Sparta—where mothers famously told their sons to “come home with your shield...or on it”—is a classic example of how little a militaristic society leaves as a legacy for the future.
With its multi-faceted history, welcoming people, dramatic ruins, and stunning vistas...the Peloponnesian Peninsula has it all. Yet it is one of least explored parts of Greece. Nearly all the tourists are in Athens and the islands, while the rest of the country casually goes about its traditional business.
Rick Steves (www.ricksteves.com) writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to him c/o P.O. Box 2009, Edmonds, WA 98020.
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