Destination and History
Metsovo is a mountain town of Ioannina that has been built at an altitude of 1160m. Its population is about 3000 inhabitants who are of Vlach origin and their settlement constitutes the center of the municipality of Metsovo. The area of Metsovo is surrounded by high mountains and its name is derived from the Latin word mansion, describing the use of Metsovo as a temporary, but key station at the Pindos mountain passes from Epirus to Thessaly and Macedonia and vice versa.
Since the Ottoman Empire, Metsovo emerged as one of the major centers of mountainous farming. The processing of livestock products such as wool, hides and milk, and their trade, made Metsovo a significant craft industry center. The networks and spirit of Metsovo pioneered the Greek national idea, as well as, the creation and establishment of the Modern Greek nation. Evidence of this can be found at the Grand National Benefactors families of Averoff, Tositsa, Stournara and their works.
Farming, cheese production, winemaking, logging, wood carving, folk art, textiles and tourism are the main occupations of the inhabitants. In the central square, visitors can find taverns with traditional cuisine (sheep kontosouvli, meatballs with leeks), dairy products, like the famous smoked cheese "Metsovone" made by the Tositsa Foundation dairy, and shops with local handicrafts and traditional products silversmith.
The dance groups of Metsovo, and friends of free riding with their local costumes participate in the cultural life of the most renowned regional cultural events, such as the traditional dance of women for the celebration of Aghia Paraskevi on July 26th.