My brother and I are planning to go backpacking in Greece and Italy next summer. It will be my first time doing anything like this so I bought some books and already started a rough itinerary.
We will be staying two weeks in each country. I'm interested in seeing the local life and celebrations but the only big holiday in the places we'll be in Greece is a feast of food, music, and dancing, at a monastery in Tilos celebrating Saint Pantaleon on July 27. Has anyone been to a festival of this sort? I can find very little information on it and am wondering if it would be worth going a month later when there will be more crowds and heat.
And I'm interested in renting a moped for a day or two to get around Rhodes with. Are they fast enough to get all around the island with and is it ok that I have no experience with mopeds?
And finally, would we be best off in terms of beating the crowds and the heat by going to Italy or Greece first?