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Autumn in Athens

With egual measures of grunge and grace, Greece's capital is a heady mix of history and edginess. Autumn ushers in a cooler climate that's ideal for exploring the city. Use the tips below to inform your route.
View from the Acropolis to Lykavittos hill

SIGHTS

Acropolis

(odysseus.culture.gr)

The Acropolis is the most important ancient site in the Western world. Crowned by the Parthenon, it stands sentinel over Athens, visible from almost everywhere within the city. Its monuments and sanctuaries of white Pentelic marble gleam in the midday sun and gradually take on a honey hue as the sun sinks. A glimpse of this magnificent sight can't fail to exalt your spirit.

Acropolis Museum

(theacropolismuseum.gr; Dionysiou Areopagitou 15)

This dazzling museum at the foot of the Acropolis' southern slope showcases its surviving treasures. The collection covers the Archaic period to the Roman, but the emphasis is on the Acropolis of the 5th century BC.

Benaki Museum of Greek Culture

(benaki.gr; Koumbari 1)

Perhaps the finest museum in Greece, its three floors showcase treasures, from the Bronze Age to WWII. Especially gorgeous are the Byzantine icons and the extensive collection of Greek regional costumes, as well as complete sitting rooms from Macedonian mansions, intricately carved and painted.

Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiari

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