Explore the lesser-visited Testaccio, one of the most atmospheric and ancient districts, and a hub for truly authentic Roman food and culture.
You’ll be met at the most appropriate starting point possible, the Salumeria Volpetti, a shop that’s been selling traditional Roman products since 1973. From there you’ll be led past some bizarre, intriguing sights: the Pyramid of Cestius, the Monte dei Cocci, and you’ll learn what gives Testaccio its character.
Testaccio has a distinctive Roman spirit that hasn’t been affected by the gentrification of the city as a whole. In fact, Testaccio represents exactly how the Romans have combined ancient and contemporary to create that unique feel that makes travellers fall in love with the city.
You’ll be led through these characterful streets until you reach Testaccio market, where the real food tour begins…
Much like the clash of modern and classic you’ll discover in the architecture of the district, you’ll try some great new interpretations of classics such as the bolito sandwich and the pizza bianca, folded into sandwich pockets and crammed with stewed chicken.
The local market in Testaccio is one of Rome’s best: lively, characterful and bubbling with energy. Depending on the season, the market is awash with bright green artichokes, heaped piles of chicoria, and crates of Roman zucchini displaying their delicate flowers.
It’s a great place for people-watching, and, of course, taste incredible fresh food: thin, crispy pizza, arancini from Sicily, or a bruschetta loaded with fresh tomatoes, olive oil and basil.
The must-try is the trapizzino, a cone shape stuffed with succulent fillings of your choice, and an absolute classic streetfood snack of the area.