Mediterranean have contributed to our cooking. We’ll take you to places not listed in guidebooks where Romans go just to enjoy fried food!

We’ll shake up your liver with veggie, fish and fried meats, sweet and savory specialties, Roman and Jewish recipes. We’ll travel in time and through cultures, unveiling the secrets of our grannies, telling you about our religious feasts and how food was cooked for those occasions.

Here’s your chance…
Enjoy your… tour!


According to the type of food you prefer: “savory” (for instance: pizza, supplì and fries) or “sweet”, we will suggest a different starting time.
The path can be different according to the day or to the guide leading the tour.
For customer with allergies, please inform us before placing your request.

We are just tour guides, we cannot guarantee that any of the products consumed during the tours are safe to consume for people with specific allergies and Joy of Rome declines any responsability about it.

We use the “pay what you want to eat” formula: it means we show you local food shops and you decide what to taste and if to taste it.
Customers concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk. Joy of Rome will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to food consumed, or items one may come in contact with while eating products.

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