“Food and history on one tour... We loved it!”
My wife and I took this tour on 26 April 2012. It was a highlight of our trip to Italy as it gave us a look at an largely untouristed area with many attractions. We had expected just a food tour, but it was about much more than just food.
We started with a tour of the old Testaccio market, where some of the smallholders have been in business for up to 70 years. A highlight of the market was the tomato stall, where we saw and tasted some delicious varieties we had never seen before. We also had cheese and prosciutto tastings in the market, and also had tastings at some other long-established neighbourhood shops for cheese, coffee and ice cream. An excellent lunch of pasta with wine was served in a restaurant inside a 'hill' built up in ancient times from the shards of ancient pottery brought in through a port area on the nearby Tiber River.
Unexpected highlights included a visit to the disused slaughterhouse area that until recently supplied much of Rome's meat, and a non-Catholic graveyard (near an ancient Roman pyramid) with the graves of the Swedish writer Axel Munthe (of Capri fame), John Keats and the Bulgari family. A sign here says that this cemetery depends on donations, and we happily made a donation for the upkeep of this delightful oasis from the busy streets nearby.
We also went to Piazza Testaccio where a Mafia boss was murdered some 30 years ago (and reputedly was buried in the Vatican).
Our guide (from memory, we think her name is Luna) has a great personality, knows the market smallholders and shopkeepers, and gave us a memorable inside view of a part of Rome where we felt more like her own guests than just tourists.
The starting point (a cafe with tables an chairs on the footpath) opposite Testaccio market is easy to find using the emailed directions we received after our on-line booking.
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