15 days in Italy, Athens & Santorini Itinerary

15 days in Italy, Athens & Santorini Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Pisa, Italy
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Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Get in touch with nature at Canal Grande and Giudecca. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cannaregio and San Giorgio Maggiore. Venture out of the city with trips to Vicenza (Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico & Piazza dei Signori), Padua (Orto Botanico di Padova, University of Padova, &more) and Lido (in Lido di Venezia). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Venice trip itinerary maker.

Atlanta, USA to Venice is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Atlanta to Venice. Traveling from Atlanta in September, things will get little chillier in Venice: highs are around 77°F and lows about 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Temple of Athena Nike, take a stroll around Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, kick back and relax at Asteras Glyfada Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kavouri Beach, then boost your wellbeing at Lake Vouliagmeni, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Megalo Kavouri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Cycladic Art, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Areopagus, and finally pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Athens takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Venice to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Venice in September; daily highs in Athens reach 84°F and lows reach 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Fira, Greece

— 3 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Step out of the city life by going to Kamari Beach and Perissa Black Sand Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santo Winery and Wine Tours & Tastings. Get out of town with these interesting Fira side-trips: Akrotiri (La Ponta & White Beach). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Vlychada Beach, hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fira trip builder site.

Getting from Athens to Fira by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. September in Fira sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

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 a sense of the local culture at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano and Villa Cimbrone Gardens. Get in touch with nature at Villa di Pollio Felice - Bagni della Regina Giovanna and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Venture out of the city with trips to Monastero di San Paolo (in Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi), Sorrento (Correale di Terranova Museum, Museobottega della Tarsialignea, &more) and Positano (Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Walk of the Gods, &more). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Galleria Borbonica, admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, get curious at Museo delle Arti Sanitarie, and contemplate the long history of Catacombe di San Gaudioso.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Naples travel route builder site.

You can fly from Fira to Naples in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fira to Naples. Expect slightly colder evenings in Naples when traveling from Fira in September, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the views from St. Angelo Bridge and then make a trip to Villa Borghese. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, get engrossed in the history at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, then explore the striking landscape at Colle del Gianicolo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Naples to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pisa.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Pisa, Italy

— 1 night
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
On the 28th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Pisa travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Pisa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Pisa are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pisa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

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.

Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.