40 days in Greece & Italy Itinerary

40 days in Greece & Italy Itinerary

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Fly to Malpensa International Airport, Drive to Mandello del Lario
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Mandello del Lario, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
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Drive to Naples, Ferry to Ischia, Drive to Forio
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Forio, Italy
— 3 nights
Taxi to Ischia, Ferry to Capri
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Capri, Italy
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Praiano, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bari, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Pantelleria, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Taormina, Italy
— 2 nights
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Drive to Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, Fly to Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport, Drive to Paleokastritsa
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Paleokastritsa, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Mandello del Lario, Italy

— 2 nights
Mandello del Lario is an Italian town and comune in the province of Lecco, in Lombardy, on the Como Lake.Since 1921, Mandello del Lario has been home to Moto Guzzi—the Italian motorcycle manufacturer, now a subsidiary of Piaggio & Co. On the 1st (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Beata Vergine del Fiume, take in the pleasant sights at Green Way dei Patriarchi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, stroll through Riva Bianca Beach, then contemplate the long history of Castello di Corenno Plinio, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mandello del Lario day trip planning site.

Melbourne, Australia to Mandello del Lario is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Mandello del Lario. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Mandello del Lario: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Mandello del Lario

Historic Sites · Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace will appeal to history buffs. Head to T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi and Mercati di Rialtofor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico di Venezia, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and steep yourself in history at Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner.

Getting from Mandello del Lario to Venice by car takes about 3.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Head to Piazza della Repubblica and Tuscany in a Bottlefor plenty of shopping. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Florence Academy of Fine Arts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, get engrossed in the history at Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico, and admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Florence road trip planning site.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Florence, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano, do a tasting at Fattoria San Vito, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Santa Cristina, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Pisa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Pisa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Siena, Italy

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 10th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Casa di Santa Caterina, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Clemente in Santa Maria dei Servi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cappella di Piazza, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with La Bottega del Sale di Duccio Nacci photographer, contemplate the long history of Torre Grossa, then learn about winemaking at La Buca Di Montauto, then learn about winemaking at Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di San Gimignano.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Siena trip maker website.

You can drive from Pisa to Siena in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cupola di San Pietro and Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli. Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, stroll the grounds of Vatican Necropolis, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo, and contemplate the long history of Villa Farnesina.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip planner.

Getting from Siena to Rome by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Ravello, Italy

— 3 nights
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
We've included these beaches for you: Spiaggia di castiglione and Spiaggia di Atrani. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Duomo di Sant'Andrea and Villa Cimbrone Gardens. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, look for gifts at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello.

Find out how to plan Ravello trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Rome to Ravello takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ravello, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Forio.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Forio, Italy

— 3 nights
Get some historical perspective at Chiesa dell’Arciconfraternita di Santa Maria Visitapoveri a Forio and Basilica Di Santa Maria Di Loreto. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Spiaggia degli Inglesi and Spiaggia di San Francesco. Change things up with these side-trips from Forio: Ischia (Perrazzo Vini d'Ischia & Atelier delle Dolcezze).

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Forio trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Ravello to Forio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Capri.

Things to do in Forio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Capri, Italy

— 2 nights
The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Scala Fenicia (Phoenician Steps), take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria a Cetrella, then explore the activities along Marina Piccola, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Grande Public Beach, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Belvedere di Tragara. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Villa Lysis, contemplate the long history of Villa Jovis, hike along Fortini Coastal Walk, then explore the striking landscape at I Faraglioni, and finally stop by Carthusia.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Capri trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Forio to Capri in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Praiano.

Things to do in Capri

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Praiano, Italy

— 2 nights
Praiano is a town and comune of the province of Salerno in the Campania region of southwest Italy. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Suppraiano, then head outdoors with I Suoni degli Dei - Pelagos, then look for gifts at Piccadilly Ceramics, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at The Spa at Monastero Santa Rosa. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Marina di Praia Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiagge Le Praie, then take in the awesome beauty at Monte Tre Calli, and finally make a trip to Fiordo di Furore.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Praiano route planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Capri to Praiano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bari.

Things to do in Praiano

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Bari, Italy

— 2 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
On the 25th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Il Succorpo della Cattedrale di Bari, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Normanno Svevo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Nicola. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Ognissanti, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Ruvo di Puglia, and finally make a trip to Cattedrale Maria SS. Assunta.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bari trip planner.

Getting from Praiano to Bari by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Praiano in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Bari, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Pantelleria.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pantelleria, Italy

— 2 nights
Pantelleria, the ancient Cossyra, is an Italian island in the Strait of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea, 100km southwest of Sicily and 60km east of the Tunisian coast. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look for gifts at Le Delizie di Sicilia, kick back and relax at Cala Bue Marino, then get outside with Favare Grande, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Rosario. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Bagno Asciutto, then head outdoors with Le Favare, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Madonna delle Grazie, and finally do a tasting at Azienda Agricola d'Ancona.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pantelleria trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Bari to Pantelleria takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Pantelleria when traveling from Bari in November, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to fly to Taormina.

Things to do in Pantelleria

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Taormina, Italy

— 2 nights
With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): gain interesting insight with a heritage tour. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Torre dell'Orologio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Caterina Church, kick back and relax at Lido Mazzaro, then ponder the design of Quattro Fontane di Taormina, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Duomo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Taormina.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Taormina journey maker site.

You can fly from Pantelleria to Taormina in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In November, daily temperatures in Taormina can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to fly to Paleokastritsa.

Things to do in Taormina

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Beaches

Paleokastritsa, Greece

— 2 nights
Heartily dedicated to tourism, Corfu's popular resort town of Paleokastritsa lures vacationers with lavish hotels and beaches surrounded by a hilly countryside of olive groves and fragrant fruit orchards.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Paleokastritsa Beach and Church of Saint Spiridon. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Grotta Beach and Arillas Beach. Step out of Paleokastritsa to go to Corfu Town and see Corfu Gallery, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Kaiser's Throne, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, admire all the interesting features of Corfu Donkey Rescue, and head outdoors with Acapulco Pool Bar.

To find out how to plan a trip to Paleokastritsa, use our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Taormina to Paleokastritsa. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Taormina in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Paleokastritsa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can fly to Fira.

Things to do in Paleokastritsa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Fira, Greece

— 3 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Do your shopping at Atlantis Books E.E. and MATI Art Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Three Bells of Fira. There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, don't miss a visit to The Castle of St Nicholas, and get a taste of the local shopping with Oria Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fira trip builder website.

You can fly from Paleokastritsa to Fira in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Paleokastritsa in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Fira, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Mykonos Town, Greece

— 2 nights

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town trip itinerary app.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to fly. December in Mykonos Town sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 12°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

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.

Tuscany travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.

Puglia travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Churches
Situated at the southeastern tip of the country, Puglia forms the heel on the "boot" of Italy. First colonized by Mycenaean Greeks, the region flourished during Roman times as a major producer of grain and oil. Today, Puglia remains a predominantly agricultural part of the country, though its warm and sunny coastal weather makes it a favorite holiday destination with an ever-increasing number of tourists. The long coastline features attractions like sun-kissed beaches and lively resorts, many of which are overlooked by limestone cliffs. Deeper inland, Puglia is largely flat, a land of charming villages and world-class cuisine. Here, you'll find olive oil, grapes, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and fresh seafood to give you sustenance as you continue sightseeing. Despite its reputation as a producer of some Italy's best food and wines, Puglia still has numerous rural corners that most tourists have yet to explore.

Greece travel guide

4.2
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.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
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.