10 Best Things to do in Chania town Crete Greece

Best Things to do in Chania town Crete Greece

Best Things to do in Chania town Crete Greece – Chania is charming and beautiful to visit. Walking through the central streets, you don’t have the idea of ​​being in a metropolis but rather in a characteristic place. Chania is the right combination of a historical and modern city for the tourist. But what are the best things to do in Chania and to visit?

Video Best things to do in Chania Crete & Walking Tour

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Best Things to do in Chania town Crete Greece

Content Guide

  1. 00:00 Chania: nice town to visit
  2. 00:30 01. The Old Venetian Port
  3. 00:56 02. The Ottomans & Hassan Mosque
  4. 01:34 03. Hotels, shops, and restaurants
  5. 02:06 04. Chania by night
  6. 03:06 05. The Maritime Museum of Crete
  7. 03:35 06. The Firkas fortress
  8. 06:15 07. The Lighthouse
  9. 07:48 08. The Great Arsenal
  10. 08:25 09. The Historic center
  11. 10:58 10. Sunset in front of Lazaretta Island
  12. 12:22 Suggested videos

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Chania is a nice town to visit. Walking through the central streets, you don’t have the idea of being in a metropolis but rather in a characteristic place. Chania is the right combination of a historical and modern city for the tourist. But what are the best things to do in Chania and to visit?

The place where you can start your visit is the Old Venetian Port. The Old Venetian Port of Chania is a must for anyone in this area of Crete. This port has a long history as the Venetians built it between 1320 and 1356 and then expanded in the 16th century.

Chania did not always remain under Venetian domination, as in 1645, it was conquered by the Ottomans. This Ottoman influence is also clearly visible in the Old Venetian Port due to the presence of the Hassan Mosque, today a clear symbol of this domination. The Mosque is no longer used for its original purpose. The former mosque is now an exhibition hall.

The port has a semicircular shape and here you can find hotels, shops, and restaurants.

The restaurants at the Old Venetian Port are suitable both for a light and delicious lunch, maybe eating a Cretan salad while you enjoy the view, and for dinner in a Cretan atmosphere.

In the evening, the lights of the buildings along the port reflect on the sea; this is a beautiful sight to see.

In the area of the Old Venetian Port there is also the Maritime Museum of Crete. The Maritime Museum of Crete was established in 1973 to house and showcase Greek and Cretan maritime traditions. The Maritime Museum of Crete is located at the entrance of the Firkas Fortress, which the Venetians built to house their prison. The Venetians used this fortress for the period from 1204 to 1645.  Subsequently, the Ottomans used it for the same purpose from 1645 to 1898. The Ottomans established their Division Command here.

The Firkas fortress includes the oldest Genoese tower. The fortress includes buildings used as barracks and weapons depots while also serving as the base of the city’s military commander. 

Following the Ottoman occupation, the fortress, which still retains its Turkish name “Firkas” (= barracks), was used as a military command base, barracks, and later as a prison (during the German occupation). The 1 December 1913, the flag of the Union of Crete with Greece was symbolically hung over the small watchtower.

In front of us, we have the lighthouse of the Old Venetian Port. 

You can reach the lighthouse on foot with a long walk on the pier. The walk is pleasant, but especially in summer, it is better to plan to do it in the early morning or the evening, when the heat is not too intense. In fact, it is almost entirely in the sun during the day.

A place of particular interest at the Old Venetian Port is the Great Arsenal. Today this place hosts exhibitions and events.

Being the exhibitions inside, the Great Arsenal is a good idea, especially on the hot summer days when you need a break.

It’s interesting to visit both from an architectural point of view and for the exhibitions it hosts.

Once you have visited and walked along the Old Venetian Port of Chania, you can better explore the historic center of this town. You’ll discover different historical or highly characteristic places to photograph.

Among the other things you can do in Chania, there are different boat tours. One of these is the sunset boat tour to see the sunset in front of Lazaretta Island.

Coming back from the tour, you can also see the beautiful Chania by night from the boat.

In the meantime, I greet you; see you in the next video! Bye

Top 10 things to do in Chania

But what are the best things to do in Chania and to visit? Here you can find our list.

  1. Ancient Venetian port
  2. Firkas Fortress (free)
  3. Streets in the center of Chania
  4. Walk to the Venetian Lighthouse
  5. Sunset on a sailing boat
  6. Minoan’s World the 9D Experience
  7. Maritime Museum of Crete
  8. Lunch or Dinner at the Old Venetian Port
  9. The Great Arsenal
  10. Horse-drawn carriage ride

Old Venetian Harbor

The Old Venetian Port of Chania is a must for anyone in this area of ​​Crete. This port has a long history as the Venetians built it between 1320 and 1356 and then expanded in the 16th century.

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Things to do in Chania town Crete Greece: Old Venetian Harbor

Chania did not always remain under Venetian domination, as in 1645, it was conquered by the Ottomans. This Ottoman influence is also clearly visible in the Old Venetian Port due to the presence of the Küçük Hassan Mosque, today a clear symbol of this domination. The Küçük Hassan Mosque is no longer used for its original purpose. The former mosque is now an exhibition hall.

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The port has a semicircular shape, and on one side you can find hotels, shops, and restaurants.

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Its form means that in the evening, the lights of the buildings along the port reflect on the sea; this is a beautiful sight to see.

What to do in the Venetian Port of Chania?

The Venetian port, as well as being beautiful to see, is a place for walks and meeting places. Also, there are good bars and restaurants.

Most restaurants around the Antico Porto Veneziano have both a dining room inside and tables outside. Very pleasant to sit outside and enjoy the view.

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View from the restaurants at the Ancient Venetian Harbor Chania Crete Greece

Harbour Balcony

There is a square that is a balcony on the Old Venetian Port.

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This is a great vantage point of the harbor but I cannot recommend it as it is a place left to decay and does not seem completely safe.

Probably from the port, you will see someone in this raised square and you will wonder how to reach it. I leave you his position just for the sake of completeness.

Firkas Fortress

The Firkas Fortress is located near the Venetian Port and overlooks the sea. 

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Entrance building Maritime Museum of Crete and Firkas Fortress Chania Crete. Things to do in Chania town Crete Greece.

To access the fortress, head towards the Maritime Museum, and right next to the entrance of this museum, you will find the gate that allows you to enter the fortress’s courtyard. Access to the fortress is free.

