Corfu is a lush and sun-drenched island with a long and colourful history – it has been ruled by the Romans, the Venetians, the French and the English before it was united with Greece in 1864. The Town boasts 2 imposing Venetian fortresses, features winding medieval lanes, a French-style arcade and the grand Palace of St. Michael and St. George along with an esplanade lavishly planted by the French during the Napoleonic Wars, and an English cricket pitch.