16 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

16 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights


Venice, Italy

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, stop by Cannaregio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Venice travel site.

San Francisco, USA to Venice is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Venice is 9 hours. May in Venice sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Get a sense of the local culture at Pantheon and Villa Borghese. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Rome travel planning app.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Rome sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Popular historic sites such as Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Athena Nike are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Acropolis Museum and Anafiotika. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Temple of Hephaestus, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, and see the interesting displays at Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Athens online road trip planner.

You can fly from Rome to Athens in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 64°F in Athens. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Fira, Greece

— 4 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Akrotiri and Artemis Karamolegos Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and Venetian Castle of Santorini are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to La Ponta in Akrotiri (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, do a tasting at Venetsanos Winery, kick back and relax at Red Beach, and examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fira travel planner.

You can fly from Athens to Fira in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In May in Fira, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

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.

Greece travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
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.