Europe Trip 101 (France, Italy, and Greece)

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Europe Trip 101 (France, Greece, and Italy)

This Europe Trip: -Paris, France — Florence, Venice, and Rome in Italy —- Santorini and Athens in Greece-

Europe is the planet’s sixth largest continent which includes 47 countries and islands. This specific Europe trip will take you to the beautiful city in Paris, France as well as a few popular destinations in Italy! The trip will be completed in Greece. We provide things to do at the Greek island of Santorini and the ancient ruins of Athens, Greece. The trip listed below has no time limit, as you can spend however much time that you would like in each place. The more time you have, the more you can do on this list!

How to Get Around Europe? The cheapest way to travel throughout Europe is by purchasing a Interail Global Pass. The global pass will enable you to see and travel to any country for 7 days within 1 month for 251 Euros.  https://www.interrail.eu/en/interrail-passes/global-pass

Book Your Flights: If you’re on a budget, compare flights and get the best deals by booking through an App called Hopper. This itinerary begins in Paris, France and ends in Athens, Greece.

PARIS, FRANCE

Paris- Paris is a historic, timeless destination to add to your bucket list. Paris is the capital city of France and is known for its magnificent view from the top of the Eiffel Tower. The city has a ton of art museums and historical buildings to explore as well as cute cafes and restaurants to try out! The food is incomparable to any other place, as the croissants and tea are quite delicious.

4 Facts About Paris:

-Paris was originally a Roman City called ‘Lutetia’

-Paris is one of the most-visited cities in the world

-The Arc de Triomphe took 30 years to complete

-The Mona Lisa located at the Louvre Museum is the most viewed piece of art in the entire world

14 Things to Do in Paris, France:

Eiffel Tower- Visiting the Eiffel Tower at night is surreal, as the tower lights up and looks absolutely stunning. Did you know? There are 1,665 steps to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower. On every floor, you’ll find a range of dining and gift-shop options. If you would like to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower than purchase a ticket in person because it is cheaper than buying one online.

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Jardin des Tuileries- Jardin des Tuileries is a free public garden that is located near the Louvre Museum. The garden was created in 1564 and became a public park after the French Revolution. Address: 113, rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris, France

 

Louvre Museum – Witness the Mono Lisa at the largest museum in Paris also known as the Louvre Museum. The entrance fee is 9 euros and the museum is open from 9am to 6pm on Monday to Friday. It is not open on Tuesdays. Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, Francetour_img-335314-148.jpg

Musee d’Orsay- Visiting Musee d’Orsay is for you if you love art and architecture. This museum holds French art including paintings, sculptures, and photography. This museum is open from Tuesday until Saturday. The first Sunday of the month is free. Address: 1 Rue de la Legion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France

Notre Dame Cathedral- The Gothic Cathedral is temporarily closed.  The Notre Dame Cathedral was burned to the ground on April 15th, 2019. The roof had been destroyed and its upper walls were severely damaged. I was lucky enough to see the Cathedral in June of 2017. They are rebuilding the cathedral and it is expected to be completed in 2024. Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France  notre-dame-quai-de-montabello.jpg

Rue Cremieux- Why not stroll along one of the most colorful streets in Paris? This charming cobble stoned street happens to be one of the most popular places to take photos for Instagram in Paris. Address: Rue Crémieux, 75012 Paris, France

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Catacombs- The Catacombs holds the remains of 6 million people in a small tunnel. The Catacombs are closed on Monday’s and costs $15.90 to visit.  Address:  1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, Franceskip-the-line-paris-catacombs-tour-in-paris-147943-1.jpg

Moulin Rouge: The Moulin Rouge is the most famous cabarets in France. The venue is iconic and one you do not want to miss out on. The spectacular show is now reopened! Address: 82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France

Crazy Horse: This is another cabaret in France that you can go and see for yourself! Address: 12 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris,  Francemoulin_rouge.jpg

Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck – Visit the Montparnasse for one of the best views of Paris from a spectacular angle. Address: Montparnasse, 75014 Paris, France

 Sacre Coeur- This Roman Catholic church is an iconic monument that was built in 1919. This church is located at the highest point in the city and visiting is free. Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, FranceIMG_20160128_124141.jpg

