Situated to the north-west of the Acropolis, the ancient Agora of Athens was originally established as the administrative and trade center of the city, thus its name, the Agora, the “trade marketplace.” Deep in antiquity, the agora witnessed the procession of Panathinaia, the greatest celebration in the ancient city of Athens, one memorializing the unification of all of Attica under King Theseus.
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Inhabited since the pre-historic era, the Agora had become the city center by the 6th Century B.C., and was home to a plethora of secular and sacred social activities, practiced in a multitude of public buildings, many of which still stand in ruins today. Throughout its turbulent history, the Agora survivied multiple sacks, suffering its most serious damage from the Persians in 480 B.C., the Romans under Syllas in 86 B.C., and the Heruli in 267 A.C. Finally abandoned in the 6th century, the area was dug under, eventually being covered over by houses and churches. The ruins of the ancient Agora remained buried and forgotten for fourteen-hundred years, until extensive excavations in the 19th and 20th centuries revealed its archaeological treasures.
Under the imaginative title “Hold on my beloved pistachio tree” a daily workshop was held in 2008 on the initiative of the residents of Aegina. Serving as a stage for presenting inter alia the valuable experience of Bronte, a pistachio-producing town in Sicily, this event gave rise to the establishment of the famous Fistiki Fest (fistiki stands for pistachio in Greek). Since then, the Fistiki... read more
Located one breath away from Athens, the Saronic Golf Islands have become a popular holiday destination, mostly for the Athenians. Thus, except for tourism, there are hardly any other professional activities developed and namely in the primary sector. The Sorros dairy farm in Aegina, of a family with a long tradition in meat and dairy products, is a shining exception to this rule. Nektarios, the father,... read more
What happens when a company brings together the Swiss rationalism and professionalism, the Greek way of looking at life – remaining unaltered for centuries -, the quality of life in Greece, fantasy and creativity? The answer is quite simple; a very successful business, a little gem – showcase of European entrepreneurship -, a company celebrating the successful synthesis of Greece’s long-term... read more
I met Eleni Kypraiou during an event – actually during the filming of “Elliniko Proino” (Greek Breakfast) TV programme dedicated to the island of Aegina. Fascinated by Eleni’s interventions and her radiant personality, further to her invitation to visit her estate, next thing I knew, I found myself in Aegina early dawn on the very next day. At her mansion, over coffee served with delicious... read more
Fistiki (pistachio) is the fruit of the pistachio-tree, a small deciduous tree. Pistachio is native to Iran with the earliest traces of the fruit being eaten dating back to the 7th millennium BC. The pistachio-tree ranges among the trees known after the conquests of Alexander the Great. During the Byzantine Empire, pistachios used to be very popular and were offered in the eateries as appetizer to accompany... read more
Aegina Dry Nuts The company “Fistiki Aiginis PDO” – Nikos Tzitzis, under the trading name “AIGINA® – Dry Nuts” is a family business that was founded in 1952, when Giannis Tzitzis decided to process and package himself the pistachios growing on his estates. To this end, the company’s field of activity is the production, processing (cleaning, sorting), roasting and packaging of this unique... read more