Itea is the port gateway for a visit to Delphi, one of the world’s most intriguing and best-preserved ancient sites. Located deep in the Parnassos Mountains, Delphi was once believed to be the center of the world. More important, it was the site of the ancient Delphi Oracle. Beginning in the 8th century BC, pilgrims from all walks of life made great physical sacrifices to climb the 2,000-foot mountain to seek guidance from the Pythian priestess, who was an intermediary for those looking for advice and guidance from the Oracle. The recipients expressed their thanks with generous offerings, which were stored in various treasuries and brought great wealth to Delphi. In the 2nd century BC, during the Roman occupation, valuables gradually began to disappear. Today, ruins of many ancient temples and other monuments remain, along with various masterpieces of ancient art. Delphi is of great appeal for its historical significance as well as its physical beauty.
The Prophet Ilias Monastery is only seven miles from Itea; you should allow two hours for this visit.
You will find several small, interesting shops along the waterfront and Itea’s main street. Carpets, ceramics and silver are typical items available here.
The local currency is the euro.