20 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

20 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

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20 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

Start: Des Moines, United States
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train + subway:  4​h 30​min
4
Sorrento, Italy
— 3 nights
subway:  45​min
5
Pompeii, Italy
— 1 night
bus:  15​min
6
Naples, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
7
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Des Moines, United States

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Palatine Hill and St. Peter's Basilica. Visit Piazza Navona and Pantheon for their historical value. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, wander the streets of Trastevere, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Sebastiano al Palatino.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rome online trip builder .

Des Moines, USA to Rome is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Rome is 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Des Moines in November; daily highs in Rome reach 63°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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 14th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia, pause for some serene contemplation at Siena Cathedral, then make a trip to Piazza del Campo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, then make a trip to Centro Storico di Siena, and then browse the collection at Biblioteca Piccolomini.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Siena online itinerary maker .

Drive from Rome to Siena in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

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

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 16th (Sat): examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi. On your second day here, do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and then make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John.

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Getting from Siena to Florence by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November in Florence, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Sorrento.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
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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 ©

3
nights
Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento ©
A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Art & Craft Gallery and MAR - Museo Archeologico Romano will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Fornillo and Il Vallone dei Mulini. Explore Sorrento's surroundings by going to Positano (Miniaci Art Gallery & Church of Santa Maria Assunta) and Cappella dell'Annunziata (in Praiano). Spend the 19th (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Antonino, explore the world behind art at Correale di Terranova Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museobottega della Tarsialignea, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Sorrento.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sorrento trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Florence to Sorrento by combination of train and subway takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and subway. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sorrento when traveling from Florence in November, with lows around 56°F. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a subway to Pompeii.

Things to do in Sorrento

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Positano, Cappella dell'Annunziata
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Fishing Charters & Tours
Church of Santa Maria Assunta ©
Church of Santa Maria Assunta

1
night
Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii ©
Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Pompeii online day trip planner .

You can take a subway from Sorrento to Pompeii in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sorrento in November, plan for little chillier nights in Pompeii, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Naples.

Things to do in Pompeii

Museums
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1
night
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 22nd (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Galleria Borbonica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria Francesca Delle Cinque Piaghe, then view the masterpieces at Keste, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Cappella Sansevero, and finally admire the striking features of Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Naples trip planner .

Naples is just a short distance from Pompeii. In November, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
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Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica
Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero
Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno ©
Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno

5
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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Donkey's Land. Your inner history buff will appreciate Acropolis of Athens and Erechtheion. Take a break from Athens with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Lagonisi, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens, and delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Athens vacation planning tool .

Getting from Naples to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Naples to Athens due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Glyfada Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, Donkey's Land
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rome online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Rome is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rome when traveling from Athens in November, with lows around 47°F. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Fri) before leaving for Siena.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
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Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum

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