So I'm planning a trip (very early stages) for my Mom's 60th. The first 7 days we are going to Italy. The last 5 or 6 we want to do Greece for the first time. Preferable we want to stay on an island in an apartment/villa (no hotels). We would also like to briefly see some of the sights in Athens. Is there somewhere we can stay and then day trip to Athens? Or should we just plan a night in Athens on one side of our flight? Which islands do you recommend? We love seeing ancient sights, drinking wine, and my Mom loves smaller peaceful towns with charm. Like I said I'm really just starting, so all recommendations welcome!