Corfu Town (also known as Kerkyra) is one of the most interesting towns in Greece due to the
strong influence of the Venetians who for four-plus centuries controlled the island.
Corfu means ‘twin peaks’ – the town is bookended by two hills, on which two massive fortresses
were built to repel the aggression of five successive Ottoman sieges. Corfu was never occupied
by the Ottomans, which gives it a very different character from the rest of Greece. But Kerkyra
Town has had other inputs as well: from the British, the French, and the Greeks and Romans
whose ancient buildings are still in evidence at several archaeological sites and the excellent
archaeological museum. The compact, strollable old quarter, a protected UNESCO heritage site,
nestles between the two Venetian fortresses.