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Tripadvisor: Rome best destination in the world in the food category


Rome ranks first in the food section and fourth as the world’s most popular tourist destination. This is a respectable result that testifies that Rome is one of the tourist destinations to consider for our next trip, especially if we like to eat well.

Rome best destination in the world in the food category 2023 according to Tripadvisor

Tripadvisor, the popular travel review site, recently released its annual “Best of the Best” list from its annual Travelers’ Choice column for 2023, which lists the best tourist destinations around the world.

This year, Rome made a triumphant entry on the list, topping the list as the top food destination in the world and the fourth most popular tourist destination in the world, behind only Dubai, London, and Bali.

Rome best food destination in the world

Tripadvisor’s recognition as the best food destination in the world is a great honor for the city of Rome, and it testifies on the one hand to the excellence of the culinary tradition made up of centuries of history, and on the other it celebrates the quality and heterogeneity of Rome’s restaurant offerings.

Simple and genuine cuisine

Roman cuisine is one of the most famous regional cuisines in Italy and the world. It is characterized by simple and tasty dishes that use local and seasonal ingredients. Roman cuisine has ancient roots dating back to the days of the Urbe, but over the centuries it has been influenced by many other culinary cultures, among the best known being Judeo-Romanesque cuisine with succulent artichokes and gricia alla giudia, as well as traditional kosher food.

When visiting Rome, one cannot fail to enjoy the menu of the renowned Italian prince’s dish, pasta, and Rome is the flagship city of that dish. We recommend trying at least once a tasty pasta alla carbonara, a typical dish of spaghetti or rigatoni mantecati with eggs, guanciale and pecorino romano, bucatini all’amatriciana, a classic dish prepared with guanciale, tomato and pecorino romano, or tonnarelli cacio e pepe, a characteristic recipe with creamy pecorino romano and black pepper.

Equally appetizing are the second courses of traditional Capitoline cuisine, based mainly on meat such as abbacchio allo scottadito, to be enjoyed hot to appreciate its softness, risking, as the name suggests, burning your fingers, the exquisite and succulent coda alla vaccinara or tripe with mint.

Below is the list of the top 20 destinations in the world in the food category according to Tripadvisor:

Rank City Country
#1 Rome Italy
#2 Crete Greece
#3 Hanoi Vietnam
#4 Florence Italy
#5 Paris France
#6 Barcelona Spain
#7 Lisbon Portugal
#8 Naples Italy
#9 New Orleans United States of America (Louisiana)
#10 Kingston Jamaica
#11 Charleston United States of America (South Carolina)
#12 Mexico City Mexico
#13 Bangkok Thailand
#14 Buenos Aires Argentina
#15 Havana Cuba
#16 Cape Town South Africa
#17 San Sebastian Spain (Donostia)
#18 Lyon France
#19 New York United States of America (New York)
#20 Vancouver Canada

It should be noted how two other Italian cities are on the list: Florence (go to Florence page on HelloMondo) in 4th place and Naples (go to Naples on HelloMondo) in 8th place, confirming Italy as the world’s excellence in the field of food.

Rome is the fourth most popular tourist destination at the “Best of the Best 2023” awards

Rome also ranks fourth as the most popular tourist destination. After restrictions on tourism imposed across the globe in recent years, tourists do not want to miss the opportunity to visit the “Eternal City,” the must-see tourist destination at least once in a lifetime.

Rank Città Country
#1 Dubai United Arab Emirates
#2 Bali Indonesia
#3 London United Kingdom
#4 Rome Italy
#5 Paris France
#6 Cancun Mexico
#7 Crete Greece
#8 Marrakech Morocco
#9 Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
#10 Istanbul Turkey
#11 Playa del Carmen Mexico
#12 Barcelona Spain
#13 New Delhi India
#14 Hurghada Egypt
#15 Madrid Spain
#16 Phuket Thailandi
#17 Hanoi Vietnam
#18 Cairo Egypt
#19 Florence Italy
#20 Edinburgh United Kingdom

Monuments of Rome “Best of the Best”

Rome has been awarded 56 “Best of the Best” to places to visit and attractions this year. This is the highest award issued by Tripadvisor intended for the top 1% of the best review profiles.

Below is the full list:

  1. Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
  2. Pantheon
  3. Colosseum
  4. Foro Romano
  5. Colle Palatino
  6. Piazza Navona
  7. Fontana di Trevi
  8. Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II (Vittoriano)
  9. Trastevere
  10. Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo
  11. Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura
  12. Chiesa di Sant’Ignazio di Loyola
  13. Archbasilica of St. John Lateran
  14. Basilica di Santa Prassedde
  15. Scalinata di Piazza di Spagna
  16. Basilica di Sant’Andrea della Valle
  17. Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi
  18. Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Piazza Navona)
  19. Santa Maria in Trastevere
  20. San Pietro in Vincoli
  21. Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri
  22. Catacombe di San Callisto
  23. Quartiere Coppedè
  24. Tempio di Roma (tempio mormone a Porta di Roma)
  25. Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli
  26. Santuario dei gatti, Largo di Torre Argentina
  27. Museo Nazionale Romano (Palazzo Altemps)
  28. Chiesa di Sant’Agnese in Agone
  29. Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
  30. Santa Maria sopra Minerva
  31. Ponte St. Angelo
  32. Capitol Square
  33. Palazzo del Quirinale
  34. Colonna Traiana
  35. Via Appia Antica
  36. Ghetto Ebraico
  37. Catacombe di Priscilla
  38. Parco degli Acquedotti
  39. Piazza di Spagna
  40. Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
  41. Piazza Venezia
  42. Arco di Costantino
  43. Piazza della Rotonda
  44. Villa Borghese
  45. Teatro di Marcello
  46. Palazzo Barberini
  47. Piazza del Popolo
  48. Baths of Caracalla
  49. Museo Nazionale Romano (Bagni di Diocleziano)
  50. Fontana della Barcaccia (Piazza di Spagna)
  51. Tempio di Adriano
  52. Trinità dei Monti
  53. Campo de’ Fiori
  54. Piazza della Repubblica
  55. Stadio di Trastevere
  56. Bocca della Verità

Tripadvisor’s recognition is a signal that Rome is not only one of the most important and popular tourist destinations in the world, but should be an incentive to continue to preserve its cultural and culinary heritage, as well as its tourist offerings for visitors from all over the world.

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