Opening Times

Here are the opening times of the fortress.

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Things to do in Chania town Crete Greece: Firkas Fortress opening times

The Venetian fortifications

The improvement of artillery technology and the expansion of the Ottoman Empire led Venice, in the mid-sixteenth century, to construct fortifications for the safety of the new parts and the port near the city of Chania. The final decision was taken in February 1538, when the Veronese engineer Michele Sanmichieli was ordered to go to Crete with clear instructions for constructing the new fortifications.

Their oldest known project dates back to 1572 and probably represents the original proposal of Sanmichieli, to whom both the design and construction are due. The alternation of bastions and system of rectilinear parts (bastion front) followed, and according to the plans, the fortifications had an almost rectangular shape, with four basic, solid, heart-shaped bastions at the corners, while the knights (knights) and also low places (low squares) were built for their further reinforcement.

Description and history of the Firkas Fortress

The Firkas fortress (Rivellino del Porto or San Salvatore). Firka Fortress, as it is known today, was built under the aforementioned program. 

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Firkas Fortress Chania Crete Greece. Things to do in Chania town Crete Greece.

It has a trapezoidal shape and continues the rectilinear part (curtain) of the San Salvatore bastion with a southerly and inward direction of the western basin of the port, while its northwestern part includes the oldest Genoese tower.

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Genoese tower Chania. Things to do in Chania town Crete Greece

Its construction began around 1580 and was completed in the early 17th century. It is founded on rocks and protected by a thick inclined wall; loopholes were built in its circular path.

The fortress includes buildings used as barracks and weapons depots while also serving as the base of the city’s military commander. The construction of the barracks in the western wing was carried out at a later stage. It is a building with two floors and vaulted rooms and is annexed to the monastery of San Salvatore. On the jamb of the first floor, decorated with the Lion of Venice (emblem of the Serenissima Republic of Venice), there is an inscription that mentions the Governor General of Kydonia Alvise Bragadin and the date 1620.

The internal space of the fortress is formed on three levels. A vaulted cistern was built on the first level of the entrance. The second, lower level was connected to the great vaults on the north side, where the low protected loopholes were located. The third, higher level was formed by the terrace of the vaults and the highest slits were placed on it.

Following the Ottoman occupation, the fortress, which still retains its Turkish name “Firkas” (= barracks), was used as a military command base, barracks, and later as a prison. The 1 December 1913, the flag of the Union of Crete with Greece was symbolically hung over the small watchtower.

It was used as a prison during the German occupation and the civil war. From the decade of the 1950s onwards, the fortress ceased to have military use. It served as an area for cultural activities and housed the warehouses and conservation laboratories of the Ministry of Culture. In the early 1970s, the building at the entrance became the seat of the Maritime Museum of Crete.

Streets of the old town of Chania

Center of Chania: historical and characteristic corners

Once you have visited and walked along the Old Venetian Port of Chania, you can better explore the historic center of this town. You’ll discover different historical or highly characteristic places to photograph.

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Venetian Fountain

The Venetian Fountain is placed in the center of the square or Platia El. Venizelou. The Venetian fountain of Chania is smaller than the Venetian fountain of Heraklion. The fountain itself is nice but the problem is that in the summer, it sometimes becomes the personal pool of the pigeons, who come here to cool off due to the great heat.

Streets of the historic center

In the historic center of Chania, there are wide pedestrian streets where you can walk, shop or rest comfortably seated in one of the bars in the center.

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Restaurants and bars

Walking through the streets of the center of Chania, you will also find several bars and restaurants. I advise you to walk not only along the main streets but also on the narrower neighboring streets. You will find very nice and characteristic corners.

In Chania we also find several ice cream shops

There are also many ice cream shops in Chania: with the summer heat, ice cream is refreshing.

Chania: a city of contrast

The city of Chania is a city full of contrasts between the old and the new. Examples include the Starbucks coffee shop on one side and the dilapidated building on the opposite corner of the street.

Walk to the Venetian Lighthouse

We have the lighthouse in front of this semicircular part of the Old Venetian Port. 

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You can reach the lighthouse on foot with a long walk on the pier. The walk is pleasant, but especially in summer, it is better to plan to do it in the early morning or the evening, when the heat is not too intense. In fact, it is almost entirely in the sun during the day.

See the sunset from the boat

A great way to spend the first part of the evening in Chania is to go by boat to see the sunset in front of the small Lazaretta Island. Several tours depart in the evening from the Old Venetian Port of Chania to take you to see the sunset.

We chose to go sailing: it was a great experience because, in addition to being able to see the sunset well, it is always pleasant to take a nice boat ride and be able to observe the coast from the sea.

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Things to do in Chania town Crete Greece Chania Coast from the see 5

Upon returning from the boat tour, we were already at the Ancient Venetian Port of Chania and we just needed to choose one of the excellent restaurants, or taverns as they are commonly called, to enjoy an excellent dinner and end the evening well.

Minoan’s World the 9D Experience

Minoan’s World the 9D Experience is a 9D cinema with the main theme of Crete and Knossos. This attraction is definitely not one of those things to see absolutely in Crete but it is a very pleasant, fun, and relaxing experience.

The cinema itself is not very large and as soon as you enter you will find the cash desk on the right where you can buy tickets.

Do I need to buy tickets in advance for Minoan’s World the 9D Experience?

From our experience, there is no need to buy tickets in advance. Probably the location not really in the old town of Chania prevents it from being too crowded. However, it gave me the impression that it is quite popular.

The hall with the statues and paintings of Crete

Waiting for your show is very pleasant as the room where the ticket office is located is frescoed all around (and also on the ceiling) with images depicting the life, mythology and traditions of Knossos in the past.

Next to the frescoes, there are also statues, or rather mannequins, always depicting characters from Knossos in ancient times.

Also reproduced is the throne of the throne room, which you can visit at the ruins of Knossos.

Everything acquires meaning and greater value thanks to the descriptions that explain what is depicted and give you some historical notes of Knossos.

And last but not least, there is the writing “I Love Creta”. Excellent for taking a picture of yourself that will remain as a souvenir of your trip.

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Things to do in Chania Crete Minoans World the 9D Experience I Love Crete

Minoan’s World the 9D Experience screenings

Once the movie time arrives, they make you sit in the cinema room. Three main mini-movies are shown one after the other:

  • A mini-documentary about Crete and its most beautiful places
  • The main part where the mythological history of Knossos is shown
  • A rail trip (or similar) with a multidimensional experience. As there are also in some amusement parks.

