Live like a native Roman for a day!  

One of the questions we're most frequently asked during our tours is: "do people really live in these buildings?" Obviously our answer is yes, but than we look at our clients' faces and we see that they wonder what it's like to live in an apartment in the old part of Rome. Well, this our the next step, not only we'll show you how the locals live, but we'll make you live like one for a day!  We'll take you around Rome in our golf carts and show you places that a tourist normally doesn't get to see then our partner Barbara will take you to the open air market in Campo de' Fiori and she'll show you where and how the locals shop for food. Then she'll take you to her place in one of Rome's quaintest areas, Trastevere, where she'll show you how she prepares it. You'll be helping her in the kitchen and learning the secrets of the Italian Cuisine. At the end of the preparation you'll then eat the food you cooked! Can you think of a better way to spend a day in Rome that would make you feel like a native Roman for a day?

Learn the secrets of the Roman cuisine from a Roman housewife!

Meet Barbara in the morning and walk with her around the famous market of Campo de' Fiori. She'll show you the foods, spices, fruits and other ingredients she'll use for preparing your dinner. This morning stroll will be your first introduction to the Italian cuisine. While you walk around the market for about one hour, you'll discuss your dinner's menu with Barbara and she'll make you taste fruits and other foods that will be exotic for you.

During all this time she'll also be taking pictures of you while you'll be shopping around the market!

Around 6:00 pm she'll welcome you at her place in Trastevere and your cooking class will start.

During the preparation of the dinner, Barbara will also introduce you to some good Italian wines.

Dinner will start around 8:30 pm.

Your dinner will end with some nice dessert prepared by Barbara but, hoping you'll still have enough space left for it, Barbara will walk you to a nearby authentic place for some really good, traditionally home made,  "gelato"! All of this works well in combination with our golf cart tours. In fact, we normally include a stop in Campo de' Fiori so, if you decide to join Barbara for her cooking class, we can meet with her during the tour around the market and, finally, drop you off at her place at the end of the tour.

At the end of a day like this, you'll really be able to say you know Rome inside out!

Dinner at home... away from home!

It happens all the time. Our clients always ask for restaurant suggestions for dinner and we're always glad to suggest a good place where they can have the experience of a good, authentic Italian dinner without getting ripped off. Obviously we're always happy to help in that matter, but now we can also let them have the experience of having a "dinner at home" we can send them to Barbara's for dinner! So, if you don't care for walking around the market or preparing the food, but still you're curious about the kind of houses Romans live in and what it's like to have dinner with an Italian family, Barbara will still be glad to have you for dinner at her place.

Wouldn't that be something? Instead of going to a restaurant like all the other tourists do, you'll be warmly welcomed as friends in a typical home in Trastevere, where a very nice Roman housewife will have cooked dinner for you. Barbara is a good cook, a charming and  attractive lady and you'll be having dinner with her and her family. Everyone in the family speaks good English and has travelled to many places in the world, so you'll be able to engage an interesting conversation with everyone there.

The earliest she can be ready to welcome you for dinner is 7:30 pm.

Barbara will have no problem cooking a special dinner for you that will accommodate your special needs so, please let us know if there are some foods you don't like to eat, if you are a vegan, vegetarian, celiac etcetera.

A different wine tasting experience...

You don't want to learn to cook like an Italian? You prefer to have your dinner at a restaurant? Thatís just fine, but wouldnít you like to see what the inside of an apartment in the old part of Rome and enjoy some good wines? Barbara and her husband Roberto, who happens to be an enologist, will be happy to welcome you in their home in Trastevere! Youíll spend a couple of hours in their company, during which they will present some great local wines to you, but not only the wine will be the subject of the eveningís conversation. you can talk to them about anything and satisfy your curiosities about what itís like to live in Rome. You can show up at Barbara's place around 6:00 pm and the time will pleasantly go by while youíll be sipping different kinds of wines until about 7:30/8:00 pm. Barbara can host up to 15 people for wine tasting in her place, so you may not be the only ones there, but having company will add to the fun! you may end up sharing you wine experience with people from other countries, which will enrich the conversation and eventually enrich your culture. At the your wine tasting time with Barbara, you'll probably want to go somewhere near for dinner and she'll be glad to suggest a nice authentic place where you can have some good Roman cuisine. So this could be a way of tasting some good wines without having to go out of Rome to a winery, but we can take you to a winery in the countryside outside of Rome if you like, to learn more about this, please visit our countryside tours page.

Shop around the market and pick your food !

The market in the picture on the right is Campo de' Fiori. It's right in the heart of the city and therefore easily accessible and we normally stop there during our tours. Barbara will meet you there in the morning and walk around it with you presenting the foods. If you tour with us in the golf cart the day of your cooking class, we'll stop there during the tour and leave you in the capable hands of Barbara for a while, then we'll continue the tour and you'll meet Barbara again at her place in the evening.
If you'll not be touring with us, we'll arrange time and place for you to meet with Barbara.
Campo de' Fiori has become one of the tourist attractions of Rome, the square where the market is held used to be the location for Rome's wholesale flower market, hence the name Campo de' Fiori, which in Roman dialect means field of flowers.
In the mid 70's they moved the flower market elsewhere and the fruit and vegetable market for the neighborhood moved in. Because of its location, close to Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, it started to be frequented by the tourists and it has now become one of Rome's attractions, not the best place for a housewife to shop therefore, but a great place for Barbara to show you around, present the food and discuss your dinner's menu with you.
We're sure that you, and especially the ladies in your group, will thoroughly enjoy walking around the very folkloristic market of Campo de' Fiori!
 

 
               
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