ITALY AND GREECE
The Italian and Greek civilizations were two of the most important of the history, our current habits and manners are based on them. This trip is combining this two inspiring countries to learn about both cultures. I did this route in around 15 days and it was perfect!
15 DAYS ROUTE IN ITALY AND GREECE
- Vatican City & Trastevere.
- Naples & Pompeii.
- Amalfi Coast.
- Back to Rome.
- Athens Acropolis.
- Aegean Sea.
BEST TOURS AND ACTIVITIES IN ITALY AND GREECE
These are the activities that I mostly recommend you in Italy and Greece with Civitatis.
I have been working for Civitatis doing Business Development, so I can personally and professionally recommend you to get the activities and tours with Civitatis. And if you get any tour by the links below you help me to continue Flying With Flow!
Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Tour
Travel back in time to Ancient Rome on this tour: the best way to get to know the Italian capital, its main monuments and its amazing history. A journey of 2,000 years in three hours.
Vatican City Tour: Sistine Chapel, Museum & St. Peter’s
This complete Vatican City tour takes you around the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, all with skip the line admission and in a group that never exceeds 35 people!
Pompeii Day Trip
Set off on a full day-trip from Rome on an air-conditioned coach and discover the eerie ruins of Pompeii and revel in a brief panoramic tour of Naples, one of the oldest uninterruptedly populated cities in the world.
Athens City and Acropolis Guided Tour
Join a 3.5-hour guided tour of Athens in which you’ll discover the city’s main attractions and visit the impressive Acropolis accompanied by an expert guide. You will explore both the classic and modern parts of Athens.
Meteora Day Trip by Train
Perched on sandstone rock formations, the Meteora Monasteries are spectacular buildings that blend with the natural landscape. Visit them on an excursion by train from Athens.
Meteora Monasteries Day Trip
Discover the Meteora Monasteries, where the architecture melts into the rocks at over 600 metres high. One of the most mystical and beautiful sights in Greece.
ITALY CAR ROUTE
- Polignano a Mare
The FLOWGLADIATOR⚔️ Society became very competitive with a continuous fight to survive and/or success. Everyone has its own unique internal fight, the reason why everyone should be able to understand everyone else.
WAIT ! Julius Caesar is CALLING ☎️ Just imagine a smartphone able to call somebody from the past. Impossible? Technology is specialist on beating “impossibles”. And now imagine you can make one unique call. Who will you call? Probably…Missed call.
NAPOLI the soul of PIZZA🍕 I’m pizzalover so then I have to love Naples. This city is proud of being the origin of the most international food in the world: Pizza! Chaotic city, with 3 people in motorbike without helmets, traffic jams, buildings in bad conditions and special environment. But, we are able to find beauty everywhere, and to be special makes you have an special and unique beauty.
BEATLES in POMPEII🌋 Vesuvius Vulcano erupted 2.000 years ago, covering with smoke and toxic gas all city of Pompeii and its 10.000 habitants, under a blanket of volcanic ash, not even able to see the sun. Around two thousand people died burned, with temperatures between 120 and 300 degrees. Pompeii was a wonderful city vacation for the Romans with nice streets and buildings. Nowadays, it’s a different style of tourism, and curiously, all the ash and dust, allowed a better preservation of Pompeii. I really liked to discover Pompeii. As you can explore by yourself every corner of the city, while getting into houses, finding frescoes and the most shocking: to see the dead bodies covered by the plaster, dust and ash.
As PLEASANT as POSITANO🌞 Balcony to charming pleasures, colorful houses and infinite stairs, mountains kissing the sea. After visiting Rome, Naples and Pompei, we get the car for a short road trip through the Amalfi Coast. The road is difficult but worth it, we are getting fascinated with this special environment, desiring to walk in every little village of the way, to explore inside every little castle and to have a swim in every little beach.
CATHEDRAL of AMALFI ⭐️ The Cathedral of St.Andrew is a 9th-century Roman Catholic cathedral with Arab-Norman Romanesque architectural style. 62 broad stairs leads you to this magnific structure, while I am just right there in the middle, staring and admiring. The city of Amalfi gives the name to this area, Amalfi Coast. Our road trip includes Positano and Amalfi, where we have a little taste but we get the feeling of coming back soon.
Manfredonia is a city located in the west of Italy, it is not a relevant tourism destination but it has many interesting places to visit around.
Polignano a Mare
Let’s PLAY! With JUMPS & SWIMS⛱ Polignano a Mare belongs to Puglia, and it’s one of the most charming villages of the area. It’s worth it for a day visit, with a walking route through the narrow streets, a lunch next to the Adriatic Sea, an ice cream or mojito in the main square and a swim in this unique beach.
ROME WALKING ROUTE
- Coliseo de Roma
- Monumento a Víctor Manuel II
- Fontana di Trevi
- Piazza di Spagna
- Piazza del Popolo
- Panteon de Roma
- Piazza Navona
- Vatican City
- Giardino degli Aranci
SOME PICTURES OF THE ROME WALKING ROUTE
The colossal COLOSSEUM. All roads leads to Rome. All eyes impressed while looking. All mouths opened for a “WoW”.
