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Athen & Santorini, Greece and Southern Italy

by /bio/pmd2524 »

  We are a "family" of 4 - all cousins, 2 "older", 2 young 20's. Two of us have been to Southern Italy (Rome, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Capri) long ago but two of my cousins have not been, so I will be returning to the place I loved so much. Our trip is only 12 days (including travel days) and we are trying to fit quite a bit in for this amount of time. When I traveled back in 2008, we stayed in Sorrento for 3 days, doing only a day trip of Amalfi Coast and a day trip to Capri, including Blue Grotto. We also went to Pompeii for a day, which we will not be doing this time. We also spent 3 days in Rome. We will be traveling back around May 18th/19th and I am hoping to do something different than what I've already done. Any recommendations as to what part of Amalfi Coast to stay? For some reason I've always thought that I want to travel to Nerano, but I cannot find much information. Any ideas? Should we spend a night in Capri or is spending a day enough time. We will spend 2 1/2 days in Rome. Then we will travel to Athens for a day, then on to Santorini for a few days. We'll spend one last day in Athens before we head back to the US (Massachusetts). Looking for advice on where to stay, how to structure the trip - do Italy or Greece first, or does it matter? Any ideas/suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

RE: Athen & Santorini, Greece and Southern Italy

by /bio/road-crazy »

I would probably keep Italy first to stay ahead of the crowds.  In May, you'll have Greece largely to yourself, other than Santorini when the cruise ships are in port.  I would fly straight from Italy to Santorini without stopping in Athens (you may need to change planes there), to avoid another hotel change and condense your time in Athens so you can take maximum advantage of it.