During the movies, you will wear 3D glasses, your chair will move, there will be air effects, water splashes, soap bubbles, and other similar effects.

Language Minoan’s World the 9D Experience

The screening of Minoan’s World the 9D Experience is available in various languages. However, there is not only one projection in the Greek language, one only in English, one only in French, and so on, but the language is selected directly on your chair thanks to the use of earphones. So all those present in the room wear earphones and can hear the audio in their language or, in any case, if not available in the chosen language.

How much is the ticket price?

You can see the prices in the following image. Prices August 2022.

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Things to do in Chania Crete Minoans World the 9D Experience ticket prices

How long does the visit to Minoan’s World the 9D Experience last?

The visit in total does not take long. It takes between 30 and 45 minutes approximately.

Maritime Museum of Crete

The Maritime Museum of Crete is located, with the sea in front of you, at the left end of the ancient Venetian Port of Chania.

In particular, the Maritime Museum of Crete is located at the entrance to the Firkas Fortress, which was built by the Venetians to house their prison. The Venetians used this fortress for the period from 1204 to 1645.

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Things to do in Chania Crete Maritime Museum of Crete

Subsequently, the Ottomans used it for the same purpose from 1645 to 1898. The Ottomans established their Division Command here.

The Maritime Museum of Crete was established in 1973 to house and showcase Greek and Cretan maritime traditions.

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Crete Chania What to do view from inside the gate of the Maritime Museum of Crete

The museum exhibits show models of warships and merchant ships, weapons, shell collections, and relics from the Battle of Crete.

In the following images, you can see the opening hours of the Maritime Museum of Crete and the cost of the ticket.

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Great Arsenal

A place of particular interest at the Old Venetian Port is the Great Arsenal. Today this place hosts exhibitions and events. It’s interesting visiting it both from an architectural point of view, and for the exhibitions it hosts.

Being a covered place to visit inside, a visit to the Great Arsenal is a great idea, especially on particularly hot days. In fact, this is a great place to take a break in the shade while expanding your culture at the same time.

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Horse-drawn carriage ride

At the Old Venetian Harbor of Chania, you will also find horse carriages waiting for you to take you around the city. The carriage ride always has its charm!

Things not to do in Chania

Among the various attractions and tours offered at the Ancient Venetian Port of Chania, there is also the tour in the partially submerged submarine. This tour attracts many tourists to the idea of ​​observing the fish in their natural habitat comfortably seated without diving.

The partially submerged submarine is a nice thing in itself, and in other contexts, I have already had the opportunity to do similar tours. The problem with this particular tour is that the tour is very limited to the port’s surroundings, and therefore, not many species of fish are seen.

Then it is not recommended for those more sensitive to seasickness because it is easy to feel discomfort in the submarine.

Chania where to stay?

There are many offers of hotels and rooms to sleep in Chania, but what to choose and above all in which area is better to stay? As for the type of hotel or room, it depends on you and your preferences.

However, I would like to advise you on the area of ​​Chania in which to choose for the hotel. If you had only to look and consider the place’s beauty, I would recommend that you sleep in one of the hotels at the Old Venetian Port of Chania. The problem is, you can’t drive this far. Same problem for many streets of the historic center. If you have a lot of luggage, choosing a hotel in the historical center is not advisable.

Just to give you an idea, I can tell you that every day I saw many tourists who dragged their suitcases along the port, on the steps, and around the center. It is fine as long as it is hand luggage; it is less good when the luggage is heavier and bulky.

If you don’t want to lug your suitcases all over Chania, it is better to choose the hotel, not in the historic center but nearby and with parking inside or at least adjacent. In this way, you can reach the historic center of Chania and the Old Venetian Port on foot but without the hassle of parking and suitcases.

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Is Chania worth visiting?

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Yes, it is! Chania, despite being the second largest city of Crete, is charming. When you stroll through the central streets, you don’t have the idea of ​​being in a metropolis but rather in a characteristic place. Chania is the right combination between a historic city and a modern city.

What is Chania Greece known for?

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The best part of Chania is the Old Venetian Port, and in fact Chania is Known especially port this part of the city. This port has a long history as the Venetians built it between 1320 and 1356 and then expanded it in the 16th century.
The port is semicircular, and here you can find hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Its form means that in the evening, the lights of the buildings along the port reflect on the sea; this is a beautiful sight to see.

How many days do you need in Chania?

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In Chania, you need two days to visit the city and also do some boat tours. If you want to visit also the nearby attractions, you can stay in Chania for 3 of 4 days.

The Unforgettable Ancient Sparta. Are still there ruins of Sparta?

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The Unforgettable Ancient Sparta. Are still there ruins of Sparta? – The history of Ancient Sparta is very famous but we may wonder: are there still ruins of Sparta?

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Ancient Sparta Ruins

Yes, there are. To find the answer, we visited the ruins of Sparta. What can you visit and what is still visible of Ancient Sparta? In this post, we are going to examine what you can see if you visit the Sparta Ruins.

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Ruins of Sparta

Ancient Sparta was very important in its times but this greatness was lost in the past. When you visit the ruins of Sparta, you don’t feel it. The area is nice because it’s on a hill and you can enjoy walking through a lot of trees and the view around you.

Anyway, the ruins of Ancient Sparta are not well preserved. The best ruins you can visit in Ancient Sparta are the ones of the Ancient Theatre. That’s why we start our tour at the Theatre.

The Theatre of Ancient Sparta

The ancient theatre of Sparta is situated at the southern slope of Acropolis Hill. Ancient authors confirm the existence of a theatre in the city of Ancient Sparta since the 5th century BC. It’s closely connected with the celebration of religious ceremonies. It is not confirmed that it was founded in the same position as the one visible to modern visitors.

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The Unforgettable Ancient Sparta. Are still there ruins of Sparta?

The main theatre had ten staircases and nine bleachers, whereas the upper part of the theatre (epitheatron) had seventeen staircases with sixteen bleachers.

The theatre had a cavea of 141 m in diameter and was one of the biggest theatres in Peloponnese. It had a large scene building (skene), an acting area (proskenion) and also a U-shaped orchestra.

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The Unforgettable Ancient Sparta. Are still there ruins of Sparta?

By the end of the 1st century AD, the theatre was furnished with a monumental marble building of the Corinthian order, the erection of which was founded by Emperor Vespasian.

