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Paestum: 2-Hour Greek Temples & Archaeological Museum

1. 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: Temples and Museum Tour with Archaeologist Guide

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

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What people are saying about Paestum

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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.