Best Places to Visit for Food & Wine in Europe

Fodor's travelers enjoy the finer things in life—from top-rated restaurants and authentic cafés to quaint wine villages and award-winning wineries. Travelers rated several expected favorites, like Burgundy and Tuscany, as Europe's top food and wine destinations, but there were also some surprising newcomers, like Croatia's Istria and Austria's Danube Valley.

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    Burgundy »

    Burgundy
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    Provence »

    Provence

    Provence's azure skies, brilliant sunlight, and windswept landscapes have inspired artists like Cézanne and Van Gogh, as well as countless travelers. Medieval villages perch on hilltops between rolling vineyards, fragrant lavender fields, and craggy mountains... Read more

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    Paris »

    Paris

    Paris is one of the most beautiful cities on earth, a truth easily appreciated on a stroll that could yield one stunning vista after another, from the epic Eiffel Tower to the regal Jardin des Tuileries to the petite cafés bursting onto the sidewalks... Read more

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    Florence »

    Florence

    Florence, the city of the lily, gave birth to the Renaissance and changed the way we see the world. For centuries it has captured the imaginations of travelers, who have come seeking rooms with views and phenomenal art. Florence's is a subtle beauty—its... Read more

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    The Loire Valley »

    The Loire Valley

    A fairy-tale realm par excellence, the Loire Valley is studded with storybook villages, time-burnished towns, and—bien sûr—the famous châteaux de la Loire. These postcard staples, like Chenonceau and Chambord, seem to be strung like a strand of pearls... Read more

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    Tuscany »

    Tuscany

    Tuscany conjures images of superb Renaissance art and landscapes famous for rolling hills, olive groves, and cypress trees. The many pleasures of Tuscany include tasting wine in Chianti and simply relaxing in the piazzas of medieval towns. Whatever you... Read more

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    Amalfi Coast »

    Amalfi Coast

    One of the most gorgeous places on Earth, this corner of the Campania region tantalizes, almost beyond bearing, the visitor who can stay but a day or two. Poets and millionaires have long journeyed here to see and sense its legendary sights: perfect, precariously... Read more

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    Lyon »

    Lyon

    The city's setting at the confluence of the Saône and the Rhône is a spectacular riverine landscape overlooked from the heights to the west by the imposing Notre-Dame de Fourvière church and from the north by the hilltop neighborhood of La Croix Rousse... Read more

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    Vienna Woods, Lake Neusiedler, and the Danube River »

    Vienna Woods, Lake Neusiedler, and the Danube River

    A trip along the Austrian Danube unfolds like a treasured picture book. Roman ruins (some dating to Emperor Claudius), remains of medieval castles-in-air, and Baroque monasteries with "candle-snuffer" cupolas perching precariously above the river stimulate... Read more

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    Istria »

    Istria

    The word conjures something magical as it rolls off the tongue: Istria. Beyond sounding poetic, however, the name of this region of Croatia is derived from the name of the Illyrian people who occupied the area well before the Romans first arrived in the... Read more

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    Rome »

    Rome

    Rome the Eternal is 25 centuries old and constantly reinventing itself. The glories of Ancient Rome, the pomp of the Renaissance Papacy, and the futuristic architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries all blend miraculously into a harmonious whole. You... Read more

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    Milan »

    Milan

    Italy's second-largest city and its business capital is at the center of Lombardy. It holds Italy's most renowned opera house, and as the epicenter of Italian fashion and design, it's a shopper's paradise. Rome may be bigger and have the political power... Read more

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    Champagne Country »

    Champagne Country

    As you head toward Reims, the landscape loosens and undulates, and the hills tantalize with French vineyards that—thanks to la méthode champenoise—produce the world's antidote to gloom. Each year, millions of bottles of bubbly mature in hundreds of kilometers... Read more

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    Madrid »

    Madrid

    Madrid—the Spanish capital since 1561—celebrates itself and life in general around the clock. A vibrant crossroads, Madrid has an infectious appetite for art, music, and epicurean pleasure, and it's turned into a cosmopolitan, modern urban center while... Read more

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    Normandy »

    Normandy

    Normandy—shaped roughly like a jigsaw puzzle piece—sprawls across France’s northwestern corner. Due to its geographic position, this region is blessed with a stunning natural beauty that once inspired Maupassant and Monet. Little wonder today's sightseers... Read more