Hilly, narrow streets with neoclassical houses, restored and deteriorated, patches of wild green and groves of olive trees criss-cross down from the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis. Progressive city planners have made this one of the most enjoyable and densely concentrated areas for visitors in the entire city of Athens with most of the ancient sites and major museums connected by cobblestone, Aereopagitou and Apostolou Pavlou streets. Walk, ride, or segway your way around at any time of the day or night and you're sure to catch a little of the magic that inspired the ancients to build such a monument to mankind.
The first four items on our list are easy to achieve in just a couple of hours. The Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum, Dionysos Theatre and Odeon of Herod Atticus are all within short walks of each other; all but the museum are packaged into the Acropolis ticket pack which allows you to see six ancient sites for twelve euros. The Pnyx, Areopagos and Philopappou Hills can be entered either via a pedestrian gateway near the main entrance to the Acropolis; see the reputed prison of Socrates and climb up to the Philopappou Monument for an exquisite sunset over the city.
Just under Areopagitou Street and the Theatre of Dionysos is the former home of jeweler to celebrities and one of Greece's greatest treasures, the master craftsman Ilias Lalounis. See some of his greatest pieces displayed along samples of decorative art from countless cultures and time periods he used for inspiration.
Wander down the shops and cafes of Makrigianni Street and you'll find the small alley of the arts, Lempesi Street. When the weather warms up the galleries and architecture offices of the street host street festivals. Just past the crossroads of Makrigianni and Areopagitou is the office of Segway Tours, perhaps the best way to catch eyes and see the sites at the same time. The Sunshine Express rolls around regularly making for another entertaining way to circuit the neighborhood and cross into Monastiraki.
Dionissiou Areopagitou. Ticket booth, small post office, and snack bar are located slightly below the Acropolis entrance
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Dionysiou Areopagitou Street
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Aiolou Street, Plateia Agoras