Kolonaki was named after a marble column dating from the Middle Ages, probably a memento of a religious procession, that was discovered in Dexameni Square, on the foot of Mt. Lycabettus. On its southwestern edge is Syntagma Square and the Parliament building; the neighborhood extends all the way to Lycabettus and beyond. It is a posh neighborhood with lots of upmarket boutiques, Italian-style cafés, and museums. In front of the Hilton hotel, you can pay homage to the power of movement and clean lines of the impressive Runner, a glass sculpture of impressive proportions by local artist Kostas Varotsos. If you want to use this district as a base to explore the rest of Athens, the Hilton and the Hotel Periscope are a couple of excellent options. There are also nearby recommendable restaurants.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More