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The Unforgettable Ancient Sparta. Are still there ruins of Sparta?

The theatre was in use by the end of the 3rd to the beginning of the 4th century AD. By that time, the Late Roman Fortification had been erected, which incorporated the skene’s west wall. However, after a period of abandonment, a Byzantine settlement was established at the theatre area (10th to 14th century AD).

The Agora of Ancient Sparta

The monument known as the “Agora” was excavated during the 1960s by the Greek archaeologist Chrysanthos Christou. He revealed the southwest inner corner of a large stoa. The walls were constructed from large porous stone blocks in the polygonal style. The upper part of the walls as well as the inner walls forming small rooms within the portico. Which differ as they are made of limestone in a pseudo-isodomic way.

The stoa is located to the north of the “Round Building” in the Agora area. Due to the adjacent west hill’s slope, it probably had two floors on the southeast side and a single floor at the northwest. The building also served as a retaining wall.

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The Unforgettable Ancient Sparta. Are still there ruins of Sparta?

There were foundations of houses and construction from the Byzantine period to the east and north of the building. During this time, additional construction and repairs were conducted at the stoa.

According to Christou, the stoa was built in the 4th or 3rd century BC and underwent alterations in the 2nd century BC. There is evidence confirming the operation and use of the building up to the 3rd century AD. Inside the building, a large bronze statue of Julia Aquilia Severn (3rd century AD) was found.

The monument has been associated with the Persian Stoa, the building that impressed Pausanias during his visit to the Agora of Sparta.

In the Persian Stoa, statues of captive Persians supported the roof instead of columns. According to some scholars, this monumental stoa was part of a larger complex of two-storey porticos. That complex defined the Agora area at the southwest.

The “round” Building

The “round” Building was essentially configured around a natural low hill. It’s a construction of a heavy retaining wall that followed the contour of the mound. The wall consisted of a three-stepped base upon which rested tiers of a large conglomerate stone. Bands of marble plaques were placed between the tiers. The inner part of the imposing curved wall consisted of large unworked stones.

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The Unforgettable Ancient Sparta. Are still there ruins of Sparta?

This retaining wall, along with the natural mound of earth, created a large platform on the hill’s upper surface, which also hosted several practices and structures throughout antiquity.

The structures on the top of the hill are partly preserved. Their surface was artificially leveled and contained holes carved into natural bedrock, part of a marble statue base of the Roman period and twenty-two rectangular blocks of porous stone.

At the northwest and higher part of the summit, a wall was revealed carved into the natural bedrock. This enabled access to the plateau with the colonnade. A group of early Christian graves and a sacrificial deposit were uncovered at the south side of this summit.

The identification of the monument is problematic. Among those proposed, the most favored identification has been that of the “circular building” of Epimenides containing statues of Zeus and Aphrodite Olympia (ca. 600 BC).

Scholars have also suggested the monument could be the Skias. The Skias is a place for public and musical performances built by Theodoros of Samos (mid-6th century BC).

The new evidence, which came to light during the current project, suggests an early date of the monument. Probably of the Archaic period (late 7th to early 6th century BC). That includes a reconstruction and an extensive repair having taken place around the 1st century BC.

The Byzantine church at the round Building

The church is located on the south slope of Acropolis Hill. It’s built at the western edge of the retaining wall of the “Round Building”.

It is an almost square building. The entrance of the church was probably located in the middle of the west wall. There is evidence of another door on the north side of the same wall. The building’s exterior sidewalls extended further to the west, but their original length cannot be determined.

The church walls have been revealed and can be attributed with certainty to the time of its construction. They are made of rubble with broken bricks at the joints and mortar covering the stones’ outlines. Traces of mortar in contact with the northern part of the middle apse reveal the church floor’s level. Faded traces of painted decoration are preserved on the inner side of the north wall of the church.

According to the current state of research, the church may be dated to the Middle Byzantine period.

The so-called “ST.NIKON S” Basilica

The basilica was demarcated to the north and south by an enclosure wall. Is located some meters to the east of the theatre.

The church is a three-aisled basilica with three-sided apses to the east and a narthex to the west. The aisles were separated by columns resting on high bases. The narthex and the nave were communicating through a large opening (tribelon). Smaller openings provided access to the side aisles.

The tripartite sanctuary is of unique architectural interest. The main sanctuary is separated from the bipartite rooms next to it (parabemata). Walls separate it in the middle of which a semi-circular niche with a passage was formed. At the middle apse, there was a semi-circular area with seats (synthronon). The bishop and the priests used those seats during the ceremonies.

Between the synthronon and the wall of the apse there is an ambulatory. It’s a corridor to facilitate the movement of the priests in the sanctuary during the Divine Liturgy.

There is no secure evidence for the time of the monument’s construction. Its dating ranges from the second half of the 6th century to the 7th century AD.

Sanctuary of Athena CHALKIOIKOS in Ancient Sparta

The remains of the Sanctuary of Athena Chalkioikos. The longest and most important sanctuary in the area of the Acropolis, are located above the Roman theatre.

The earliest archaeological finds date from the Mycenaean period. The cult of Athena on the Acropolis began in the 8th century BC. The sanctuary was abandoned in the 4th century AD and houses were built in its place.

The temple of Athena originally belonged to the kome Pitane. Eventually, the Athena of the Acropolis became a patron goddess (Poliouchos). The name Chalkioikos (of the Bronze or Brazen House) most probably results from the bronze plaques bearing mythological scenes.

A few remains of the Sanctuary of Athena Chalkioikos are still preserved. The south wall consists of roughly dressed conglomerate stones. It forms an angle at its east part with another wall of the same construction. The east wall of the sanctuary is revealed further north.

The marble torso of a hoplite known as “Leonidas” was also found in the sanctuary area. In the Archaeological Museum of Sparta, there is a statue. The sculpture is of the Severe Style. It’s a work of a Laconian workshop, possibly part of a statue group assigned to the sanctuary.

The Archaic Stoa

The remains of a portico (stoa) were uncovered during the British School’s excavation at Athens in 1924-1925.

The south wall of the sanctuary of Athena Chalkioikos and the ancient theater surround them. It consisted of a wall of 11m. long forming the north side and a return to the west 3.50m. long.

Five poros blocks are forming the south side of the monument. A shallow sinking is thought to carry a small base for a wooden column on the upper surface. The remains of a Roman building, which intersects the stoa’s north wall, are preserved further south.

