cnbc.com – For many people, a vacation offers the opportunity to try out new food and flavors. But for foodies, the meal can be the main attraction.
As foodie culture continues to infiltrate everything from Netflix shows to social media, experiences surrounding food are also spiking in popularity in the travel and tourism sector. TripAdvisor found that, globally, food tour bookings have increased 57 percent since last year, and in the U.S., food tour bookings grew 59 percent in 2017.
Whether you’re craving a slice of pizza from Rome or beignets in New Orleans, TripAdvisor’s “Traveler Favorites: Top Individual Food Experiences” ranking can help you figure out where to enjoy your next culinary adventure. To put together its ranking, TripAdvisor used an algorithm which considers bookings, traveler reviews and traveler ratings on its site.
Rome, which offers some of the world’s best pizza, pasta and gelato, has long been known as a foodie destination, so it’s no surprise that the top food experience on TripAdvisor is the “Rome Food Tour by Sunset around Prati District,” operated by the Roman Food Tour. Visitors take a trip to the Pizzarium to sample slices like fig and zucchini, taste treats like truffles and specialty cheeses, indulge in pasta at the Roman restaurant XBacchus and try out an artisanal gelateria. This tour currently has rates starting at $105.70.
Roman food tours also snag the fifth and seventh spots on TripAdvisor’s ranking. Coming in fifth is the “Rome Street Food Tour with Local Guide,” which includes samples of street pizza and rice balls (rates start at $48.50). The “Small-Group Rome Food Walking Tour: Trastevere, Campo de’ Fiori and Jewish Ghetto” tour, operated by Gourmetaly Food Tours, comes in seventh and currently costs $95.70. This tour hits hot spots in the Campo de’ Fiori open-air market, the Trastevere neighborhood and the Jewish quarter.
The ancient city’s culinary scene, Travel + Leisure reports, features food that incorporates noodles, fresh meat, seafood and herbs. Some of the most popular dishes in Rome include pasta favorites like cacio e pepe and spaghetti carbonara.
I really gotta get out there and travel more, first up on my list would have to be New Orleans and then Miami….I can work on international moves at another time lol.