When traveling, the modern tourist, claims Dean McCannell in his famed theory, seeks to experience authenticity. As tourists, we are obsessed with authenticity and with the picturesque, which are getting harder and harder to find. Yesterday, in a trip to the Galilee, we have visited the Efendi Hotel in the ancient town of Akko in Israel, which is both authentic and picturesque. Overlooking the historic city walls and the Mediterranean, this building which was opened as a boutique/spa hotel two years ago, started as a palace, converted into two houses, which have been beautifully reconstructed and merged into one building before being converted into a hotel. In this ambitious project, passionate owner Uri Buri has brought artisans from Italy who restored the plaster work and frescos which are dated to the 19th century in a complex project of preservation. Highly recommended for those seeking for the authentic when traveling the world.