Montmartre- Montmartre is a historic district that goes uphill located in Northern Paris. Stroll along the streets and go shopping or try out different cafes and baristas while you are there. Montmartre is known for its artistic history, as Vincent Van Gough and Picasso both have lived there. Address: 12 Rue Cortot, Paris, IdF 75018 mvg-01-montmartre-quarter.jpgLuxembourg Gardens- Visit Jardin Du Luxembourg or the Luxembourg Gardens to see famous statues of famous politicians, scientists, sculptors, artists, poets, composers, and painters. This garden was created in 1612. Address: Rue de Vaugirard, Paris, Île-de-France 75006

Les Inveledes: Stroll along Les Inveledes to see buildings that include monuments and museums all relating to the military history of Paris, France at Les Inveledes. Address: Place des Invalides, 75007 Paris, France: sinvalides-dome-golden-cloudy-dreamstime-800-2x1.jpg

Cafe De Flore- If you are a Gossip Girl fan, then visiting Cafe De Flore is a must!  Seating in Paris faces the street at cafes and restaurants. People watching while enjoying your coffee is a relaxing experience that you do not want to miss! Address: 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, Francecafe-de-flore-hero-1.jpg

Garden of Versailles- The expansive gardens in front of the massive palace were built by King Louis XIV.  It was home for three generations of French kings and queens from 1682 until 1789. It is now a public garden that is closed on Monday’s. The garden costs 14 euros to enter. Address: Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles, France

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Other things to do in Paris include eating Macarons, enjoying a glass of wine, visiting a Bistro or two, and taking a painting or art class!

-Paris, France to Florence, Italy

-11 hours and 15 minutes-

Florence, Italy:

  • Italy: Italy is a country of south, central Europe. It is often described as a country shaped like a boot. Italy has the greatest number of Roman Catholic churches per capita.
  • Facts About Italy:
    • Italy is slightly larger than Arizona
    • People have lived in Italy for Over 200,000 years
    • The longest river in Italy is the Po
    • The ice cream cone, the typewriter, and eyeglasses are an Italian inventions
    • Over 75% of Italy is mountainous or hilly
    • The Roman Emperor was Augustus Octavian, who came to power in 27 BC
    • Italy’s national dish is pasta
  • Florence, Italy: Florence is the capital city of the Tuscany region. The charming city has a ton of beautiful, historic attractions. Florence is a place to immerse yourself in art, history, and architecture.
  • Facts About Florence, Italy:
    • Purchase a Firenze Card to skip the lines at major Museums
    • Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
    • More than 15 million visitors explore Florence each year
    • The Ponte Vecchio bridge is a famous landmark of Florence
    • Florence is the birthplace of the Gelato in the 16th century
    • Leonardo da Vinci was born in Florence- He is one of the most famous artists of the Renaissance

Things to Do in Florence Italy

Cathedrals and Religious Buildings:

  • Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore- The Florence Cathedral is one of the main landmarks of the city and took 140 years to be completed. Address: Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze  image.png
  • San Miniato al Monte- This church is one of the oldest in Florence and has Romanesque architecture. Views from this church are nothing short of incredible, as you will be able to see the surrounding countryside of Florence. It is also a great spot to witness the sunset. It is absolutely free to attend and there is a small shop to the left of the church where monks’ wares are sold.
  • Siena Cathedral- This medieval church is incredible. – Address: Piazza del Duomo, 8, 53100 Siena SI, Italyimage.png
  • Basilica di Santa Croce- This Franciscan Church was built in the 19th century and inside you’ll find some of the earliest Renaissance paintings. This place also has tombs that you can go and see of some of the city’s most famous people including Michelangelo. – Address: Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
  • The Bapistery of St. John- This religious building is absolutely gorgeous and should be added to your Florence Bucket List. The eight lower panels of the south doors depict the virtues of hope, faith, charity, humility, fortitude, temperance, justice, and prudence.
  • Address: Piazza San Giovanni, 50122 Firenze FI, Italyimage.png

Museums:

  • Uffizi Galleries- This gallery is one of the world’s best museums in the world. If you love art and architecture a visit to this art gallery is most definitely for you. Get there early at around 8:15am, as this museum tends to be overcrowded. Address: Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze FI, Italyimage.png
  • Bargello National Museum- This museum in Florence has stunning sculptures inside a historical building that dates back to 1225. The sculptures were created during the Renaissance by infamous artists known as Michelangelo and Donatello.
  • Galleria Dell Accademia- This art museum is absolutely breathtaking and one that you should not miss. Address: Via Ricasoli, 58/60, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
  • Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral)- Address: Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