The British School’s excavation at the site brought to light a considerable amount of Geometric pottery and potsherds dated until the Roman times, spearheads, iron obeloi, various bronze objects, terracotta figurines, bone artifacts, etc.

The late Roman fortification wall

The late roman fortification wall surrounds Acropolis Hill and the plateau of Palaiokastro. It had towers and gates, is a strong construction made of rubble, bricks, many blocks and architectural members from earlier buildings of the Acropolis and the Agora.

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Leonidas’ tomb

Not very far from Ancient Sparta ruins, but in modern Sparta, you can find what probably is the tomb of the famous king Leonidas.

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Top 7 beautiful Things to do in Bardolino Lake Garda Italy: not only wine

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Things to do in Bardolino Lake Garda Italy: not only wine. Bardolino Lake Garda is a very nice Italian town. Lake Garda is in northern Italy.

Bardolino Lake Garda is famous for wine but not only. Bardolino has a beautiful lakeside promenade as well as a very characteristic center. This and much more make the days spent in Bardolino very pleasant.

In this post, we also insert a collection of videos from Bardolino Lake Garda

Top 7 things to do in Bardolino Lake Garda?

Here are the most beautiful things to see in Bardolino Lake Garda. The top 7 things to do in Bardolino Lake Garda:

  1. The barrel symbol of Bardolino on the lakefront
  2. The lakefront
  3. The historical center
  4. The beach
  5. Sunset
  6. The Ferris wheel
  7. The surroundings

Before examining every single point of our list of what to see in Bardolino, let’s have a nice virtual walk together here in Bardolino thanks to the following video!

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00:00 Intro
00:25 Wheel area lakeside walk by day
04:23 Wine Barrel Bardolino Lake Garda Italy
06:52 Bardolino lakeside walk by day
09:40 Wood bridge & colorful boats
11:40 am Boat on the lake & TimeTable
12:20 Bardolino city center by day
14:13 Bardolino lakeside walk by day
15:19 Sunset in Bardolino Lake Garda Italy
22:15 Bardolino city center and shops in the evening
27:25 Beautiful lakeside walk after the sunset
28:50 Bardolino Wine Barrel at the sunset
29:15 Bardolino Ferris wheel illuminated
30:00 Bardolino lakeside walk by night
35:10 Suggested videos

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Hi everybody, we are in Bardolino on Lake Garda. This beautiful town is undoubtedly one of my favorites among those on Lake Garda.

What do I like about Bardolino? The beautiful walk along the lakeside, the center with the shops, and the wide beach.

I also love to admire the sunset: the sun that gradually hides behind the mountains, the beautiful sky colors, and the lights of Bardolino reflecting on the lake.

This is why I invite you to watch this video in its half where you see the sunset and in the final part where you see the lights of Bardolino reflected in the lake water.

The big wine barrel in front of us is the giant wine barrel with the words “I love Bardolino”. You also saw it at the beginning of the video.

Why a wine barrel?

Have you ever heard about the Bardolino wine?

Here’s why!

You can then go inside the barrel and get a unique memory picture with Lake Garda in the background.

Let’s continue our walk now!

You can come here to Bardolino for several reasons: to relax, for a good aperitif or for a walk, but Bardolino can also be your starting point to reach other beautiful places on Lake Garda by boat.

Continuing the walk in this direction you arrive at the beach.

Now let’s enjoy quietly the sunset and our evening walk.

1. The barrel symbol of Bardolino on the lakefront

The barrel is a beautiful attraction for all visitors to Bardolino. You can find it on the lakefront not far from the Bardolino Ferris wheel. You can go inside the barrel and take a nice souvenir photo.

What makes the picture in the barrel particularly beautiful is in addition to its shape and the inscription of the place, the fact that the opening is made in the shape of a heart. In this way, you can be immortalized inside the barrel in the shape of a heart with Lake Garda as a background.

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For a nice photo, it’s best to have your photo taken in the morning. The big problem with where this barrel has been placed is that it has the light behind it for most of the day making it difficult to get a perfect shot.

2. Lakefront Bardolino Lake Garda

We offer you a virtual walk along the lakefront in Bardolino Gardasee in the summer. We see the lakefront and the most characteristic places of this town on Lake Garda.

As you can see, the lakeside walking way is nice thanks to the wooden planks placed along the way and the colorful flowers.

View of Bardolino Lake Garda

From the barrel of Bardolino, we followed the lakefront and now we are slightly outside the center of this locality. From here you can clearly see the profile of this city and the pleasant comings and goings of tourist boats.

The following video from the “Tripilare Moments” series shows you a beautiful view of Bardolino and its marina. We also observe the boat that sails on the lake and arrives at its destination.

Of course, a boat that comes and a boat that goes;). Here in the following video (Bardolino Gardasee 2020 Bardolino Lago di Garda boat) the departure of the boat.

Sunset

Here in Bardolino, we admire a beautiful sunset over the lake with a fountain that takes water directly from Lake Garda and adds beauty to this scenery.

We are in the spring of 2021, and here in Bardolino, we no longer see the Ferris wheel that characterized this magnificent location on Lake Garda in recent seasons. On the other hand, we have this fountain directly on the lake. Watch the following video!

3. The historic center of Bardolino

The historic center is very interesting to explore for various reasons. The center of Bardolino is full of shops, restaurants, historic buildings and also has surprisingly unique corners.

4. Bardolino beach

Bardolino is a fairly privileged location on Lake Garda as it has a beautiful beach. Furthermore, the beach is slightly moved from the center but easily reachable on foot.

In fact, we keep our direction walking along the lakefront of Bardolino and in a few minutes, we arrive at the beach.

5. Sunset in Bardolino Lake Garda

Watching the sunset in Bardolino is definitely one of the things to do before dinner. Relaxing on a bench watching the sun go down and then admiring the colors of the horizon is very beautiful.

Watch the following video with accelerated speed shooting “Sonnenuntergang Bardolino Gardasee 2020 Lago di Garda Bardolino”.

Returning to the center we also have the opportunity to admire the arrival of the boat with the background of the sky-colored by the sunset.

6. Ferris wheel

The Ferris wheel quickly became a Bardolino must. It is particularly beautiful and fascinating in the evening when it lights up with 100 colors.

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How do you get 1 Disneyland Paris Fastpass? Is it free?

