Strategic stay in Limassol, for stimulating visits but at a relaxed pace to discover authentic and evocative routes. AND’ the Cyprus New Year of Dimensione Turismo. “Exploring this ancient island full of suggestions in a mild climate is in fact a privilege that can be granted even in winter”, reads a note from the to. The proposal includes half board with flights from Milan Malpensa, Italian speaking guide and access to archaeological sites included.
Among the most evocative stages, the ancient kingdom of Curium, city-state with its magnificent 2nd century BC Greco-Roman amphitheater and the villa of Eustolius, Petra Tou Romiou, the beach that, according to mythology, was the birthplace of aphrodite, as well as Panagia Chrysopolitissa, a 13th century Byzantine church. TO Pafos, European capital of culture in 2017, we will then admire the house of Dionysus, dating back to the second century BC and located inside the archaeological park of Kato Pafos, with mosaic floors among the most beautiful in the Eastern Mediterranean and the famous site of the Tombs of the Kings. The old part of Nicosia, capital of the island, surrounded by ancient Venetian walls, contains within it a maze of alleys and traditional houses and an exceptional historical-artistic heritage. The program also includes a visit to the ancient Orthodox cathedral in the Gothic style of Hagia Sophia, located beyond the border in the Turkish part of the island, built by the Franks where the kings of Cyprus were crowned from the 12th to the 16th century.
Then the excursion to the mountains Troodos, with a first stop at the church of Asinou, a precious architectural jewel with a remarkable cycle of Byzantine frescoes, and at Kakopetria, a characteristic village on the foothills, with one of the oldest and most characteristic historic centers of the island. And again the visit of some of the very famous Byzantine churches protected by Unesco. There is also a route to discover the oldest and most famous wine of the island, the Koumandaria, famous all over the world. After the stop at the Kolossi castle, built in the 15th century on the ruins of a fortress dating back to the beginning of the 13th, owned by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem and then by the Knights Templar, the route will be completed with a visit to the nearby village of Erimi and its wine museum and with a tasting in the historic cellar of Linos. The journey through the thousand-year history of Cyprus will be completed by a visit to the Venetian bridges of Tszelefos ed Elia, then arriving at the monastery of Kykkos founded in 1100, and then at the complex of San Giovanni Lampadistis, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Finally, another enchanting place is the town of Lefkara.