Eat, Walk and Discover Rome, With A BiteMojo Self Guided Food Tour

Norcineria Viola, Rome
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Food tours are a great way to get a flavour of a place, both literally and metaphorically. But what if you also want the freedom to explore on your own, and at your own pace? The answer is to take a BiteMojo self guided food tour. Armed with nothing more than your smartphone, this allows you to combine walking and discovery with trying tastes of different local foods. I got the opportunity to try one of BiteMojo’s newest tours on my recent visit to Rome. (And read to the end to find out how you can get a discount on all BiteMojo tours.)

BiteMojo self guided food tour
You can expect typical Roman cuisine from a BiteMojo self guided food tour

Exploring Rome with the BiteMojo App

I’ve written about the BiteMojo app before, when I tried one of their tours in Jerusalem. Now they have added Rome to their list, with two tours: Food Tour of Trastevere and From Campo de’ Fiori to Jewish Quarter. I was on the Campo de’ Fiori tour, a 2.4 km route taking in a mixture of well known and lesser known sights in Rome, and a variety of different food experiences.

Norcineria Viola, Rome
Our first stop was at the Norcineria Viola

Each BiteMojo tour gives you a map showing the route, the food stops, and “hidden gems” (places of interest) along the way. It includes a number of “bites” – these are drinks or small plates of food that you can claim simply by showing your phone in different cafés and restaurants. And while you are eating, or drinking, you can read more about the food, the restaurant, and its owners.

Judean artichoke at Su'Ghetto, Rome
A delicious dish of Judean artichoke at Su’Ghetto

Roman Food and Hidden Gems

The bites on this tour were a cross-section of traditional Roman food. I started at the Norcineria Viola, a long established family-run salumeria (a shop specialising in dried meats, usually pork based). Then there were savoury snacks, followed by home-made tiramisu at ZUM. And there was a drink at L’Angelo Divino, a small wine store with an owner who obviously knew a lot about wine. (This would be a good place to come if you wanted to buy some fine wines to take home.)

Homemade tiramisu from ZUM
Pinnable image of homemade tiramisu from ZUM

But BiteMojo tours are not just about food. The route took in a whole range of sights, from the bustling market of the Campo de’ Fiori to Rome’s Jewish Quarter. From narrow back streets and hidden courtyards to the Roman remains of the Portico d’Ottavia. And there were the “hidden gems”. I might never have discovered the tiny painted passageway of Passetto del Biscione without this tour. And would I have realised that the Largo di Torre Argentina was a modern cat sanctuary as well as the site of an ancient Roman temple complex?

Cat sanctuary, Largo di Torre Argentina, Rome
A cat sits among the Roman ruins of the Largo di Torre Argentina

BiteMojo: Some Practicalities

The recommended time for this tour was 2.5 hours, but I took almost twice that long. This enabled me to stop and look at everything as I went. Equally importantly, I could enjoy all the food: I might have struggled to eat everything on offer in a shorter time. (BiteMojo does in fact allow you to stop the tour at any time and to finish it another day, or to convert unused bites to credits to be used on another occasion.)

Peperita, Rome
There are places to linger along the way – one of the hidden gems was this wonderful shop specialising in chili products

One or two other practicalities. Wear good shoes for walking. And make sure your phone is fully charged before you begin – you don’t want to find that your battery is flat when you’re trying to claim a bite! And, although the bites are included in the cost of your tour, you might want to budget for some extra drinks along the way.

What I like most about BiteMojo (apart from the yummy food) is the flexibility. You can decide for yourself how long to take, and where to linger. And when you’ve eaten enough you can just save your bites for another time.

BiteMojo currently operates in 12 cities in 10 different countries around the world. Readers of this blog can get a 10% discount on any of their tours by using discount code WWW.

I took the Campo de’ Fiori to Jewish Quarter tour as a guest of BiteMojo.

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9 thoughts on “Eat, Walk and Discover Rome, With A BiteMojo Self Guided Food Tour”

  1. I hadn’t heard of BiteMojo before, but this sounds absolutely perfect for us! What a great way to see the city and take as much time as you need. Sounds like you had a wonderful day of exploring and eating!

  2. What a clever food tour idea. Kudos to BiteMojo. I will definitely give this a try next time in Rome or other cities where its offered. I’m just disappointed I didn’t read your article before I went to Rome in November! Oh well, just another reason to go back.

  3. THE FOOD MADE ME DROOL. I can’t decide if the tiramisu or salami looked more delicious. I’ve heard about bitemojo but didn’t get a chance to try it when I was in Israel. I wonder which other cities they will be expanding to….

  4. I lived in Rome for a summer long ago, and spent lots of time in Trastevere and the Campo de’ Fiori neighborhoods. They are among the best places to suss out the real food (not touristy) in Rome. My motto is go where the Romans go. I look forward to trying this app next time we’re there this fall.

    1. Lucky you, spending all that time in Rome! I agree with you about getting the best food in those areas – last time I was in Rome I stayed in Trastevere and had some wonderful local cuisine.

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