Víctor Manuel II Monument
EVERYONE feel devotion for ROME 🦅 Seagulls touching ground, to reverence this historic city. Masters of the sky, wherever possible to fly, admiring gladiator fights, since magnificent ancient times.
Fontana di Trevi
TOKEN for TREVI💥 Around 4.000€ per day, thrown to the fountain. Throwing 1 coin, you will come back to Rome. Throwing 2 coins, you will find the love. Throwing 3 coins, marriage or divorce. I have thrown a poker token, so…What will happen?🤔
Piazza di Spagna
JUST give me a MAP 🗺 To explore around everything I don’t know…To learn about everything I don’t know…To know that I don’t know anything. Just give me a map. And let’s start!
Honoring the GODS, the PANTHEON💙 The best preserved Ancient Roman monument. During 1300 years, the largest dome in the world and still now is the largest unsupported dome.
From GROUND to HEAVEN ⭐️ I am coming. Vaticano is the smallest country in the world. It doesnt matter on what you believe, its a worth visit.
TRASTEVERE con PIACERE 🧡 By crossing the Tiber river you will find this charming area full of restaurants and terraces which deeply invite you to have an “aperitivo” with a fresh spritz. Lose yourself by its narrow and labyrinth streets and find the essence of this alternative area of Rome.
One of the most important civilizations of the history, because of its culture and mithology.
Interesting to learn about the Gods, here the OLIMPO Team ⭐️
🌊•Poseidon – God of Water & Sea.
🚀•FlyWithFlow – God of the Flow.
⚡️•Zeus – King God, Thunder, Sky & Air.
👨👩👧👦•Heno – Queen Goddess, Family & Marriage.
⚔️•Ares – God of War.
❤️•Aphrodite – Goddess of Love, Sex & Beauty.
🦌•Artemis – Goddess of Hunting & Protection.
🔮•Athena – Goddess of Knowledge & Wisdom.
🌿•Demeter – Goddess of Fertility & Nature.
🏠•Hestia – Goddess of the Hearth.
🎼•Apollon – God of Arts, Music & Sun.
🌋•Hephastios – God of Volcanoes & Blacksmiths.
📜•Hermes – God of Communication & Diplomacy.
THE PARTHENON, WONDER OF WORLD
Acropolis. The Wonder ⭐️ To be here, a dream come true. The Acropolis is located on a flat rock at 150 meters above sea level and composed by The Parthenon, The Propylaea, The Temple of Athena Nike and The Erechtheion. Around 460 and 429 BC a Greek politician called Pericles, coordinated the start of construction of the major buildings of the Acropolis of Athens.
Olympians vs. Titans ⚡️ The Olympians deities gained their supremacy in a ten-year-long war of gods, in which Zeus led the victory over the previous generation of ruling gods, the Titans. The 12 Olympians are the major deities of the Greek pantheon: Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Hermes, and either Hestia or Dionysus. ‘Olympians’ because they were considered to reside on Mount Olympus. Although Hades was a major ancient Greek god, but he resided in the underworld, so is not considered to be one of the Olympians. This is the Erechtheion Temple, part of the Acropolis. It was dedicated to Athena and Poseidon and it has impressive architecture with the ionic columns and the caryatids.
Making moments to forever memories 📸
Caryatids are sculpted female figures serving as a column or architectural support. This is the Erechtheion Temple, part of the Acropolis, dedicated to Athena and Poseidon.
Dreams are Reality ❤️ We got it! We learn and discover the three most important civilizations in history, with it’s three most iconic landmarks.
• The Pyramids in Egypt.
• The Colosseum in Rome.
• The Acropolis in Athens.
ANCIENT AGORA OF ATHENS
Classical Athens, right here years ago🏛The Ancient Agora was a commercial, assembly and residential gathering place, where everyone was meeting, full of buildings and people. Agora means marketplace and now is an archeological site where you can walk around while trying to imagine how was the magnificent culture and life of this unique civilization
Temple of Hephaestus 🌋 Dedicated to Hephaestus, the ancient god of fire and vulcanoes, and Athena, goddess of knowledge and wisdom. Built around 450 B.C, it is a classical example of Dorian architecture and it is the best preserved ancient temple in Greece. The eastern side of the temple shows sculptures of Hercules and the battle of Thesseus with the Pallentides, and the west side the sculptures show the fall of Troy.
Hercules behind & Flow in mind 💪🏼 Hercules 12 Labours, as: Slay the Nemean Lion and get it’s skin. Kill the nine-head Lernaean Hydra. Capture the Cretan Bull. Etc…These labours and scenes are sculpted in the Temple of Hephaestus, since 2500 years ago.
