Restored old building
Big band music
Old gas factory
Old general hospital
Under Maria’s expert guidance, guests will have a chance to visit a number of art, music and theatre performances and venues and acquire a feeling for the real artistic atmosphere. They will visit areas that constitute part of industrial zones or are natural beauty hotspots, and do not belong to modern housing structures
WHAT you will LEARN:
The authentic Athens art and performance scene
Athens hotspots away from the modern housing landscape
Hidden places of natural beauty
Maria – Athens, art, performances, venues, urban hotspots
Itinerary: how we'll spend the day and what we'll do together
Insiders’ Art performances and venueThe guests will have a chance to visit a number of art, music and theatre performances and venues (the exact venues will be determined on the day, based on availability) which are usually known by a small elite of cognoscenti and followers. They will appreciate the authentic facet of arts in Athens and acquire a feeling for the real artistic vibes, that silently span the city’s atmosphere prior to becoming mainstream
Off the beaten track urban hotspotsMaria’s professional life involves a desire to discover little known spots within the Athens urban vicinity. She will share her valuable experiences on these places, with her guests. Together, they will visit areas that constitute part of industrial zones and do not belong to modern housing structures. They will also explore places of natural beauty like interesting houses, bridges etc. This is a quest to discover the pragmatic Athens landscape
Place of ORIGIN: Athens
LIVES in: Athens
LOVES: music, travelling, introspection, reading
Has TRAVELLED to: India, Nepal, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afganistan, Morocco, Egypt, Serbia, Austria, Germany, Holland, France, Peru, many places in Greece
Personal TRAITS: very knowledgeable, always seeking new experiences, with an ability to convey her expertise in a profound and exciting manner
Maria Strouza is your Hostess
Maria is an arts cognoscenti and an accomplished decorator. She is also teaching drawing and painting to children and adults. She is actively participating in numerous art exhibitions with her own work, and has in-depth expertise on issues that relate to the Athens urban landscape and arts & performances scene
Meeting Point: Syntagma Metro station, at the ticket office
Price: 79 euros per person (food and venue tickets are not included)
Availability: 1 April – 30 September
Group size: 5 persons max
What’s SPECIAL about this experience: this is a unique opportunity for the guests to visit places that are not mentioned in popular tourist guides, especially cultural, traditional, and natural hotspots and venues that are worth exploring
Athens - Where the Experience will take place
What wikipedia says
Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years, and the earliest human presence around the 11th–7th centuries BC. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely because of its cultural and political impact on the European continent and in particular the Romans. In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece. In 2015, Athens was ranked the world's 29th richest city by purchasing power and the 67th most expensive in a UBS study.
Athens is recognised as a global city because of its geo-strategic location and its importance in shipping, finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, culture, education and tourism. It is one of the biggest economic centres in southeastern Europe, with a large financial sector, and its port Piraeus is the largest passenger port in Europe, and the second largest in the world. The municipality (City) of Athens had a population of 664,046 (in 2011, 796,442 in 2004) within its administrative limits, and a land area of 39 km2 (15 sq mi). The urban area of Athens (Greater Athens and Greater Piraeus) extends beyond its administrative municipal city limits, with a population of 3,090,508 (in 2011) over an area of 412 km2 (159 sq mi). According to Eurostat in 2004, the Athens Larger Urban Zone (LUZ) was the 7th most populous LUZ in the European Union (the 5th most populous capital city of the EU), with a population of 4,013,368. Athens is also the southernmost capital on the European mainland.
The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of Ottoman monuments.
Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. Landmarks of the modern era, dating back to the establishment of Athens as the capital of the independent Greek state in 1834, include the Hellenic Parliament (19th century) and the Athens Trilogy, consisting of the National Library of Greece, the Athens University and the Academy of Athens. Athens was the host city of the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896, and 108 years later it welcomed home the 2004 Summer Olympics. Athens is home to the National Archaeological Museum, featuring the world's largest collection of ancient Greek antiquities, as well as the new Acropolis Museum.