Hidden Treasures of the Adriatic-Day 12- Itea

  
Plenty of cruise ship travelers land at the Itea Port each year for relaxing vacation fun. This Greek town (founded in 1830) can be found in the southeastern part of Phokida. With a small population of around 9,000, Itea does not have a lot of major amenities. However, this quaint port town lies to the west of Kirra, which was once an ancient seaport. Itea is now a successful commercial and industrial hub for imports and exports. Many tourists stop at the Itea cruise terminal for the beautiful beaches, local festivals, major sporting events, and picturesque scenery. After docking at the Itea port of call, you can explore the Delphi Museum to get in touch with Greek history. Bring along your camera and snap a few shots of the detailed artifacts. Many of these ancient pieces come from the Temple of Apollo.

  
In ancient times, pilgrims flocked to Delphi to consult the oracle, who sat at the mouth of a fume-emitting chasm. Wars, voyages and business transactions were undertaken on the strength of these prophecies. From the entrance, take the Sacred Way up to the Temple of Apollo, where the oracle supposedly sat. From here the path continues to the theatre and stadium.

  
Situated on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, hundreds of feet above the sea, it is easy to see why Delphi was once believed to be the center of the earth. Listen to your guide as he tells you the fascinating history of the Sanctuary of Apollo, the paved Sacred Way, and the Doric temple of Apollo. In its Adyton the High Priestess “Pythia” sat on a tripod and delivered the oracles. Admire the Theatre and the Stadium, used for the main events of the Pythian Festival, located on terraces above the Temple. To the right of the entrance to the Sanctuary is the Kastalian Fountain, where Pythia washed before speaking her prophecies. Across and below the road from the Spring you will find the Marmaria, or Sanctuary of Athena, with the conspicuous building of Tholos.

   
 

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