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.
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