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Paestum: Temples and Museum Tour with Archaeologist Guide

1. Paestum: Temples and Museum Tour with Archaeologist Guide

Visit the archaeological site of Paestum, a location where it is possible to admire wonderful examples of Greek architecture. These pieces of architecture are among the best preserved of Southern Italy, with the site's highlights being the three Doric-style temples of the Temple of Neptune, the Temple of Ceres, and the Basilica. An expert guide will accompany you to discover the 2,500-year-old religious architecture on a journey beyond the confines of time. This will be followed by a visit to the National Archaeological Museum of Paestum, in which the most important examples of Greek art are preserved. Inside the museum you can admire some of the relics that served as decorations for the temples, as well as some of the most beautiful painted tombs of Campania. The Tomb of the Diver, kept in perfect condition, fascinates hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

From Sorrento: Paestum and Buffalo Farm Tour

2. From Sorrento: Paestum and Buffalo Farm Tour

Depart from the meeting point and drive southwards to the archeological site of Paestum where you will visit the ancient Greek colony founded in the 7th century BC. Admire the three Doric temples of the site, which are said to be the best-preserved Greek temples in the world. Visit Paestum’s museum which displays many fascinating artifacts, such as sculptures and tomb paintings discovered during excavations. After visiting the temples, stop at a local farm, where the famous buffalo mozzarella cheese is produced, entirely made by hand and exclusively with buffalo milk. Here, a guided tour will show you the daily production and the stables where the most avantgarde techniques of milking are used to safeguard animal welfare, hygiene, and milk quality. At the end of the guided tour you will taste this exquisite product. After the visit, you will have some free time where you are free to purchase lunch from the farm’s own bistro before returning to Sorrento.

Paestum: 2-Hour Greek Temples & Archaeological Museum

3. Paestum: 2-Hour Greek Temples & Archaeological Museum

Explore the ruins of the wonderful site of Paestum including its three amazing Doric temples, the amphitheater, the forum and the markets. After the ruins, you’ll visit the National Archeological Museum where some of the most beautiful artworks of the Magna Greece are displayed. Paestum is one of the precious archaeological pearls of Italy, located in the northern part of the Cilento region, not far from the river Sele, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The town was founded by the Greeks colonists under the name of Poseidonia which became the most popular city of the Magna Graecia. Explore the archaeological site of Paestum, the best preserved Graeco-Roman city, with a certified archaeologist guide during a 2-hour walking tour. Admire the three Greek temples dating back to the 6th century B.C.: the Temple of Neptune, Temple of Ceres and basilica, similar to the Parthenon in Athens (nowhere else will you find such tall, elegant and well-preserved Greek temples.).  See the city walls and the Roman ruins: the comitium (political assembly hall), the amphitheater and much more. Then, visit the fascinating National Archaeological Museum, which has a rich collection of local Greek artworks from the 7th century B.C. The undisputed highlights of the museum in Paestum are the frescoes of the Tomb of the Diver and the red figured krater of Asteas.

Paestum Tour: Best Preserved Temples in the World (UNESCO)

4. Paestum Tour: Best Preserved Temples in the World (UNESCO)

Paestum is an ancient city of Magna Grecia called by the founders Poseidonia and later Paestum by the Romans in honor of Poseidon, but very devoted to Athena and Hera. Explore the archaeological park and revel in the archaeological treasures found in Paestum. The guided tour will take you to admire three temples, the first, that of Hera, also called Basilica is the oldest, in Doric style, with impressive dimensions (twenty-six meters wide and fifty-five in length). Later you will visit the largest temple, that of Poseidon also called Neptune, comparable to the temple of Zeus in Olympia, a majestic wonder in Doric style built in 460 B.C.E. The tour continues with the discovery of the third temple, that of Ceres, the Sanctuary dedicated to Athena, of a more modest but equally exceptional size. Along the Via Sacra there will be the opportunity to see the Roman Forum and the Amphitheater. After the ruins of Paestum, the tour will end at the National Archaeological Museum, where you can admire the thirty-three metopes of the temple of Hera Argiva, the statue of Zeus, the crater with the rat of Europe and the famous tomb of the diver: a tomb of five limestone slabs in local travertine plastered and decorated with parietal painting of a figurative subject, realized with the fresco technique.

From Sorrento: Paestum & Buffalo Farm Full-Day Tour

5. From Sorrento: Paestum & Buffalo Farm Full-Day Tour

Discover ancient Greek temples and learn how local farmers produce their famous mozzarella on a full-day tour from Sorrento. End your day with a delicious tasting of local Buffalo Mozzarella. Depart Sorrento by bus, driving southwards to the archeological site of Paestum where you will visit the ancient Greek colony founded in the 7th century BC. Admire the three Doric temples, said to be the best-preserved Greek temples in the world. Visit Paestum’s museum displaying many fascinating artifacts, such as sculptures and tomb paintings discovered during excavations. After visiting the temples, you'll go to a local farm, where the famous Buffalo Mozzarella cheese is produced, entirely made by hand and exclusively with buffalo milk. Explore the daily production and the stables where the most avant-garde techniques of milking are used, to safeguard animal welfare, hygiene, and milk quality. Finish off with a mozzarella tasting and some free time for a quick lunch before returning to Sorrento.

