Administrative regions of Greece
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in the southern Athens neighborhood of Kallithea is to reopen to the public from next week, though visitors must reserve their tickets for events online so that numbers can be restricted in line with social distancing guidelines, the center said in a statement on Wednesday.
After completing similar projects in other parts of the historic center of Athens, municipal crews this week began cleaning graffiti off street walls in the picturesque Anafiotika neighborhood of Plaka that flanks the northeast side of the Acropolis, which is popular with visitors during the summer months.
A cafe-restaurant staff stands outside as people drink coffee in Monastiraki district of Athens, on Monday. Greece restarted regular ferry services to its islands Monday, and cafes and restaurants were also back open for business as the country accelerated efforts to salvage its tourism season. [Petros Giannakouris/AP]
Ranging from the changes being planned for Panepistimiou Street to the recent revamp of Omonia Square, my discussion with Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis was focused on his plans for the "Grand Walk," as he's dubbed an ambitious overhaul of the city center. The capital's new mayor, elected in May 2019, also responded to criticism over last week's unveiling of the new fountain in Omonia.
A 34-year-old woman in Athens suffered severe burns to her face when a woman sneaked up on her as she was heading to work in the district of Kallithea on Wednesday morning and splashed her with a caustic substance, police sources cited by state-run news agency ANA-MPA said Monday.
The suspect, who was wearing a face mask, fled after the attack.