Mycenae – Nafplio – Epidavros (Full Day)
MYCENAE
Mycenae ″Rich in Gold″, the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, first sung by Homer in his epics, is the most important and richest palatial centre of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization, while the myths related to its history have inspired poets and writers over many centuries, from the Homeric epics and the great tragedies of the Classical period to contemporary literary and artistic creation. Perseus, son of Zeus and Danaos, daughter of Akrisios, king of Argos, is traditionally considered as its mythical founder. Pausanias reports that Perseus named the new city Mycenae after the pommel (mykes) of his sword, which fell there, or after the Perseia spring, discovered there under the root of a mushroom (mykes). According to the myth, Perseus’s descendants reigned at Mycenae for three generations after the last of them, Eurystheas, died childless.
NAFPLIO, an accessible town for disabled visitors
Nafplio, the capital of this district, was built, according to mythology, by Nafplio, the son of Poseidon and of Ammonia. The role of this city in the Greek history has been very important. It was inhabited in the Neolithic period and it took part in the Argonautiki expedition.  During the Venetian rule, Nafplio became the most beautiful Venetian possession in Greece and it was named "Napoli de Romania" (Napoli of Greece).
BOURTZI. A desert island - fortress at the entrance of the port, just 450m from the mole of Nafplio. It was connected with Akronafplia by a chain which prevented the unwanted ships from entering the port.
PALAMIDI. This well known castle crowns the city of Nafplio with an intense medieval atmosphere. The steep hill was fortified by the Venetian.
EPIDAURUS ,an Accessible town for disabled visitors
In the peaceful hinterland of Epidaurus, with its mild climate and abundant mineral springs, is the sanctuary of the god-physician Asklepios, the most famous healing centre of the Greek and Roman world. The sanctuary belonged to the small coastal town of Epidaurus, but its fame and recognition quickly spread beyond the limits of the Argolid. It is considered the birthplace of medicine and is thought to have had more than two hundred dependent spas in the eastern Mediterranean. Its monuments, true masterpieces of ancient Greek art, are a precious testimony to the practice of medicine in antiquity. Indeed they illustrate the development of medicine from the time when healing depended solely on the god until systematic description of cases and the gradual accumulation of knowledge and experience turned it into a science.
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