16 days in Italy, Athens & Paralio Astros Itinerary

16 days in Italy, Athens & Paralio Astros Itinerary

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16 days in Italy, Athens & Paralio Astros Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
1
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly + Subway:  5 h 30 min
5
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Paralio Astros, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
End: Athens, Greece

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 31st (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take an in-depth tour of Galleria 92.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Milan travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Il Caravaggio International Airport. In July in Milan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the activities along Canal Grande. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Venice road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Milan to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Venice sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 3rd (Tue), you're off to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, then admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and finally get your game on at Stratagemma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Florence online trip maker.

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Florence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and explore the ancient world of Pantheon.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rome journey maker site.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, wander the streets of Plaka, make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens, and take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Athens trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Rome to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Athens is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Athens, with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Paralio Astros.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Paralio Astros, Greece

Paralio Astros ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paralio Astros: Statue of Constantine Paleologos (in Mystras), Sparta (Mystras, Koumantareios Art Gallery of Sparta, &more) and Ancient Mantineia (in Mantineia).

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paralio Astros tour planner.

Getting from Athens to Paralio Astros by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Paralio Astros when traveling from Athens in August, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Paralio Astros

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sparta, Archaeological site Keadas, Ancient Mantineia, Statue of Constantine Paleologos
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Mystras ©
Mystras
Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil ©
Ancient Mantineia ©
Ancient Mantineia

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