SANTORINI ISLAND AND THE MEDITERRANEAN: JOURNEY IN THE LAND OF MYTH

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Today, we want to tell you a story. A story about Greece and its small pearls: its islands, its mountains, and its countryside. The places where Gods and legends were born, protagonists of humanity’s fate. The world of Gods and Heroes is often cruel; as cruel as the Aegean Sea, at the same time violent and impetuous, and calm and beautiful.

Santorini Island and the Mediterranean (Ph. by Valentina Contavalle)

Santorini Island and the Mediterranean (Ph. by Valentina Contavalle)

And here they are, in a morning that has just begun: the island of Santorini and its small capital Thera, with its typical white houses. Approaching slowly with a small boat the little harbor, you realize how that “snow-covered mountain” in the middle of the sea can be the beating heart of the island. And finally, you land.

Santorini. Known as “Sant’Irene” after the Venetian domination, subjugated by Ottomans, explored by Jesuits during the 16th century, it was dubbed the “Devil’s Island”. Nowadays, even more unusual and mysterious superstitions dominate the island, such as the existence of vampire creatures, Vroukolakes – a real obsession for the inhabitants.

Santorini Island and the Mediterranean (Ph. by Valentina Contavalle)

Santorini Island and the Mediterranean (Ph. by Valentina Contavalle)

How is it possible that this “little jewel” of the Aegean may still have such a mysterious reputation today, given its continuous and festive gathering of tourists from all over the world? And indeed, a clamor of any nationality overwhelms you from your first steps on the harbor.

Boat trips, explorations throughout the island, visits to the coves and the most beautiful beaches. Impossible to resist to people promoting their tours, all for a really cheap price and exciting for everyone.

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