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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.

Paestum: 2-Hour Greek Temples & Archaeological Museum

2. 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.

From Sorrento: Paestum & Buffalo Farm Full-Day Tour

3. 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.

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What people are saying about Paestum

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.

Rosanna was an amazing guide - she has incredible knowledge and no question went unanswered. She is also super friendly, attentive and humorous!