Kolonaki was named after a marble column dating from the Middle Ages, probably a memento of a religious procession, that was discovered in Dexameni Square, on the foot of Mt. Lycabettus. On its southwestern edge is Syntagma Square and the Parliament building; the neighborhood extends all the way to Lycabettus and beyond. It is a posh neighborhood with lots of upmarket boutiques, Italian-style cafés, and museums. In front of the Hilton hotel, you can pay homage to the power of movement and clean lines of the impressive Runner, a glass sculpture of impressive proportions by local artist Kostas Varotsos. If you want to use this district as a base to explore the rest of Athens, the Hilton and the Hotel Periscope are a couple of excellent options. There are also nearby recommendable restaurants.


Old University complex

In the sea of concrete that is central Athens, this imposing group of marble buildings conjures up an illusion of…

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Gennadius Library

Book lovers who ascend the grand staircase into the hallowed aura of the Reading Room may have difficulty tearing themselves…

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Kolonaki Square

To see and be seen, Athenians gather not on Kolonaki Square—hub of the chic Kolonaki district—but at the cafés on…

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