Duration: 3.5 hours
Type Of Service: Vatican Neighborhood Evening Food Tour – The Best Places to Eat near the Vatican – small group tour
Explore the best places to eat near the Vatican on our Vatican Neighborhood Evening Food Tour. Sample delicious Roman food, Italian wine and eat dinner at one of the best authentic trattorias in Rome. Includes gelato (of course!).
Visiting the Vatican Museums is an excellent way to work up an appetite. After soaking in all that culture, art and history, figuring out where the best places to eat near Vatican City is a challenge. Don’t get tricked into eating at overpriced tourist trap restaurants, explore the Vatican neighborhood with a local foodie guide by your side! Each neighborhood in Rome has its own local institutions, family-run trattorias and sometimes their own local dishes. The Vatican neighborhood is no exception.
The areas surrounding the Vatican are what we call the Vatican neighborhood, and the area is full of amazing food. If eating the best local food is as important to you as visiting the Sistine Chapel, this is the best Vatican tour for you. As you take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque side streets, your guide will not only feed your belly with local favorites, but also your soul with fun-facts and stories that connect the food to the Vatican City State.
Food and the Vatican State - If you know the history of the Popes, you know that many of them loved their grub! In 2015, Pope Francis went on a diet because he was gaining too much weight. He blamed it on the amount of delicious pasta he'd been eating since moving from Argentina to Italy - and who could blame him?
The Best Pizza in the Vatican Neighborhood - It's impossible to come to Italy and not eat pizza. One thing that Pope Francis says he misses the most, is watching football and eating pizza. Try some Roman pizza or "pizza al taglio" on one of our first stops. Meet the masters behind the food and learn why they not only consider their food the best pizza in the Vatican neighborhood, but also the best pizza in Rome!
Cured Meats, Cheese and Wine - The first stop on our Vatican Neighborhood Food Tour is a hole-in-the-wall “prosciutteria”. This spot is a great go-to if you're staying in the area and want to bring a picnic along with you on a day trip. The Roman Guy loves wine, so we incorporated a small wine tasting experience into our food tour.
Our local wine enthusiasts will introduce you to two special wines and help you open up your palate to distinguish the different wines produced in Italy. Don't forget the names of the ones you like, you can always visit the place again during your vacation and pick up a bottle (or three!). With a glass of wine in hand, learn about a variety of Italian cured meats & cheeses.
Rome Best Street Food - If you're a fan of "Italian" food, you've probably heard of arancini. These delicious balls of rice are stuffed and coated in breadcrumbs before being fried. The arancino (or arancini in plural) is typical in Sicily, but in Rome, we have our own version. Learn the difference between Sicilian arancini and Roman rice meatball and how the two destinations battle for the best rice snacks in Italy.
The Best Restaurant near the Vatican - After eating your way through the Vatican neighborhood, arrive at our all-time favorite Trattoria in Rome. The family who owns and operates this place are local celebrities. We'll sit down for hearty Roman dinner with lots of pasta, seasonal antipasto and even more wine. As you chow down, your guide will explain the history and origin of each dish, plus what ingredients it uses and how to make it yourself
Best Gelato Near Vatican City - Italians eat gelato year-round. In hot Rome summers, the dessert is an excellent way to cool off. During the rest of the year, it is simply too good to pass up! At this gelateria, you won’t find additives, false colors or powdered flavorings. Everything here is made with 100% fresh produce, with many different flavors.
Things to Know:
- Explore the best places to eat near the Vatican on our Vatican Neighborhood Evening Food Tour.
- Sample delicious Roman food, Italian wine and eat dinner at one of the best authentic trattorias in Rome. Includes gelato
- Tour offered Monday – Saturday
- Tour time is 5:30pm / Tour check-in at 5:15pm
- Wear comfortable walking or tennis shoes
- Meeting point location: At the water fountain in the Piazza del Catalone on Borgo Pio. Your guide will be there holding a sign – more details upon booking