Dive in History offers diving experiences in the world of Classical Antiquity. It suits not only enthusiastic scuba divers, but also free divers, snorkelers and divers to be. It is also addressed to visitors who just love history and would enjoy a unique experience in the world of Classical Antiquity, in Greece or Italy, or a combination of the two countries as well. Kids, teens and sea lovers with special needs are the most welcome to this experience!
A consortium of public institutions and private companies from Greece and Italy together with the cooperation of the European Committee, through the EU project “Underwater Cultural Route in Classical Antiquity”, created an innovative touristic cultural product, named “Dive In History”, involving both Italy and Greece to link together our common underwater archaeological heritage and our shared cultural values.
MiBACT – ISCR (Ministero Dei Beni Delle Attività Culturali e Del Turismo – Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione e il Restauro)
UNICAL (University of Calabria)
Four destinations are chosen, where significant shipwrecks from the classical period are located. Easy to reach, enjoyable by scuba divers, free divers, snorkelers and simple sea lovers.
Alonissos island | Greece
Alonissos island, a stopover on the sea routes from Northern to Southern Aegean since the 9th century BC, is one of the most remote islands of the Sporades complex. Its unharmed beauty, its watercolor-like landscapes and crystal waters, protected by the Alonissos National Marine Park, provide unmissable opportunities to get away and dive into the boundless blue of the Aegean Sea.
Methoni | Greece
Methoni, a small fishing and farming town, is a quiet resort on a cape south of Pylos-Navarino and its renowned, enchanting bay. This peaceful place delighted its visitors ever since: it was one of the seven towns Agamemnon offered to Achilles to appease his anger during the Troy siege. This village’s atmosphere is still inebriating, with long beaches backed by olive groves and vineyards, and the famous Venetian fortress.
San Pietro in Bevagna | Italy
The small town of San Pietro in Bevagna, located in the Salento peninsula, was a mandatory stopover in the Otranto-Leuca-Taranto sea route, and the archaeological remains well testify the trade activities that took place in this area.
Today, San Pietro is a renowned summer destination, with its golden beaches, crystal-clear seawater and shallow sea beds, ideal for children and swimming beginners, close to the well-known ‘Porto Cesareo’ Marine Protected Area.
Crotone | Italy
Crotone is located on the Ionian shore of the region that the Romans called Lucania and Bruttii. Founded by the Achaeans (Greek settlers) in the 8th century B.C., Crotone was one of the most important centres of Magna Graecia due to its strategic position on the Ionian Sea. Its charm crossed the centuries and made this city a jewel of nature and history in the Mediterranean basin.
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