Nafplio, a delightful, picturesque city with a charming air, is noted for its medieval Palimadi fortress built when the area was ruled by Venice. It is also an interesting city as a base camp for the several sites within day trip distance such as Mycenae and Epidaurus, among others.

It was the first capital of independent Greece. The first prime minister of the new nation was assassinated here.

The picture above is taken from the Palamidi Fortress and looks northwest showing the Akronafplia Fortress (on the hill, just beyond the road), the harbor island called the Bourtzi, and a portion of the city itself. The large white block building in the foreground is the hotel Xenia (now abandoned).

Last modified 3/1/16; posted 3/16/06; original content © 2016, 2006 John P. Nordin