Best Solo Destinations for Eating and Drinking in Italy
The best tip for traveling solo is to join some fun food and wine tours or classes. Italy regularly tops the leaderboard when it comes to food and wine thanks to its delicious flavors based on quality, seasonal ingredients. And there is no end to the amount of food and wine tours as well as cooking classes.
Here are a few destinations that feature some of the solo-friendly hotels and a recommended tour to complete your experience.
*For solo gourmets, there can be no better option than a culinary adventure in Italy. Learn to make seafood risotto and explore the olive groves and vineyards in Sicily.
Contrada Verzella (km 222,13). 95012 Castiglione di Sicilia -Catania.
Cavanera Etnea is a place to experience the strong connection that the Di Gaetano family has with Etnea. A place where they interpret its nature through scrupulous viticulture, bringing the volcano’s unique oenological characteristics to the glass. It is the ideal location for a 360-degree experience in the sensory universe of the wines produced in this enchanting setting.
With plenty to do at this luxurious resort, you never have to leave.
But, if you want to get out and experience Sicily:
Discover the street food and snacks of Catania on a daytime walking tour around the city. Visit the main piazza, and the elegant Via dei Crociferi or Benedettini enclave, learning about Catania’s food and its place in Sicilian culture as you stroll. Sample treats at market stalls and bakeries, and then leave armed with tips for the best places to eat in town.
*Discover the medieval towers in Bologna before being schooled in the art of making fresh tortellini.
Via De’ Mattuiani, 1/2 40124 Bologna
Hotel Touring is an elegant 4-star hotel in the center of Bologna, in a privileged position with respect to the city’s most important streets and tourist sites. Just a 5-minute walk from Piazza Maggiore, and a few minutes on foot from many shops and restaurants.
As an added bonus, the hotel offers a beautiful terrace on the fifth floor with a breathtaking, panoramic view of Bologna.
Learn the secrets behind traditional recipes from Bologna during this private cooking class, complete with a local market visit. Get tips for selecting the best ingredients at the market and then settle into the chef’s home in the Bologna city center for a cooking class. Prepare three courses and then feast on everything you cook alongside a variety of local red and white wines.
*Delight in the rolling hills and local vineyards of Veneto, the birthplace of Prosecco and Tiramisu. Don’t forget to sample the wine, too. Time your visit to coincide with the annual wine harvest when the countryside comes alive with festivals, feasts, and celebrations.
Via Guglielmo Oberdan, 9. 37121 Verona.
In the pulsating heart of Verona, 100 meters walk from the Arena, Oriana Suites Verona opens its doors to visitors. This unique accommodation has luxury bedrooms and sophisticated furnishings chosen with particular attention to detail. Located in a historical building that was recently renovated, Oriana Suites Verona offers privileged proximity to the main town attractions.
Taste Prosecco at the source during a full-day wine tour with traditional lunch departing from Verona. Meet your guide for this small-group tour and set out on a drive to the Colli Berici Region. Admire views of historic villas and unspoiled nature along the way. You will visit two wineries, walk through the vineyards, and sample Prosecco during the tour. A traditional lunch and a visit to the medieval town of Soave are also included.
Another Solo Travel Tip:
Look for opera and/or orchestral events to attend. Some are free and all of them do not require a partner to attend.
I hope these destinations and tours inspire you to get out there and travel solo. You never know who you might meet along the way.