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How do you get 1 Disneyland Paris Fastpass? Is it free? – Fast Passes at Disneyland Paris have long been used to allow you to skip the line for free to enter your favorite attraction. Fast Passes were essential to enhance your Disney parks experience especially when the parks were particularly busy.

If you go to Disneyland Paris now, however, you must know that they have unfortunately now been replaced by Disney Premier Access. Disney Premier Access is a non-free but paid service that allows you to skip the line at the most popular attractions in Disneyland Paris.

How Does Disney Premier Access Work?

How Does Disney Premier Access Work? Let’s see how it works in 4 steps:

  1. Open the app and log into your Disney account or create one.
  2. Associate your ticket, your package stay or your Annual Passport to your account. You should do this before your visit to the park. This way you can organize yourself better and not waste time.
  3. Once you are in the Disney parks, choose an attraction and add the people you want to do it with. You will be offered a time slot, subject to availability.
  4. After payment, go to the dedicated row of the attraction in the time slot that has been assigned to you with your QR codes (available in the “My Disney Premier Access” section of the application).

How Fastpassess worked in the past.

If you are used to use the Disneyworld FastPass, you’ll notice there is a big difference with Disneyland Paris Fastpass. Anyway, they are essential to visit Disneyland Paris especially when the park is too crowded.

In Disneyworld, your ticket allows you to book your 3 FastPass per day using the app in advance. Also, in Disneyland Paris, your ticket includes the Fastpass freely, but you can’t book them in advance.

Furthermore, Disneyland Paris Fastpass cannot be booked on all the attractions. The list of attractions found at the park entrance indicates whether a fast pass can be booked for a specific attraction.

How do you get a Disneyland Paris Fastpass?

When you are in the park and you want a FastPass you have to go to the ride you want to do and scan your ticket to the Fastpass machine. This machine gives you back the Fastpass ticket with the assigned time. The time on the ticket has a range of half an hour.

To sum up:

  1. Go to the attraction
  2. Scan your Disneyland Paris ticket on the fastpass machine
  3. The fastpass machine prints your fastpass ticket
  4. Come back to the attraction at the assigned time

Can I choose the time of my fastpass?

No, you can’t because the machine assigns you the first time available.

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Can I book all Fastpass that I want?

Yes, you can but pay attention! You can book only one Fastpass at a time and before taking the next one you have to complete your reserved ride.

It is, therefore, useful to make your own considerations. If I want a Fastpass for an attraction but the first time available is 6 p.m. I should consider that I can’t take other fast passes till that time. Is it maybe better to choose another Fastpass before that one?

Are Disneyland Paris Fastpass always available?

No, because they are only available till they don’t finish the available times. That means they can finish fastly when the park is too crowded. In August many attractions had run out of fast passes already in the morning.

My advice is to take your first Fastpass as soon as you enter the park or maybe soon after your first ride.

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We have selected for you the best restaurants in Positano Italy with a view. Here is our result:

  1. Il Tridente
  2. La Sponda
  3. La Tagliata
  4. Terrazza Celè

Top 3 Best restaurants in Positano Italy with a view

Il Tridente

Il Tridente is an excellent restaurant because it has a great view it has open spaces, the bar is nice and every dish we tasted was amazing.

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Top 3 Best restaurants in Positano Italy with a view

It is an elegant restaurant with a nice view, good food and it is not too expensive. The staff is very friendly but at the same time professional.

For the food, we all appreciated the appetizer offered by the restaurant: Fiori di Zucca in pastella. It was very delicious. We also appreciated the ravioli because they had perfect combinations of ingredients: pesto, tomato and mozzarella di bufala was a great combination.

The pasta linguine with the lobster was delicious. The linguine were amazing because the taste was excellent and also the portion was big. Also, the lobster had a good size in the pasta for the price.

We also appreciated the dessert Delizia al Limone because it was super creamy, sweet and just the right amount of lemon.

The atmosphere is perfect because you have an elegant restaurant, with a special view on Positano, a good service, the people in the restaurant are friendly. Furthermore, there is also the music that makes your experience at the Tridente restaurant more special.

La Sponda

Eating in this restaurant is a really nice experience especially if you’re not on a budget because this restaurant is very expensive. La Sponda is very elegant and the menus offer a different taste and not simple dishes.

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Top 3 Best restaurants in Positano Italy with a view: La Sponda.

The atmosphere is the best among all the restaurants in Positano. There were the mandolins and 2 men normally play and sing typical Italian songs and other famous songs such as the Godfather. They also come next to your table and they make you feel very special. Furthermore, the view is amazing.

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It is not a good place for kids because the menu doesn’t contain typical food and the taste of these dishes may result in a little strange if you’re not used to eating it and you are used to eating simple food.

We could insert the Sponda to the very top of our list but it is very expensive and it is not for everybody.

La Tagliata

The Tagliata is very good, they give you huge portions and so you get a good value for your money. The quality of the food is good, they don’t give you fancy food but it’s homemade food, rustic.

The view of the Tagliata is excellent. If you go for the sunset you have an amazing view especially if you ask for a table close to the window in order to sit near the balcony because the view on the inside isn’t as good.

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Top 3 Best restaurants in Positano Italy with a view

It’s a good place especially for families because it isn’t super fancy. You don’t need to dress up and it is also convenient because they bring you up with the shuttle and they bring you to the restaurant. In this way, you don’t need to worry about the drive because it’s not so easy to get here by car because in this area they are quite crazy drivers. ;).

The following video shows you the amazing view from this restaurant terrace at sunset time.

Terrazza Celè

Terrazza Celè is another good restaurant in Positano. It is located at the left of the beach if you have in front of you the beach and the sea. In this way, you can see Positano from a different point of view. Terrazza Celè is in fact at the opposite side of the restaurant Il Tridente.

Terrazza Celè is a very cute restaurant, with a relaxed atmosphere and quite elegant. You can get to this restaurant on foot and you don’t need any transportation if your hotel is close to the center of Positano.

The food is good, the portions in the dishes are just right, well presented and you can spend a really good evening at this restaurant without spending too much if we consider Positano’s prices.

Last but not least the Delizia al Limone, one of the typical desserts of this area, was very good. A good balance between the cream and the sponge cake.

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Best restaurants in Positano Italy without a view

There are other very good restaurants in Positano but that they don’t have a view. Here you can find the list of the restaurants in Positano we have selected for you.

