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Pompeii and Paestum Day Tour

Tour duration 9-10 h Starting at 42,00 €/person

Tour description

Meeting time at 08.00: your driver will be waiting beside where your ship is berthed holding a name sign so you are able to identify him and will take you for a fascinating tour to Pompei ruins. You may choose whatever suits you best a personal guide or a well equipped audio guide, either one will explain to you this amazing place, once a thriving empire, and the history of the city as you stroll through the ruins taking in the surroundings; the baths, villas, theatres and wrestling grounds, a fascinating two-hour tour. Read more ... The driver will suggest whether you want to have lunch before driving again.
Then to Paestum, ancient Greek colony origin, to visit the magnificent archaeological ruins and the museum with its rich collection of Greek art and antiquities, including the world famous "Diver's Tomb", symbol of the passage from Life to the Unknown.
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Pompeii Ruins Paestum Cilento Oplontis Ruins

Pompeii Ruins

The long catastrophic eruption of the Vesuvius in the year AD 79 drowned the thriving and bustling city of Pompeii in 20 to 23 feet of ash and pumice. It was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1749. Since then four-fifths of the city was excavated and a walk through the excavations is a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the past, offering an insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. Surprisingly, many objects (such as bottles, glassware and silverware) were found intact in the city’s homes, filled with splendid frescoes, some of which are on display in Naples’ Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Being an important commercial centre in Campania felix, played a strategic role in the redistribution of goods between Rome, the inland cities and the ports on the Mediterranean. The life of the city centred around the Forum. Still today one can admire the remains of the Basilica, seat of justice and chamber of commerce, religious buildings and the Macellum, site of the marketplace. From the main square streets lead off to the ancient city, revealing majestic houses, such as the House of the Faun and the House of the Vettii, with their splendid frescoes. The shops in Via dell’Abbondanza, offer a lively impression of everyday life two thousands years ago. From here we carry on to the Stabian Baths, the oldest public baths in Pompeii, ending up at the massively impressive Amphitheatre, where even today, as in the Large Theatre, there are concerts and theatrical productions. Just outside the city, stands the Villa of the Mysteries, the most ‘enigmatic’ monument in Pompeii, with its grand fresco celebrating the mysterious cult of Dionysus. In summer the ruins can also be visited at night. ‘Suggestioni al foro’ is a theatrical production which, through sounds and voices echoing around the temples and houses, recreates the atmosphere of the ‘lost’ city. The visit ends with a multimedia show which reconstructs the dramatic phases of the eruption with special effects and filmed images. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy, with approximately 2,500,000 visitors every year.

Paestum

Founded around the end of the 7th century BC by colonists from the Greek city of Sybaris, and originally known as Poseidonia, it later became the Roman city of Paestum in 273 BC after the Graeco-Italian Poseidonians sided with the loser, Pyrrhus, in war against Rome during the first quarter of the third century BC. The city continued to prosper during the Roman imperial period, but started to go into decline between the 4th and 7th centuries. It was abandoned during the Middle Ages and its ruins only came to notice again in the 18th century, following the rediscovery of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The decline and desertion were probably due to changes in local land drainage patterns, leading to swampy malarial conditions. On September 9, 1943, Paestum was the location of the landing beaches of the U.S. 36th Infantry Division during the Allied invasion of Italy. German forces resisted the landings from the outset, causing heavy fighting within and around the town. Combat persisted around the town for nine days before the Germans withdrew to the north. The city of Paestum covers an area of ​​approximately 120 hectares, but only 25 hectares have been excavated: the standing remains of three major temples in Doric style, dating from the first half of the 6th century BC and dedicated to Hera and Athena (although they have traditionally been identified as a basilica and temples of Neptune and Ceres, owing to 18th-century mis-attribution) and the Roman Forum, thought to have been built on the site of the preceding Greek agora; on the north side of the forum is a small Roman temple, dated to around 200 BC and dedicated to the Capitoline Triad, Jupiter, Juno and Minerva; to the north-west of the forum is the amphitheater where you can see only the southern half (the northern is buried under a road). Close to the archaeological area is the museum, which houses an important collection of ancient Greek objects and Paestum in southern Italy, primarily the funeral from the cemeteries of Greeks and Lucanians: vases, weapons and paintings. The most important paintings, which interpret the transition from life to the dead, like a diver jumping into the water, come from the famous Tomb of the Diver (480-470 BC) and are the only examples of classical Greek art and Magna Graecia.

Cilento

This wonderful region, in the central and southern part of the Province of Salerno, between the gulfs of Salerno and Policastro, is steeped in mythology and legends and for thousands of years has inspired poets and singers. Here have been set the myths of Jason and the Argonauts and the Sirens of Ulysses. Inhabited since the Paleolithic and already then crossroads of trade, it was colonized by the Greeks who founded Posidonia (Paestum) and Elea (Velia), the seat of "Eleatics", a school of pre-Socratic philosophers. Great and small events marked the later history, up to the "revolutions of the Cilento" against Francis I of Bourbon in 1828, to arrive today. Traces, Memories, monuments, cultures, pathways related to this rich history are now preserved thanks to the National Park of Cilento, instituted on 1991 to protect the territory from building speculation and mass tourism; later the park is added to the Network of Biosphere Reserves of UNESCO-MAB and becomes a World Heritage Site of UNESCO. The savage nature and the untouched environment of ancient innermost Cilento, mixed with the local culture, the local traditions, the local cookery, the sea villages along with a still healthy sea produces a charming mixture that everyone needs to taste.

Oplontis Ruins

Oplontis was a Roman city that, like the nearby Pompeii, was buried under a deep layer of ash by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, AD 79. It is today the location of the under-visited Villa Poppaea, the villa of the wife of Emperor Nero, which was excavated in the mid-20th century. It's a grandiose holiday villa from the 1st century B.C. that houses which are considered to be some of the finest examples of Pompeian wall paintings in the familiar bright vermilion and turquoise hues. Originally the villa had a pool, courtyards, arcades and servants’ quarters. A second villa, the Villa of L. Crassius Tertius, was discovered in 1974, 250 metres east of the Villa of Poppaea, during the construction of a school. It was named following the finding of a bronze seal bearing Crassius' name.

Pricing

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Shared Tour 55,00 €/pax 75,00 €/pax 62,00 €/pax
Private Tour 850,00 €/vehicle 450,00 €/vehicle 500,00 €/vehicle

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