18 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

18 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

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Bologna, Italy
— 3 nights
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Fira, Greece
— 6 nights
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights


Bologna, Italy — 3 nights

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Abacanto Home, enjoy breathtaking views from Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, then make a trip to Piazza Maggiore, then stop by La pentola del te, and finally get lost in a book at Biblioteca Salaborsa. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then get outside with Monte delle Formiche, and then admire the local landmark of Fontana del Nettuno.

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Manila, Philippines to Bologna is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippine Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 7 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Manila in May; daily highs in Bologna reach 27°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Florence, Italy — 4 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and The Baptistery of St. John. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, and see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

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You can take a train from Bologna to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can fly to Fira.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
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Fira, Greece — 6 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Explore hidden gems such as Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Amoudi Bay. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach, do a tasting at Domaine Sigalas, don't miss a visit to Santorini Arts Factory, and shop like a local with Ernesto Workshop & Gallery.

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You can fly from Florence to Fira in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Florence to Fira due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Fira when traveling from Florence in May, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Athens.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Lycabettus and Panathenaic Stadium. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, visit Plaka, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

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Traveling by flight from Fira to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. In June in Athens, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Italy travel guide

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.

Province of Florence travel guide

Art Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the Metropolitan City of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with 383,083 inhabitants (as at 2013), expanding to over 1,520,000 in the metropolitan area.Florence was a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of that era. It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages". A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865 to 1871 the city was the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy. The Florentine dialect forms the base of Standard Italian and it became the language of culture throughout Italy due to the prestige of the masterpieces by Dante Alighieri, Petrarch, Giovanni Boccaccio, Niccolò Machiavelli and Francesco Guicciardini.The city attracts millions of tourists each year, and the Historic Centre of Florence was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Due to Florence's artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.


Greece travel guide

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.