Heritage & Legacy⏳ The heritage is still in each stone and the legacy remains in our culture and identity. It’s difficult to describe the feelings of discovering the Acropolis and the archeological sites of Ancient Greece
ATHENS WALKING ROUTE
- Sintagma Square
- Zappio Megaro
- Hadriano Arch
- Lisicrates Lintern
- O Kostas Restaurant
- Panaghia Kapnikarea Church
- Tzistarakis Mosque
- Filopapo Monument
SOME PICTURES OF THE ATHENS WALKING ROUTE
Educate children and…it won’t be necessary to punish the men – Pythagoras⚖️ As Pythagoras has its theorems and ideas, I do have also mines. Will I be part of the eternity? Let’s see…We everyone have a unique way of thinking, and if you don’t share it with the world, you will never know how much great is it.
What a better plave to get an interview that the Arch of Hadrian, same name as me! While walking through Athens is amazing to find pure legacy and history in every corner of the city. It’s also possible to find archeological works in the middle of the city, pure magic.
Panaghia Kapnikarea Church
Aristotle & Plato walking just right here💡 “There isn’t great genius…without some touch of madness” – Aristotle. “Human behavior flows from three main sources…desire, emotion and knowledge” – Plato. I remember when studied Philosophy…And I was getting impressed with all those visionaries guys with those ideas.
Multicultural Feelings➰ Tzistarakis Mosque & Pantanassa Church…both in same square, Monastiraki. Love between cultures should be the worldwide love. For centuries, the city’s commercial center, Monastiraki Square is currently a main spot with its restaurants, shops and flea market, as well as its surrounding historical heritage, as the Library of Hadrian, the Agora of Athens, the Roman Agora and of you see between the columns of the mosque, the Acropolis.
It’s my time ⏳ Acropolis wondering during 2500 years and…now is right here & right now…and now it’s about you and me. The word “Acropolis” comes from Greek as “high”(akron) and “polis”(city) because of its position and relation to gods. This view is from atop the hill of Philopappos Monument, go for the sunset😉
FROM ATHENS TO METEORA
- Cactus Sunny Bar
- Monastery of Varlaam
- Great Meteor Monastery
- Monastery of Rousanou
- Holy Trinity Monastery
- Monastery of St. Stephen
SOME PICTURES OF METEORA
Meteora. “Rocks in the Air”💙 Orthodox monasteries atop mystical and magical huge rock formations. Real? Yes! Zoom in for details. Favorite place in world, at first sight. I’ve never seen a place like this. Such a combination between the mother nature creation and the human made miracles.
The Wizard of Wind & Rocks☄️ Yes! You can move mountains and clouds…with the power of trusting yourself. Earthquakes, rain and wind sculpted over the time the shapes of this rock masses, formed around 60 million years ago.
Look Upward, Forward & Beyond 🔱 I’m still fascinated with Meteora and it’s magic. This idyllic environment of nature makes me fall in love, with its large rocks growing towards the sky, as same as its green trees. I’ve never seen a skyline like this. During the Byzantine times, the monks had the inspiration to construct monasteries on top of the rocks, so that they would be closer to the Gods.
Map in Hands. As Lifestyle 🗺 Such a wonderful feeling. Because when you look at a map, it’s because you don’t know where you are. That feeling to feel alive. And, at that moment, all you want to know, it’s to know. Zoom in the map, to better understand the spectacularity of this area of Meteora. Monks came to Meteora in the 14th century searching for a safe place. As a result, the only way to access the monasteries was by rock climbing or being carried up in a basket.
Rocks pretending to be Trees 💚 Because you can be…Whatever you want to be! If they could speak, those rocks would tell you fascinating stories about epic times in this historic area. And they will also tell you that I was there, and that I kissed them all. Rising high above the Thessalian plain, the sandstone megaliths on which the monasteries were built, have an average of 300 metres in height, and some of them are reaching 550 metres.
Here we have 4 options.👁🗨 – I’m lost. – I’m thinking. – I’m scratching my beard. – I’m seeing a weird bird. Choose one. Or maybe…It’s about all of them, at the same time. By the way. It’s not Meteora simply unique? Months ago didn’t know about it. Now I can’t take t away from my head. 24 active monasteries were built in Meteora and now there are only 6 active: Great Metéoron, Varlaám, Roussanou, St. Nikolas, Holy Trinity, and St. Stephen.
Framing the world, to have it at home 🖼 Sometimes we can’t choose the frame given…but yes what we include inside. In the 14th century, Saint Athanasios Meteorites, a scholarly monk from Mount Athos established the Holy Monastery of the Great Meteoron and named this huge rock Megalo Meteoro, which means Great Place Suspended in the Air. This monastery is the highest, largest and oldest of the six monasteries of the Meteora.
Greek Gods are calling 💫 Atop the Monastery of Varlaám, where…network is better to heaven. The foundation of Meteora monasteries began around the 11th century and it is one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece, just after Mount Athos.
A sunset in every country. My wish💫 The more I travel…the more I want to travel. World is huge and full of wonders, and we are little with limited time. Go! And explore!