Paphos is on the island of Cyprus that holds ten thousand years of Mediterranean history and where, according to legend, the goddess Aphrodite was born in Paphos, high in the sky, Orion, the hunter, shines and tirelessly pursues the Pleiades, accompanied by his two inseparable dogs. It’s a mythological sky that accompanies the legends that are the essence of Cyprus.
Cyprus is well known around the world as the island where the goddess Aphrodite, for the Greeks, and Venus, for the Romans, emerged from the sea. The Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli depicted her in a painting on display in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. She is not only the goddess of beauty, but also Mother Earth, a legend that dominated the countries of the Middle East.
These scenes from Greek mythology are depicted on the floors of patrician villas from the third and fifth centuries AD, considered among the finest in the Mediterranean. The oldest mosaic dates back to the Hellenistic period. It is made of black and white tiles and depicts Scylla (fish-dog-woman) with a trident and dolphins. Countless are the well-preserved archaeological sites of great beauty.
The historical centre of Paphos, dominated by the castle fortress of Lusignan, has a beautiful coastal pedestrian street adorned with tall palm trees and lined with luxury hotels and lavish restaurants. Follow it until you reach Paphos marina and look for the ideal tavern to enjoy a hearty fish dinner, preceded by hors d’oeuvres on large communal platters with sauces made from organic vegetables grown on the island. The port is the nerve centre for tourists, where you can dine the whole year round on the sea, which by night reveals its moods - from the gentle lapping of calm waters to the thunderous roar of a storm.
Text by Pia Bassi
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Published on Avion Tourism Special Edition for Milan Bergamo Airport N47, N66, Avion Torism N6