I know this is kind of a loaded questions, but I need a little perspective to help me decide whether or not to fly over to Greece. My husband and two teens are planning a 3-week trip to Italy, which will include a week in Rome. I've read that you can get pretty cheap airline tickets from Rome to Athens, so we have talked about flying over to Athens to see the ruins and then relaxing in Nafplion or Tolo for a few days before returning home. Our money will be running low, so we don't intend to hop a ferry and go out to the islands. Our main reason for the extra trip is to see the Acropolis and other ruins. Then I figured we'd just put our feet up for a couple days near the sea before heading home.
It looks to me from the pictures I've seen that most of the ruins in Greece are in much worse shape than those in Italy, save a small handful. So I have three questions.... Are the ruins in Greece as stupendous as those in Italy or are they a bit of a letdown and much fewer? And in your opinion (yes, I realize everyone feels differently) would you be worn out after 3 weeks in Italy and be bored of ruins unless they were dramatically different? Is it worth still going to Greece since we are so close?