When I go to Rome, I have a routine. After I get off the plane and drop my bags at my hotel, I head straight for the Trevi Fountain to toss a coin and make a wish (actually, I'm greedy and superstitious, I always make three). I then navigate the cobble streets to get Rome's best cappuccino near Piazza Navona. After sufficiently caffeinating myself, I head for my favorite shop, Volpetti.
From the moment I stepped foot into Volpetti, I knew that this was someplace special. This Italian specialty store or "gastronomia" is decorated from top to bottom in the worlds finest meats, cheeses, wines, balsamics, olive oils. Every time I visit Rome, my trip requires at least one visit to Volpetti. It is truly unique.
As you walk into Vopetti, your senses are immediately overwhelmed, the smell alone is enough to make the mouth water with your first step inside. In a shop with so much to offer, it would be easy to become overwhelmed when choosing products, so I have some advice for first times. Sample Everything. Seriously, the staff will offer you to try so many meats, cheeses, olive oils, and wines that your head will spin. The only problem is making decisions, because it is all phenomenal.
Getting to Volpetti
Getting there is easy. First, get on the blue metro line and get off at the Piramide stop.
Walk a few blocks passed the Pyramid of Caius Cestius on Via Marmorata and it will be on your left.
Via Marmorata, 47 00153 Roma
+39 06 574 2352
Hours: 8am-2pm & 5pm-8:15pm M-F. Saturdays 8am-8pm. Closed Sundays.