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One of Joe Banana’s English speaking drivers will meet you at your accommodation in Naples and will then escort you to your vehicle and this memorable day tour will begin!
The drive to Paestum will start as you will drive by the base of the one of the most well known volcanos in the world, Mount Vesuvius. You will continue driving past the town of Salerno, where just to the east and past the headlands of Pontecagnano, Battipaglia, and Eboli, lies one of the most well-preserved collections of Greek Temples anywhere. Originally created as a tribute to the Greek god Poseidon, this city will impress upon you the history of this ancient period as it holds within it one of the best examples of the Doric orders in the west.
Since 1988, UNESCO has recognized Paestum as a World Heritage Site. Unlike the busy Pompeii and even Herculaneum, Paestum can often be deserted as it is off the beaten path other tourists take. The gleaming white marble of the ancient Greek temples that date back to the 6th century BC, set against the dark brown hills and deep blue sea, provide a uniquely Greek experience in Italy.
Today, the preserved temple of Hera II (once mistakenly believed to be the Temple of Poseidon) is one of three temples you will have the opportunity to see. You will have about 2 - 2.5 hours to visit the ruins and the archeological museum that is home to a rich collection of Greek art and antiquities, either on your own or with a private guide (additional cost).
Look out for the buffalo grazing on the roadside during your drive as Paestum is also home to the famous Buffalo mozzarella cheese. After you visit the Greek ruins and temples you will stop at one of these famous farms (http://tempiobarlotti.wix.com/tempio) for a unbelievable tour, tasting and lunch that will make for 3 of the best hours of your vacation!
After this unique shore excursion we will drive back to your accommodation in Naples.
We reserve the right to change the order in which we visit sites.
Available: All year round
Tour Duration: 8-9 hours
Pick-up - Drop-off Location: Your accommodation in Naples
Pick-up Time (suggested): 8.00 am
Luxury air conditioned vehicle
English speaking driver
All taxes, parking, tolls, gasoline and driver maintenance
Farm tour, mozzarella tasting and lunch
Entrance Fees and Licensed Guide - unless otherwise specified.
We reserve the right to change the order in which we visit the sites.