I make it a practice to visit any site that holds Roman ruins. What intrigued me about this site was the possiblity of seeing Hellinistic ruins. I joined up with a small group (12) out of Izmir with a guide and we went to Pergamum and Ascepelion--this included a lunch stop and the obligatory 'turkish rug' coop stop. That being said, most of the day was spent traveling to and from the site (4 hours) and after you factored in lunch and the 'carpet' stop, left little time at each site to really delve into the many written posts around Pergamum--but thats just me. I like reading all the signs and spending time absorbing a location and the others in the group were quite content to just move along at a quick clip and just hear what the guide had to say. Being in the group did get us right up to the gate onto the site and included tickets. This aside, I found the site quite interesting and well worth visiting--bring an umbrella as like most sites in Turkey, shade is a rarity and the sun a constant. Its on top of a hill so sturdy shoes are a must (though there was evidence of a soon to be installed wooden walkways). If I returned, it would be with a private guide -- in Turkey all private guides must complete a rigourous education are are worth their weight in gold-- My decision to visit this site alone and at the last minute narrowed my option of joining this small group (which was kind of fun and interesting duriing our lunch time conversations).
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