Kutaisi is a historic city that has seen its fortunes rise and fall over the centuries. Located in western Georgia on the banks of the Rioni River, it is the country’s second city and a popular destination for tourists. Kutaisi is an ancient city, with its origins in the early 4th century BC. The city was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Colchis and later the capital of the Kingdom of Imereti. Walk the cobbled streets of the Old Town, visit the Bagrati Cathedral, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and explore the nearby Prometheus Cave. Take the cable car to the top of the mountain-top fortress of Gelati Monastery, admire the views, or go shopping in the colorful markets of this lively city. The city is also home to the Kutaisi National Park. And don’t forget to sample the traditional Georgian food and wines at one of the many restaurants.