Although many who travel to Thessaloniki use it as a portal to get to other areas of Greece, the city itself is a major tourist destination. Since the earliest times its location in the Mediterranean meant that it was a hub for travel and commerce. The influence of the many different cultures and people who have visited and stayed is clearly present even today, and forms the cornerstone of the city's vibrant character.
Thessaloniki is named after the sister of Alexander the Great and is steeped in nearly 2,500 years of history. It's no surprise then that there are 15 UNESCO Heritage Sites in the city including the 4th-century Roman Rotunda of Galerius and the 8th-century Hagia Sophia Church. The White Tower Museum presents a fascinating insight into the life of the city over the millennia. Aside from Thessaloniki's history, there are a dazzling array of bars, restaurants and nightclubs to suit all tastes and ages.
Fly to Thessaloniki with Alitalia at almost any time of the year and you'll find numerous festivals and exhibitions underway. While flying to Thessaloniki is for many associated with the summer, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival held in November is also a major attraction.