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Best attractions to visit in Nafplio, Greece

Nafplio is a seaside town in the Peloponnese in Greece that has expanded on the slopes near the north end of the Argolic Gulf.

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Nafplio is a seaside town in the Peloponnese in Greece that has expanded on the slopes near the north end of the Argolic Gulf.

1. Fortress of Palamidi

Fortress of Palamidi, Nafplio, Greece

Palamidi is a fortress to the east of the Acronauplia in the town of Nafplio in the Peloponnese region of southern Greece. Nestled on the crest of a 216-meter high hill, the fortress was built by the Venetians during their second occupation of the area. The fortress was a very large and ambitious project but was finished within a relatively short period from 1711 until 1714. It is a typical baroque fortress based on the plans of the engineers Giaxich and Lasalle.

2. Akronauplía

Akronafplia, Nafplio, Greece

The Acronauplia is the oldest part of the city of Nafplion in Greece. Until the thirteenth century, it was a town on its own. The arrival of the Venetians and the Franks transformed it into part of the town fortifications. Later, part of it was used as a prison until the Greek government decided that the view provided from its location would benefit the local tourism and built a hotel complex which still stands there today.

3. Archaeological Museum of Nafplion

Archeological Museum of Nafplion

The Archaeological Museum of Nafplion is a museum in the town of Nafplion of Argolis, in Greece. It has exhibits of the Neolithic period, Chalcolithic period, Helladic period, Mycenaean period, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods from all over southern Argolis. The museum is situated in the central square of Nafplion. It is housed on the top floor of the old Venetian barracks.

4. The Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation “V. Papantoniou”

The Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, Nafplio, Greece

The Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation ‘Vas. Papantoniou’ or PFF is a nonprofit cultural institution and museum based in Nafplion, Greece. It was founded in 1974 by the folklorist and scenic designer Ioanna Papantoniou in memory of her father Vasilios Papantoniou. The aim of PFF is the research, preservation, study, and presentation of the material culture of the Greeks.

5. Tiryns

Tiryns, Argolis, Greece

Tiryns or is a Mycenaean archaeological site in Argolis in the Peloponnese and the location from which mythical hero Heracles performed his Twelve Labours. Tiryns was a hill fort with occupation ranging back seven thousand years, from before the beginning of the Bronze Age. It reached its height between 1400 and 1200 BC, when it was one of the most important centers of the Mycenaean world, and in particular in Argolis. Its most notable features were its palace, its Cyclopean tunnels and especially its walls, which gave the city its Homeric epithet of “mighty walled Tiryns”.