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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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A friend I met in Praiano told me "go to Pompei for the archaeology, go to Paestum for the beauty". The 2,500 year old settlement of "Poseidonia" and the later Roman township are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A friend I met in Praiano told me "go to Pompei for the archaeology, go to Paestum for the beauty". The 2,500 year old settlement of "Poseidonia" and the later Roman township are spread over at least 2 sq. kilometers. Over all of it loom the 3 very well preserved Greek temples. You can easily spend 2 - 3 hours... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The ruins here are actually very nice. The low score is given because your visit will be miserable for the very same reason this area was abandoned by the Greeks. Black biting flies. Too many of them. You can't possibly enjoy your visit unless you are fully covered. We went in May when it was really quite warm and the... More 

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Austin
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Know that getting down here is not an easy task, but the conditions of these temples and its surrounding ruins is COMPLETELY worth it (if you like this sort of thing)! My husband and I went in June 2012 (this wasn't a choice on the review), and this is still one of my favorite places we visited in Italy. And... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The Greek Temples at Paestum really do the WOW factor magnificently. It is a wonderful, uplifting and peaceful place. Do be prepared for "exposure" to the elements, as this site is ALL OUTDOORS. Beautiful. Historic. Fantastic. Just read about, and ponder the history.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This was an incredible site! Magnificent temple ruins and a fabulous, complimentary museum. A very easy train trip from Salerno, with a 10 minute walk at the train station at Paestum. Trains also run directly from Naples.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

An easy walk through. Go early in the morning or evening as it gets hot. Although there are bathrooms there is no toilet paper. Bring water and there are always fountains so you can refill. Most people speak some English, enough to order food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

First visited this gorgeous site 20 years ago when you could walk into the temples. They're now fenced off but it doesn't detract from seeing these three beautifully preserved, honey coloured Greek temples set on the plain south of Salerno. They are tricky to get to, so the site is quiet, unlike the Acropolis or Agrigento. You just wander around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

No wonder this is a World Heritage Site. So many places one visits have a 'restored look' about them which, whilst they are interesting, do not result in that 'Wow' factor. The Greek Temples at Paestum really do the Wow factor magnificently. What a wonderful, uplifting and peaceful place. The three temples seem almost as complete they must have been... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

The only large collection of well-preserved Greek ruins north of Sicily (Metaponto on the coast of Basilicata has a single ruin). Large, sunny (read HOT in summer) open field. A few Roman ruins are scattered within. Great B&B, Il Granaio dei Casabella, is a 10 minute walk from the main gate

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

We arrived by train - and a short walk takes you into the ruins. Buy your ticket at the museum - it gives access to both museum and the temples outside. Despite plenty of people and tours, it was easy to get away and explore the site - quite remarkable and beautiful. As well as the archeological interest, we were... More 

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

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