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Italy and Greece, or Spain?

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I want to go with my fiancé to Rome, Amalfi Coast, then fly over to either somewhere in Spain or Santorini for a beautiful beach. I have 14 days. Is this too much traveling?

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    Yes it is too much travel time relax enjoy Italy.
    Close to Rome by fast ferry visit www.sardegna.com Costa Smeralda playground of the Aga Kahn BEAUTIFUL beaches
    closer than Spain and Santorini. Booking.com for lodging.
    Beaches not great in Santorini.com but views are spectacular. www.ikies.com perfect for romantic Honeymoon BEST sunsets in the world. Spain is ok hot crowded prefer greekislands.com of your 2 if you decide to add another country.

    Congrats!

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    Hi bjchin,
    I agree with qwovadis. Both countries are doable, but it would make for very limited time in both Italy and Greece (and a lot of traveling).

    To get to Greece, you could fly out of Rome or Naples. The flight isn't long, but you have to travel through Athens, then catch a flight or ferry to Santorini.

    Either way, getting to Santorini adds a lot of travel time and leaves you with only a few days in Greece (you have to get back to Athens in order to fly out, so you lose at least 2 days just by going to Greece).

    Besides, depending on when you want to go, Greece can be heavily populated by tourists and cruise ship day-trippers.

    If you're looking for beautiful beaches and a "Greek" atmosphere, but also an authentic experience with fewer tourists, there are a number of places in Italy that would possibly match your interests plus make for a truly wonderful second leg of your trip, with the bonus that they're easier and faster to get to.

    You could consider these regions, for example:

    - Puglia - white washed towns reminiscent of Greece (founded by the Greeks, actually), amazing food, pristine beaches, wonderful hotels, fascinating conical trulli houses -- only 3-4 hours from Amalfi Coast. You could easily spend 5+ days here, 3 in the Val d'Itria, 2 in and around Lecce or the Gargano Peninsula.

    -combine Puglia with Basilicata if you want to see Greek ruins (Francis Ford Coppola's new chic hotel Palazzo Margherita just opened up down the road from Metaponto, ancient city of Magna Graecia); also about 4 hours from Amalfi Coast. Matera, Metaponto, Maratea are key cities here.

    -Sicily - a 1h flight from Naples to Catania (or ferry from Naples to Palermo). Here, visit the Greek temples in Agrigento, Segesta, Selinunte, as well as the Greek settlement of Ortygia and Siracusa. Decent beaches, great cuisine, culturally fascinating--a week (with a car or private driver) would be enough time to see one half of the island (I'd suggest the eastern side of the island).

    Sardegna is also a nice option, as qwovadis indicates above. Possibly the most dramatic for beach scenery.

    Hope that helps. For other suggestions, you can also PM me.

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    dear FamilyFriendlyItaly,
    Your description of Southern Italy being so Greek made me think that it is still a colony of Greece.....
    However the whitewashed houses that you mention, can only be found on the Greek Cyclades.... and among them, there is the incredibly nice island of Santorini... unlike any other place on earth....
    Having been x times to Puglia and Basilicata ( have very close friends in Marconia/Provincia di Matera) i wonder where did you discover the Greek atmosphere.....
    Metaponto does have a nice beach, but i find it quite disappointing as a resort.... and the endless terrific beach of Basilicata is unfortunately totally under developed.. ( which is great for people like me, who dislike beach bars and chairs)
    I do think that both Puglia and Basilicata are great places to visit, but you can experience the Greek beauty and feeling/atmosphere only in Greece its self....
    Southern Italy is no substitute for that.

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