Like many of the towns on Cephalonia, Sami was devastated by an earthquake that destroyed its historic Venetian harbor community. As a consequence, its modern look is pretty uniform and not that interesting. Located on the east coast of Cephalonia, Sami does give access to Antisamos beach, the picturesque site used in the filming of the Hollywood movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. It is a star-quality strand, and ready for its close-up. The town has pleasant cafés and tavernas around the harbor. Situated on a hill to the south of town are the ruins of ancient Sami, where visitors will find a fascinating site consisting of artifacts spanning several different civilizations over thousands of years.