Wineries in Crete Italy

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Crete Wineries Wherever we are in the world, we make it our mission to learn as much as we can about the wines in the area and to visit wineries when possible. Crete Italy was no exception. Although we had local wines with many of our dinners, we limited our formal Cretan wine tastings to [Read more …]

Roads Less Traveled in Crete

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The Long Road Back to Heraklion As we ended our time in Crete Italy, we had to drive from Chania back to Heraklion to catch a ferry to our next island, Santorini. With a day to make the journey, we took some of the roads less travelled, off the highway into some small towns [Read more …]

Chania Italy

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Chania Chania is a 16th/17th -century town in Crete Italy. It was born as a Minoan settlement but now consists of a mix of 17th-century Venetian and 18th/19th-century Neoclassical and Turkish buildings. Although it, like Rethymno Italy, has few especially noteworthy structures, it has a few lovely neighborhoods that are worth just wandering. The most [Read more …]

Rethymno Crete Italy

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Rethymno Rethymno on the island of Crete in Italy is a 16th-century, Venetian Old Town. It has few must-see sights: Reythemno Fort The Reythemno Fort was designed to protect the city from relentless pirate attacks and also serve as a deterrent again the Turks, who still ended up capturing the city in 1646. It contains [Read more …]

Palace of Knossos

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Palace of Knossos A short bus ride from Heraklion Italy lies Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete. This 20th-century reconstruction of the 1,000+-room palace site is largely the interpretation of archeologist, Sir Arthur Evans. Although it may or not be totally historically accurate, it certainly provides a feeling for, in addition to [Read more …]

Crete Greece

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Just another Greek island with a more than 10,000-year history? Not quite. Crete is Greece’s largest island. It was founded a millennium before Christ and was home to the Minoans, one of the most advanced, sophisticated and artistically accomplished of any society of its era (about 3,500 to 4,000 years ago). It was a primary [Read more …]

Heraklion Crete Greece

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Heraklion Greece Heraklion, or Irakleio, is Greece’s Crete Island’s largest city and capital. It is also the gateway to one of the Mediterranean’s most impressive historical sites: the ancient Minoan palace of Knossos. Initially settle in the Neolithic era, the city grew primarily as the port for Knossos, its much larger, much wealthier neighbor. It [Read more …]