The Best Views:

  • Watch the Sunset at Ponte Vecchio- This medieval stone closed bridge does get packed with tourists, however it is important to experience walking along it at least once in your lifetime due to the fact that it is super historic. The bridge was built in 1345. You’ll find small, historic shops that sell jewelry or gold along the bridge.  Address: Ponte Vecchio, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy0
  • The Boboli Gardens- This stunning park has sculptures that date back to the 16th to 18th centuries Address: Piazza Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
  • Piazzale Michelangelo- This public square has an amazing panoramic view of Florence, Italy- Address: Piazzale Michelangelo, 50125 Firenze FI, Italyimage.png

Florence, Italy to Rome, Italy-  3 hours and  28 minutes

Rome is the capital of Italy located in the region of Lazio. It truly is a cultural experience, as the city is a mix of history, archeology, art, religion, and delicious food.

Facts About Rome:

-Population: 4.3 million

-Tourism: Most visited city in Italy

-Languages: Greek and Latin were the official languages of the Roman Empire

Things to Do in Rome, Italy:

Trevi Fountain-Visiting this fountain is a must-see on many travelers’ bucket list, as it was featured in the Lizzie McGuire movie. Okay, but in all seriousness… the Trevi is a powerful example of a baroque design with a distinctly mythological character.

Address: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma RM, Italyimage.png

Pantheon- The Pantheon is a former Roman temple and now a church. While you are there, you can pay respects to Italian kings who were buried there.

Address: Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Vatican Museums- Reserve your ticket to the Vatican Museum in advance to save yourself time. The best way to see the museum is with a guided tour in that they offer a host of knowledge about the place. The Sistine Chapel, spiral staircase, and Raphael Rooms are treasures housed within the museum.

Address: Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma RM, Italyimage.png

St. Peters Basilica- This church is free to visit, and you can climb the 551 steps to the summit for a fee of $10.00. This view is worth it, as you will be able to take in a panorama view of Rome’s spectacular landscape.

Address- Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican Cityimage.png

Colosseum– The Colosseum is an oval amphitheater in the center of the city of Rome. This is the largest amphitheater ever built and still standing today. Construction began in 69AD and was built to hold 50,000 spectators. This place is mostly known as a arena where many gladiatorial fights took place.

Address: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italyimage.png

Palatine Hill- Address: Palatine Hill, 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Piazza Navona- This is one of the best-known public squares in Rome, as it is filled with street performers and artists. Cafe’s, shops, and restaurants abound. The square is also home to infamous monuments including Sant ‘Agnese in Agone. It was built in the 1st century AD.

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Galleria Borghese – This museum has a massive art collection filled with famous works of popular sculptures.

Address: Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italyimage.png

Rome, Italy to Venice, Italy- 5 hours and 26 minutes

Venice is one of Italy’s most picturesque cities in that it is a city surrounded by canals and over 400 bridges. There are many unique things to do in the city that I will list below!

  1. St. Mark’s Square-This is the city’s main public square and is home to the Clock Tower, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Winged Lion of Venice. There are a ton of public events held in this space.
  2. Doge’s Palace- Did you know? The Doge was also known as a chief magistrate elected for life by Venetian nobles. This palace is where the doge lived. Now the Palace is home to a museum and happens to be one of the most famous landmarks in Venice to date.
  3. Cross the Bridge o Sighs- The Bridge o Sighs is famous in that the bridge is made of white limestone that spans the Rio di Palazzo in Venice. It once led to a Venetian prison. It was a convict’s last sight before losing their freedom. Hence the “sighs” as they passed.
  4. Basilica di San Marco- This is the most famous church in Venice to visit. The church is unique, as it has a mix of influences. The beautiful domed ceilings and gold-leaf mosaics stand out the most. image.png
  5. Ponte di Rialto- This bridge is one of the most famous ones in Venice due to the architecture of it and the fact that the view at the top of it is stunning. image.png
  6. Basilica di Santa Maria Della Salute- Venice suffered the bubonic plague in the 17th century. Post plague, Venetians built this basilica to honor Virgin Mary, who they believe saved them from much worse. The result was a beautiful baroque style structure with a dome. This building has become an iconic part of the Venetian skyline. image.png
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  8. Gondola Ride- What better way to see the city and float through the canals and under bridges than to go on a boat or a Gondola? There is not one. A friendly, knowledgeable tour guide who also sings is an experience you do not want to miss.
  9. St Mark’s Campanile- Go to the top of Marco Companile for there is a stunning observatory deck with an incredible view of Venice. Did you know? Drones are banned in Venice. This will be the best view you’ll get! image.png

