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Templi Greci di Paestum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed 2 September 2014

Certainly one needs to be interested in these types of sites to appreciate. A minor disappointment was with most of the signage on site, or lack thereof, and the "interpretation" panels, that are mostly disfigured, washed out printed under glass, and barely readable. It seems like for a 10 euro entry fee per person they could do a little better with the maintenance of the very little singe there is.

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Reviewed 28 August 2014

We drove to Paestum on a Sunday thinking that there would be less traffic. That was a wrong assumption on my part. There was more traffic, as everyone was going to the beach for the day.
Stuck in a traffic jam, a local guy asked where we were going, pulled out of traffic, drew a little map , got back in traffic next to us and passed the map to us. It was a turn off down a small road with a few parking spaces at the end which saved quite a hike,
The museum is worth visiting and very well laid out. You need to buy your ticked at the museum box office for the site, A combination ticket to visit the museum and the temple site is good value.
You need to be somewhat active to walk the entire site as it is not flat and level. However, you could walk to the temple nearest the entrance and see pretty much everything from there if necessary.
The temples are something to behold, when you consider when they were built and what they have survived.
There is a collection of the usual tourist shops outside and also a couple of restaurants.
We stopped at Anna's after our walk around the temples, it was a pleasant place with good staff.

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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!

Thank tim h
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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.

Thank dick w
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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.

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