Accompany a Local Host who knows where to locate the best gastro hangouts in Rome and devour the authentic cuisine together. Become familiar with the best neighbourhood bars, restaurants and eateries where locals gather to dine the Italian way. Begin your journey by strolling through Rome’s historic Testaccio,neighbourhood birthplace of the “Cucina Romana” - Roman Cuisine. Here you’ll see the locals seeking out the finest seasonal produce bursting from the overpacked market stalls, which they will take home and prepare in the traditional fashion. Familiarise yourself with some of the most famous Roman ingredients, such as carciofi (artichokes), puntarella (a leafy green vegetable) and visciole (peculiar cherries) when in season. Your Local Host will introduce you to a number of eateries from the notorious to the notably local. You’ll be sure to taste an authentic Italian “pizza al trancio” and perhaps a “panino con porchetta” - an aromatic combo of crusty bread, fresh herbs and succulent juicy pork which has satisfied the appetite of Romans of all ages for centuries. For vegetarians, there are delicious portions of battered seasonal vegetables available. If the weather’s hot, your Local will recommend the best gelatos in the neighbourhood. Stop for a cheeky beer from one of the many microbreweries, and if you need a boost call in to one of the local cafes. Here you can learn more about Italian coffee culture over a full-bodied espresso.