18 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

18 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Verona, Italy
— 1 night
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights


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.
Appreciate the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Colosseum and Trastevere are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and make a trip to Spanish Steps.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome tour planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Rome is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Rome is minus 9 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in March: high temperatures in Rome hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Florence.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazzale Michelangelo. Museum-lovers will appreciate Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Florence travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can take a train to Verona.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks
Side Trip
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Verona, Italy — 1 night

City of Romeo and Juliet

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 8th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, contemplate the long history of Museo di Castelvecchio, catch a live performance at Arena di Verona, then wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, and finally examine the collection at Casa di Giulietta.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Verona vacation tool.

Take a train from Florence to Verona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Verona, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Venice.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
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Venice, Italy — 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace. Appreciate the collections at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Museo Correr. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Venice trip planner.

You can drive from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Athens, Greece — 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Let the collections at Acropolis Museum and Museum of Cycladic Art capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Plaka and Benaki Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get engrossed in the history at National History Museum (Old Parliament), and delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Athens online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Venice to Athens. Traveling from Venice in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Athens, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas
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Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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 · Nightlife
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.