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Flavors of Rome and Paris Itinerary

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Countries Visited

France, Italy

Places Visited

Frascati, Saint-Germain, Champagne, Rome...

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Suggested Duration

12 Days

Paris and Rome, where kitchen aromas drift down cobbled streets, and delicate treats tempt from neighborhood windows. These are cities of indulgence and extravagance, where the icons of history gaze down on an everyday devotion to food. Gastronomy is a lens for exploring the authenticity of these grand capitals, it’s an invite to what lays behind the famous facades: pastry classes, tasting menus, food markets, unique restaurants, vintage vineyards, and much more.

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Trip Highlights

  • Sip legendary wines at Frascati vineyards and pop a bottle of bubbles in Champagne
  • Learn the art of Parisian pastries and perfect Italian pasta
  • Explore traditional food markets and compare the flavors from these two great capitals
  • Dine in the Eiffel Tower and dine on a vintage railway car that stops outside the Colosseum
  • Tour Parisian and Roman neighborhoods that are best understood through their food
  • Discover Roman and Parisian bistros, where the produce reflects the very best from a country
  • Enjoy multiple tasting menus and take your pick from guides’ recommendations for authentic local dinners
  • Experience the sights of course, with six days in Rome and five in Paris

Detailed Description

Paris and Rome are two iconic cities that can be best understood through their food. In the land of the Eiffel Tower or Colosseum, it’s easy to stumble into the flocks of tourists that stumble from famous site to famous site. Yet these are cities with atmosphere and authenticity, not merely airbrushed postcards. Aromas drift down cobbled lanes, like coffee and chocolate and charcuterie treats. Locals gather on cafe and restaurant terraces, the hum of chatter mixing with clinking cutlery. Bistros and kitchens invite you with both smells and sounds, not to mention those tempting delicacies that glisten behind glass. Food isn’t just what you eat. It’s an avenue into the most authentic and atmospheric parts of these cities. It’s an invitation to travel into the heart of Paris and Rome.

Food provides your lens on this handcrafted tour to two European capitals. It takes you into neighborhoods where other visitors don’t tread. It reveals secrets and traditions that most others don’t notice. Gastronomy connects you to local cultures, showing the nuance that exists between different parts of the cities. You’ll discover a remarkable attention to detail and a fabulous love for the finer things in life. There are indulgent experiences of course, like fine dining and food and wine pairings. This tour also takes you into the backstreets and bistros where the locals go to eat for a chance to discover lesser-known treats.

Six days in Rome are followed by five in Paris. Sit down to a Roman tasting menu with wine, an easy introduction to cuisine on the first day. Spend day two at an intimate food market, searching for ingredients you can then use in a traditional Italian cooking class – the menu is flexible but think multiple courses in true Italian style. Spend day three sampling the best of the Frascati vineyards, then day four exploring Rome’s local and lesser-visited neighborhoods. There’s a Mediterranean cooking class on day five, followed by a fine dinner on a vintage railway car that stops outside the Colosseum. Day six is left free and is an opportunity for a day trip elsewhere in Italy, with many possible places within 1 hour by high-speed train.

Fly direct to Paris and the River Seine provides a dreamy introduction to the French capital; think three-course dining as you pass Notre-Dame as legendary monuments dominate the horizon. On day eight, you’re immersed in local neighborhoods, searching for the treats that originate down narrow cobbled streets. Learn the art of French pastries on day nine’s cooking class, before Michelin-starred dining inside the Eiffel Tower. Pop champagne corks in Champagne before a final day in Paris, where traditional bistros help reveal the gastronomy of an entire country. You’ll be full when you leave, and you’ll have great memories of what makes these two cities so special.

Starting Price

$4,291 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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