It has been built where until a few years ago you risked being run over by a lorry or swept away by the hoards of tourists
getting off their coaches. Nowadays it is an idyllic place in which either on foot or in a carriage, you can see all
the most important monument of classical Athens.
All the area, including the sites of the most ancient monuments, once scattered about and difficult to reach,
has been transformed into a real archaeological park and completely closed to traffic.
The impressive operation of pedestrianisation is the biggest in Europe and has required effort and large investments.
The wonderful walk is the backbone of the park. It is about 4 km long, starting near the site of Keramikos,
which used to be the old city entrance. Here it meets the last avenue to be pedestrianised, the west part
of Odos Erm¨, that runs along the Keramikos site up to a recently built small square on the border with the
old quarter of Monastiraki. The walk continues along the old AgorÓ through the pedestrianised Odos Dionisiou
Aeropagitou, to the foot of the Acropolis (which is being built) and to the south entrance of the ancient
quarter of Plaka. It ends at the height of the busy Amalias Avenue, bringing us abruptly back into the 21st
century. On the other side of this avenue there is another monumental park with Hadrian's gate and the impressive
columns of the temple of Zeus. Close by there are the famous Zapion gardens, the royal gardens and the ancient
Kalimaranro stadium, the oldest stadium in the world, entirely made out of white marble.