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Our Top Cooking Vacations in Rome (Lazio), Italy

Rome is one of our favorite cities, and it hardly needs a sales pitch! Whether you have already been to Rome before or are a first time visitor, our Rome food tours will show you an insider’s view of the Eternal City. So journey on an authentic cooking vacation in Rome Italy with The International Kitchen and experience the city like an insider! 

Our best Rome food tours are customized to suit your tastes and interests, and they also allow enough free time for a glass of wine (or two!) in the piazza or a stop for a gelato break. 

With more historical sites than you can imagine, our Rome culinary tours include guided visits to some of the city’s top sites. 

Whether your tastes run to the ancient – such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus, and the Palatine Hill – or to the ecclesiastical – with the Vatican City and some of the world’s most famous churches and religious works of art – there is plenty to explore on our culinary tours of Rome. And if you have already visited the most famous sites, we can easily substitute other experiences for you, such as Baroque Rome, Jewish Rome, or even sites outside of Rome like Ostia Antica or Tivoli. 

So what is Rome for foodies? Rome’s cuisine is rich in pastas, meats, and delicious cheeses and breads. If you watched Stanley Tucci’s recent series, “Searching for Italy,” you will already know that the four staples in the Rome pasta world are amatriciana, gricia, carbonara, and cacio e pepe. You will learn to make authentic Italian pasta and other traditional dishes during your hands-on cooking class, which will start with a visit to the local open-air market. 

Rome is worth visiting and returning to again and again… Let us plan the best Rome food tour for you on our Rome culinary tours! 


Rome Food Tours Highlights and Details

Your Rome cooking vacation will of course explore the region’s gastronomy during hands-on cooking classes and Rome food tours, including the famed pastas such as rigatoni alla carbonara and spaghetti all’amatriciana, as well as the region’s meats, cheeses, and desserts. And your cultural tours will include such amazing sites as the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and more. 

Itinerary

Enjoying a glass of wine in a Roman piazza during our culinary vacations in Italy.Experience Rome like a local on our best Rome food and wine tours! See our sample vacations in Rome below, but remember our Rome food tours are easily customizable according to your tastes and interests. The order of activities for our Rome food tours is subject to change depending on the specific dates booked.

Day One 

  • Arrival in Rome and transfer to your centrally-located hotel.
  • Make your way to your central meet up location for your Rome food tour. (Private transfer can be arranged on request.) You will explore the area around the Campo de’ Fiori and the Trastevere neighborhood, just over the river from the ancient center, on your Rome food tour. Your Rome tasting tour will start at 5:00 pm and will include several stops to introduce you to the local specialties. You will also learn more about the history, culture, and architecture of Rome.
  • Return on your own to the hotel, and overnight. 

A plate of traditional carbonara on a Rome food tour.Day Two 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Today make your way to the heart of the city for a visit of the local Campo de’ Fiori market to select ingredients for your cooking class. Then, head to your cooking class, which depending on the day of the week will take place at one of a few different residences in the city center. You will prepare a full meal, including a few different types of pasta, a main dish, and dessert, then enjoy them all with wine and soft drinks.
  • Afternoon at leisure and dinner on your own. 

Visiting Vatican City during a cooking vacation in Italy.Day Three

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Pickup from your hotel and transfer for a tour of your choice:
    • Visit the Vatican during a 3-hour private tour, including early access passes. You will see all the highlights of the Vatican, including the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter’s Square. (If you are interested in a longer in-depth tour, please inquire). (Entrance tickets paid locally.)
    • Or, visit Ancient Rome on a 3-hour private tour including the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, Circus Maximum, and more. (Entrance tickets paid locally).
    • Learn more about the Rome tours you can select during your tour.
  • After the tour, transfer back to your hotel for time to relax.
  • Rest of the day on your own to explore or to shop. Dinner on your own and overnight. 

A view of the ancient Roman Forum in the center of Rome.Day Four

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • This morning transfer for another private Rome tour. You may choose the tour you didn’t do on Day Two, or you might choose one of the other tours we can offer, including:
    • Rome Centro Storico Private Walking Tour
    • Baroque Rome
    • Jewish Rome
    • Vatican Gardens
  • After the tour, time to make your own way back to your hotel. We recommend using the opportunity to explore additional neighborhoods of Rome. (Transfer back can be arranged on request.)
  • If you like, you can also choose to upgrade to a full-day tour outside of Rome (surcharge applies depending on the specific tour):
    • Tivoli Gardens and Hadrians Villa
    • Ostia Antica
    • Orvieto Wine Road
    • Assisi and Umbria
  • Rest of day and dinner on your own. Overnight.

