An unforgettable greek experience
Explore the lesser-known but equally-as-important Italian town of Paestum. Founded by the Greeks around 60 B. C. , Its name derives from Poseidon (the god of the sea), to whom it was dedicated. It was during this period that the Basilica, the Temple of Poseidon, and the Temple of Ceres were built.
Today the temples and ruins-built of a fine yellow limestone-standing in a bower of aromatic herbs, cypress, and oleander, are considered to be the finest examples of their kind. The nearby museum contains many fine sculptures found on the site and also the famous divers' tomb.
We will start our tour visiting the three Doric temples of the V century BC, named Temple of Neptune, Basilica and Temple of Ceres, and the excellent state of preservation of the buildings makes them among the best examples of the Doric order in the West.
Then we will visit the square named agorà by the Greeks overlooking the Ecclesiasterion (building for the public Assembly) of the V century BC, and then the Comitia (for the public Assembly).
A short distance from the archaeological park is the National Archaeological Museum of Paestum, that the houses artifacts dating from the VII century BC up to the VII century AD. There are precious testimonies of daily life, art and craft objects. Among the number of important sculptures stand out of the Treasury of the sanctuary of Hera, the painted slabs of the so-called Tomb of the Diver, and several fragments of funerary paintings from the IV century BC.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At the entrance of the Museum
End location: At the entrance of the Museum
Duration: 3 hours
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 euro - Entrance fee