Amfissa. Amfissa is the capital of the department of Fokida in Central Greece. About 7,000 people live in Amfissa, which is situated about 200 kilometers (120 miles) west of Athens. Most residents here are farmers and mainly work the fields full of olive groves. Previously, the entire region was known for its leatherwork.
Amfissa is located in an area bursting with olive trees and is surrounded by the mountains Gkiona and Parnassos. In town are some interesting museums such as the ethnographic museum, the Archaeological Museum, the Municipal Museum and the children's library.
In antiquity the city was known as Salona. According to Pafsanias, 70,000 people lived here in ancient times. On a rock in the city are the ruins of the castle of Salona surrounded by a wall with large stones from the Mycenaean period. On top of it, Greeks, Byzantines, Franks and others built forts to protect themselves.
In Amfissa carnival and Easter are celebrated exuberantly. Amfissa is a vibrant town with many shops, restaurants and cafés.
Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Revised by Katrina Butzer