For 500 years, the Republic of Venice ruled the surrounding islands from their fortified capital on the bald mountain of Exomburgo, and left a legacy of that epoch in the shape of hundreds of stone pigeon houses, decorated with geometric patterns; a practical art form unique to the island. Even before the Venetian era, Tinos was renowned for its marble quarries and famous for the skill of its artisans. The Tinian School of Fine Arts, founded in 1955, is Greece’s foremost academy of marble sculpture. During the summer months, there are numerous festivals of food, wine, theatre, music, and visual arts, along with the many local village festivals where vibrant island music is played on fiddle, lute and bouzouki, the dancing boisterous, and the celebration of life continues late into the night. Come and join us in this vital celebration of our humanity.