History of Ithaca
The calm and hospitable island of Ithaca (or Thiaki as the locals call it) is ideal for peaceful holidays. The second smallest Ionian island after Paxoi, the former kingdom of Homeric hero Ulysses (according to many scientists) has been inhabited since the Prehistoric Era. Ithaca became prosperous during the Mycenaean years and after this glorious period started to decline. Later, when the Venetians settled in Ithaca, Eptanisians were repatriated from the nearby islands. Ithaca made a considerable contribution to the Revolution of 1821 and was united with Greece on May 21st 1864 along with the rest of the Ionian islands. The island extends over 92.6 km2 and its coastline length reaches 101 km.
On Foot - Ithaki
Vathi is the island capital and the port. It is a preserved traditional settlement with beautiful houses with tile roofs and picturesque alleys. The Venetian influence is very significant. The largest part of the town was restored or reconstructed after the disastrous earthquake of 1953. At the entrance of the port you will find the island ofLazaretos with the chapel of Sotiras (1668).