4 Fun European Walking Tours
Published: June 2009
By Bree Sposato
The Tour Food and Fun. Perfect For Gourmands. Highlights You’ll sample handmade salami at the 139-year-old Volpetti via della Scrofa delicatessen; fresh fish at Testaccio, a lively open-air market; and pizza bianca made at the Roscioli bakery, where the bread bakes for 12 hours in stone ovens. Details 39-335/8193-359; walksinsiderome.com; from $454 for a half-day tour, including food and wine tastings.
The Tour Fashion. Perfect For Shopping aficionados. Highlights Gain access to the studios of seven of the Czech Republic’s top designers—you’ll find racks of avant-garde chiffon dresses by Ivana Follova; long, flowing silk blouses by Klara Nademlynska; and evening dresses with lace detailing by Tatiana Kovarikova. Details 420-222/322-309; praguewalks.com; from $14 for a three-hour tour.
The Tour History and Continuity. Perfect For Culture enthusiasts. Highlights Wind your way through the narrow streets of the Balat quarter, where you’ll visit ancient relics (the 11th-century Chora church; the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, honorary seat of Orthodox Christianity) along with boutiques and restaurants, including little-known Asitane, which serves authentic Ottoman cuisine. Details 800/691-6036; contexttravel.com; from $74 for a three-hour tour.
The Tour West End on Film. Perfect For Movie buffs. Highlights Discover the cinematic West End—site of the first London film screening in 1896 as well as countless modern premieres—as it appears in dozens of movies. Stand where Michael Caine once confronted a traitor in The Whistle Blower (1987), Alfred Hitchcock directed Blackmail (1929), and Helen Mirren filmed The Queen (2006). Details 44-20/7624-3978; walks.com; $13 for a two-hour tour; May 24.