There's little in the modern village to tempt you away from the ancient site, but stopping at the museum first can help you put flesh on the bones of the sanctuary's remains. After all, in antiquity Apollo's sanctuary was something of an unofficial outdoor museum, crammed with goodies from around the world. As at Olympia, begin your visit here as early as possible and hold onto your 9€ ticket; it's good for admission to both the museum and the site. Tip: Both site and museum can be relatively uncrowded an hour before closing time or during the midday lunch break.

The Festival of Delphi

Each summer (usually in June), the European Cultural Center of Delphi sponsors a festival featuring ancient Greek drama and works inspired by ancient drama. Tickets and schedules are available at the center's Athens office at 9 Frynihou, Plaka (tel. 210/331-2781), and at the center's Delphi office (tel. 22650/82-731 or -732; www.eccd.eu), just out of town set back from the Itea road in a grove of trees.

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