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Address: Paestum, Capaccio-Paestum, Italy
Description: Founded by Greek colonists, the ancient city of Poseidonia dates from 600...
Founded by Greek colonists, the ancient city of Poseidonia dates from 600 B.C. It was abandoned for centuries, but the remarkably well-preserved Greek temples were excavated in the mid-18th century.
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Refreshingly off the well-beaten tourist track

Lovely selection of ruins that give a very good idea of town life 2000 years ago (or so). Plenty of cafes nearby but in a very non-intrusive, non-touristy way. I recommend driving... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Lovely selection of ruins that give a very good idea of town life 2000 years ago (or so). Plenty of cafes nearby but in a very non-intrusive, non-touristy way. I recommend driving here as part of a coastal drive along the Amalfi coast if going West to East, finishing here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

You feel the spirit of a gone time. You can touch a bygone time, if you want. You can empathize this old time. Walk on the old mainstreet, and fill the space around you with life. But the visit isn't cheap for a few of old stones and tree buildings. And the area needs a bit more care, from the... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Not easy to reach, the temples of Paestum are a must-do for anyone with an interest in the ancient world. These temples are some of the best preserved in the world, were built before the Parthenon and, for us, the massive advantage is that there are few tourists. Well worth the effort of getting there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a comfortable archaeological site to visit. It was not very crowded when we went in the height of the tourist season in July. You can wander everywhere. The three magnificent Greek temples are surrounded by Roman ruins to explore. There are lovely umbrella pines to provide shade. The splendid museum is just across the road from the site.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

As a Classics teacher I have been dying to see the ruins of these Greek temples for years! No collection of photos and textbooks can actually get across the vastness of this beautifully preserved site. Interestingly, 70% of the site has yet to be excavated, and unfortunately, never will be, due to private land ownership issues. This is a 'must... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Easy to find, staff very helpful, reasonably priced guide book and entrance. Route well organised with information available and plenty of shade! ! Spectacular site will leave you in awe. If you are in the area you absolutely must visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We went in july and arrived around mid day. The whole site was quiet with few vistors which is a shame because in its own way its as spectacular as pompei. The greek temples are well preserved and the sute is a mucture of those and the roman settlements. 10 euros pays for the site and the museum. One warning... More 

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Province of Salerno, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed this visit. The temples are in amazing condition and access was surprisingly unrestricted, walking around and right up close to the ruins provides an atmospheric experience. The sheer scale of the temples is awe inspiring. Many parts of the ruins are relatively easy to interpret without the help of the tourist guide or info boards (which are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is one of the best roman ruin sites, as it's less popular than Pompeii, but far less crowded. It's very exposed to sun, so off season would be better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Paestum is the well preserved vestige of the apex of Greek influence in Italy, with 3 major temples standing & others in adjacent ruins. The site is a huge rectangle and you should allow about 2-3 hours to walk it. A 'perfect' visit day would be: 1) visit to a nearby Buffalo farm producing Mozzarella, from 10-12 noon 2) lunch... More 

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Address: Paestum, Capaccio-Paestum, Italy
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Campania  >  Province of Salerno  >  Capaccio-Paestum  >  Paestum

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