18 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

18 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salerno, Italy
— 2 nights
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Drive to Naples International Airport, Fly to Mikonos Airport, Drive to Elia
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Elia, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive to Mikonos Airport, Fly to Athens
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Ca' Zenobio degli Armeni, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally steep yourself in history at Squero di San Trovaso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): explore the activities along Canal Grande, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Venice trip website.

Madison, USA to Venice is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Madison to Venice due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Madison in December, with highs in Venice at 49°F and lows at 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Milan, Italy — 1 night

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, and finally take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Milan, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Milan to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Milan, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Rome tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Rome are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Salerno.
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Salerno, Italy — 2 nights

While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): head outdoors with Cilento, don't miss a visit to Promenade Trieste, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Salerno. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Comunale and then explore the ancient world of Villa di Poppea.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Salerno travel route planner.

Drive from Rome to Salerno in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rome in January since evenings lows in Salerno dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Elia.
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Elia, Greece — 3 nights

Elia is known for beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paralia Kalafati, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Panayia Tourliani, surround yourself with nature on Mykonos Eleftheriou Yachting, and kick back and relax at Elia Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Elia day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Salerno to Elia. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In January in Elia, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, wander the streets of Plaka, and then wander the streets of Monastiraki.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Athens trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Elia to Athens with the Route module. In January in Athens, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 44°F at night. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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