This is part of a series of interviews with inspiring travelers. Today’s interview comes from Magda and Michal about their Rome food tour. See more about tours and traveling with purpose here. All photos are by Magda and Michal except Pinterest image.
Tell us about yourself and your travel experience.
We started travelling together since we met 10 years ago. Till now we hit the road in the US, hiked volcanoes in Indonesia, enjoyed full moon parties in Goa, walked like Egyptians in Cairo and eventually… got married in Santorini. We have just came back from Iran and soon we are going to New Zealand to make friends with Hobbits!
Where did you go on your tour and how long was it? How many food stops were there?
Our Italian food tour took place in Rome. We spent 6 hours trying typical snacks and dishes – we stopped by bakery, olive oil stall, cheese producer, butcher. The perfect ending of our tour was a lesson how to make a pizza and we could make our own supervised by professional pizzaiolo.
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What tour company did you use and why?
We decided on Walks of Italy (now called Take Walks) – they have a strong, reputable brand. Some our friends before also decided to go on tour with them and they highly recommended it.
Why did you choose a tour instead of traveling independently?
We wanted to get some information about Italian food (which we love) straight from the Italians. What they really eat, how the food is produced, how to avoid food tourist traps in Italy… Italian products are so popular among the world, but sometimes it’s hard to distinguish what is truly Italian and what is just a customized Italian food to meet expectations of customers in different countries (like American style pizza). We just wanted to get to know more about traditions and how everything is made.
What did you like about the Rome food tour? What was your favorite part?
This tour exceeded our expectation. We got to know a lot about traditional Italian snacks, how they are produced and how Italians eat them. Did you know that Parmesan cheese is often served with few drops of vinegar? But of course, the favourite part was a pizza class. We never knew that making a pizza is so complicated and actually needs a lot of effort.
What did you learn about Italy from the Rome food tour?
Italian food is famous for its best quality and devotion to traditional ways of producing. It’s also highly diverse, varying from region to region. But actually each one is famous for some food – so you have a Parma ham, pizza from Napoli, balsamic vinegar from Modena or mozzarella from Campania…just to name a few.
Was there anything you didn’t like about the Rome food tour?
The only thing we missed was a tutorial how to make tiramisu after our pizza class!
What was your favorite food on the Rome food tour?
It goes without saying – pizza. However, we also enjoyed cheese plate, especially smoked mozzarella…yummy.
Would you recommend this Rome food tour? Would you change anything about it?
This tour is highly recommended by us – you will get to know so many things! And this delicious food…
Do you think the Rome food tour would be good for a new traveler? Why or why not?
Yes, it’s a perfect choice. Cause who doesn’t like pizza? Walks of Italy guides you through different regions and snacks, making your stay at Rome unforgettable. This tour takes place in Campo di Fiori area, where one of the biggest markets in Rome takes place, so you can really indulge in the Italian atmosphere.
Bio: Hi! We are Magda & Michal, two adventurous spirits behind follow the view blog, obsessed with photography & storytelling. Born in Poland, currently living and working in the beer capital of the world – Munich, Germany. We would like to prove you that even when you work 9 to 5 and you aren’t a proud successor of the Rockefellers, you always can live your life to the fullest. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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