13 days -- Italy and possible visit to Greece in mid January (11th - 23rd)?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 8, 2013 6:10 AM Last Post By: meckerdv
Oct 5, 2013 8:52 AM
I been thinking of going to Italy as one option, however I can't decide which way to go, which cities to see besides Rome. And also had thoughts of seeing a second country in one trip (for example Greece). I am going with my girlfriend and we are interested to see all the Roman/Greek ruins.
One option I been thinking of is to go to Rome, then go down to Naples to see Pompeii and Herculaneum, and then go to Bari or Brindisi to take a ferry to Patra. Once in Patra go by Delphi and spend remainder of time in Athens.
Another option, if skipping Greece for late, is to go north... but I am not sure what would be the best itinerary there...
Maybe someone could give me suggestion?
What do you think would be best option for Italy in January?
Oct 5, 2013 12:43 PM
Oct 5, 2013 6:29 PM
2If one of your major reasons for going to Greece is to see ancient Greek ruins you can just as well stay in Italy, because Southern Italy and Sicily has some of the best preserved Greek ruins(Some of them are hardly ruins, but nearly complete temples!). Southern Italy and Sicilia used to be called Magna Graecia in ancient times!
For the 2nd country you're going to see the Vatican in Rome I'm sure. Or go to Malta for a few days! It's so tiny that even a 2-3 day short trip shows you a lot from Malta, while going to Greece for such a short time doesn't make much sense at all.
Oct 6, 2013 7:28 AM
3Lots of people say to spend less time moving, more time in less places.
Honestly, I think it depends who you are. I went to Italy with a tour group a few years ago. Some people didn't like the fast pace, but I loved it. The trip was 11 days, 2 just flying, and we saw Rome, Venice, Florence, Assisi, Siena, Pisa, and more. You just have to be sure what you want out of the trip. As for the ruins, Rome was wonderful. I actually enjoyed the Roman Forum more than the Coliseum. I like the less busy places, so Rome was a little overrated for me. Again, it's your preferences. Siena was my favorite. The streets and architecture were absolutely beautiful, that town was exactly what I wanted out of Italy. Florence was a nice mixture of tourism and daily life feeling. I think going to Greece might take up more time and money than it should, I think it'd be better as a separate trip. Hope it goes well! Enjoy your trip!
Oct 6, 2013 8:07 AM
Oct 7, 2013 3:05 AM
Oct 8, 2013 5:53 AM
6Based on the season of your intended trip, you should be able to get low-cost flights from Italy to Greece (say Rome to Athens or Naples to Athens, but there are also other routes such as Ryanair flying from Rome Ciampino to Thessaloniki) at very reasonable prices (potentially between 50 and 100 euro each way) which may be much more convenient (cheaper and quicker) than traveling all the way to Bari and Brindisi, boarding a ship for 24 hours and continuing into Greece overland. So I see no reason why you should not see at least the capitals of both countries within the timeframe you mention.
Oct 8, 2013 6:10 AM
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