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Italy’s southern half is full of treasures both artistic and architectural, historical and natural, with culinary delights you’ll want to taste again and again. You can get a sense of the country’s past and present with just five days in the capital—but with one, two, or three weeks, you’ll be able to branch out, exploring several different regions and seeing plenty of the island of Sicily, which has a culture, history, and even dialect all its own.
Italy is a place you can spend a lifetime getting to know, while still feeling like you’ve barely scratched the surface. This country rewards long periods of time and repeat visits, but even if you only have a few days, you can still get a sense of its many rich and varied regions. In as little as five days (or as much as three weeks), you’ll be able to cover Northern Italy’s elegant cities, sweeping mountains, and seaside towns, seeing some legendary works of art and architecture and enjoying more than a few good meals.
Around 5 days should be more than enough time to soak in the wonders of the Amalfi Coast, one of Italy’s most beautiful destinations, but even if you have a day or three to spare, you’ll be able to see just why this region has been captivating visitors since Ancient Roman times. The Amalfi Coast isn’t a place you rush through, and with a little planning, you’ll be able to relax on its beaches, explore its secluded coves and grottos, wander its dreamy towns, and enjoy some incredible meals.
Tiny Mykonos can be crisscrossed by car in about 25 minutes, but that doesn’t mean you should skimp on your time here. Long known as Greece’s party island, Mykonos actually has a lot to see and do during daylight hours if you're interested in its history and culture. You can have a satisfying visit in one day, taking in the Cycladic architecture of Mykonos town and the cocktails of “Little Venice.” But it's easy to fill up to five days of sight-seeing, beach-hopping, and enjoying the island's famous nightlife.
The largest of the Cyclades islands, Naxos is often paired with a visit to its neighbor Paros, as well as smaller surrounding islands. You can visit in 24 hours (it’s a short ferry ride from Santorini, making it a perfect daytrip or overnight). To really experience Naxos, however, consider spending up to five days here: you’ll be able to tour traditional mountain villages, take in the unspoiled nature of the island’s interior, and check out some of the island’s beaches, said to rival those in Santorini.
Crete is Greece’s largest island—just driving from one end to the other makes for a five-hour journey, and there's much to do and see in between. If you want to experience all Crete has to offer, plan to spend a full week exploring its monasteries, olive groves, towns, and coast. If you have less time, don't fret: with as little as 24 hours, you can visit a major archeological site, wander through a local village or two, and hike to perches with fantastic island views.