Athens: The Ancient and Modern City
No one should miss Athens with its wealth of archaeological treasures, its neighborhoods, its museums and art galleries, its restaurants and its port, Piraeus. The Acropolis is the most important ancient site in Athens and visible from almost anywhere in the city, an imposing hill in the center of Athens. On the summit of the Acropolis is the Parthenon, an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess, Athena Parthenos. Below the Acropolis is the Ancient Agora which is a wide expanse of ancient Greek remains. The Panathenaic Stadium which was built in the 4th Century BC as a venue for athletic contests is oval-shaped and was a running track with stone seating all around it. The stadium was restored in 1895 in order to host the 1896 Olympics with seats for 70,000 spectators. The Plaka is a self-contained area and an old historical neighbourhood of Athens It is also the site of many open-air restaurants to enjoy on your Greece vacation. In the Plaka, you can experience street musicians, flower sellers and much more.