1 Month in Europe: From Madrid to Rome
This journey takes you from the capital of Spain to the capital of Italy, through several of Europe’s most iconic cities, and along some dramatic scenic routes. If you’re pressed for time, it’s possible to condense this journey into a few weeks, but it’s also a fantastic journey to slow down and enjoy day trips and excursions at each stop.
View a selection of the world’s most famous artworks; spend the day basking on the beach; walk some of Europe’s iconic streets; witness incredible views, both on foot and from the train; soak up the atmosphere in three distinct European countries.
Recommended Rail Pass
7 days within 1 month Global Pass
The rail connections between these three countries make the Global Pass perfect for your needs. Although you will likely use at least one more day of train travel, 7 days within 1 month allows you to use your Global Pass for the more expensive legs, and purchase just one point-to-point ticket for the cheapest of these.
Days 1-4: Madrid, Spain
Things to see and do in Madrid
- Take a walk through the beautiful Parque del Buen Retiro. If you’re feeling energetic, or romantic, you can also rent a boat to take out on the lake.
- Visit the Royal Palace of Madrid to get a taste of how Spanish royalty lived - visitors can explore a portion of the opulent 2,000 room establishment.
- Fan of art? Visit the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, where you can marvel at Picasso’s Guernica.
Days 5-7: Valencia, Spain
Things to see and do in Valencia
- Get your fill of arts and science in one place - at the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences complex - there you’ll find a massive IMAX screen, park, and aquarium
- Walk the bustling streets of Valencia Old Town, and be sure to pay a visit to Mercado Central or Mercat Central, considered one of the biggest of its kind still in operation.
- Want to soak up some sunshine? You could either walk the unusual riverbed park, or hit one of the city’s famous Blue Flag beaches.
Days 8-12: Barcelona, Spain
Things to see and do in Barcelona
- Tick off some of iconic architect Antoni Gaudi’s top buildings over a few days - don’t miss Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and Casa Mila.
- Soak up the atmosphere on Barcelona’s buzzing La Rambla, the famous tree-lined street through the city’s heart.
- Get lost on foot in the fairytale streets of the Gothic Quarter.
Days 13-15: Montpellier, France
Things to see and do in Montpellier
- Snap a photograph in front of the Porte du Peyrou - a beautiful, triumphant arch erected in the city in 1692.
- Visit the Musée Fabre - it recently underwent a multi-million Euro conversion and houses some fascinating pieces.
- Have green fingers? Spend some time at Château de Flaugergues, a magnificent mansion with beautifully kept grounds.
Days 16-18: Nice, France
Things to see and do in Nice
- Breathe in some fresh ocean air along Nice’s stunning Promenade des Anglais, which runs along the Mediterranean for seven kilometres.
- Consider a day trip to one of the famous French Riviera destinations nearby - Saint-Tropez, Cannes and Monaco are all an easy train ride away.
- Spend a day walking the streets of Nice admiring the architecture - the Notre-Dame de Nice, Nice Cathedral, and Place Massena are all remarkable places to visit in the city.
Days 19-21: Genoa, Italy
Things to see and do in Genoa
- Explore the depths of the oceans from dry land - at the large Aquarium of Genoa located in the city’s harbour.
- Walk the famous Via Giuseppe Garibaldi - a street protected by UNESCO for its lavish 16th-century houses, museums, and beautiful palaces.
- Palazzo Reale is one of the city’s most beautiful palaces, and visitors can view some its highlights, including incredible frescos in the hall of mirrors.
Days 22-26: Florence, Italy
Things to see and do in Florence
- Buy a combination ticket for Florence’s famous Duomo and Bell Tower, and take in the spectacular aerial views of the city from both.
- Take a walk across Ponte Vecchio - possibly one of Italy’s most famous bridges - and treat yourself to an authentic gelato on the other side.
- The Uffizi Gallery houses some of the world’s most celebrated artworks, and it’s a must-visit when in Florence.
Days 27-31: Rome, Italy
Things to see and do in Rome
- Spend a day walking the historical streets of Rome, being sure to pay a visit to the Roman Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain.
- Allocate at least half a day to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica in the nearby Vatican City.
- Take in the view, and reflect on your journey through Europe, from the Spanish Steps - a particularly good option around sunset, just before savouring your last Italian meal.