Architecture of landmark Duomo in Florence, Italy

Tale of Two Empires: Italy & Greece Historical Tour

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Greece, Italy, Vatican City

Places Visited

Rome, Vatican City, Trastevere, Pisa...

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Suggested Duration

16 Days

From the Pantheon to the Parthenon, Florence to Venice to Olympia, this is a journey to the heart of empire and civilization. You will explore places that changed the world, including the oldest Greek ruins and medieval Tuscany. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of cities that live and breathe history. Lose yourself in archaeological sites and the redolent wonder of ruins. These are the countries of legend, and this two-week journey will take you far back in time.

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Trip Highlights

  • Stand in the place where so much began as you explore the ancient Acropolis in Athens
  • Surround yourself with early civilization in the heart of ancient Rome
  • Travel further back in time to discover the mysteries of Mycenae and Olympia
  • Jump forward into the Middle Ages and discover all the history of Renaissance Florence
  • Explore a Byzantine-era as you travel through rural Greece and find enigmatic churches from the past
  • Celebrate the beauty of Venice among the canals of the old republic
  • Immerse yourself in cobbles and charm as you stay in the Greek medieval town of Monemvasia, as well as spending time in Pisa
  • Encounter so many legends from history including Sparta, Nafplio, St Peters Square, St Marco’s Basilica, the Pantheon, and the Parthenon

Detailed Description

History does not stand still, as the stories change over time until they become fascinating myths and stories. Yet history can remain authentic. It can retain its truth for all to experience. When you stand at the Athens Acropolis or ride a gondola down Venice’s canals, the history from the books falls away. When you walk the streets of Florence or explore the ruins of Olympia the history comes alive. As you travel from Byzantine churches to leaning towers and Vatican art you find that history is not merely something from the past. It is a part of the past, laying its heart open for you to discover.

No other countries have a history like Italy and Greece. Together they narrate over three millennia of civilizations and empires. Sometimes the abundance of historical sights can be baffling. At other times, it seems impossible that a certain column or sculpture has stood for over 3,000 years. In some places, the history is left in a redolent state of ruin. You must imagine the attraction’s original grandeur but you get a true sense of its age. In other places, the history has been preserved and restored to create a more polished experience. Even on a single day, it will be remarkable how many centuries you can experience. When you combine the legends of Italy and Greece you live out the history that made the world what it is today.

Begin this historical tour in Ancient Rome as you travel to the later Middle Ages. Then, visit Florence before you go back to the early Middle Ages as you explore Venice. You will also visit renowned sites such as the Vatican, Ostia Antica, Pisa, Tuscany and sailing to Venetian islands. Then, in Greece, you will hop between the eras while you visit Athens, Olympia, then rural medieval life on the Aegean Sea. Explore Byzantine remains, legendary Sparta, mysterious Mycenae, and the early healing center of Epidaurus. In Greece, you’ll spend the night in five differing destinations, and each will be a new window onto history. As you fly out of Athens, you’ll have your own historical tale to tell of a legacy that stretches from the Colosseum to the Temple of Athena.

Starting Price

$4,187 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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