Europe’s culinary masterpieces have enticed travelers for millennia. From traditional cultural dishes to modern gastronomical feats, a tour of these delectable destinations is a trip worth taking. Bring a healthy appetite and treat yourself to the amazing tastes, sights and smells on this extensive tour of cuisine.

Day 1-3
Distance: 350km / 220mi

Rome to San Marino

  • Arrive in the City of the Seven Hills and feast on light and fluffy pizza bianca, or the fried seafood dish, fritti.
  • Walk the sacred buildings of Vatican City and stand next to St. Peter’s Basilica surrounded by centuries of Christian architecture and history.
  • Try a Roman favorite: carbonara, or the traditional quinto quarto after exploring the catacombs and walkways of the Collosseum.
  • Make your way to Assisi and share a slice of the traditional pastry rocciata while taking in the palatial arches of the Basilica of Saint Francis.
  • Relax and enjoy a drink at a local bar just steps from the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli.

Day 4-7
Distance: 430km / 270mi

San Marino to Genoa

  • While in San Marino, catch a plate of roast rabbit with fennel, a popular Sammarinese dish.
  • Burn off the calories by walking through the historic center of San Marino and stock up on precious souvenirs such as pottery, artwork, and fine lace.
  • Mortadella, tortellini, and Bolognese sauce all started in Bologna, nicknamed La Grassa, which means “the Fat One.” Try traditional favorites like bollito di carne and lasagna before exploring Basilica Santuario della Madonna di San Luca.
  • In Parma, indulge in Parmesan cheese, prosciutto, and handmade pastas such as tortellini, cappelletti, and anolini, all created here.
  • Revered by opera lovers since the days of Verdi, feel the history of performance inside the Teatro Regio di Parma.
  • Remain on the coast in Cinque Terre, five unique fishing villages settled on dramatic coastal scenery. Explore the cliffsides on foot or by rail.

Day 8-10
Distance: 180km / 110mi

Genoa to Monaco

  • Once in Genoa, wander the Piazza de Ferrari, a main square with a beautiful fountain surrounded by historic buildings including the Palace of the Doges the Teatro Carlo Felice.
  • There’s an endless choice of seafood in Genoa, a major fishing port, but also try culinary contributions such as pandolce cakes and pesto.
  • Monaco welcomes with big flavors like the national dish, Stocafi, a serving of cod combined with tomato sauce. Try the popular street food socca, and local pastries like the Barbagiuan and the Fougasse.
  • Finish with a sweet Crêpe Suzette at the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo. Unwind with boutique shopping, opera shows, and of course, world class gambling.

Day 11-14
Distance: 1100km / 680mi

Monaco to Paris

  • Stop in the town of Les Baux de Provence for the Carrieres de Lumieres, an unforgettable light show projecting art on towering limestone cave walls.
  • Loire Valley, or “The Garden of France,” invites with fouace or fouée often served with rillettes, a shredded, textured pâté. Local freshwater fish is also a must.
  • Heaven for the gastronomically inclined, Paris delights with fresh baguettes, pain au chocolat, and crepes.
  • Bite into croque monsieur and escargot after a day of exploring Notre Dame Cathedral, The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, or just watching the lazy waters of the Seine River.
  • Enjoy all the post-meal fromage and macarons you can digest.

Before you go

  1. In Italy, if you ask for “un caffé” you will get espresso. If you want something more similar to American coffee, you have to ask for a caffé Americano.
  2. In Italy restaurants usually don’t start serving until 7:30pm and don’t become busy until after 9:30pm
  3. The word “antipasto” literally means “before the meal”. You can taste classical starters such as bruschetta (grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper), or supplí in Rome, and farinata in Genoa.
  4. The typical breakfast in France, le petit dejeuner, is café au lait, hot chocolate, or tea; a roll with butter and marmalade… and a croissant, of course!
  5. In France many restaurants offer a special fixed lunchtime menu, with limited choice, called le Menu du jour and usually open for dinner at 7 p.m.
  6. A normal tip in France will amount to up to 10% of the bill, left discreetly on the table in coins or small notes.