Vitina: Paradise in the heart of Arcadia

Vitina: Paradise in the heart of Arcadia

The National Centre for Mediterranean Diet operates in a wonderful estate in Vitina, the Triantafyllidio legacy. The centre aims at presenting, publicizing and promoting the Mediterranean diet, with its considerable health benefits, following UNESCO’s final pronouncement of the Mediterranean Diet as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during the 5th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage, which was held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Vitina has a long agricultural and stock-raising tradition. Apart from the vast history of Arcadia, lost in the origins of myth, more recently it has become an important centre, not only of production, but also of agricultural training. The Vitina Agricultural College, established in 1895, had four departments, cheese-making, joinery, animal husbandry and forestry. All the departments ran for five years and after that only the forestry department was kept on, which in 1905 was upgraded under the supervision of foreign professors, such as for example, Leben and Austrian foresters, who organized the Vitina School of Forestry.

On 18 November the building that housed the agricultural and later forestry school in Vitina was pronounced a listed monument of modern cultural heritage by the Modern Monuments Committee at the Ministry of Culture. This building, now fully renovated, houses the National Centre for Mediterranean Diet.