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Review of Ancient Messini

Ancient Messini
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Pylos-Methoni Day Trip from Costa Navarino
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Messini
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed October 23, 2013

In my view this site is better than Olympia Amazing place new things being found all the time a must visit Only 2 euros entrance for us pensioners Don't forget to visit the small museum and the amazing walls about a mile up the road

Thank brenav
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

The bus arrives before dawn. I was lucky to catch a couple who knew how to get there and told me to wait for 2 English gentlemen who work on the site. I walked with them and they gave me lots of information. Ancient Messini is a restoration site, so they do the digs then restore as much as possible. Massive area, very well sign posted, beautiful restoration, very well worth the visit and not expensive to get in.

Thank Moonshadow2013
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

This site lies within an hour of Kalamata airport (now served twice weekly from Gatwick during season) and should be on the list of all visitors to the Peloponnese. Beautifully situated, with very worthwhile remains to visit, including theatre, stadium and smaller theatre.
Small museum, sadly closed Mondays. We had the place almost to ourselves, and this seems to be the norm, not the exception.
Don't omit the Arcadian Gate, nor the section of wall to the south of it - sadly only a small piece of the former 9km (!) of walls in the midst of the countryside.
For the moderately adventurous, a drive up to the Laconian Gate and on up the dirt road will bring you to within a few minutes walk of the summit (360-degree views include the magnificent Taygetos mountains and an almost aerial view over the site) and the now-disused monastery with frescoes; the still-working monastery is on the other side. For the more adventurous, there are longer walks...
One friendly taverna in the village of Mavromati will tend to your needs while providing lingering views over the site for those reluctant to leave!

1  Thank alanandkristina
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Wow !!!what an amazing place.you can walk around without difficulty or having to share with busses of tourist.its still a hidden site with new diggings ongoing.
Truly an amazing place in ancient times and now . You won't want to leave .

Thank 50fran
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

It's a few years since my last visit to ancient Messini and the discoveries at the site have continued; indeed archaeologists were working at the site last week. Pride of place for me goes to the tremendous mosaic uncovered at the entrance to the site - beautiful and quite an elaborate design, in contrast to the plainer mosaics a little further down.
There is now a cafe at the site, and the museum is open the same hours as the site, which closes at 7pm during the extended summer season (until the clocks change) rather than the standard 3pm.
Easy to understand, with good information boards, this is a site for every-one, including those who feel 'ruined out' - it's open and spacious, and has relatively few visitors. Strongly recommended.

Thank AMCES
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