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One of Joe Banana’s English speaking drivers will be waiting for you at Amalfi port. He will be holding a sign with your name on it. Your private driver will then escort you to your vehicle and this memorable shore excursion will begin!
Our drive to Paestum will start along the Amalfi coast and continue through 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 we will stop at one of these famous farms (http://tempiobarlotti.wix.com/tempio) for a unbelievable tour, tasting and lunch that will be 3 of the best hours of your vacation!
After this beautiful and unique shore excursion we will drive back to the port.
Available: All year round
Tour Duration: 7-8 hours
Pick-Up - Drop-Off Location: Amalfi port
Pick-Up Time (suggested): 8:00 am (according to your ship's schedule)
Farm tour, mozzarella tasting, lunch and drinks
Luxury air conditioned vehicle
English speaking driver
All taxes, parking, tolls, gasoline and driver maintenance
Entrance Fees and Licensed Guide - unless otherwise specified.
This tour may be shortened depending on traffic conditions and on your cruise ship schedule.
In order to maximize your touring time, we reserve the right to change the order in which we visit the sites.
If your cruise ship is unable to anchor in Amalfi, and will dock in Naples/Salerno, we can reschedule your pick up location for an additional fee.