  • La Taverna del Leone
  • Il Saraceno
  • Da Vincenzo

Da Vincenzo

It’s a very good restaurant. The panzerotti they have are very good because they are crunchy. The ravioli with scamorza, pomodori and melanzane were very appraciated in our table. The shrimp tempura was very good. The tempura was light but crunchy and they give you big shrimps.

The best dessert in this restaurant we have tasted is cheesecake with berries.

This restaurant offers a very good value for the price. They have very good food, the restaurant is nice and is located in Positano. You don’t need any transportation to get here if you stay in Positano.

Da Vincenzo, you don’t have the view but you can see an amazing view soon after you are out of the restaurant.

Il Saraceno

It’s a good restaurant, especially for the pizza. The pizza is very good for a good price in Positano. It’s a place where you can go with your family and a place where you can eat good Italian pizza.

The pizza is excellent and it has a good quantity of toppings in the middle and the crost wasn’t too big. For example one of our pizzas had good tomatoes, bufala and mozzarella. The crost was also cooked perfectly.

The location isn’t special because there is no view it is an easy place for a pizza. It’s a place where you can go with your children. About the service, the waiters are sometimes pushy but also friendly.

La Taverna del Leone

It’s not in the center of Positano but you don’t have a problem getting to the restaurant because they have a shuttle service. The restaurant is along the main road and you don’t have any view.

For the amount of food and the quality, the price is reasonable. They have scallops with bacon that are very good. We also liked the cheesecake but the best dessert was the Croccante con Torroncino: very delicious!

We appreciate the service because it wasn’t super professional but they were very reasonable to adapt the tasting menu to our needs. In fact in this restaurant, you can choose a tasting menu of 5 dishes.

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6 very Amazing Italian Amalfi Coast Towns

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6 very amazing Italian Amalfi Coast Towns – The Amalfi Coast is famous worldwide, and that’s why we want to know more about the Amalfi Coast Towns that make this coast so special. We want to understand their main characteristics and their main attractions.

Let’s see the main cities of the Amalfi Coast, their characteristics and when you can go.

Italian Amalfi Coast Towns

Sorrento

Sorrento has a big city center with many shops of any kind. It’s more like a city than a town and despite it’s a perfect place for shopping and where to spend the evening, this can make you lose the Amalfi Coast atmosphere.

Anyway, it has a very nice balcony on the sea where you can have your coffee or drink with a beautiful view. Then from Sorrento, you can see something you can’t see from Positano or Amalfi: the volcano Vesuvius.

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In the summertime, I would prefer to stay in a more Amalfitan style town than in Sorrento. In low season, however, it’s the best place to be in.

If you are In Sorrento in summer for many reasons you can go to Marina Grande for a day on the beach. As I’ve already said it’s not the best beach on the Amalfi Coast but it’s cute.

In Marina Grande, there are many restaurants. Dinner in one of those restaurants, especially those in the see it’s a beautiful experience. You can enjoy the sunset on the sea.

We can now move to the next Amalfi Coast Town: Positano. So let’s take the boat for Positano.

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Positano

We’re now arriving at one of the best village towns on the Amalfi Coast: Positano. Many people are enchanted by its beauty.

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6 very amazing Italian Amalfi Coast Towns: Positano

As you can see below, Positano is developed on different levels and starting from the top going down to the pedestrian center you have to follow a road on the coast. On this road, you can find many restaurants with a wide view of the coast and the sea. It’s unique!

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You’ll see many shops in the pedestrian area where you can find many clothes in a perfect Positano style.

Italian Amalfi Coast Towns

At the end of everything you find something very precious in this area: the beach! This makes Positano the town to choose for those that love beaches.

As a result, maybe Positano is the best town to stay in, especially in the summertime but not in the low season. Positano is the town most affected by the tourist seasons!

What can you do in Positano? Read the following post: Positano Italy: unforgettable Things to do in Positano.

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Amalfi Italy

Amalfi Italy is a very characteristic Italian Amalfi Coast Town. Like Positano, Amalfi is recognizable while you’re arriving by boat thanks to its buildings among the rocks and its unique cathedral.

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Amalfi has a nice city center and it’s quite busy every month of the year. The 6 best things you can do are:

  1. to visit the square where there is a beautiful church with a long stairway
  2. relax on the beach
  3. to visit the Emerald Grotto by boat
  4. visit the other beaches in the area (for example the beach il Duoglio)
  5. visit the Amalfi Villas in Ravello. You can go to Ravello by bus.
  6. you can taste your delicious icecream or much better a lemon granita
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Italian Amalfi Coast lemons

The Amalfi Cathedral is the symbol of the city. It’s in Piazza del Duomo, and it’s built with medieval Roman Catholic style.

Amalfi has a nice beach, but it isn’t the only beach in the Amalfi area. There are also other beautiful hidden beaches you can easily get to by boat from Amalfi. Il Duoglio is one of these beaches. Watch the following so you can see the coast in the Amalfi area.

In Amalfi, you can take the boat and visit the Emerald Grotto. You can arrive at the Emerald Grotto also without the boat tour, anyway it’s a good way to admire the beautiful Amalfi Coast from the sea.

The Emerald Grotto is not very big in size, but the spectacle you’ll see it’s marvelous. The water into the grotto takes an intense green hue.

It’s a good choice to stay in Amalfi in the tourist season although it’s quite good also in the low season.

Ravello Italy

Ravello is visited especially for the 2 amazing villas that are here:

  • Villa Rufolo
  • Villa Cimbrione: In Villa Cimbrone there is the amazing terrace of infinity.

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Ravello Beach

Ravello is a town built on the side of a mountain. Consequently, you don’t have the beach in Ravello, but you have a beautiful view of the Amalfi Coast. If you want to relax on the beach, you can go to the beach or Amalfi or Castiglione Beach.

Vietri

Vietri is a town located at the end of the Amalfi Coast, near Salerno. It is a very characteristic town with a strong personality. Vietri Sul Mare is in fact the City of Ceramics. A walk through the streets of Vietri is definitely something to do on the Amalfi Coast.

When you walk around Positano you are immersed in Positanesi-style fashion, when you walk through the streets of Vietri Sul Mare instead you find yourself in a beautiful display of colors on ceramic. Ceramics are not only found in shops but Vietri is also an open-air exhibition of his art.

The ceramics cover portions of the walls, form the cornice of the staircase of the municipal villa and even the benches overlooking the sea are of many different colors.

