The Testaccio food tour from Luxe Associates Travel lifts the lid on a well-loved Rome market, offering food samples and local stories in a 2.5 hour Rome food tour, conducted in English.
Testaccio market is today the beating heart of one of Rome’s most typical neighbourhoods, Testaccio, located between Trastevere and the Aventine Hill. While Testaccio market traditionally stocked groceries and foodstuffs, today it has become a mecca for street food as well as serving up shoes, vintage fashion and household goods.
The Luxe Associates Travel Testaccio food tour fully explores Testaccio market and its fringes. The market stands next to an important contemporary site, Rome’s former slaughterhouse or ex-mattatoio, which has fed Testaccio’s foodie credentials over the years.
Today the old cattle sheds and pelt workshops house a cool contemporary art museum, Macro Testaccio, and pop-up artistic, musical and foodie events exploit the unusual spaces of Mattatoio di Roma year round.
If you’ve been looking for the best Testaccio food tour when visiting Rome, it’s worth considering the Luxe Associates Travel Testaccio food and market tour. Available in groups on fixed days and by private appointment, this represents a tasty trip round Testaccio market which easily replaces lunch.
Testaccio is always worth a visit when in Rome, as a former working-class district rich in Roman history which is heading towards a slow gentrification today. Happily, there are still plenty of authentic aspects to this inner-city neighbourhood, where washing flaps in the courtyards of its former social housing, and Roman archways crumble in quiet side streets. (It even inspired the name of this blog and has been my home in Rome for around 15 years!)
Testaccio market was physically moved six years ago from Piazza Testaccio, and although the new market, next to the former slaughterhouse, has lost a little of its previous character and grit, it is still a highly frequented and non-touristy Roman market, ideal for sampling food and buying groceries in Rome.
The Testaccio food tour from Luxe Associates Travel makes about 10 pitstops round Testaccio market to describe the characters that run the market stalls, their wares and history. There are around half a dozen opportunities to taste food and street food on sale, all of which is included in the Testaccio food tour ticket price.
So whether you are dying for a glass of prosecco, a slice of warm pizza, or something a little more off-the-wall from Testaccio’s offal traditions – you definitely won’t go away hungry!
While I loved the food and tasting aspect of this Testaccio food tour, it is the stories and personalities of the stall holders that really make this Testaccio market tour something special. I won’t spoil the best bits so all that remains is for you to reach out to Amy Doherty at Luxe Associates Travel and book the experience for yourself!
Group prices start at €60 per head per adult, and €40 per child, all tastings included. For bespoke, private tours – at your pace and on your schedule – contact Luxe Associates Travel.
Testaccina was a guest of Luxe Associates Travel on their Testaccio food tour