From Corfu port we drive to Kanoni, for a photo stop at the Mouse Island & Vlacherena. Afterwards, we continue for a guided tour in the old Town of Corfu. Then we visit the Byzantine Museum, which is found within the 15th-century Panagia Antivouniotissa church (Our Lady Opposite The Mountain).
There will be free time at leisure before returning to the pier.
By guided air-conditioned coach we depart from Corfu’s Port for the beauty spot of Kanoni, where there will be time to take photographs of the famous Mouse Island and the small islet with the nunnery of The Holy Virgin of Vlacherena.
Afterwards, we continue to the beautiful town of Corfu & we walk to the historic Campielo quarter where one of Corfu‘s oldest buildings holds a surprise for guests who venture inside – one of Greece’s most extensive collections of Byzantine artefacts. The Byzantine Museum, which is found within the 15th-century Panagia Antivouniotissa (Our Lady Opposite The Mountain) church was restored by the Greek government as a museum after falling into disrepair. Re-opened in 1984, the museum exhibits a very wide selection of Byzantine icons – early Christian art still widely used in Eastern Orthodox religious rituals which typically depict Christ and the Christ child. An altar-cloth from Russia, along with Michael Damaskenos’ Icon of Saints Sergius and Bacchus, and St Justina, from particular highlights of the museum’s collection. Te art of the Byzantine civilisation, which flourished around Constantinople in the early middle ages, is widely thought to have been a direct influence on Italian Renaissance artists.
After our visit to the Byzantine museum we continue our walking tour in the historical center of the fascinating old city where the following historical sights can be seen:
The Old Venetian Fortress, The residence of the British High Commissioner, a splendid Edwardian building, completed in 1824, once the seat of the Knights of Saint Michael and Saint George untill 1864, and later the Palace of the King of Greece.
The Esplanade – one of the largest squares in Europe, The bronze statue of the British High Commissioner, Sir Frederick Adam. The Venetian quarters of Cambiello and Corfu’s Historical Center.The Town Hall, once a Venetian theater, built in 1690.
The Church of Saint Spiridon, Patron Saint of Corfu with the rare icons and where the holy body of the Saint lies in a crypt.
There will be free time for shopping before returning to the pier.