38 days in Italy, Athens & Barcelona Itinerary

38 days in Italy, Athens & Barcelona Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Modena, Italy
— 6 nights
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Bari, Italy
— 4 nights
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Salerno, Italy
— 4 nights
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Catania, Italy
— 4 nights
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Palermo, Italy
— 4 nights
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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.
Visit Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Temple of Hephaestus and Temple of Athena Nike. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, delve into the distant past at Theater of Dionysus, appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, and make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Athens trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Athens is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Seattle to Athens due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in April: high temperatures in Athens hover around 70°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and Villa Borghese. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cupola di San Pietro and Palatine Hill. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, make a trip to Piazza Navona, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Athens to Rome in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Athens to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rome when traveling from Athens in April, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly to Modena.

Things to do in Rome

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Modena, Italy

— 6 nights

Capital of Engines

Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo della Figurina and Panini Motor Museum. Get some historical perspective at Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista and Palazzo Ducale Piano Primo. Change things up with these side-trips from Modena: Parma (Palazzo della Pilotta & Camera di San Paolo). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti, explore the world behind art at Museo Civico d'Arte, shop like a local with Mercato Albinelli, and make a trip to Palazzo Comunale di Modena.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Modena trip planner.

You can fly from Rome to Modena in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to fly to Bari.

Things to do in Modena

Side Trips

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Bari, Italy

— 4 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica San Nicola and Chiesa del Gesu. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Centro Storico Di Giovinazzo and Il Succorpo della Cattedrale di Bari. Change things up with a short trip to Chiesa di Ognissanti in Trani (about 56 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo, explore the historical opulence of Castello Normanno Svevo, pause for some photo ops at Sacrario Militare dei Caduti d'Oltremare, and don't miss a visit to Piazza del Ferrarese.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Bari journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Modena to Bari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salerno.

Things to do in Bari

Side Trips

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Salerno, Italy

— 4 nights

Unspoilt Gem of the Amalfi Coast

While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Museo della Carta and Museo Diocesano San Matteo di Salerno will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pompeii Archaeological Park and Museo Archeologico Provinciale di Salerno. Explore Salerno's surroundings by going to Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi), Ravello (Villa Rufolo, Duomo di Ravello, &more) and Villa di Poppea (in Torre Annunziata). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Sol’Art Ceramiche, walk around Villa Comunale, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Salerno, and head outdoors with Cilento.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Salerno online day trip planner.

Getting from Bari to Salerno by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bari in April since evenings lows in Salerno dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to fly to Catania.

Things to do in Salerno

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:

Catania, Italy

— 4 nights

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Popular historic sites such as Piazza Duomo and Castillo de Castelmola are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trigone Diving School and Etnatao Etna Excursions. Get out of town with these interesting Catania side-trips: Taormina (Duomo di Taormina & Santa Caterina Church). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Benedetto, take an in-depth tour of Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943, and admire the striking features of Palazzo Biscari.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Catania tour site.

You can fly from Salerno to Catania in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Traveling from Salerno in April, expect little chillier with lows of 47°F in Catania. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Palermo.

Things to do in Catania

Side Trips

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Palermo, Italy

— 4 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Duomo di Monreale and Palazzo Asmundo Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cattedrale di Palermo and Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Monastery of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, steep yourself in history at San Giuseppe dei Teatini, and admire the striking features of Church of San Francesco of Assisi -Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Palermo online vacation planner.

You can drive from Catania to Palermo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.

Things to do in Palermo

Side Trip

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Barcelona, Spain

— 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. Barcelona Cathedral and Ciutat Vella will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Barcelona to go to Santa Coloma de Cervello and see Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: visit El Born, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, see the interesting displays at Joan Miro Foundation, and get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Palermo to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Barcelona are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Side Trip

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Italy travel guide

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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.