A Gastronomic Journey through Rome: Unveiling Hidden Culinary Delights

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  • Rome

  • Italy

  • Food & Wine

  • City Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Architecture

  • History

  • Foodie

Plates of pasta in Rome.
Curator’s statement

As a passionate traveler and food enthusiast, Rome holds a special place in my heart. Its rich history, vibrant culture and delectable cuisine make it an enchanting destination for foodies seeking an authentic and local experience. Join me on a five-day gastronomic journey through the cobblestone streets of Rome, as we uncover hidden culinary gems and indulge in the city's finest flavors.

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Where to stay

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Palazzo Dama

Contemporary property set in a former mansion with high-end rooms and suites.

J.K. Place Roma

Housed in Rome’s former school of architecture, J.K. Place Roma is a boutique hotel with an abundance of chic style and warm hospitality.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Villa Spalletti Trivelli

Experience refined elegance and timeless charm at Villa Spalletti Trivelli, an exquisite Italian villa that offers a luxurious retreat in the heart of Rome.

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  • $50 – $100 Resort / Spa credit.

  • Daily breakfast.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Day 1: Explore Campo dei Fiori

A host standing at a restaurant with a stand with pasta and vegetables, as well as tables that have checkered table clothes in Rome, Italy.

Start your day with a visit to the local market in Campo dei Fiori, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant colors and aromas of fresh produce. Pick up some ingredients for a picnic later.

In the afternoon, wander through the charming streets of Trastevere, stopping by artisanal food shops and hidden bakeries. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Da Enzo, a beloved trattoria known for its authentic Roman dishes.

Evening: Indulge in a wine tasting experience at Il Goccetto, a cozy enoteca offering an impressive selection of Italian wines. For dinner, reserve a table at Osteria der Belli, where you can savor traditional Roman cuisine with a modern twist.

Day 2: Testaccio

Testaccio square in Rome, Italy.

Embark on a guided food tour of Testaccio, a neighborhood renowned for its foodie scene. Sample mouthwatering street food like supplì (rice balls) and try traditional Roman delicacies at Testaccio Market.

In the afternoon, visit the stunning Protestant Cemetery, the final resting place of renowned poets and artists. Enjoy a picnic with the ingredients you purchased at the market earlier.

Evening: Experience a unique dining experience at Flavio al Velavevodetto, a popular trattoria nestled in the shadow of Monte Testaccio. Delight in classic Roman dishes accompanied by excellent wines.

Day 3: Explore Monti

Monti neighborhood in Rome.

Start your day with a cappuccino at Roscioli Caffè Pasticceria, a historic café known for its artisanal pastries. Explore the trendy neighborhood of Monti, browsing through vintage shops and artisan boutiques.

In the afternoon, visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, an impressive church with stunning mosaics. Discover the multicultural neighborhood of Esquilino and explore its vibrant market, Mercato Esquilino.

Evening: Head to Litro, a trendy wine bar in Monti, where you can enjoy a selection of natural wines paired with innovative dishes created from locally sourced ingredients.

Day 4: Ostiense District

Italian pizza in Rome with courgettes on top.

Take a cooking class at Testaccio Market where you'll learn to prepare traditional Roman dishes from a local chef. Enjoy the fruits of your labor during a delightful lunch.

In the afternoon, explore the contemporary art scene in the Ostiense district. Visit the vibrant street art-filled district and the modern art museum, MACRO. Stop by Eataly for a gourmet shopping experience.

Evening: Indulge in a refined dining experience at La Gatta Mangiona, a beloved pizzeria in the Testaccio neighborhood. Savor delicious Neapolitan-style pizzas topped with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Day 5: Roman Countryside

A table overlooking the rooftops of Rome.

Take a day trip to the beautiful Roman countryside, exploring the picturesque towns of Frascati and Castel Gandolfo. Visit a local vineyard and enjoy wine tastings accompanied by scenic views.

In the afternoon, enjoy a leisurely lunch at a traditional trattoria in Frascati, savoring regional specialties like porchetta and homemade pasta.

Evening: End your culinary journey with a farewell dinner at Il Pagliaccio, a Michelin-starred restaurant known for its innovative cuisine. Indulge in a gourmet tasting menu crafted by Chef Anthony Genovese.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Jeniffer Schwartz’s guide, Guide to Picturesque Picnics in and around Rome.

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