Nafplio, Explore Nafplio By Foot
3 HoursModerateCulture | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing | Walking
Nafplio is one of Greece’s most romantic and prettiest towns. The narrow streets of the Old Town are filled with elegant Venetian houses and gracious Neo-classical mansions. The setting is dominated by the towering Palamidi Fortress. Today you will not only view the sites of Nafplio, but participating in them as well, as you experience a day in the life…of Nafplio. From the pier, your walking tour will begin as you marvel at the beautiful Neo-classical buildings lining the port, and then on to the Kapodistriou Square and park, dedicated to the memory of the first Governor of Greece. In the park with his beloved Palamidi Fortress in the background, is also the statue of Kolokotronis, known as the Grand Old Man of the Morea, being the leader of the Greeks during the War of Independence. Across the way you will see the current Town Hall building, originally the very first High School of Greece. Continuing on through the backstreets not normally meant for tourists, you will come upon the old Catholic Church and the 1702 Church of Agios Spyidon, just below. The ‘worry beads’ you see everywhere in Greece have a museum of their own in Nafplio and you will visit the “Museum of Komboloi” to learn of their origin. Next you will proceed through the popular Syntagma Square (Constitution Square) with its beautiful buildings, primarily in Neo-classical style, that create a beautiful frame around the square, and the polished marble floor reflects both sunlight and streetlights. Then reward yourself with nearly an hour for shopping at one of the Windstar-designated shops. Before returning back to the ship, in true Greek style, you will have the opportunity to sample the favorite spirit of the Greeks, Ouzo.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a hat and sunglasses and local currency.