September 30, 2023

Athens News

News in English from Greece

La Repubblica deifies Greek tourism

“Hymn” to the Greek summer is a new tribute to the popular Italian newspaper “La Repubblica”.

It says that “it would not be an exaggeration to define Greece as the ideal holiday destination in the world with over 200 wonderful islands and hospitable people. This is a country that is the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy.”

The newspaper offers the most valuable “unknown treasures” of Greece, tailored to the special interests of Italian travellers. Among the proposals to visit the Cyclades, the Dodecanese and the Ionian Islands, Astypalea occupies the first place.

“The island in the Aegean Sea is a real paradise, woven from historical monuments, picturesque villages, beautiful beaches, unsurpassed gastronomy and exquisite local products such as honey. Astypalea offers a unique experience for hikers and nature lovers. It is emphasized that Astypalea is the only island that implements an innovative “green” project.

Also, the island gained world fame, because an ancient cemetery (burial) of babies in clay vessels was found there. This “unsolved mystery” is still surrounded by legends and myths. At present, 3 thousand vessels with skeletons of babies have been unearthed, but there are much more of them in the cemetery. According to the Hellenic Antiquities Authority, archaeologists have found that the burial of babies began in the cemetery of Astypalea in the 8th century BC and continued until the 2nd century AD.

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