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“An off the beaten track treasure of Santorini” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Ponta-Venetian Tower

La Ponta-Venetian Tower
Castle of Akrotiri, Akrotiri 84700, Greece
+30 2286 085374
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Akrotiri
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
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Owner description: La Ponta, a 13th century tower, is located within the Venetian castle (Kasteli) of Akrotiri, 1km above the pre-historic archaeological site of Akrotiri, Santorini. The tower hosts a tsabouna - Greek folk wind instrument of the bagpipe family - exhibition and workshop along with traditional Greek percussion instruments and flutes.Daily guided tours explore the history of the tower, the origin of the tsabouna and offer a live performance of the instruments.Help us restore the tower and support Cultural Tourism at the "Restoration Donation Cafe". Savour a beverage on the tower terrace while overlooking a panoramic view of the island and the ancient vineyard below. As part of our effort to promote the cultural identity of Greece La Ponta presents the evening concert series "Sounds from the Castle". Summer 2014, every Tuesday and Friday from June 17th and for the months of July, August and September.
Athens, Greece
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“An off the beaten track treasure of Santorini”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

The venetian tower, its great location and of course Yannis and his love for music makes this exhibition of musical instruments a journey back to time! A must see once you are in the area of Akrotiri before or after your visit in the archaeological site of prehistoric Akrotiri! Congreatulations! Keep on loving what you are doing!

Visited June 2012
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Athens, Greece
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“La Ponda!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

The castle has a wonderfull sea view. In the museam Yiannis paying the bagpipe and the flute creates a a magical atmosphere as the sounds eco in the old stone walls. It is an interesting excibition and a place that you must stop while in Santorini!

Visited May 2012
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Stoke on Trent
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“Akrotiri”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Great views from the top, well worth a visit if you are based in the area.
An interesting site for a quick visit.

Visited August 2012
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“Not just your ordinary Bagpipe Museum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

When we were exploring Akrotiri we saw a sign for the Bagpipe Museum. We are interested in music but to be honest we visited in a spirit of duty rather than excitement. We could not have been more wrong! If you have any interest in music at all you will be enthralled - but be sure to visit when you can see one of Yianni's two presentations of the day - 12 noon and 6pm. He will take you through the history of the Greek bagpipe, beginning with an introduction to harmonics (with the aid of a washing machine outlet hose) and taking in mythology and history. He illustrates this throughout by playing a selection of traditional bagpipes - which incidentally are made from goatskins. His passion for the instrument and the music is evident in each piece he plays. We must also mention with thanks his lovely wife Argy who restored the tower with Yianni and who runs front-of-house operations. If you have not had enough - and we hadn't - you might be lucky enough to catch Yianni's band in a local bar. (No charge for museum, only for presentation.)

Visited June 2012
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Tromso, Norway
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“Hidden treasure!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

We went, we saw, we heard, we were blown away!
A new attraction on Santorini. Nor exactly hidden away, but nested on the hill top next to Akrotiri village you'll find the Venetian Tower - La Ponta!
The tower has been restored with a loving hand by Argy and Ioannis that runs the "project".
Tasteful deco and a nice exhibition.

They have a musical event every day at 12 noon and 18.00 (6 PM) and thats the only thing they charge money for.
Recommended!

We'll go again!

Visited July 2012
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