Nafplio, Greece – Secret Pearl of Peloponneso

There is a Greece that most foreign tourists ignore. It is one that I found by accident, while I was going south in the Peloponneso peninsula. In Nafplio I stopped to change and head to Kalamata, but when I arrived there I decided to explore this small town, situated 50 km away from Korinto.

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The Palamidi fortress, built during the Venetian period, dominates the city and it is reachable by car or by foot, rising a demanding but astonishing staircase of 999 steps and a view impossible to imagine. The fortress is made from different bastions, each one with a different spot to view Nafplio and the surrounding area. Don’t linger on the central part of the fortress: you should explore everything with calm and curiosity, because it reserves secret and unexpected glimpses, ignored by the majority of visitors. This building is a continual maze of arches, climbs, and slopes. Observing it you might may you think of the abstract and impossible drawings of M.C. Escher!

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After having visited it, my tip is to go to the sea, on the way to the fortress. There, there is a small path of 3 km, that will bring you to the town, with the mountain and the forest on one side, the sea on the other one. Nafplio’s historical centre is a pleasure for the eyes: colourful houses and small artisan’s shops, restaurants and pubs where you can taste a delicious natural greek yogurt, topped with fruit and honey!

Photo Credits: Giulietta Furlani

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