When you come to Santorini, you need to see the ancient ruins. I was in Santorini 6 years ago and missed seeing the ruins due to their elections. I saw them recently and it is spectacular. First I would recommend getting a tour guide to show you all of the sites that are significant and about artifacts in the Prehistoric museum of Thera and in the Archeological Museum in Athens. Most of the frescoes are in those museums. The site itself is enclosed, which is nice. You are walking in the shade and on wood. The outside of the enclosure mimics what the houses looked like in the ancient city. The site showcases the houses, government building, pots, plaster of paris molds of trees and beds, and an ancient toilet. The ancient Minoans had a toliet on the third floor of a house (still visible today), and it had plumbing that reached to down underneath the houses. There were also clay pipes that drained the rain water into cisterns and the clay pipes for the toilet plumbing... and that was 3,000 years ago. Pretty amazing. You can also walk in the town like you were a citizen in this one section. It replicates walking through the town and really gives you the sense of the every day life of the people. So far they haven't found any human remains, but they have only excavated 3% of the city; there's 97% more to discover. It is an amazing and fascinating place to go and discover the roots of Santorini.
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