Temple of Athena
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Marty Bielicki
Stuart, FL14,526 contributions
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May 2018 • Couples
In Facebook I posted a picture of one of the beautiful Greek temples in Paestum. One of my friends wrote, “I thought you were in Italy and not Greece….” The ruins of Paestum are well preserved, particularly the three temples located about an hour south of Salerno.

My wife flat out refused to take a tour. She is “done” taking buses and shuttles. We could have taken the train, but that meant several transfers and long waits.

Seeing Paestum has been on my bucket list for some time. We could have taken a private car. Our hotel estimated it would cost 400 euros for the day.

My wife was agreeable for me to drive from Sorrento. Before we left, I received an International Driver’s License from AAA for about $25. I rented an “automatic” car from Hertz via the web for $44. At the office, I signed on to “The Super Insurance” which included everything. My American Express card will not cover Italy. The total cost for car—it was a Jeep-- and insurance was over $100 dollars--almost the price of a Viator tour only on Tuesdays.

Driving on the Italian autostrada is fun. Most of the drivers went normal speeds. The problem was getting out of Sorrento. It took a while with all the traffic. You really do have to look out for the motorcycles that zip in and out in the middle of the road.

We used Siri to find Paestum. For some reason, the final leg brought us to a side road, Via Porta Sirena. We parked on the side of the road. The couple from Rome in front of us was also directed by Siri to the same place.

There is paid parking—three euros—on Via Magna Graecia. There is also an entrance and parking at the Italian Ristorante Nettuno, on Via Nettuno, that the author Rick Steves talks about.

We did have to wait on line for ten minutes to get our tickets. The cashier also handles the headsets which takes time to explain.

The views of these Greek temples, indeed, are amazing. Well worth the time, monies and effort to get to Paestum.

One of the temples the authorities allowed you to walk through it. I remember in 1979 being at the Acropolis and having the opportunity of walking through that archeological site dating back to 500BC. In our last trip in Athens, they have closed that walking opportunity.

The Temple of Athena is actually a short walk away from the other two temples. All the temples are so well preserved and spectacular.

The other well preserved Greek Temples in Italy are in Sicily, Agrigento. Another desire to see Agrigento which are on my bucket list, and I will be driving there too.

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Written June 29, 2018
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Steveage
Rexburg, ID3,271 contributions
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Oct 2017 • Family
This is the most northerly temple of the big three on Paestum's amazing grounds. It was built at the end of the 6th century BC!! Just think about that! This temple has a high pediment (triangular upper front) it is just as dominating as the other two temples on these grounds. You pay one ticket price to enter the area where all three temples are located, plus lots of dwelling ruins of surrounding houses. Just incredible. Warning: while we were walking around these amazing ruins our rental car window was smashed in and all our backpacks were stolen. We parked on the main road in a line with hundreds of other cars in broad daylight. We hid our backpacks in our trunk but something must have tipped them criminals off. Be careful, drop your bags at a lodging place first before visiting this incredible site.
Written July 5, 2018
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surfergt
Sydney, Australia237 contributions
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Jun 2019
this is the northern most of the 3 temples at the archeo site, and set about a 5 min walk away from the other 2. It is quite surreal, as it stands surrounded by some open trees and no other nearby ruins, so it appears majestic by its natural surrounds. dont visit on a very hot day as little shade, Crowds are small in comparison to Pompeii and the entire site is quite spread out so that thins the crowds. 12 Euro per adult but that gets you into the museum as well as the site
Written September 6, 2019
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Hanmac
New South Wales, Australia127 contributions
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Jul 2019 • Family
The archeological site in Paestum contains the Temples of Neptune, Hera and Athena as well as the residential remains. This site is highly recommended after seeing the archeological site in Pompeii. It provides a contrast to Pompeii, emphasising preservation in Pompeii and natural deterioration in Paestum. The downside of Paestum is the lack of guided tours, however there is information throughout the park.
Written July 24, 2019
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ItalianTourism-us
Hollywood, FL27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
Fascinating ancient Greek history in southern Italy. Fortunately for us, the Ancient Romans did not destroy the Temples because the ancient Romans were scared of Gods and worshiped the same Gods as the ancient Greeks. Earthquakes during the last 2000 years haven't destroyed them either because the foundation in seven stories below ground and there is metal structure inside the stone. Quite the engineers! The Temple of Athena is as beautiful at night as it is during the day. You cannot actually walk up to the Temples at night as you can during the day. If you traveling during the summer as we were, arrive early and wear your sunscreen. We hired a local guide which made the experience much more enjoyable for the entire family. Worthwhile day trip if you are staying on the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, or even Naples.
Written October 14, 2018
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stuart g
United Kingdom35 contributions
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Jun 2018 • Friends
The first thing you see is the ancient wall, massive sandstone blocks which have laid perfectly straight for millennia and then you see the temples......
I was like a small child bouncing in the car 'lets go there!!!!' They are truly mesmerising.
I didn't notice paying I was so distracted, if they'd asked for any amount I would have paid it. The entry was around 10 euro so not much.
You have virtually unhindered access to the temples and I just marvelled at how people managed to create such structures so many years ago.
Written June 19, 2018
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wendyanddavid536
Solihull, UK2,214 contributions
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May 2018 • Couples
The simplest of the three Greek temples at Paestum, the Temple of Athena (previously known as the Temple of Ceres) is still stunning and really well preserved.

Built of limestone in approximately 500BC, it has a very high, well preserved pediment and Doric frieze. Beautifully proportioned, with 13 columns on the long sides, 6 on the short sides.
Written May 28, 2018
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Loocol
United Kingdom218 contributions
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Jul 2017 • Couples
What a hidden treasure... Two hour drive from Sorrento but worth every second when you arrive at this city home to three amazing temples. We booked through viator and our guide (Christine) was amazing, she was so informative and knowledgeable. We absolutely loved this trip and it is as good as both Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Written July 14, 2017
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KTGP
Adelaide, Australia5,904 contributions
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Apr 2016 • Couples
This is one of three Greek Temples in the Paestum Archaeological Park.

The Temple of Athena/Temple of Ceres, is the smallest, built 510BC, it has six columns front and back and thirteen down the sides and the interior measures 14.5 metres x 33 metres. This temple was later used as a Christian church. Like all the temples on the site it is magnificent.
Written June 30, 2016
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mezaj2017
Salt Lake City, UT19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
This by far exceeded my expectations! The temples we in such great condition and since we came in November we had the place to ourselves. The whole sight was amazing! A must see if your in the area!
Written November 21, 2019
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