The site of ancient Messene is lovely. Situated in the mountains above Kalamata it is the walled city built by the Messenians once freed from the yoke of the Spartans. What makes the site wonderful is that it is a fairly new excavation so everything is being done slowly and methodically. There are information boards everywhere which add to the experience. It is though a very large site so plan your viewing to the time available taking account of time available and the conditions you meet. We were a party of 12 and other than 4 very drunk British teenages, evidently suffering hangovers and sunstroke, we had the whole site to ourselves. There is an entrance fee which is I think about 6 euros for entry to the site plus the small museum up the road. We paid for both as we love Classical sculpture...and the museum houses a wonderful statue of Apollo.
The stadium and gymnasium ringed in columns is a wonderous site to behold.
There are toilets and free spring water available on site; and there are shade trees to sit and eat a picnic. It was 42 degrees when we were there in late August so had to pace ourselves, we had to top up the sun cream and keeps soaking our hats to help beat the heat. Oh and wear good shoes, there's a lot of walking needed to take in the enormity of the site - bear in mind its a city!!
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