19 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

19 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
— 3 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Centro Storico and The Baptistery of St. John. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Arciconfraternita Della Misericordia. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, and get engrossed in the history at Corridoio Vasariano.

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Cleveland, USA to Florence is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Cleveland in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.
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Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Colosseum and Vatican Museums are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Villa Borghese and St. Clement Basilica. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campidoglio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Naples.
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Naples, Italy — 3 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Get some cultural insight at Pompeii Archaeological Park and Underground Naples. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Catacombe di San Gennaro and Museo delle Torture. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Chiaia.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Naples online trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Rome to Naples in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Naples are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to fly to Heraklion.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Heraklion, Greece — 3 nights

Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Appreciate the collections at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Historical Museum of Crete. Get some historical perspective at The Palace of Knossos and Castello del Molo (Koules). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete and do a tasting at Douloufakis Winery.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Heraklion trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Naples to Heraklion takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Naples to Heraklion due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 73°F. You'll set off for Fira on the 11th (Thu).
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Fira, Greece — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Visiting Monolithos Beach and Red Beach will get you outdoors. Kallisti Tours and Castelli of Pyrgos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Gavalas Winery and examine the collection at Cultural Village.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fira road trip planner.

Getting from Heraklion to Fira by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. August in Fira sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 75°F at night. On the 14th (Sun), you'll 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.
On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, then don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Hephaestus.

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Getting from Fira to Athens by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. On the 17th (Wed), you'll travel back home.
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Italy travel guide

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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

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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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