26 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

26 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

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26 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  31​h
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Skiathos, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Skopelos, Greece
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Kamari, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
5
Siena, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Pisa, Italy
— 1 day
train:  1​h
7
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Verona, Italy
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
11
Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
12
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  29​h
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get some cultural insight at Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. Visit Parthenon and Ancient Agora of Athens for their historical value. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, wander the streets of Monastiraki, and take in the exciting artwork at Technohoros Art Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Athens is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect Athens to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Skiathos.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

1
night
Skiathos, Greece

Skiathos ©
Boasting some of Greece's finest beaches, Skiathos swells with vacationers from colder European countries at the height of the tourist season.
On the 30th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Kastro Ke Medieval Ekklisia and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lalaria Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Skiathos trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Athens to Skiathos by combination of subway and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Athens in September: highs in Skiathos hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Skopelos.

Things to do in Skiathos

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lalaria Beach ©
Lalaria Beach
Kastro Ke Medieval Ekklisia ©
Kastro Ke Medieval Ekklisia

1
night
Skopelos, Greece

Skopelos ©
Known as one of the Aegean's greenest islands, Skopelos features a long coastline of fine beaches and an interior covered with verdant pine forests, olive groves, and plum orchards.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): kick back and relax at Kastani Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Skopelos online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Skiathos to Skopelos by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September in Skopelos, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Kamari.

Things to do in Skopelos

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kastani Beach ©
Kastani Beach

3
nights
Kamari, Greece

Kamari ©
Kamari is a coastal village on the southeastern part of the Aegean island of Santorini, Greece, in the Cyclades archipelago with a population of approx. On the 2nd (Mon), stroll through Kamari Beach, then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, and then look for gifts at Koukla Art. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Caldera Beach, stroll through Red Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kamari trip planning tool .

Getting from Skopelos to Kamari by combination of ferry and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Siena.

Things to do in Kamari

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Koukla Art, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach

1
night
Siena, Italy

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, make a trip to Piazza del Campo, and then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Siena trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kamari to Siena takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Siena when traveling from Kamari in October, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Pisa.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Museums
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Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico ©
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo

1
day
Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate the long history of St Martin Cathedral and then enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Pisa tour planner.

Traveling by train from Siena to Pisa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Pisa can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St Martin Cathedral
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St Martin Cathedral ©
St Martin Cathedral
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Academy Of Florence Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Museo di San Marco capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Pisa to Florence takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

1
night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 10th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Milan road trip planner.

Take a train from Florence to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Florence in October: highs in Milan hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

1
night
Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fermo Maggiore, Verona, explore the ancient world of Arena di Verona, then take a stroll through Piazza delle Erbe, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, and finally step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Verona trip planner .

Take a train from Milan to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Verona sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

4
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Doge's Palace and St Mark's Campanile. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and take in the exciting artwork at Giudecca 795 Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Venice trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Verona to Venice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande

2
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister of Santa Chiara, then explore the ancient world of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, and then don't miss a visit to Pompeii Archaeological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): wander the streets of Chiaia, look for gifts at Io sono La Chianina, then get engrossed in the history at Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, and finally examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Naples trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Naples takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Venice in October, with highs in Naples at 27°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Pompeii Archaeological Park, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
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 17th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then steep yourself in history at Forum of Augustus, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and then explore the ancient world of Pantheon.

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

Take a train from Naples to Rome in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Rome sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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