Enjoying pizza rustica, or pizza al taglio, on our culinary vacations in Rome.Day Five

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Today is a free day to explore Rome on your own. If you want to add an  additional cooking, we can easily add either of the following to your day:
    • Head outside the city to the small medieval town for a special hands-on cooking class (transfer to and from Rome included).  $200 per person
    • Head to the south of the city for a half-day or full-day cooking class with chef Stefano. (Transfers are not included but can be arranged on request). Half-day class: $250 per person; full-day class: $290 per person.
  • Or, we can also add additional tours on request (please see your options under Day Four, or inquire for more choices.)
  • Evening on your own, overnight. 

The famed Colosseum of Rome.Day Six

  • Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport or train station.
  • Until next time, arrivederci!

Enjoying a glass of wine in a Roman piazza during our culinary vacations in Italy.Enjoy Rome like a local on our best Rome food and wine vacations! See our sample food tours in Rome below, but remember our Rome culinary tours are easily customizable according to your interests. The order of activities for our Rome food tours is subject to change depending on the specific dates booked.

Day One

  • Arrival in Rome and transfer to your centrally-located hotel.
  • Make your way to your central meet up location for your Rome food tour. You will explore the area around the Campo de’ Fiori and the Trastevere neighborhood, just over the river from the ancient center, on your Rome food tour. Your Rome tasting tour will start at 5:00 pm and will include several stops to introduce you to the local specialties. You will also learn more about the history, culture, and architecture of Rome.
  • Return on your own to the hotel, and overnight.

Day Two

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Today meet the in the heart of the city for a visit of the local Campo de’ Fiori market to select ingredients for your cooking class. Then, head to your cooking class, which depending on the day of the week will take place at one of a few different residences in the city center. You will prepare a full meal, including a few different types of pasta, a main dish, and dessert, then enjoy them all with wine and soft drinks.
  • Afternoon at leisure and dinner on your own.

Visiting Vatican City during a cooking vacation in Italy.Day Three

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Pickup from your hotel and transfer for a tour of your choice:
    • Visit the Vatican during a 3-hour private tour, including early access passes. You will see all the highlights of the Vatican, including the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter’s Square. (If you are interested in a longer in-depth tour, please inquire). (Entrance tickets paid locally.)
    • Or, visit Ancient Rome on a 3-hour private tour including the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, Circus Maximum, and more. (Entrance tickets paid locally).
  • After the tour, transfer back to your hotel for time to relax.
  • Rest of the day on your own to explore or to shop. Dinner on your own and overnight.

View of the Pantheon in Rome at night.Day Four

  • Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport or train station.

Rome Culinary Tours Details

Included in the 5-Night Rome Cooking Vacation

Accommodations

5 nights in a 4* hotel in the center of Rome (upgrade to 5* available on request)

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 lunch
  • 1 tasting dinner

Classes & Instructors

You will have one class in Rome, and can schedule an additional class depending on the length of stay you select and your interests. Your class will include a visit to the open air market at Campo de’ Fiori, a real local favorite, before you head to a local apartment or palazzo to prepare a full meal featuring several types of pastas, a main dish, and dessert.

If you choose to add a second class, we can offer one of our classes off the beaten path, either to the south of the city or in a small village near Rome. 

Excursions

  • Walking food tour of Rome
  • Market visit
  • Two cultural visit of your choice, such as a private tour of the Vatican and Ancient Rome
  • Optional additional tours or classes on Day Five

Transfer Details

Transfer are included from/to the Rome airport or train station to your hotel

Miscellaneous

  • Round trip transfers for tour on day 3.
  • One-way transfer for tour on day 4 (5-night itinerary only).
  • Additional transfers in the city can be arranged on request ($85 each way for 2 people). 