Paestum: Guided City Orientation Tour

6. Paestum: Guided City Orientation Tour

After meeting your guide at the tour meeting point, you'll travel by van or car to the city of Capaccio Paestum. There you can discover the stories and curiosities of this magnificent area. The area of Capaccio Paestum is very interesting. It is a city rich in history and legends, many of which you will discover throughout this tour. Your driver and guide will answer your questions as you travel, helping to make your trip unique. You'll see the walls of Paestum, stopping to admire the breathtaking panorama of the belvedere of the Madonna del Granato. In Beldvedere Square there is a sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna del Granato, which you will discover dates back to the 10th century A.D. Throughout your tour you will also have a break discover the buffalo farms and taste some iconic buffalo mozzarella.

From Naples: Paestum Day Trip with Mozzarella Tasting

7. From Naples: Paestum Day Trip with Mozzarella Tasting

Experience everything Paestum has to offer in this day trip from Naples. Explore an ancient Greek town, see stunning Greek temples, and learn how local farmers produce their famous mozzarella. End your day with a delicious tasting of local buffalo mozzarella. Meet your driver outside your Naples accommodation and head to Paestum on the beautiful Cilento Coast. With its three ancient Greek Doric temples, Paestum is a center for Greek history lovers. Admire the oldest two temples dedicated to the goddess Hera and the newest ruin built for Athena. Enjoy some free time in Paestum. At the National Archaeological Museum of Paestum, you can find sculptures, tomb paintings, and artifacts recovered from the Greek ruins. The Museum also hosts several stunning metope relief panels depicting ancient Greek life and artwork from the mysterious Tomb of the Diver. Rejoin your driver in the van, and drive to a local farm famous for its buffalo mozzarella. At the farm, learn how the farmers produce their delicious cheese with traditional techniques and different types of milk. Finish your tour with a tasting of creamy buffalo mozzarella.

Cilento's Wine Tour: Discover the Secrets

8. Cilento's Wine Tour: Discover the Secrets

Commence this delicious outing with a complimentary pickup from your guide. You will meet your driver/guide at Paestum railway station before taking the scenic drive to your first vineyard.  Upon arrival at the vineyard, your knowledgeable farmer guide will share with your their wisdom for how the vineyard is maintained and what is involved with grape selection and the processing of the harvest. At the end of the experience your questions will be welcomed if you desire to know more.  After the vineyard tour, you will have the opportunity to taste excellent products made on this very vineyard. You will sample Cilento wines like Fiano Cilento DOP and Aglianico Cilento DOP. In addition to the wine, you'll also get to pair them with delicious sausages and cheese to complete the experience. This tour will uncover the secrets of Italian wine making.

From Naples: Paestum and Mozzarella Tasting Day Tour

9. From Naples: Paestum and Mozzarella Tasting Day Tour

Discover the 2 main highlights of Paestum, its ancient Greek temples and its world-famous Mozzarella on this guided tour. Start your tour in Naples, driving in comfort southwards to the archaeological site of Paestum. Visit this ancient Greek colony founded in the 7th century. Admire the 3 Doric temples, considered the best-preserved Greek temples in the world. Explore fascinating artifacts like sculptures and tomb paintings at Paestum Museum. Move onward to a local farm where the famous buffalo mozzarella cheese is produced. See how it is entirely made by hand with buffalo milk. During this fabulous excursion, enjoy the daily production of the cheese factory. Learn about the process of making the delicious mozzarella cheese of Campania. Walk through the stables where the most avant-garde techniques of milking are used to safeguard animal welfare, hygiene, and milk quality. Conclude the tour by tasting this exquisite product. Make the best of your free time by shopping for mozzarella and dairy products or grabbing lunch from the farm’s own bistro.

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What people are saying about Paestum

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 10 reviews

It was a fantastic tour, our guide was so thoughtful and took the time to really explain the historical significance of what we were seeing. It was an amazing experience and I truly hope that we get the chance to see this again someday because one day just wasn't enough to absorb so much history and beauty.

Great tour of ancient Greek temples - our guide was great and was very patient with us (French family with an English guide - some translation needed!) Also possible to chat with him about various archaeological and historical topics: he was very smart!

Majestic site with 3 main temples on a ventilated area of 5 hectares; very well maintained and preserved; authentic and much less touristy than Pompei. Our French-speaking guide was super passionate, we do not regret our choice, it is our favorite.

The guide Vissia was very attentive, courteous and knowledgeable. Thanks to her we were able to discover the secrets of the site. The only very small flaw is on the correct indication of the meeting point which can be easily confused.