Athens is the capital of Greece and unmistakably is the cradle of the ancient world. The most spectacular sites - including the Parthenon, the Acropolis, the Odeon and the Temple of Athena - are now more easily accessible, thanks to a project linked to the Olympics that has created a network of pedestrian streets, fascinating, with shops and restaurants connecting the main monuments of the city and sites of historical interest. Many monuments have also received renovations such as the Plaka and Thissio districts of the city has been restored, with unique coatings that are reflected in soft shades of lemons, pistachios and ochre. Syntagma Square has been restored as a shelter full of trees from which to admire the splendid neoclassical construction of the city's parliament and observe the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier.  Athens is worth the visit but don't expect a quiet and uncrowded city because otherwise you will be disappointed.