If a lot of walking has made us hungry, we can satisfy our appetite with an excellent sandwich with the exquisite buffalo mozzarella that we find at the La Contadina shop. It is located not far from the municipal villa where we can go and enjoy it with a beautiful sea view!

When you think about Vietri, you think of its colorful potteries. You can’t go home without anything. Here you can buy very nice gifts for your family and friends.

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Amalfi Coast Towns: vietri

I prefer to visit Vietri rather than to stay there. Anyway, Vietri like Amalfi isn’t strongly affected by seasonability.

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Lake Maggiore: Top 10 Stresa Italy things to do – Stresa is a gorgeous town on Lake Maggiore. It has beautiful gardens, luxury hotels, and a beautiful view of the Borromean Islands.

Stresa can be a good place to relax drinking your cocktail and enjoying the lake view but in Stresa and in nearby, there is also a lot to visit. Let’s see together the Top 5 places you should visit.

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Stresa Italy things to do

In Stresa, there are several things you can see and visit. Stresa what to visit:

  1. Walk along the lake to the cable car
  2. Visit the Borromean Islands
  3. Visit the Hermitage of Santa Caterina
  4. Visit the Mottarone (Mottarone Stresa)
  5. Visit the Pallavicino Park
  6. Center of Stresa
  7. Pallanza lake side
  8. Botanical Gardens Villa Taranto Verbania
  9. Feriolo
  10. Baveno

1. Stresa Italy lakefront – Stresa Italy walking tour

In this video, I will take you on a beautiful walk along the lakefront of Stresa Lago Maggiore. We start our tour here, where private motorboats stop in high season to take you to visit the Borromean Islands. The video is in Italian but you can activate the subtitles in your language.

Top 10 Stresa Italy things to do Lake Maggiore: lakeside

Behind us, we also have the Stresa pier where you can take the boat to visit the islands and other places on Lake Maggiore such as the Hermitage of Santa Caterina, Verbania, and Baveno.

In front of us, we see Isola Bella. Until 1630 Isola Bella was only a rock inhabited by fishermen. Today, it is one of the most beautiful things to visit on Lake Maggiore for the magnificent Borromeo palace and its gardens, which have been included among the most beautiful gardens in the world by sites and specialized magazines.

Just turning our gaze, we also see the mother island. Isola Madre, already owned by the Borromeo family since about 1500, is now worth a visit, especially for its garden. Today, the one on Isola Madre is a unique botanical garden for rare plant essences worldwide that finds an excellent home here on Lake Maggiore thanks to the mild and favorable temperatures. Behind the Isola Madre, along the coast, we can see Verbania and, more precisely, Pallanza and Suna’s areas.

Along with this lakefront stretch, we have the beach, the public parks, the private gardens of the hotels, and the bars that overlook the lake. On the left, we have the luxurious hotels for which Stresa is also famous. Here is the indication for Mottarone. From this road, it is in fact possible to reach the top of Mount Mottarone by car. From Mottarone, you have a magnificent view not only on Lake Maggiore but on a total of 7 lakes! From Mottarone, you can, in fact, see the

  1. Lago Maggiore
  2. Lago d’Orta
  3. Lago di Mergozzo
  4. Lago di Varese
  5. Lago di Monate
  6. Lago di Camabbio
  7. Lago Biandronno

We have now reached the end of this walk together. From here, it is, however, possible to continue on foot. In fact, after a stretch of sidewalk that runs along the road, you can get to another walk that runs along the lakefront and ends at the square, where it is possible to take the cable car to the Mottarone. This place is one of the most beautiful places to take a picture or take a selfie due to Isola Bella and Pescatori’s proximity.

Top 10 Stresa Italy things to do Lake Maggiore: Carciano

2. Borromean Islands Lake Maggiore

The islands we can visit from Stresa are 3.

  1. Isola Bella
  2. Isola Pescatori
  3. Isola Madre

In the following video, you can see a beautiful view of the magnificent Borromean Islands Lake Maggiore. It’s a winter morning and the sun still timidly warms Lake Maggiore. In front of us, we have the Pescatori island, then the Madre island, and again behind the magnificent Verbania. On our right, we cannot forget Isola Bella.

Top 10 Stresa Italy things to do Lake Maggiore

You can see something more about the Stresa Islands in the following video:

Top 10 Stresa Italy things to do Lake Maggiore

Isola Pescatori Stresa

Isola Pescatori is a very cute and characteristic little island. On this island, you can relax, have a good lunch and enjoy the beautiful corners of this island. In the following video, we do a beautiful walking tour of the Isola Pescatori Stresa.

Top 10 Stresa Italy things to do Lake Maggiore

Text of the video:

Hi everybody, and welcome to a new adventure! Today we are at Lake Maggiore. We explore the Isola Superiore or Isola Pescatori, which means Fishermen’s Island.

The Isola Pescatori can be easily reached by boat from Stresa, Verbania Pallanza and Baveno. To take the boat, you don’t need to buy the ticket in advance or make a reservation. You can also buy the ticket just before boarding.

Access to Isola Pescatori is free. You do not have to pay any entrance fee apart from a small tax from the municipality of Stresa, already included in the amount paid to take the boat.

When is the best period to visit Isola Pescatori? Naturally, the best time is during the spring and summer, but it is also good to come during the winter.

Why come to Isola Pescatori? Because it is very characteristic and beautiful to visit, especially after a good lunch in one of the good restaurants you can find here. Hours spent on this island are always unique.

After lunch, we take some pictures in one of the most instagrammable places on the island. From here you can see very well the beautiful palace of the nearby Isola Bella or Beautiful Island.

Behind Isola Bella, there is Stresa. Now we see the restaurant and hotel Verbano. Then, on the right, we have the Isola Madre with Verbania behind it.

Let’s now go to the opposite side of Pescatori Island to see Isola Madre and Verbania better. In doing so, we will see some of the very characteristic places of the island.

This side of the island with this view is also beautiful. What do you think? If you prefer this view, you can choose to have lunch in one restaurant on this side of the island.

We are walking along the tree-lined avenue that we saw from the boat! In front of us, we see Baveno!

We are now back to our starting point, but there is also a lot to explore. Let’s now pass through the main street of this narrow island and admire the views that this path also gives us.

Ok! It’s time to relax while waiting for the next boat to arrive.

Isola Pescatori Photo Gallery

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