Not Included

  • Meals not indicated
  • Optional tours or cooking classes on Day 5
  • Entrance tickets (paid locally based on tours chosen)
  • Return transfer after tour on Day 4 (can be added on request)

Included in Your 3-Night Rome Cooking Vacation

Accommodations

3 nights in a centrally located 4* hotel (upgrade to 5* on request)

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 lunch
  • 1 tasting dinner

Classes & Instructors

You Rome food tour will include a visit to the open air market at Campo de’ Fiori, a real local favorite, before you head to a local apartment or palazzo to prepare a full meal featuring several types of pastas, a main dish, and dessert.

Excursions

  • Walking food tour of Rome
  • Market visit
  • One cultural visit of your choice, such as a private tour of the Vatican or Ancient Rome

Transfer Details

Transfer are included from/to the Rome airport or train station to your hotel

Miscellaneous

  • Round trip transfers for tour on day 3.
  • One-way transfer for tour on day 4 (5-night itinerary only).
  • Additional transfers in the city can be arranged on request ($85 each way for 2 people). 

Not Included

  • Meals not indicated
  • Optional tours or cooking classes on Day 5
  • Entrance tickets (paid locally based on tours chosen)
  • Return transfer after tour on Day 4 (can be added on request)

Accommodation Information

We work with a number of wonderful 4* hotels in the center of Rome, one of which will be your home for your Rome foodie tour. The specific hotel will depend on availability for the dates you book, but all will include private, en suite bath, breakfast, and all the amenities you would expect of a 4* hotel.

Some of the hotels we frequently use are: the 4* Hotel Capo d’Africa, the 4* Delle Nazioni, the 4* Rome Art Hotel, and the 4* Boutique Hotel Trevi.

Rome, Lazio Foodie Vacation Travel Packages: Pricing & Tour Dates

Find pricing and dates for our culinary tours in Rome below, and contact us for availability or to book your trip.



Sample Pricing:

5-Night Rome Food Tour

US$1590 per person based on double occupancy

    Pricing varies by season and days of the week–please inquire with specific dates for accurate pricing for your trip.

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.

    Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

    Please inquire for cost of upgrades, single supplement, and additional tours. 


    Rome Food Tour Dates 2022

    Our Rome Italy culinary vacations are available year round for a minimum of 2 people. Sample dates follow, please inquire for availability. Remember: it is easy to customize your Rome tour package, including adding additional nights.

    2022
    August 15-20
    August 22-27
    August 29-September 3
    September 5-10
    September 12-17
    September 19-24
    September 26-October 1
    October 3-8
    October 10-15
    October 17-22
    October 24-29
    October 31-November 5
    November 7-12
    November 14-19
    November 21-26
    November 28-December 3
    December 5-10
    December 12-17

    2023
    Available year round. Please inquire for dates.


    Sample Pricing:

    3-Night Rome Food Tour Pricing

    US$1050 per person based on double occupancy

      Pricing varies by season and days of the week–please inquire with specific dates for accurate pricing for your trip.

      30% deposit due to confirm booking.

      Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

      Please inquire for cost of upgrades, single supplement, and additional tours.


      Rome Food Tour Dates 2022

      Our Rome Italy cooking vacations are available year round for a minimum of 2 people. Sample dates follow, please inquire for availability. Remember: it is easy to customize your Rome culinary tour package, including adding additional nights.

      2022
      August 15-18
      August 22-25
      August 29-September 1
      September 5-8
      September 12-15
      September 19-22
      September 26-29
      October 3-6
      October 10-13
      October 17-20
      October 24-27
      October 31-November 3
      November 7-10
      November 14-17
      November 21-24
      November 28-December 1
      December 5-8
      December 12-15

      2023
      Available year round. Please inquire for dates.

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      Our cooking classes and food tours in Rome will afford you the opportunity to take full advantage of the region’s bountiful harvests and ancient culinary traditions, as well as Rome's amazing cultural sites. We can design a tour custom built for you and your tastes.

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      FAQ

      How many days should I spend in Rome?

      We recommend spending in Rome at least 3 days, but you will see only the major highlights and sights. If your total time in Italy is 1.5-2 weeks, plan for Rome for about 4-5 days. 

      What is the best time to visit  Rome and the Lazio region?

      The best time to visit Rome and the Lazio region is between March and June, or September through November, when the weather is comfortable enough to explore all the region has to offer. However, Rome is enjoyable pretty much year round!