The most exciting gourmet and wine highlights of your trip should include the neighborhoods of Trastevere, the Jewish Ghetto, Campo de’ Fiori’s famous market and schedule the very popular tour of Castel de Paulis vineyard and the town of Castel Gandolfo.
Get a taste of daily life in Rome’s original foodie neighborhood with a tour of Trastevere an adventure that introduces you to all the Italian classics – from bruschetta to gelato. It is one the prettiest neighborhoods in Rome with its buildings dripping with ivy and narrow cobblestone streets. The name Trastevere, means ‘Across the Tiber’, being that its location is by the Tiber river, across from Rome’s historical center, just south of the Vatican City. Whether it’s getting lost in the cobbled stone streets, people watching at one of the bars or coffee shops, or enjoying the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants, Trastevere has something for everyone.
The Jewish Ghetto
The Jewish Ghetto in Rome was walled and gated in the 16th century. Today it’s a thriving, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with an imposing synagogue. The tour takes you on an incredible journey through more than 2000 years of history in the ghetto. You can break for sweet treats and hearty Jewish fare at the most authentic kosher-style restaurants and bakeries along the Portico D’Ottavia. In Piazza della Cinque Scole sample some of the staples of Italian Jewish cuisine, like fried artichokes and codfish.
The Piazza of Campo de’ Fiori, that many locals refer to as simply “Campo”. The name literally means field of flowers, but today you’ll find that the most famous market is full of people shopping in the piazza. Monday through Saturday from early in the morning until midday, selling a dizzyingly colorful array of fruits, vegetables, and spices as well as cheap T-shirts and handbags. At night, the area turns into a hot spot for locals to enjoy aperitivo and cocktails.
Schedule a tour of the wine cellar and vineyard of Castel de Paulis located 15 miles from Rome. This popular tour includes three types of wine, with a cheese pairing. View the cellars, a new warehouse for bottled wines and two dining rooms, one of which has an astonishing view of Rome. After you depart the winery travel to Castel Gandolfo, one of the most popular tourist attractions near Rome and a resort community along the coastline of scenic Lake Albano. Castel Gandolfo is nestled in the Alban Hills overlooking the lake which is surrounded by many summer residences, villas, and cottages built during the 17th century.
Table setting of a restaurant in Castel Gandolfo overlooking Lake Albano.