Venice, Italy to Greece

  • Santorini, a volcanic Greek island, is truly one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been to. I enjoyed exploring the unique white and blue villages surrounded by it’s beautiful deep blue waters. Santorini truly is a dream destination because it is filled with incredible landscapes and unforgettable things to do.
  1. Akotiri- If you are fascinated by archaeology than a tour at the Ancient Akrotiri is for you to experience. History lovers will be intrigued to everything that you can discover by visiting this museum. This archaeological zone is a small 3,600-year-old village of Akrotiri. This place has been inhabited since 5000 BC. You will be able to see a variety of buildings that were covered in metres of lava and have been destroyed due to the volcanic explosion. The buildings were reconstructed, and the city is in amazing condition even after thousands of years.
  2. Red Beach- There are many different beaches to swim at in Santorini. Two famous beaches to visit are the Red Beach and Perissa Beach. The beaches are volcanic, which means they will have black or red rocks. The beaches tend to be very hot over the feet. The atmosphere is unique and one I recommend.image.png
  3. Persia black Sand Beach- If getting into the water is your idea of a great time, then Santorini is for you in that there are tons of water sports that you can experience. You can go waterskiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, or even take a ride on a banana boat. Perissa Beach is the main center for water sports. image.png
  4. Santo Winery- Santorini wine has been produced since ancient times and for some reason the red wine is less desired. Give their white or sparkling wine a try! The most famous wine is Assyrtiko, which is a dry white wine that pairs well with seafood.
  5. Sunset in Oia- Oia is a town located in Santorini with some of the best sunsets. This place is especially magical in that it has an amazing view of the water. In Oia there are a lot of restaurants and bars to try as well as unique boutiques to go shopping at. Ari and I were lucky enough to witness the infamous sunset while enjoying a glass of Greek wine and desert at a traditional Greek restaurant.
  • Athens, the capital of Greece, is one of the world’s oldest cities due to the fact that it has been inhabited since the Neolithic period landing human’s earliest presence on earth. The remarkable city is known for their artists and cultural impact as well as being the birthplace of democracy and the motherland of western civilization.
  1. Acropolis of Athens- The Acropolis is an ancient citadel or old city located on a rocky outcrop with beautiful views above Athens. The Acropolis in Greek means “The Sacred Rock, The High City’ and is primarily dedicated to the Goddess Athena. The remains consist of ancient buildings and the most famous monument being the Parthenon, pictured above. The Parthenon continues to be a symbol of democracy and the Greek Civilization. Another monument that the Acropolis is known for is the Theater of Dionysus Eleuthereus. This is considered to be the world’s first theater, as shown in my photo below.
  2. Plaka- Plaka is the old town of Athens and is absolutely stunning. It is located near the Acropolis.  image.png
  3. Temple of Olympian Zeus- This archeological site is a 15 acre park southeast of the Acropolis and includes a temple that consists of 104 pillars and was dedicated to the god, Zues. This temple was built in the 6th century B.C. and finished in the 2nd century A.C. by the Roman Emperor, Hadrian. The monument was made of limestone and covered in stucco. King Zues is known to be the god of the sky as well as thunder. He is known to be the king of all other gods and men, basically the chief figure in Greek mythology. image.png
  4. Ancient Agora of Athens- This ancient ruin, now museum, was a political center where Socrates was taught and democracy was born. The Stoa of Attolos is a reconstructed building that serves as a museum for the archaeological site. ‘Stoa’ is also known as a covered walkway. However, there are still points of the original building that have been untouched. The original was built by King Attalos II of Pergamon who ruled between 159BC and 138BC. The building was destroyed by Heruli, a German tribe. Other monuments within this archeological site include the Temple of Haephestus, which was completed in 415BC. image.png

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