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The word "Ithaca" comes from the Greek hero's name "Ithicos"; however, it has numerous other originations as well. According to one school of thought, the word originates from the Phoenician word "utica" meaning "colony". The word however has more Greek connotations. It is thought to be traced to a Greek word "ithy" which means "cheerful" and to another "ithys" meaning "straight". It is an ancient word and is often referred to in ancient scriptures with various names such as "Anticephallonia", "Thiaki", "Val di Compare", "Teaki" and "Nerikii". Ithaca is a Greek island northeast in the Ionian Sea. It is better known for a natural harbor located in the capital, Ithaki, that falls among the worlds largest. The harbor is surrounded by a piece of land known as the Island of the Savior- Lazaretto Islet. The island is so named after the Church of the savior situated there. It is also home to an ancient prison- a perfect architectural indication of the island's rich past.
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