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Greek Temples of Paestum

Paestum, Capaccio, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Paestum
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Matthews, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We visited Paestum on 7/10. The ruins are amazingly well preserved and massive. Before viewing the temples we visited the museum which was full of well preserved artifacts and proved to be very informative and necessary to understand what we viewed outside. Outdoors there is plenty of room to wander at a pace that allows you to inspect and appreciate... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We spent the day touring the ruins and had a wonderful time. It was a perfect time of year as there were very few people there and the weather was nice.

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Panama City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed seeing the ruins but was a little disappointed that the signage in most areas were so weathered they could not be read and are in need of replacement.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Especially for my fellow countrymen (USA), make the effort to see Paestum. These are some of the most intact Greek temples outside of Greece. You're off the standard American tourist track here and will get to meet different people from interesting places.

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Manchester
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Visited on 1st July 2014 with a Thomson trip. For those making their own way there,the entrance and ticket office are within the grounds of a restaurant "Ristorante Nettuno". All 3 temples were amazing and I can't believe how in tact they all are. There are other ruins as well as the temples, but unfortunately the ruins do go slightly... More

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Toronto, Canada
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Absolutely worth a visit. The Park opens in the morning and closes before sundown, but I recommend hanging around after closing time. All the temples are visible from outside and the view at sundown is mesmerizing. There are some benches you can sit on while you wait for the sun to go down.

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Hawkshead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I had long wanted to visit and despite several trips to the Amalfi coast had never made it - driving along the Autostrade and then through some fairly industrial towns such as the beautifully named Battipaglia which wasn't as beautiful from what we saw via the main road, I hoped that we were not going to be disappointed - I... More

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Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Although the temples are something to see, the grounds are in terrible shape. The signs in front of all the displays are old and worn. The worst is that there is no one inside keeping people off the relics.It looks like no one has cared about the property for years. Sad for such a treasure

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Harker Heights, Texas
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Experiencing these temples during the week that we spent in Paestum was like a personal journey into the past, without the usual hype. Come here. See this. Believe this. The stuff that is here is beyond belief. See the museum across the street from the temples.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My husband and I and our two teenage sons stayed at the Oleandri Resort in Paestum last summer. One of the high points of the trip was our visit to the nearby Greek ruins. We rode bikes from the resort to the ruins and then toured on our own with a guide book. A guided tour would probably be the... More

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