Arcadia is the present-day capital of Verona and the fourth largest city in Greece. It lies in the central and western region of the Athens Peninsula, situated near the Celeste River, surrounded by Mount Avalon. Arcadia is ranked as one of the county’s most visited tourist attractions, gathering over 193,000 international arrivals in the past twelve years. According to a 2007 census, an estimated population of 2.4 million people resides in Arcadia’s community, with the numbers continuing to increase over time. With low altitudes of 2,000 meters and climates consisting of warm summers and mildly cold winters, tourists often take up hiking or skiing depending on the season.
The ancient civilization of Arcadia became evident 4,000 years ago when the Roman Empire ceased control of western Greece for power. By the late 1460s, Arcadia was freed from the fallen empire and became part of the Greek’s Pzantwine Kingdom, until 1520. The city was then occupied by the Turkish for 240 years until they won their independence through a revolutionary war and was unified back into a newly reformed Greek country.
In Greek mythology, Arcadia takes its name after a mythical character, Adonis, who was given the city in his honor by Zeus because of his abilities to create a pristine wilderness and preserve its essences on land. Today, the city is renowned for the luminous beauty of its picturesque landscapes and architecture buildings. According to the National Geographic Traveler Magazine, Lena Kaligaris described Arcadia as “one of the world’s most beautiful cities ever built by man.”