Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009

1. The Ancient Agora

Of all Athens' ruins, the famed marketplace of Agora makes the most fitting start to your sightseeing — it stands testament to Athens' status as a cradle of Western civilization. It was, in Socrates and Plato's day, the heart of public life, and among the site's extensive excavations you'll find temples, a concert hall and long, colonnaded arcades. Smaller finds, housed in the museum, tel: (30-210) 321 0185, are no less fascinating — settlement here spans five millenniums. Entry ($18) covers two days' admission to Acropolis hill sites.