I’ve lived in Rome for four years, but what I love is that there is always more to discover. I am the eternal tourist. I am always looking for that new, undiscovered, perfect trattoria – only to find myself back at the old favourites.
So every now I then I seek out a bit of tourism. Eating Italy Food Tours combine two of my very favourite things, food and learning more about the hidden corners of Rome. I’d been meaning to take a tour with them for AGES. Would I like to go for a stroll around Testaccio to be shown, and of course to sample, the best food that the area has to offer? Well yes I would. I know Testaccio fairly well, but it was still a pleasure to be reintroduced by the lovely Beau.
Testaccio is not a tourist area, rather a former working-class, fairly undisturbed residential area. As our guide pointed out, so much not a tourist area it is quite literally off the tourist map. We were going to eat real Roman food and meet some of the people who make it. For people new to Rome, or visiting for the first time, something few can experience. So much did I enjoy it, I thought I’d give you a glimpse – if only to make you very hungry.
|No need for the hard sell, the cheese does the talking|
From here we walked to the new Testaccio market. I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t been to the market since it was transferred from its former home in Piazza Testaccio. I was sad to see the old market go, but in its bright new shiny surrounds, busy, noisy and full of people of all ages shopping, discussing recipes, strolling, snacking, dog walking; it’s a great example of what a market should be.
|Photo by Chiara|
Despite its new location, stalls in this market have been in families for generations. Our tomato suppliers, Paula and Francesca took over from their grandmother; Enzo (working since he was 14) and Lina’s stall supplies greedy shoppers with buffala di mozzarella only 12 hours old.
|One of the many friendly market vendors|
|My sort of ‘girls on tour’ tour.|
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