So steeped in legend is Mycenae that it is difficult to separate fact from fiction; even Heinrich Schliemann was convinced that a golden death mask he found in a tomb was that of Agamemnon, though the mask predates the king by many centuries. Some of these artifacts are in a small museum near the entrance, though most of the treasures, including the famous mask, are in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

Visit Mycenae as early as possible in the morning (to avoid the midmorning and midday tour groups) or during the hour or two before closing (when crowds thin out). Wear a hat and sturdy shoes. There's no shade at the site (except in the cistern and the beehive tombs), and the rocks are very slippery. Bring a flashlight if you plan to explore the cistern. And, if you are staying here at full moon, be sure to walk up to see Mycenae's walls gleaming in the moonlight.

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