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Paestum Ruins, Paestum
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The well-preserved Paestum Ruins date back to the first half of the sixth century and were dedicated to the goddess Hera and god Poseidon. Opposite the site is an archaeological museum. Several companies offer guided tours of the temples. To visit Paestum Ruins and other attractions in Paestum, use our Paestum itinerary planner.
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  • Essential reference point for understanding the origins and culture of ancient Greece. The ability to enter the temples is a source of profound emotion. There is no need for any historical reconstruction because if you close your eyes and open them, with a little imagination, you can find a few centuries back.
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  • Really recommend to anyone there had not yet been to travel to visit this archaeological area. You will return home with a sense of gloom will hang over you thinking back to the charm of everything you've seen strolling among the ruins of temples and homes of 2500 years ago. The settlement was founded by the achaeans escaped from Sibari and had taken refuge in this area called Poseidonia. Beautiful temples of Neptune and Athena bordered by olive trees. Very often we go abroad to look for that little bit extra that our beautiful country Italy has more than any other place in the world. Let's appreciate the beauty of what surrounds us.
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  • We reached the site by train, with the station less than 800 meters. from the temples. The Archaeological Park with three great Doric temples and the ruins of limestone are among the top architectural expressions of Magna Greece. The sanctuary of Hera, the so-called Basilica, 54 meters long and the Temple of Athena, are beautiful but magnifico is the grandiose Temple of Neptune, one of the best preserved in the world. Also interesting is the archaeological museum, with tickets only for the two sites. Interesting, especially, the series of metopes that decorated the two temples and another amazing relic, the so-called "Tomb of the diver," five sepulchral slabs with paintings in perfect condition, dating back to 500 b.c. and discovered in 1968.
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  • A great place to visit. It's not so well knows as Pompeii, making it not as busy and giving you more room to take pictures and enjoy the location.
  • No tourists, no crowds. Easy, stroller-friendly, walking. Interesting museum. Very well preserved ruins.
  • Absolutely magnificent site. Very extensive area with plenty of information boards in English as well as Italian. Lots of interesting ruins including the forum and amphitheatre but the highlights are the Temples which are beautifully preserved. Very peaceful when we were there even though it was a Saturday afternoon.
  • Best Greek ruins outside of Greece. They really are well maintained and very accessible, especially if you are going to the Amalfi coast anyway. I highly recommend the day trip.
  • The place "must see". Touch the 2000 years old stones, feel the history of human race.