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  2. Basilicata
  3. Matera

Tour Guide Metapontum: Impressive Ruins Near Matera

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Enjoy a guided tour of the Archaeological Park of Metapontum and the National Archeological Museum of Metapontum and delve into the rich history of the region.
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Duration 2 hours
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Highlights
  • Discover the ancient Metapontum, the capital of Magna Graecia in Basilicata region
  • Visit the Archaeological Park and the magnificent Temple of Hera
  • Explore the National Archaeological Museum
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The guided tour of the Archaeological Park includes the monumental remains of the urban sanctuary dedicated to Apollo Licio and the adjoining agora. The sacred area contains four temples: the oldest, dedicated to Athena, founded at the beginning of the sixth century. B.C.; the temples of Apollo and Hera built in 570 BC, all in Doric style; around 470 B.C. the monumental Ionic temple dedicated to Aphrodite was built. The nearby temple dedicated to Apollo Likaios has slightly smaller dimensions and is always in Doric style. The third temple is dedicated to Artemis.

At the center of the sacred area, another small temple is named after Dionysus. The theater of Metaponto is unique, the architectural model anticipates the forms of the future Roman amphitheater. Near the theater, there are also the remains of the temple dedicated to Zeus Agoraios, protector of the agora. On the opposite side of the current access road are the remains of the Roman castrum.

After visiting the park you will also visit the intriguing National Archaeological Museum of Metapontum which houses the main finds found in the surrounding area of Metapontum and Pisticci. The museum is divided into 4 rooms: from prehistoric to Roman times. The exhibits from prehistoric times consist of various objects and furnishings found in grave goods including jewels and objects in bronze and ivory of high quality. From the village of Pisticci arrive cups, cups and decorated ceramics, among which stands the incense burner with a stem decorated with animals and mythological scenes. Of later date, however, are the finds from the Temples of Metapontum with numerous painted vases and cups.
Includes
  • Licensed guide
What’s Not Included
  • Food
  • Museum ticket
  • Transportation
  • Pick up and drop off

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Meeting point

Archaeological Museum of Metapontum entry Via Aristea, 21 Metaponto

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From US$ 206.89 Per group up to 54

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