Paestum UNESCO World Heritage

The archaeological area is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1988 and is of considerable interest to visitors from all over the world.

Not far away it is possible to visit the rich archaeological museum containing objects of mainly ancient Greek and Lucan manufacture, found in the various necropolises in the surroundings. The highlight of the museum is the paintings found in the so-called diver's tomb, the only remaining example of Greek painting from Magna Graecia.

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Duration

4 hours

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  • What's included :
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    What's excluded :
    • Breakfast
    • Entry/Admission - Archaeological Park of Paestum
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Archaeological Park of Paestum, 84047 Paestum, Capaccio-Paestum Italy

    Our excursion

    Departure by GT bus to reach the Archaeological Area of Paestum with a guided tour of the three Doric temples dedicated respectively to Hera and Athena. Later, a visit to the adjacent Archaeological Museum is scheduled.

    Duration: Half day

    Included:
    - Transportation to / from hotels
    - Tour with authorized guide

    Not included:
    - Entrance tickets

    Additional information
    - Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
    - The program is subject to change regarding the weather and the route plan, in which case it may not be possible to make some stops or visits that are included in the program.
    - Duration may vary due to traffic conditions and unforeseen circumstances

    PAESTUM

    "It is as if a god here built his house with huge blocks of stone" (Friedrich Nietzsche).

    Founded by the Greeks around 600 B.C.E., it was initially called Poseidonia, from Poseidon, or Neptune, god of the sea, to whom the city had been dedicated. Between 400 and 273 before it was occupied by the Italic population of the Lucanians. In 273 it became a Roman colony with the name of Paestum.

    What is most striking is the vision of three majestic temples inserted in a green plain, which reflect a different light according to the hours and seasons.
    Many writers, poets and artists such as Goethe, Shelley, Canova and Piranesi were fascinated by this show which proved to be their source of inspiration.
    These large buildings are an extraordinary example of Doric style.
    The Temple of Hera, dating back to the 6th century. BC, is the oldest.
    The Temple of Neptune (5th century BC), looks like a grandiose travertine construction, with a warm golden color that varies in shades at different times of the day. It is a true jewel of Doric architecture: majestic and at the same time elegant.
    The Temple of Ceres (6th century BC), actually dedicated to the goddess Athena, in medieval times was transformed into a church and houses three Christian tombs, leaning against the external wall.

    The archaeological area is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1988 and is of considerable interest to visitors from all over the world.

    Not far away it is possible to visit the rich archaeological museum containing objects of mainly ancient Greek and Lucan manufacture, found in the various necropolises in the surroundings. The highlight of the museum is the paintings found in the so-called diver's tomb, the only remaining example of Greek painting from Magna Graecia. In this magnificent painting a man is shown when he leaps into the waves. The metaphor is quite evident, man represents the deceased in the act of abandoning the security of the earthly world to launch himself into the unknown of the afterlife.

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Via Borgo, 11, 84066 Pisciotta SA, Italy
    Departure Time :
    3:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

7

Organised by Discover Cilento

Activity ID: V-255039P6

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