Hanging like a large leaf from the stem of the Corinthian isthmus, the Peloponnese region of Greece has also been called Morea, which means mulberry leaf. This slight botanical variance is nothing compared to the bewildering variety of imposing ruins, situated in equally varied and beautiful scenery—massive mountains covered with low evergreen, oak, and pines surround coastal valleys and loom above rocky shores and sandy beaches.
- Ancient Ruins A to Z Some of Greece's greatest classical ruins, including Corinth, Mycenae, and Olympia, are packed into this region.
- Nafplion Grace The favorite Greek city of many seasoned travelers has a magnificent setting on the gulf of Argos, imposing remains, an animated waterfront, and street after street of old houses, churches, and mosques.
- Majestic Mani True connoisseurs of Greece flaunt the fact that they've traveled to this far-from-the-madding-crowds region, famed for its silent villages, stark landscapes, and feeling of mystery.
- High Drama The theater at Epidauros, the setting for a highly acclaimed drama festival, still claims acoustics so perfect that every word can be heard—even from the very last of its 55 tiers.
- Byzantine Glory Two remarkable strongholds, Mystras and Monemvasia, display the region's Byzantine legacy.