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Duration: 8-9 hours

From Eur 420,00 and depends by the type of vehicle and pick up location

Included: English speaking driver, fuel, tolls parking fees and taxes
Not included: entrance fees, private guides, and lunch

Entrance fees in Paestum Eur 10 per person
Private guide in Paestum  Eur 120 (if requested)

The road on the south slope of the Sorrento peninsula is known as the famous Amalfi Coast. 60 Km of a very winding route, dramatic coastline and home to some of the most beautiful towns in Europe, as: POSITANO AMALFI AND RAVELLO. The coast line start from the hills above Sorrento to Vietri sul mare, all along the gulf of Salerno. offering to the visitors always different views, as: little islands, fishing villages, Saracen towers and wonderful landscape. The entire coastline is very steep, the road was builted high up above the clear sea, offering what is considered the most breathtaking drive in the Mediterranean sea. The highlight is the drive along the scenic coastline and the opportunity to visit the towns of POSITANO, AMALFI AND RAVELLO, spendig one hour or more in each one of these towns, to see same of the architectural and artistic works of great significance.

The town of Paestum was founded by the Greeks around the 600 BC. It was called POSEIDONIA because dedicated to Poseidon, the God of sea. In the 400 BC this town was occupied by an Italian population called Lucans, they ruled the town till the 273 BC when it became a Roman Colony and renamed in PAESTUM. With fall of the Roman Empire was olso the decline of Paestum, and little by little all the area became quite unhealthy. The malaria had already spread all over the place and the built up area became marshy. However, these magnificen ruins were preserved by marshes and woods, which prevented them from being destroyed. This old town was discovered in 1750 when they were building the modern road.The main attraction of this site are the remains of three Greek temples.

1)The Temple of Hera is the oldest of the three temples, built about 550 BC. It is sometimes called the Basilica, based on an error of earlier archaeologists in thinking it was a Roman public building.
2)The Temple of Neptune (or Apollo or Hera II) next door dates from 450 BC and is the most complete of the three - everything remains intact except the roof and parts of the inner walls. It has double rows of columns. On the east side are remains of two altars, one large and one smaller. The smaller one was added by the Romans when they cut through the larger altar to build a road to the forum. Statues around the larger altar may indicate that Apollo was patron of the temple. Another possible dedication is Hera, like the one next to it.
3)The Temple of Ceres (or Athena) was built in c.500 BC in a transitional style between Ionic and early Doric. It was later used as a Christian church, as indicated by three Christian tombs discovered in the floor.

These three temples are considered as the best preserved in all the Magna Graecia. Next to the famous temples, is the entrance to the archaeological museum which contains all the artifacts found during the excavations of the city, including the famous TOMB OF THE DIVER found in a Necropolis outside the city. On september 1943, during the Allied invasion of Italy, Paestum was the lending beach for the US 36th infantry Division. A visit to the temples and museum, takes two hours.

Officia guide is suggested an available on request at extra cost of Eur 120,00
 

 

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