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PAESTUM - TEMPLES AND MUSEUM

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The Temple of Neptune in Paestum
The Temple of Neptune
The Temple of Ceres
The Temple of Ceres
The Hypogeum, the mythical tomb of the founder of Paestum, Is
The Hypogeum, the mythical tomb of the founder of Paestum, Is
Bronze vases found in the Hypogeum
Bronze vases found in the Hypogeum
Statue in terracotta representing Zeus
Statue in terracotta representing Zeus
The Tomb of the Diver
The Tomb of the Diver

PAESTUM GUIDED TOUR - TEMPLES AND MUSEUM WITH YOUR OWN GUIDE:





DURATION:

2 hours

PRICE:

Euros 150

AVAILABILITY:

All-year-round




INCLUDES:

A private tour on foot of the archaeological area and the Museum with a professional guide (only for You)

ENTRANCE FEES OF RUINS AND OF THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREA OF PAESTUM ARE NOT INCLUDED.


ADMISSION FEE:

Adults 4,00 euro
EU Citizens: under 18 free
18 > 25 -50%
over 65 free

The combined ticket of the archaeological area + the Museum costs Euros 6,50 per person.

The National Museum of Paestum is closed on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.



Itinerary Details are listed below:


TOUR SCHEDULE OF PAESTUM - TEMPLES AND MUSEUM
Meet with Your personal English-speaking guide by the entrance of the ruins of Paestum
You will buy Your tickets on Your arrival there
The visit in the archaeological ruins lasts roughly 90 minutes
30/40 minutes will be spent with Your guide in the nearby Museum


Paestum was founded by Greeks around 600 b.C. At the beginning it was called Poseidonia, since it was dedicated to Poseidon (the Roman Neptune), the god of the sea. In 400 B.C. it was occupied by the Lucans, an Italic populaton. The Lucans ruled it till 273 B.C., when it became a Roman colony and was called Paestum.
The fall of the Roman Empire meant also the decline of Paestum. As matter of fact, around 500 B.C., since the mouths of the rivers running in the plain were silted up, the whole area became quite unhealthy. Malaria had already spread all over the place and even the built-up area became marshy. Consequently the population gradually left the town. In conclusion, such a disaster was caused by the deforestation of the nearby hills.
Actually, these magnificent ruins were preserved by marshes and woods, which prevented them from being destroyed and ransacked for many centuries.
Paestum was rediscovered just by chance in 1752, when they were building the modern road cutting the ancient town into two parts.

Of particular interest are the Greek temples of Paestum, and above all the Temple of Neptune.

THIS PRIVATE TOUR IS NOT AVAILABLE ON THE FIRST AND THIRD MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH, CLOSING DAY OF THE NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM IN PAESTUM.

SUGGESTIONS:
Take water, wear comfortable shoes, take camera & sun cream. In low season warmer clothing may be required.



THIS TOUR WILL OPERATE RAIN OR SHINE, SO BE PREPARED FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS.


THE TOTAL PRICE OF THIS PRIVATE TOUR IS OF EUROS 150.