Italy Food Tours

Taste and Tour in Italian Cities

Whether you're a foodie or just want to experience the local cuisine, food tours are a good way to learn about a city and its foods. You'll get a walking tour of a neighborhood or city center with stops at several places to taste local food and drink specialties. Most food tours last about 3 to 4 hours and include no more than 10 or 12 participants. Here's a selection of tasting tours in several Italian cities.

01 of 11

Cicchetti Tour in Venice

venice cicchetti photo
by Martha Bakerjian

Learn to like a local in Venice with this cicchetti food tour led by Monica Cesarato. You'll visit 3 or 4 osterie to try the typical small plates of Venice, accompanied by a spritz or glass of prosecco, as Monica gives you a good introduction to Venice.

02 of 11

Eating Italy Food Tours in Rome

volpetti store photo
Martha Bakerjian

Eating Italy Food Tours 4-hour tasting tour includes stops at 10 shops, cafes, and restaurants in Rome's Testaccio neighborhood, the root of traditional Roman cooking. The tours are a perfect mix of story-telling, interacting with locals, walking, and eating in an off-the-tourist-track neighborhood and include a lunch of typical ​pastas with wine. Eating Italy also offers a Trastevere tour.​

03 of 11

The Roman Foodie

Rome cityscape from Piazza del Popolo.
Flavia Morlachetti / Getty Images

Explore Rome and its cuisine on a Fresh Market Lunch Tour or Trastevere Evening Tour. We took the evening tour which included stops for an apertivo, fried baccala, pizza, and local specialties on the way to a pasta dinner with wine (shown in the photo). Of course, the evening ended with gelato.

04 of 11

Florence for Foodies: Tour and Taste

Cured meats for sale at San Lorenzo market.
Peter Ptschelinzew/Getty Images

Enjoy tastes of 8 typical Florentine dishes on this guided walking tour of Florence's foodie gems. You'll visit a coffee bar, a special sandwich shop, a gelateria, and the San Lorenzo market.

Continue to 5 of 11 below.
05 of 11

A Visit to Naples' Most Traditional Pizzerias

Cooking Pizzas, Freshly Baked Pizza At Naples
Axiom Photographic/Getty Images

Pizza originated in Naples and the city is still known for its pizza. On this tour through the historic center, led by an art historian and pizza expert, you'll learn about the city's history and taste the typical fried snacks and visit top pizza makers. You'll also get a guided visit of an archaeological site under a church.

06 of 11

Flavors of Lucca

lucca piazza anfiteatro picture
Martha Bakerjian

Take a guided walk through the center of Lucca, a town in Tuscany surrounded by walls, to the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, originally a Roman amphitheater. Along the way you'll taste buccellato, the typical sweet bread with dried fruits, visit a coffee bar and chocolate shop, and enjoy a glass of local wine or beer in the piazza.

07 of 11

Milan for Foodies: Tour and Taste

Cathedral of Milan and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy
Paul Biris / Getty Images

This 3-hour walking tour is held in the Brera neighborhood of Milan, taking in several food shops, a local bar, and a top gelateria for a taste of gelato. You'll taste several traditional Milanese dishes including Mondeghili meatballs and try the bicicletta, a local specialty drink.

08 of 11

Savor Sorrento: Exploring Tastes and Culture

Bottles of limoncello, a lemon liqueur made in southern Italy, and other liqueurs, Positano, Italy
Danita Delimont/Getty Images

Sorrento, on the Amalfi peninsula, is known for its lemons and limoncello liquor and you'll get an inside look at how it's made on this tour. Sample typical foods of Southern Italy with 13 food and drink tastings at 8 different locations while walking through the town.

Continue to 9 of 11 below.
09 of 11

Food, Art, and Wine in Bari

Polignano a Mare, Puglia, Italy. Rocky outcrop with white washed houses overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Dramatic coastline southern Italy.
robert reader / Getty Images

Explore the picturesque old town of Bari, in southern Italy's Puglia region, stopping at several monuments and visiting an historic bakery to taste typical breads along with a glass of the region's wine.


10 of 11

Ham and Cheese: Parma for Foodies

prosciutto photo, parma ham photo
by Martha Bakerjian

This tour takes place in the countryside around Parma and is a driving rather than walking tour. You'll visit a parmigiano cheese maker, prosciutto di Parma producer, Balsamic vinegar producer, and a winery where you'll have lunch. There's also a stop in Torrechiara to see the village and castle. The tour can be booked with or without transportation.


11 of 11

Gelato and Vino in Florence

A Selection of Gelato in a Gelato shop
Christine Wehrmeier / Getty Images

Gelato and wine are two of the things for which Italy is most famous. In this 45 minute tasting, you'll sample 2 Tuscan wines served with traditional appetizers at a wine bar followed by 3 flavors of gelato at a top gelateria. You'll also get an inside look at how gelato is made.

Another non-walking tour option is Wine and Chocolate in Florence, a tasting of chocolates and 3 wines at a historic wine shop.

Learn to Cook On Your Italian Vacation

Taking a cooking class is another great way to learn about the local foods and culture.

Was this page helpful?