In a land as ancient as Greece, the city of Itea is a mere upstart. This bustling commercial port on the Gulf of Itea was founded in 1830 - just yesterday in a nation where the word "Archaic" denotes history before the year 500 - B.C. that is. Famed for several fine beaches, Itea is also the gateway to Mount Parnassus and Delphi. For the Ancients, Parnassus was home to the nine Muses while Delphi was literally the center of the world - a spot marked by the Omphalos stone in the Sanctuary of Apollo. It was to Delphi that figures both mythic and historic - the father of Oedipus & Alexander the Great of Macedon - came to consult Pythia, the Oracle of Delphi, whose prophecies always took the form of enigmatic hexameters.
Points of Interest
Delphi is one of the key archaeological sites of Greece, considered to be an important religious and political center. The oracle of Delphi was renowned for its predictions of the future.
One of the world's richest museums of ancient Greek art, its collections represent all the cultures that flourished in Greece: from the prehistoric age until the Classical Period.
Delphi is a charming mountain town with spectacular scenery and the remains of ancient Delphi within the boundaries of the modern village. Stroll its main street in search of local crafts.
Located high up on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, this picturesque mountain village is a popular winter ski resort. In the summer, it's a cool respite featuring breathtaking hiking trails.