Kozani. The prefecture of Kozani is located in the western part of the Greek district of Macedonia. Three-quarters of the region is hilly or mountainous. The capital of the prefecture is Kozani town at 700 meters above sea level that is surrounded by the mountain ranges Vermio, Bourino and Pieria. In Kozani Town is the Koventareios Municipal Library, which is the second largest in Greece after Athens. No less than 153 000 books are kept here like 380 manuscripts and many rare editions. Very interesting are also the Ethnological Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Archaeological Museum which are housed in a traditional townhouse.
A very nice town is Siatista which lies on the slopes of Mount Siniatsiko at 920 meters altitude. This city is located in the western part of the prefecture, thirty kilometres west of Kozani town. From the 17th to the 19th century, Siatista was very prosperous, witnesses are the many mansions that are in every corner of the town to see. Unfortunately, many are dilapidated mansions because there is simply no money, and because the bureaucracy hdelays in Greece many good initiatives, that is what a wine producer told us when we were in Siatista. In the town is also the main church of Agios Dimitrios, which was built in the year 1911. The oldest church though, is the church of Agia Paraskevi that was built in the year 1677 at the Gerania square.
A very picturesque village is Velvendo in the east of the Kozani prefecture, it is situated on the slopes of the Pieria Mountains and east of the lake Polifitos . It is a weel-looking village, the houses are built in traditional Macedonian style architecture. Around the village are all kinds of fruit trees and from here you can make hikes in the Pieria mountains where many picturesque mountain villages are.
One of the most beautiful places in this area you can hike are the waterfalls of Skepasmeno and the gorge of Velvento. One of the largest rivers in Greece, Aliakmonas, runs through the area. Here is one of the largest water reservoirs, that of Polifitos. The bridge over the reservoir is 1372 meters long and 13.5 meters wide and is called the bridge of Servia, that’s the name of town south of the lake. The lake is ideal for many undertakings, including swimming, fishing and other sports activities and recreation.
Aiani: Aiani is a small town near the shores of Aliakmonas, about twenty kilometers south of Kozani town. Aiani is named after the eponymous town, the archaeological excavations of these are here one and a half kilometers away. Founder of the city was Aianos, the son of King Elimos of Tirina. Nearby is the basilica of Agios Dimitrios from the 11th century and several Byzantine churches of the 16th century.