Skyler and I recently returned from a 17 day trip to Italy and the Mediterranean. Santorini had been on my bucket list for awhile ever since my grandmother, (a world traveler), told me as a little girl that out of everywhere she had been, Santorini was the most beautiful. Skyler and I chose not to use a travel agency so we spent about 6 months researching what to do in all of the places we were going to visit. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some tips and tricks for the best places to visit in Italy and the Mediterranean.
Akrotiri-Akrotiri is a Minoan Bronze Age settlement found on Santorini. The settlement was destroyed in the Theran eruption about 1627 BC and buried in volcanic ash, which preserved the remains of frescoes, and many other objects and artwork. The settlement has been suggested as a possible inspiration for Plato's story of Atlantis. What made Akrotiri amazing is that the settlement was so advanced. They had a sewage system and toilets, custom made beds, showers, a marketplace, and an aqueduct type system that brought water into the buildings. The buildings are several stories tall and they have remarkably not found a single skeleton anywhere in the settlement. They believe that the village used the early earthquakes as a type of alarm system and the people left with intentions to return in a few days. They apparently never made it back and the village remained buried until 1967. It is definitely a must see!
Oia-Oia is the village that you see whenever you google Santorini. It has an amazing view of the Caldera and the incoming cruise ships, and has the beautiful white and blue architecture that has made Santorini a top ten tourist destination in the world. Oia is filled with adorable shops and restaurants and definitely ranks as the most picturesque place I have ever been.
Lunch in Imerovigli-Imerovigli is considered one of the most beautiful towns in the Aegean Sea region. It is 300 meters above the Caldera and has absolutely gorgeous views of the Caldera and other towns. The village has been designated a "preserved" area and has retained much of its traditional features. Theres also a fortress called "Skaros" Castle, which was built by the invading Venetians in 13th century AD.