The Ionian Islands, traditionally called the Heptanese (lit. seven islands), are the islands of the Ionian Sea in western Greece. Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas, Ithaca, Cefalonia, Zakynthos, and Kythira are all amazing and uniquely beautiful, with lush green landscapes, golden beaches and turquoise waters. They have a long ancient history, and an interesting medieval history. Being under the Venetian rule for many years, the islands’ local identity is a brilliant mixture of Greek and Italian culture.