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Review of Templi Greci di Paestum

Templi Greci di Paestum
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Owner description: Founded by Greek colonists, the ancient city of Poseidonia dates from 600 B.C. It was abandoned for centuries, but the remarkably well-preserved Greek temples were excavated in the mid-18th century.
Penryn, United Kingdom
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“Unbelievable..and jaw dropping”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

Nearly 500 years BC !!

walk around a Greek town co-opted by the Romans just before Jesus turned up ! 3 Temples completely intact with all the majesty of classic Doric excellence..

Not very busy wandering around an ancient Greek/Roman town!

Visited August 2014
Thank tim h
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Lafayette, California
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“Three huge Greek temples + ancient houses and small Roman amphitheatre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

From our 2011 visit you can skip the museo (but will no longer save you money as the museo and scavi are now been combined) as it seems that the best pieces were moved to the National Museum in Napoli) so step in and look around since you paid for it but we found it mostly boring.

The Greek temples are quite large (maybe size of a high school basketball stadium) and almost completely intact. They enact plays in evenings in summer. From pictures I've seen of Athens these temples are in far better shape and there are three here.

The scavi at Paestum were protected through the middle ages by zanzare (mosquitoes -- malaria) which prevented some of the usual recycling of bricks and stones for other construction. We plan to visit the Temple of Athena in Athens next month and will update this review if that looks better. Athens suffered shelling/bombardment through several wars while Paestum suffered only from malaria that left the stones intact.

You should walk along the avenues and visit the remains of houses. We found what were apparently ovens and holes for door hinges. Also enjoyed the wild blackberries on west side as well as figs on east side.

Paestum is a must see.

Visited August 2014
Thank dick w
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Bacoli, Italy
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“Solid and impressive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

Boldness of columns is impressive... Too much? Perhaps the reason why they held so long! Wandering in the ruins and thinking about ancient times is the most fantastic daydreaming. Doing it at this place is perfect, perhaps mode poetic than at Pompeii because or the beautiful Campania landscape,exquisite lye squeezed between mountains and sea.

Visited August 2014
Thank Antoine W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

Much to see here, and very well preserved. Plenty of shade as you go round the ruins. The modern museum is excellent and well worth a trip. The many restaurants and cafes in the vicinity are lovely and good value.

Visited August 2014
Thank Alex P
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Santa Rosa, California
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“Unbelievable Archaeological Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

My wife and I first visited the archaeological park in 2012. We enjoyed our visit so much that we came back again in 2014. We had a good guidebook of the site and had read extensively about it. In 2014 we also shared a very interesting, informative audioguide. It did not have a headset or earphones; it played out loud so that we could both listen at the same time. They gave us a “key” with a map of the archaeological park and numbers that correlated to the site being described. It was great, but we wish that it had been more all-inclusive of the sites. The park is gigantic, and there is just so much to see!

When we were there in 2012, it was quite hot, and the park was crowded. However, when we were there in 2014, the weather was quite comfortable – not at all hot. And there were very few people in the park in 2014, so we were able to wander around pretty much unfettered by other visitors. It was great! We plan to return to Paestum, probably next year, and the archaeological park containing the Greek Temples is a MUST SEE on our list. It is that special, but we really want to see it with a knowledgeable guide next time.

Visited May 2014
Thank Paolo-Chris
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