Welcome to To Nisi
In the 17th-century, refugees from Peloponnesian Mani built its portside village, where around 200 people still live. The island's secluded monasteries are significant for their unusual frescoes and book collections, while the laneways with their old, white-plastered houses lend atmosphere.
It was here that the last act in despot Ali Pasha's grand drama unfolded. After years of double-dealing and challenges the Ottomans decided to eliminate the 82-year-old ‘Lion of Ioannina’ in 1822. Falsely assured of a pardon, Ali withdrew with his guard to the island's Moni Panteleimon. There he was trapped and Ottoman soldiers shot him; note the fatal bullet hole in the floorboards at the Ali Pasha Museum.