Vathy or Vathi ( Ithaca ) is the capital and port of the island. An earthquake in 1953 destroyed most of the town, but it was rebuilt in traditional style, so the it still boasts some beautiful Venetian buildings. It is a protected area, so all new constructions are required to be built according to strict guidelines. The church of Agios Georgios and the Archaeological Museum are great attractions in the village. The Resturants, bars, shops and hotels are plenty.