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Rome – the mere mention of one of my favourite cities in Europe brings to mind crumbling buildings, cobble-stoned alleys, handsome Italian men on retro vespas and days spent sampling gourmet cheeses and wines. Aah bliss!
Vid and I have been to Rome more times than we care to remember. We’ve spent countless hours staring at the Collosseum, running our fingers along Roman ruins, peeking into The Trevi Fountain, and listening to live music at The Spanish Steps. But it was my recent trip to Rome that made me fall head over heels in love with it. “What was different?” I hear you mutter. Let me enlighten you.
I spent 3 days sampling the finest wines, gourmet cheeses (truffle pecorino anyone?), Italian biscuits warm out of the oven, pastas made from scratch, and Roman delicacies known only to locals with Eating Italy Food Tours. Their tours reaffirmed my love for Food Tours. I met fifth-generation cheese mongers, chatty fruit sellers, tried my hand at making pizza from scratch, tasted the yummiest salami known to mankind, and explored 2 of my favourite neighbourhoods in Rome – Trastevere (the hippest area in Rome) and Testaccio (a working class neighbourhood with the best food in Rome). Having experienced Rome like a local, I felt I truly ‘understood’ it for the first time.
Words just won’t do justice to this intense culinary experience, so here’s a gallery of photos bound to make you salivate. Vid didn’t accompany me to Rome, so you will have to make do with humble iPhone clicks 🙂
Eating Italy Food Tours run their Rome Tours 6 days a week. In my opinion, they are the perfect (and tastiest!) way to go off-the-beaten path in Rome. Don’t blame me if you spend your days dreaming about creamy cheeses or Tiramisu in edible chocolate cups after experiencing one of their tours 🙂